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Yes, spring is coming, everyone! As a reminder, here's a gorgeous flower photographed at Frankfurt am Main's PalmenGarten, in Germany.Yes, spring is coming, everyone! As a reminder, here's a gorgeous flower... more
Flower Porn 1. PalmenGarten, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
If you think IT and sustainability are two totally different worlds, think again.
Most of what is referred to as “smart” these days — smart transportation, the smart grid and smart cities, for example — is made intelligent by processors, sensors and analytical software, and of course the servers that make it all possible. So it’s not surprising to see tech giants like IBM wanting to create a smarter planet, Cisco wanting to craft smart tech solutions for utilities and companies, and plenty of other, smaller companies wanting a piece of the action.
But while the money and hoopla surrounding all things smart can cloud the issue a bit, the point is that infrastructure in this country is sorely in need of an overhaul. In its Smarter Cities Virtual Leader Forum today, IBM recapped what it’s doing to make education, transportation, government, energy and healthcare smarter. It sees cities as systems of systems.
“Where these systems touch each other, we can find ways to improve cities,” IBM researcher Ching-Hua Chen-Ritzo says. ...
http://solveclimate.com/blog/20100223/city-smarts-tech-giants-tinker-giant-systems-systemsIf you think IT and sustainability are two totally different worlds, think again.... more
Cleveland leads a slew of Midwestern towns on our annual list, but thanks to high taxes New York and Chicago make it too.
The city of Cleveland has had a colorful history. The Cuyahoga River, which runs through the city, famously caught fire in 1969 thanks to rampant pollution, and it wasn't the first time. In 1978 it became the first U.S. city to default on its debts since the Great Depression. Cleveland sports fans have had to endure more anguish than those in any other city. The city has been dubbed with a less than endearing nickname: the Mistake by the Lake.
This year Cleveland takes the top spot in our third annual ranking of America's Most Miserable Cities. Cleveland secured the position thanks to its high unemployment, high taxes, lousy weather, corruption by public officials and crummy sports teams (Cavaliers of the NBA excepted).
Misery was on the rise around the country last year. Sure the stock market was up big, but so were unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcy filings. Meanwhile housing prices, the U.S. dollar and approval ratings for Congress continued their downward spiral.
The widely tracked Misery Index initiated by economist Arthur Okun, which combines unemployment and inflation rates started 2009 at 7.3 and rose to 12.7 by the end of the year thanks to soaring joblessness. That is the highest level since 1983.
Our Misery Measure takes into account unemployment, as well as eight other issues that cause people anguish. The metrics include taxes (both sales and income), commute times, violent crime and how its pro sports teams have fared over the past two years. We also factored in two indexes put together by Portland, Ore., researcher Bert Sperling that gauge weather and Superfund pollution sites. Lastly we considered corruption based on convictions of public officials in each area as tracked by the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.
We expanded the list of cities under consideration this year to include the 200 largest metropolitan statistical areas (in years past we've examined 150), which led to a shuffling in the ranks. Any area with a population of more than 245,000 was eligible.
Cleveland nabbed the top spot as a result of poor ratings across the board.
(and a bit extra on Cleveland)---
http://andreakristen.wordpress.com/2009/04/08/cleveland/Cleveland leads a slew of Midwestern towns on our annual list, but thanks to high... more
Cities around the world could soon be tapping shipping giant FedEx’s logistical expertise as they develop more sustainable transportation systems.
The company is joining forces with EMBARQ, The World Resources Institute Center for Sustainable Transport, and will spend $500,000 over the next two years to help support the program’s efforts in Mexico. ...
http://solveclimate.com/blog/20100215/bringing-sustainable-transportation-worldCities around the world could soon be tapping shipping giant FedEx’s logistical... more
Robert travels to the majestic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. The Golden Gate Bridge is easily on the top of "things to do" lists about San Francisco. How can you visit San Francisco on a vacation and not see the Golden Gate Bridge? It'd be crazy. With the views of the city, the Bay, and the Pacific Ocean, plus the bridge itself, traveling to see this is a no brainer.
Get more travel tips and videos at www.travelbugrobert.com.Robert travels to the majestic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. The... more
Want to live the ultimate lifestyle of convenience, take off a few extra pounds, save major bucks on your commute, reduce your carbon footprint and make a sure bet real estate investment? Rent or buy in a walkable neighborhood!
Okay, sounds intriguing but who says so? What makes a neighborhood walkable anyway, and how does one find a walkable neighborhood?
