Biophilic design on display at the California Academy of Science in San Francisco

EarthTalk: Biophilic Design – Connecting the Built Environment to Nature

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear Earthtalk: What is biophilic design in architecture and where can I see it implemented? — Winston Black, Newark, NJ Biophilia is defined as the inherent human inclination to affiliate with nature. The moral imperative of biophilia is that we cannot flourish as…

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$68 Billion: Northeast’s Untapped Solar Investment Potential

Some 274,637 commercial buildings across the Northeast are suitable sites for solar PV systems, Wiser Capital concludes in its ¨2015 Solar Economic Barometer.¨ Installing solar PV systems at these sites could produce some 94,733MW of clean, renewable electricity for on-site use and grid distribution.

The 17 newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals

The World We Want: A Conversation with Amina J. Mohammed on the Sustainable Development Goals

This post first appeared in TriplePundit This weekend world leaders met at the United Nations in New York City to define a sustainable development agenda through 2030, a process built on the successes, failures and lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) launched in 2000 and expiring at the end of this year. The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serve…

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Solar Home Kits, Machine Tools, Irrigation Pumps Improving Lives

Compact, efficient, durable and long-lasting, social enterprises and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are coming up with new ways that make off-grid solar lighting and power affordable for local residents in Africa and around the world. Solar home kits, machine tools and irrigation pumps are being installed across Africa, India and other nations, bringing reliable, affordable and emissions-free energy to residents, businesses and communities.

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Citi Puts $44 Trillion Price Tag on Climate Change Inaction

Investing in low-carbon energy would save the world economy and society $1.8 trillion by 2040. Failing to take global action to avoid a climate change tipping point, moreover, will cost the global economy and society some $44 trillion by 2060, , according to Citi’s Altenative Energy and Cleantech Research Group.

As of August 13, 2015 we've used up the budget of Earth's resources for the year. How long can this continue?

Earth Overshoot: Running on Empty

  According to data from the Global Footprint Network, August 13, 2015 was officially “Earth Overshoot Day.” We have now used nature’s entire budget for the year. Global Footprint Monitor tracks humanity’s demand on natural resources against nature’s ability to accommodate that demand – also known as biocapacity. Carbon sequestration, natural carbon sinks for increasing carbon emissions, accounts for more…

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Study Aims to Spur Energy Savings, Reduce Emissions in U.S. Cities

A new NREL study provides insight into actions being taken to reduce energy use and emissions in 20 U.S. cities, highlighting additional steps they can take.