Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals – study

Groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity’s surprisingly tiny part in it as well as our disproportionate impact.  By Damian Carrington, The Guardian Mon 21 May 2018   A cattle farm in Mato Grosso, Brazil. 60% of all mammals on Earth are livestock. Photograph: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life …

Properties exposed to rising sea levels sell at a 7% discount to comparable properties not subject to climate-related risk

By David Morris, 21 Apr 2018, Fortune.com, Climate Change Is Already Depressing the Price of Flood-Prone Real Estate New research shows that real estate properties in areas affected by extreme weather and sea level rise are losing value relative to less exposed properties. The effects are already substantial, but they may point to a looming collapse as climate change makes coastal communities untenable. …

Tribal people using GPS to protect their lands

From the rainforests of central Africa to the Australian outback, indigenous people armed with GPS devices are surveying their territories and producing maps they can use to protect them from logging and other outside development. By Fred Pearce on Yale360 MARCH 15, 2012 Deep in the African rainforest and three days from home, a tribal hunter, punting down a backwater, puts aside his …

Benefits of transit access often don’t accrue to low-income riders but provisions for affordable housing nearby can help, and some agencies are taking action

From Transit Center Feb 06, 2018 Affordable Housing: A Next Frontier for Transit? Putting people near transit (and vice-versa) boosts ridership, and many transit agencies talk about transit-oriented development. But in growing recognition that the benefits of transit access often don’t accrue to low-income riders, two agencies are testing strategies to encourage affordable development near transit. Last year, Metro Los Angeles assumed the role …

Streets are some of the most ubiquitous and valuable public spaces that a city has and cities are showing new ways to use them

From 2007 to 2013, Sadik-Khan was the commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation and today she continues working as a sustainable transportation consultant with Bloomberg Associates. During her six years in New York she showed her city—and the country—what can be accomplished when we put people first in transportation planning. Perhaps most famously, Sadik-Khan closed five blocks to cars on …

Traffic pollution is linked to poor pregnancy outcomes and future ill health. Exposure is causing “something approaching a public health catastrophe”

A series of studies published in the past few months has started to explore the wider impact of pollutants. One, published in the British Medical Journal, suggests that the exposure of unborn children to air pollution in cities is causing “something approaching a public health catastrophe”. Pollution in the womb is now linked to low birth weight, disruption of the baby’s …

Public Land Value Capture: A new model for housing development in Scotland

February 12, 2018  By Michael Lewis P2P Blog Brilliant and practical way of cutting the developers out of lining their pockets once public planning permission is granted. This policy captures what is now unearned income in the hands of private developers for a key public good – to radically increase the affordability of housing. Take a look. Not too complicated. Grounded in Commons sense. The …

Valve-turner, Climate ‘Hero’ Gets Three-Year Prison Sentence for Shutting Down Tar Sands Pipeline

Common Dreams By Jessica Corbett 6 Feb 2018 Michael Foster, the valve turner who temporarily halted the flow of tar sands oil in TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline in October 2016, called for future actions to address the global climate crisis before he headed to prison, where he is expected to serve at least a year of his three-year sentence. “It doesn’t matter if I’m sitting in jail. …

5 Maps Show How Important Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Are to the Environment

By Katie Reytar and Peter Veit – December 20, 2017  Indigenous groups and local communities occupy about half the world’s land, but hold legal rights to only a fraction of it. Photo by Michele Solmi/Flickr Indigenous Peoples and local communities are some of the best environmental stewards. Their livelihoods and cultures depend on forests, clean water and other natural resources, so they have strong incentives …