Light pollution is very much a negative consequence of modernization and is one whose effects can be seen in our natural and built environments. Artificial lighting has a significantly bad impact on bird and populations as well as our ability to sleep (exposure to artificial light inhibits melatonin production), and of course our economy. The SKYGLOW PROJECT examines light pollution in this staggering timelapse, and we highly recommend you check it out.
These days, Oregon’s most populous city is best known for its oddball residents, abundance of craft breweries, fiercely liberal agenda and, of course, Portlandia. Yet in 1843, Portland was little more than…
A place that embraces efficient public transportation, accessible green space and harnesses the power of nature isn’t a utopian fantasy; it’s the capital of Denmark. Recently, the Global Green Economy Index gave Copenhagen the title of “greenest city in the world” with a perfect score of 100 in terms of perception and performance. In the assessment, Global Green Economy authorities wrote that “Denmark relentlessly communicates its commitment to green growth through a variety of strategies and tactics.”
This urban treehouse is every city-dwelling, nature-loving person’s dream. For the first time ever, people in Turino, Italy can enjoy the convenience of living in the city without giving up the ease and beauty of nature. Named 25 Verde (aka 25 Green), this eco-friendly structure was designed by Italian architect Luciano Pia, who has been working on the designs since 2007. The five-story Italian building includes 63 units, tree-shaped steel support beams and a variety of trees and plants.
While many in the world are still throwing their soda cans out of the car window, the Scandinavians are leading the green movement globally. According to a Green Global Economy Index report published in 2014, four of the top ten greenest cities are located in Scandinavia.
Cities were judged by their leadership on climate change, transportation, green investments and environmental capital. Part of the in-depth inspection of 60 countries and 70 cities includes analysis of how these nations and cities are developing more environmentally-friendly economies. The goal, of course, is to provide cities, countries, leaders and investors with information on how their green efforts stack up in relation to others, and what they might do to improve upon existing policies and planning.