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Whos Prepared for Climate Change?

Global warming is presenting cities around the world with challenges ranging from depleted water resources to increased storm surge. OnEarth Editor Jeff Turrentine discusses which cities are doing the most to prepare climate change, and which cities have their heads in the sand.

Transforming Helsinkis Transportation System

Finlands capital of Helsinki is quickly growing and the citys current transportation system cannot support it and is financially impractical. Helsinkis Director of Transport and Traffic Planning Ville Lehmuskoski discusses the citys novel mobility as a service model and how investing in shared modes of transport based on situational needs benefits Helsinkis community and elevates transportation congestion.

Urban Acupuncture

Curitiba, Brazil has been called the best planned city in the world. Former mayor Jaime Lerner changed how the city deals with waste, cleaned up the streets, and overhauled the citys public transit system, all on a shoestring budget. He says that you dont need lots of money to make cities more livable, socially just, and environmentally friendly. All it takes is a pinprick.

Canals in Boston?

Boston is one of the most vulnerable cities in the world to sea level rise. But now urban planners in Boston are looking at ways the city can adapt its infrastructure to accommodate rising tides. One idea could turn Boston's historic Back Bay neighborhood into the next Venice.

Science, Tech & Environment

A Rockefeller uses his oil legacy to help save the oceans

Nearly 140 years ago, John D. Rockefeller Sr. co-founded Standard Oil, which revolutionized the petroleum industry and helped build one of the largest family fortunes in US history. He also helped revolutionize philanthropy, creating, among other funds, the Rockefeller Foundation. Now his great-grandson, David Rockefeller Jr., chairs the foundation and is using its influence and money to help save our seas.

Science, Tech & Environment

A new book documents China’s exploitation of Tibet’s natural resources

The recent agreement between the US and China to reduce greenhouse emissions made headlines — and rightly so. It was a big step for both nations. But, striking a balance between environmental protection and economic ascendance is much more complicated than that. In China especially, it seems, for every step forward, there are often two steps back. Its actions in Tibet are a prime example, according to a newly-published book.

The Missing Campus Climate Debate

Students and faculty from universities across the US have called for endowment divestment from fossil fuel companies; mostly to no avail. Legal scholar and commentator Evan Mandery discusses the disconnect between trustees and university communities, and the ethics of divestment refusal in the face of climate science.

Modern Gleaning Helps the Hungry

Gleaning is an ancient tradition. In the Torah and Old Testament farmers are instructed to leave some food in their fields for the poor to collect. Today volunteer gleaners can go to farmers fields at the end of the season to harvest the last of the bounty and then deliver the produce to food pantries for the food insecure.

Plains Bison

Writer Mark Seth Lender surrounds himself with a bison herd in Saskatchewans Grasslands National Park. Bison once numbered in the millions, now their herds dwindle, but Lender is still impressed, recalling a mother nursing and an epic battle between bulls before they settle down for the evening.

Beyond the Headlines

In this weeks trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra explains the disappearance of a promising report on green energy jobs, discusses an oil magnates expensive divorce settlement, and recalls Climate-Gate.