Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities
A new collection of case studies describes how cities can successfully implement "green infrastructure" to process rainwater in ways that make urban environments more habitable.
What's the Latest Development?
A series of case studies just released by the American Society of Landscape Architects is a veritable "how to" guide for cities that want to cut building and utility costs while creating more habitable environments. "Such techniques as green roofs, roadside plantings, rain gardens, permeable paving, and rainwater harvesting." The techniques improve water quality and transform rainwater from a source of pollution into a valuable community resource. Half of the cases studied were retrofits of existing developments.
What's the Big Idea?
As cities continue to grow, they must do so in more compact patterns. Urban sprawl has wasted money and it makes cities unsustainable and unpleasant places to live. Caring for urban water resources by creating natural runoff systems, i.e. green spaces that allow rainwater to seep naturally back into the ground, is a good way to implement sustainable development. Such green spaces would scale back concrete use and other "gray infrastructure" while separating rainwater from cities' systems of sewage pipes.
Antimicrobial resistance is growing worldwide, rendering many "work horse" medicines ineffective. Without intervention, drug-resistant pathogens could lead to millions of deaths by 2050. Thankfully, companies like Pfizer are taking action.
- Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens are one of the largest threats to global health today.
- As we get older, our immune systems age, increasing our risk of life threatening infections. Without reliable antibiotics, life expectancy could decline for the first time in modern history.
- If antibiotics become ineffective, common infections could result in hospitalization or even death. Life-saving interventions like cancer treatments and organ transplantation would become more difficult, more often resulting in death. Routine procedures would become hard to perform.
- Without intervention, resistant pathogens could result in 10 million annual deaths by 2050.
- By taking a multi-faceted approach—inclusive of adherence to good stewardship, surveillance and responsible manufacturing practices, as well as an emphasis on prevention and treatment—companies like Pfizer are fighting to help curb the spread.
Are we trying to solve too many problem with technological solutions?
- Technology has given humanity the amazing ability to fix almost any problem, conditioning us to search for technological remedies to what might be social problems.
- Alleviating social inequity is a problem that technology must necessarily attempt to solve, but technology alone cannot shape how humans assemble their societies.
- Only by emphasizing the primary place of individual identity, human dignity, and universal values like empathy and emotion, can we hope to solve global issues that, so far, technology has been unable to conquer.
Radical Transformational Leadership: Strategic Action for Change Agents
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Long hidden under trees, it's utterly massive
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