Monthly Archives: February 2014

How To Save Sandy Beaches? Fish!


At TEDxRio+20, marine biologist Winnie Lau explains how financing mechanisms are being used to save endangered species. Using the example of rainbow fish, a species valuable to seaside municipalities because of its ability to produce sand (just one rainbow fish can produce a ton of sand each year) Lau explains that environmentalism is just as…

Remaking The Rift Valley


Until recently, Chege Mwangi could only watch helplessly as bits of his one-acre farm – and his family’s future – washed down the steep slopes of Kenya’s Abardares Hills and into the Terasha River below. Today, however, his cabbages are bursting, his dairy cow is well-fed, and his children are in school. It’s a change that began 40 kilometers…

Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering

Hardcover: 264 pages
Publisher: Yale University Press (April 22, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0300186673
ISBN-13: 978-0300186673

The great architect and city planner Daniel Burnham learned his craft in the embers of the Great Chicago Fire, and he clearly developed a worldview that Australian ethicist Clive Hamilton would describe as “Promethean”. “Make no little plans,” Burnham is famously quoted as saying. “They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not…

The End of Nature

End of Nature

By Bill McKibben Bill McKibbon has been writing about the end of nature as we know it for decades, and this 1989 book is the one that led me down the path I’m non now. “If the waves crash up against the beach, eroding dunes and destroying homes, it is not the awesome power of…

Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure

Green infrastructure integrates human and natural systems through a network of corridors and spaces in mixed-use and urban settings. Austin takes a broad look at green infrastructure concepts, research and case studies to provide the student and professional with processes, criteria and data to support planning, design and implementation. Order on Amazon.

Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene

The challenge the Anthropocene poses is a challenge not just to national security, to food and energy markets, or to our “way of life” — though these challenges are all real, profound, and inescapable. The greatest challenge the Anthropocene poses may be to our sense of what it means to be human. A dark November…