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EVOL: Rural City

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German street artist creates miniature city subsumed by land

German street artist EVOL created thhis underground urban "X" in a field outside of Hamburg as part of the MS Dockville cultural festival. It took us more than a few looks to wrap our heads around the fact that these are stencils. Pretty amazing. It took him eight days to get it together. Check out a photo series of his process here.   The work is part of EVOL's......read more

Cities Solving Problems Through Tech

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Mayors mobilizing residents to engage communities and address issues

In the spring of 2017, the doors to a new type of community center swung open in Louisville, Kentucky. The Gigabit Experience Center, located in the city’s long underserved West End, provided a now critical 21st century public service: free high-speed internet access. Although an estimated 94% of Americans have web access today, many low-and middle-income families are......read more

I know. I know. There have been victories, to be sure. But despite two years spent talking about it incessantly, and despite the strong enthusiasm for the topic displayed by Salon readers (thanks, everyone!) I have been denied, in my time spent blogging on the topic, the chance at a “Mission Accomplished” post. I guess that’s to be expected. But not only is climate change......read more

I used to live in Carrboro, North Carolina—a town that has a lot going for it in terms of sustainability. (So much so, that it was the chosen image for one of Zach's posts about car-free living.) But despite my knowledge of its urban farm tours and goat-powered landscaping companies, I wasn't aware of one important fact: Carrboro has long had policies in place to nurture and protect......read more

Wang Ruilin: Dreams

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Huge animal forms carry tiny landscapes on their bodies

The image of an animal carrying the world on its back is common to the creation myths of many cultures around the world. Beijing-based artist Ruilin Wang explores that concept in Dreams, a series of evocative sculptures depicting large-scale animals with tiny landscapes emerging from their forms.   Each nearly life-size work consists of a certain creature paired with a type of world.......read more

Bringing Solar Power To Remote Hospitals Is Saving Lives

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One startup working in Nepal learned that delivering high-quality health care often means having to innovate in unexpected ways--such as building new energy systems.

Founded by three Yale University Medical School students, Possible is a nonprofit health care company that runs medical facilities in remote Nepal. These include the 25-bed Bayalpata Hospital, in Anchham, a series of local clinics, and a small army of community health care workers. Part of its model revolves around importing Western standards of medicine and management, including modern......read more

Deep Sea 'Mushrooms' Defy Classification In The Tree Of Life

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This is Dendrogramma enigmatica. And as its name suggests, it's quite the enigma.

In fact, the tiny, mushroom-shaped organism is so mysterious that it seems to defy just about everything we know about animals. It doesn't fit into any of the known categories in the animal kingdom, scientists say, and as of now, its links to other animal groups remain hazy. Recently, D. enigmatica was thrown into the spotlight when Jean Just, a zoologist at the Natural History Museum......read more

Past / Present

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Whimsical Narratives Blur Elements of the Past with the Present

Dancing with Costică is an imaginative series in which Australian photographer Jane Long transformed old photographs into colorful and creative compositions. Long used original glass plate black and white images, originally created by Romanian war photographer Costică Acsinte, as the foundation for her work. She produced surreal stories by colorizing each print and then digitally blending......read more

Is Urban Agriculture Commercially Scalable?

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Montreal's Lufa Farms has developed an e-commerce model for fresh food

Flavie Halais for Citiscope: In 1999, Dickson Despommier, a professor of environmental health sciences and microbiology at Columbia University, popularized the idea of large-scale urban agriculture by releasing a conceptual model for vertical farms. Crops would grow inside tall city buildings, using very little land to produce bounties of food that would not need to be shipped far to be eaten.......read more

Muddy Waters

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In support of broad protection for wetlands and streams under the Clean Water Act

Michael Brune for the Huffington Post: With a couple of decisions in 2001 and 2006, the Supreme Court managed to break the Clean Water Act by calling into question what Congress meant by "the waters of the United States." The existing law had been working just fine for almost 30 years. When the Clean Water Act was passed in 1972, about two-thirds of America's lakes, rivers, and coastal waters......read more

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