A key challenge in this new Human Age is to lessen the ecological footprint of the world’s cities, even as their populations expand. The Anthropocene tells the stories about resilient urban coastal infrastructure, low carbon transportation systems, and nature-inspired architectural designs.
This has implications for a number of conservation initiatives from reintroductions to ecotourism.
Managed collectively, backyards could become more biodiverse landscapes
The concept of settling the high seas is back—this time as a sustainable answer to sea-level rise, with an impressive team and UN support.
The material that built the modern world is due for an upgrade. What if we could transform cement from a climate wrecker
into a carbon sponge?
A revival of rainwater harvesting is occurring around the world, as desert communities restore traditional systems known as rain gardens, ak-chin agriculture, floodwater farming, gavias, karez, qanats and fogarras.
Tiny houses and great cathedrals, carbon-neutral skyscrapers and Airstream trailers: architecture is among the greatest of human crafts. Just imagine if the same ingenuity and vision were devoted to building homes for animals.
How computerized arugula (aka roquette) farms take over the world
Dynamic windows could do double duty in sustainable building design, cooling and powering at the same time.
Almost imperceptibly, we are stepping off the consumption treadmill
For decades, humans have modeled technology on observations of the natural world. But new discoveries about nature—and tools for manipulating it—have opened up novel approaches potentially more powerful than mere imitation to solving Human Age problems.