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.
A solar border would alleviate a range of binational problems. For one, it would have a civilizing effect.
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.
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.
Mining landfills for metals and energy
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.
A well designed carbon tax could reduce carbon emissions and poverty at the same time; A new study shows how.
The indoor biome covers as much as six percent of the world’s landmass—and we know almost nothing about it.
Wooden structures that store more carbon than is emitted in their construction point to a flaw in green building schemes
A new generation of building materials aims to actively pull carbon out of the air.
could be the building blocks of modern, sustainable architecture