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Urban Innovator of the Week

Urban Innovator of the Week: Andrea Chen

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many New Orleans residents felt the need to get involved, to do something, anything, to help their devastated community recover. It was a DIY effort in the most absolute sense – where government services failed or just simply didn’t exist, everyday citizens and volunteers from near and far led recovery …

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Adapting to Adaptation: A Roadmap to How We Will Live in 2050

How to know where climate change leads us? Climate scientists have discovered, and elaborately described, dramatic changes in the Earth’s climate which will effect us all. Chemists, biologists and other scientists have joined with physicists and meteorologists in the next phase of the endeavor, projecting the effects of climate change on our planet. What follows …

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Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES)

Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES): An Innovative Tool for Financing Environmental Conservation

Rising opportunity costs and population growth are resulting in land use change and declines in critical ecosystem services. The 2005 Millennium Ecosystem Assessment found that 60% of the Earth’s ecosystem services are being depleted at a very rapid rate. Biodiversity and ecosystems provide invaluable services and products to the society. These include food, water, and protection from …

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