“This is a significant achievement and Tokelau should be congratulated. Small island states around the world are in grave threat from climate change, aside from being extremely vulnerable to oil price shocks. Reducing dependence on importing fossil fuels will generate employment and free financial resources to invest in initiatives to mitigate the worst effects of climate change.”
The above picture is a snapshot of the city of Indianapolis, as seen through its greenhouse gas emissions.
This image comes from the Hestia Project, a software system just developed by researchers at Arizona State University that can estimate greenhouse gas emissions across a city’s landscape, right down to its individual buildings and roadways.
“As a society, our focus on sustainability is hugely biased towards environmental issues, on developing new products and technologies to address climate change. Yet the reality is, these solutions will not be effective unless we are all inspired as human beings to take more responsibility for our everyday lives and the decisions we make.”
Innovation is highly dependent on (informal) small scale meetings, often in public places such as coffee bars. So are coffee bars the magic ingredient for creating sustainable cities? Check out our post from Tallin.
“Material reuse clearly is not just a simple task of force-fitting a material into a building for the sake of reuse: it is a viable, sustainable alternative to incorporating newly created materials, and can be done so in ways that are attractive and appealing.”
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