FIVE US Cities Could Run Out of Water

Cape Town, South Africa came close, saved by a rainfall, from running out of water in early 2018.   Climate change brings water shortages to many areas in the Middle East and Africa.  America is not immune from water shortages.  Polluted water strikes closer to home with Flint, Michigan as an example.  In America population growth… Read More

Court Says Citizens Can Sue Feds for Clean Water

A federal judge ruled on Friday (April 19, 2019) that residents of Flint, Michigan, can move forward with a lawsuit against the federal government regarding the city’s lack of clean drinking water. The government is not immune from legal action, ruled Judge Linda Parker of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. … Read More

ClimateNet Offers Hope for Managing Climate Change Future

Massive computing power using mammoth databases combines with cutting edge approaches born from Artificial Intelligence (AI) research.  In the capable hands of a team of scientists and mathematicians at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories, new approaches to forecasting and managing climate change and major weather events are in development. The ClimateNet project will bring the power of… Read More

Oregon Mayor Speaks on Trump, Cities, Climate Change

(from article by Carey L. Biron) WASHINGTON — Donald Drumpf’s surprise victory in the U. S. presidential election this week scrambled domestic and international calculations, with particularly notable questions looming about the potential impact on global action around climate change. The news broke just as the international community is gathering to discuss global warming for the… Read More

Planning for Open Space in an Urbanizing World

Cities around the world are exploding with new inhabitants and newly built structures.  The world population is growing at about 750 million people per decade.  That is the equivalent of adding 88 new New York Citys in 10 years.  By far the fastest growth, 80% of the growth, is happening on the edges of current… Read More

Sachs Defines Essential Infrastructure “Long Game”

Jeffrey Sachs recommends:  Rather than trying to deploy construction workers within the next 60 days, I propose that we envision the kind of built environment we want for the next 60 years. With a shared vision of America’s infrastructure goals, actually designing and building the new transport, energy, communications, and water systems will surely require… Read More

White House Announces $160MM “Smart Cities” Initiative

The Obama administration, in conjunction with the Smart Cities Council Annual Meeting, on Sept. 14, announced $160mm in federal research, grants and collaborations to help local communities manage major challenges using 21st century tools. As part of the initiative, the Administration is announcing: More than $35 million in new grants and over $10 million in proposed… Read More