Tag Archives: Urbanization

Existing cropland could feed 4 billion more

An abundant supply of food for a hungry world, hidden in plain sight In many areas (lighter areas), crops used for non-food uses (biofuels, other) were not delivered to the food system. Credit: Emily S Cassidy et al./Environmental Research Letters Reallocating croplands away from fuels and animal feed could boost food available for people by 70 […]

XPrize After Earth challenge

The XPrize Foundation has teamed up with  Sony Pictures Entertainment and Overbrook Entertainment to launch a robotics competition celebrating the release of After Earth, in theaters May 31. In Phase 1 of the challenge, teams will create a 2–3 minute video essay that answers targeted questions and describes their thinking on the importance of space exploration, […]

The Limits of the Earth — Part 2: Expanding the Limits

by Ramez Naam (Credit: NASA) This is part two of a two-part series on the limits of human economic growth on planet Earth.  Part one details some of the environmental and natural resource challenges we’re up against. Part two, here, looks at the ultimate size of the resource pool and solutions to our problems.  Both parts […]

The Top 10 Smartest Cities In North America

WRITTEN BY Boyd Cohen Which cities are pushing the envelope of technology, sustainability, and better living conditions? Some cities are adding high-tech infrastructure. Some are implementing revolutionary sustainability plans. Others are fostering innovative business and science developments. But which city combines these qualities and others to be the smartest city? A few weeks ago, Co.Exist published a ranking […]

The Top 10 Smart Cities On The Planet

WRITTEN BY: Boyd Cohen Crunching a list of variables about innovation and sustainability, we rank the world’s smartest cities, from New York to Hong Kong (and with an unexpected winner) Last year, I spent considerable time researching best practices for climate resilient cities–an endeavor that culminated in what I believe was the first ever global ranking of […]

THE MOST IMPORTANT EDUCATION REVOLUTION IN 200 YEARS

Four of the 19 Coursera courses on AI and robotics (credit: Coursera) Education is about to change dramatically, says Anant Agarwal, who heads edX, a $60 million MIT-Harvard effort to stream a college education over the Web, free, with plans to teach a billion students, Technology Review reports. “Massive open online courses,” or MOOCs, offered by new education ventures […]