It’s one thing to read about huge plastic gyres in the middle of the Pacific. It’s another thing to stare the actual plastic in the face.
Transportation experts are studying a range of options, from new low-emissions zones to better methods of transferring cargo from ships to railways to trucks.
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China drives toward sustainable freight policies
If the crown prince’s radical experiment succeeds, this huge oil-producing nation could become the world’s biggest impact investor.
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The email came from an 82-year-old activist in Vermont. She was hoping for answers to questions she was hearing from others, about the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals. She wanted to write an article — not for The New York Times or even for a local newspaper, but for her friends, neighbors and the various experts she meets and talks to.She wanted to be able to explain some basic things about the SDGs, to people who often seem skeptical.
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The SDGs: How can we sustain our optimism?
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Given the ringing success of the SDGs and Paris Agreement, don’t be surprised that the nationalist right is rising up now.
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Why progressive sustainability ultimately will win
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A narrow focus on avoiding deforestation may mean ignoring pollution, water stewardship, labor rights, social equity and other sustainability issues.
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Installation artist and MacArthur Fellowship recipient James Turrell has spent nearly half a century pioneering the use of light as a medium. Trained in perceptual psychology and fascinated with illumination, he has completed numerous works that that explore the mixing of interior and exterior space combined with color, light, and the passage of time. His famous Skyspaces, which create an open aperture to the sky, are located in some of the world’s most culturally and environmentally significant places and investigate how color affects the human experience. In 1974, Turrell began a project at Roden Crater , an extinct volcano in northern Arizona. While not yet open to the public, he has continued to work on cutting a series of chambers, tunnels, and apertures into the formation. “I am making spaces that will engage celestial events,” Turrell explains of his work. He sees his efforts at Roden Crater as belonging to a tradition that spans the breadth of human history; one that creates above ground observatories to discover the mysteries of the heavens. These sites include Maes Howe in Scotland, Abu Simbal in Egypt, and the “handmade” volcanoes in Herodium near Jerusalem and Old Sarum in England. Throughout the development of Roden Crater, Turrell collaborated with a number of astronomers, most notably E.C. Krupp, Director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles and Richard Walker from the U.S. Naval Observatory in Flagstaff. Each aperture and tunnel has been exactly calculated to form a naked eye observatory to view such events as the solstices, celestial bodies, and the changing light created by the normal rotation of the sun. The architecture of Roden Crater is enormously precise. For example, the “East Portal” will act as a type of pinhole camera, transmitting light from the outside during sunset and projecting it through the tunnel onto the west side of a gigantic image stone in the “Sun | Moon Chamber” once every year to mark the major lunar standstill. The “Alpha Tunnel” acts as a natural telescope to monitor the moon, the “South Space” is aligned with the North Star and can track the Saros Cycle, and future plans will allow the volcano to focus the light from the winter solstice onto the Sun| Moon Chamber. “What is important to me is to create an experience of worldless thought,” he says. Intended to be an exploration of the human universe as much as the external one, Turrell’s project will be his magnum opus when finally completed. His works will be soon the subject of two upcoming retrospectives this summer, and can be viewed at the Guggenheim in NYC starting June 21, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts on June 9. + James Turrell Via Wired Images via James Turrell and Florian Holzherr.
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Walt Disney Concert Hall photo from Shutterstock By 2020 Los Angeles could have the second largest subway system in the US , after New York. While this is fantastic news for residents and environmental advocates, one person is not enamoured with the proposed infrastructure plans. World-renowned architect Frank Gehry recently told the Los Angeles Times that performances at the Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall would be ruined by noise from a proposed subway line. Read the rest of Architect Frank Gehry Says LA Subway Plans Spell ‘Disaster’ for Walt Disney Concert Hall Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architect , Frank Gehry , Frank Gehry LEED , gehry controversy , LA subway , LA subway plans , Los Angeles , purple line , subway , walt disney hall