Billions of people in thousands of cities around the world will soon be at risk from climate-related heat waves, droughts, flooding, food shortages and energy blackouts by mid-century, but many cities are already taking action to blunt such effects, says a new report from a consortium of international organizations.
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Sunny California may be getting too sunny. Increasing summer temperatures brought on by a combination of intensifying urbanization and warming climate are driving off once-common morning cloud cover in southern coastal areas of the state, leading to increased risk of wildfires.
A forthcoming study of northern India suggests that people living in rural areas are as likely to die prematurely from the effects of poor air quality as those living in cities.
As our planet becomes more urban, the importance of parks and other public spaces becomes magnified.
Architect and faculty member Lynnette Widder won a Docomomo Citation of Merit for her work in restoring a modernist house with an eye toward sustainability.
We have an opportunity to build an exciting, dynamic and transformative model sustainable city.
Why did Europe’s “cursed” glaciers begin retreating in the 1850’s even though the climate record suggests they should have advanced for another 50 years?
The Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes at GSAPP is dedicated to helping communities thrive in an age of climate uncertainty. Missed the launch event? Watch it here.
If emissions of greenhouse gases remain high, as many as 143 million “internal migrants” might move within their own countries by 2050.
Government should encourage urban living by making it more affordable and attractive, and provide incentives for density; it should not try to mandate it.