Reforestation project in the Brazilian Amazon is using a new technique for planting trees that results in more, stronger plants–and hopes to cover 70,000 acres in new forests

Developed in Brazil only a few years ago, the new planting technique is called muvuca. “In Portuguese, it means a lot of people in a very small place,” says Rodrigo Medeiros, Conservation International’s vice president of the Brazil program and the lead on the ground.  The muvuca strategy demands that seeds from more than 200 native forest species are spread over every square meter of burnt and …

Land use change in cities with AVs, new tech and TNCs. The importance of names for small neighborhoods, and more

In Futurism, The Conversation, 16 Oct 2017 by Tan Yigitcantar et al.  Smart City Solutions The convergence of technology and the city is seen as a possible remedy for the challenging issues of urbanisation. Autonomous vehicles are among the most popular of many smart city solutions. Also known as driverless car technology, it could reshape our cities. One recent prediction is that by 2040 these vehicles …

Land Use levers to prevent increased pollution and sprawl with mobility on demand

Excerpt from Giovanni Circella et al., UC-Davis The most important policy levers to mitigate against more sprawl and environmental damage will be pricing. There are several types of effective pricing mechanisms that are recommended: Pricing mobility: Pricing travel by VMT, vehicle size and incentivizing increased vehicle occupancy, while strongly dis-incentivizing zero occupancy trips will send the necessary signals that use of …

Maybe cities are the future of suburbs – apartments going up where there is space

Any place can become urban if enough people move in. By Noah Smith, Bloomberg, 11 Sep 2017 Urban or suburban?  Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images I recently had a discussion with my Bloomberg View colleagues Conor Sen and Justin Fox about whether cities or suburbs are the future in the U.S. This turns out to be a very popular and contentious topic. Richard Florida, the noted …

You knew composting was a good idea, but this was still a huge surprise…

By Marlene Cimons. Originally published on Nexus Media. 16 Sept 2017 How Food Waste Turned A Barren Landscape In Costa Rica Into A Lush Forest Orange isn’t just the new black. It’s also the new green. Twenty years ago, an orange juice producer dumped thousands of tons of orange peels and pulp onto a barren section of a Costa Rican national park, …

Millvale’s success came from demanding equal footing with new stakeholders. Resolving the imbalances embedded into the fossil fuel system is paramount to a genuine transition. There are no easy solutions, neither energy nor home ownership have ever been equitable in this country. But, a neighborhood under transition should educate and encourage neighborhood education, demand communities well as commercial investment, and …

A New Zealand River Has Human Rights. Now Will Modern Law Come to Its Senses?  Humanity is slowly reawakening to the simple logic that Mother Earth’s rights must come before human rights

David Korten posted Jul 07, 2017 It was a stunning breakthrough in a rights issue that could be a crucial step toward ensuring a human future. In March, New Zealand passed theTe Awa Tupua Bill making New Zealand’s Whanganui River the first river in the world to hold the same legal rights, responsibilities, and liabilities as a human person. For the Maori people, it …

What if we taxed parking to keep housing affordable? A proposal in Atlanta…

By Angie Schmitt on Jul 03, 2017 11:50 am Last week we wrote about a proposal in Atlanta to set aside a fraction of funds from a recent transit ballot measure to keep housing affordable near new lines and stations. Advocates want to ensure that current residents benefit from those transit investments and don’t get forced out by rising rents. …

When the trees disappear from the outskirts of the forest, it creates significant local warming and changes air circulation patterns throughout the Amazon area during the dry season leading to more loss

The ongoing deforestation around the fringes of the Amazon may have serious consequences for the untouched deeper parts of the rainforest. A new research study shows that it is not only the climate that is adversely affected by deforestation. In fact, the very stability of the ecosystem in the entire Amazon region is altered when deforestation takes place in the …

Ten Facts You Should Know About the Federal Estate Tax, in pictures

By CHYE-CHING HUANG AND CHLOE CHO[1],  Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 5 May 2017 The federal estate tax is a tax on property (cash, real estate, stock, or other assets) transferred from deceased persons to their heirs.  Only the wealthiest estates pay the tax because it is levied only on the portion of an estate’s value that exceeds a specified …