Tag Archives: Ecology
Carbon Foot Print Label for all Product and Services

Counting the Carbon Foot Prints and Changing Our Behavior!

In a recent discussion with a planner the question of over-consumption came up and how it impacts the health of our planet.  It is understood that we consume more raw materials than a sustainable eco-system can provide for.  In 2007 our (global) Ecological Foot Print was  1.5 planet earth, i.e. we consumed earth’s resources 1.5 times faster than the earth […]

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Moose are Dying Off

Mankind is often self-involved and indulgent. It becomes apparent when we talk about the perils of climate change, too; we are primarily concerned about how these changes will impact our economies, our cities, and our way of living. However there are thousands of other species of plants, insects, and animals who are at far greater […]

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Climate Change – The Verdict Is In

United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just published their fifth assessment report and the conclusion is that the global warming is caused by human activity and the scientific evidence is overwhelming and incontrovertible. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a scientific body set up in 1988 by the United Nations. It is charged to gather comprehensive scientific assessments of […]

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EVENT: 7/20/2013 City of Water Day

What: The City of Water Day When: Saturday, July 20th, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Where: Governors Island (NYC), Liberty State Park in NJ, and in local neighborhoods For Whom: Boat lovers, children and other water-loving humans. Price: FREE From the website:  MWA’s City of Water Day Festival is a free day-long celebration […]

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Chasing Ice Image by James Balog

CHASING ICE: A Photographic Evidence of Changing Climate

  Chasing Ice is a film documenting the rapidly melting glaciers due to global warming.   In 2005 James Balog a renowned photographer, was sent to Arctic to take pictures, which would show the effects of climate change. National Geographic called it The Big Thaw in its June 2007 cover story.  While shooting this cover story in the Arctic regions Balog was astounded by the rapid change in glaciers […]

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Madrid Shows a Grand Vision by Reclaiming Its River Front

Oftentimes, massive transportation projects like bridges and highways can do more harm to a city than good. While they may bring efficiencies in the movement of people and resources, they can also end up marring a city permanently, dividing neighborhoods and bringing few quality of life improvements for residents. In contrast, some projects, like New York […]

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10 Best Cities for Urban Forests

Urban Forests seem like a contradiction in term. In our minds urban settlements and forests stand far apart at the opposite end of a spectrum.  So how can they be brought together in support of each other?  Apparently, as cities grow hotter and spew more carbon into the atmosphere the more trees a city needs, a forest […]

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john muir

Grammar of Habitat: Can we apply Muir Webs to Development and Planning?

“When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe.” – John Muir   Expanding on this quote, Eric Sanderson, the author and lead landscape ecologist behind the Mannahatta project, helped develop an ecosystem identification […]

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open source ecology

So, you want to build a new civilization? 50 DIY tools to help you build your perfect [insert place/thing here]

In 2011, I watched an epic TED Talk video, given by physicist Marcin Jakubowski about his team’s “open-sourced blueprints for civilization.” No, it has nothing to do with a political system, the string theory, a new religion, or even a stellar community-based plan. Rather he tried to break down modern civilization into 50 objects: 50 […]

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Creative Little Garden – East Village, NY

Recently I was in the East Village and stumbled upon this beautiful little garden, tucked away between two five story buildings on East 6th Street (530 East 6 Street).  This little slice of paradise is aptly named Creative Little Garden.  The garden is planted with ornamental trees and shrubs with several small alcoves where people were sitting […]

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