Perhaps living in a walkable neighborhood is no panacea to all of our modern ills. But it doesn't take rocket science to understand that living in an environment where you can (and do) walk would at least benefit your body from increased natural exercise. Nor is it a stretch accounting for reduced emissions from less driving if you live in a place where you can walk to get some milk or even take transit to work. But the benefits don't necessarily stop there.
http://urbanmechanic.wordpress.com/2010/01/12/walkability-better-neighborhoods-better-planet/Want to live the ultimate lifestyle of convenience, take off a few extra pounds, save... more
Vice President Joe Biden announced on Friday that the U.S. government will begin granting loan forgiveness to the cities and or counties that were devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.Vice President Joe Biden announced on Friday that the U.S. government will begin... more
North Carolina artist Karen O’Leary makes maps, but not just any old drawn or printed map. Rather, she cuts paper by hand to create street maps of world cities. These one-of-a-kind map panels can be a few feet in size and some are even up for sale on the artist’s Etsy shop.
http://www.whitespace.bz/ws/web/forms/pulse/PulseMainArticle.aspx?id=354North Carolina artist Karen O’Leary makes maps, but not just any old drawn or... more
Another photograph from the architecturally and photographically fascinating mall in downtown Frankfurt am Main, Germany.Another photograph from the architecturally and photographically fascinating mall in... more
I love this photographing shopping center because it is so architecturally interesting. I plan to return often to snap more photographs to share with you. I already have planned a few images I wish to capture of the outside of this building during specific weather conditions.I love this photographing shopping center because it is so architecturally... more
More artworks, drawn in chalk on the floor of the Frankfurt subway station in Hauptwache. I managed to capture one of these works as it was being created (the blue-and-white image in the center), alongside two others that are completed (more photographs of these works in the days to follow, same time, same place).More artworks, drawn in chalk on the floor of the Frankfurt subway station in... more
Get what you want, when you want it. That's the phrase that has dominated the entertainment industry over the past decade. New technologies have given us access to countless channels for music, television and film — and we can sample them whenever we find it convenient. But as the options multiply, are we losing our sense of a common culture?
Take "The Outing," the Seinfeld episode in which a reporter thought Jerry and George were lovers. Even if you didn't see it — not that there's anything wrong with that — you heard about it: at work, at school, in the checkout line at the grocery store. And suddenly the show about nothing, says Stanford University communications professor Clifford Nass, meant something even to people who didn't watch it.
"That's really what marks cultural touchstones," says Nass. "Things that people are aware of; that they can share; that they can make reference to — that they don't actually have to consume themselves."
More than 40 percent of American households saw the final episode of Seinfeld in the spring of 1998, according to the Nielsen ratings company. Fast-forward about 11 years: American Idol may be the most popular program on television today, but only about 16 percent of American households saw this year's finale.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121986877Get what you want, when you want it. That's the phrase that has dominated the... more
One architect believes floating cities could offer a safe haven for people who have lost their homes to flooding.
http://news.uk.msn.com/photos/photos.aspx?cp-documentid=150370756One architect believes floating cities could offer a safe haven for people who have... more
When I awoke today, it was snowing. By late morning, the snow was falling fairly heavily, as you see in this image, where Frankfurt's distinct "Asparagus" (communications) Tower is barely visible.When I awoke today, it was snowing. By late morning, the snow was falling fairly... more
Mayors of some of the world's largest cities flexed their muscle at the United Nations climate talks Wednesday, warning that "billions of people" are prepared to cut emissions far beyond whatever agreement world leaders may ink this week.
"We at the local level have too much to lose," said Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels. "We will go further, and we will make it safe for (politicians) to go further. We will push the envelope."
Nickels and mayors of Delhi, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Melbourne – representing some 45 million people total – said they were pushing forward with ambitious climate adaptation and mitigation efforts, even as their national leaders remained stuck on those very points.
They had no choice, said Melbourne Mayor Robert Doyle. Earlier this year the worst wildfires in Australia's history grazed the outskirts of his city, killing more than 75 people. Experts attributed the exceptionally fierce blaze to drought conditions that scientists predict will become increasingly common as emissions increase.
"My city went into meltdown," Doyle said. "If those conditions are what my city is going to have to deal with, then my city is not ready."
The mayors were joined by Sir Nicholas Stern, a leading climate change economist, at a standing-room-only briefing attended by mayors and local officials from around the world.
The discussion came a day after California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called for a UN climate summit for cities and regions.
And while the world's attention was focused Wednesday on the premiers and presidents cloistered across the Bella Center behind a tight security cordon, the key to unlocking the climate crisis, Stern said, can be found at the local level.
"We can see the agreement. We know what it looks like. It is now a matter of political will," he said. "The cities have to show it. And that will add tremendously to the conviction of the national leaders. There's nothing like the power of example."
Some 75 percent of all manmade greenhouse gases can be linked to cities, Stern said. Cities consume nearly 80 percent of the world's energy. They house the majority of the world's people, they have bus lines, carpools, combined heat and power systems, infrastructure for electric cars.
"This is an obvious place to start," he said.
Yet there is a disconnect between local and national governments across the world on what is possible, Stern and the mayors said.
In the United States, 1,060 mayors have committed to meet their share of the Kyoto Protocol's emissions cuts, even though the Obama administration has dismissed the protocol's framework as "old think."Mayors of some of the world's largest cities flexed their muscle at the United... more
I photographed this lovely scene yesterday afternoon. In the distance is the smokestack tower that is located near to, and east of, my flat in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.I photographed this lovely scene yesterday afternoon. In the distance is the... more