Peter Diamandis Talks About The Coming Construction Revolution

February 11, 2018 – Yesterday I wrote about a new super wood that is stronger than steel. But overnight I received one of Peter Diamandis’ emails in which he described ... Continue Reading →

Pakistan and Capetown Have A Climate Change and Human Population Problem

February 7, 2018 – Writing from the very dry Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, which is surprisingly seeing more rain than normal this year, it seems appropriate to talk about headlines ... Continue Reading →

Mass Urbanization by 2050 is a Certainty

December 18, 2017 – In yesterday’s thought sharing, Peter Diamandis chose to write about global urbanization and the future of cities. He notes that by 2050, two-thirds ... Continue Reading →

Moody’s Warns U.S. Coastal States and Cities to Address Climate Change or Lose Their Credit Ratings

November 30, 2017 – Moody’s is in the bond credit rating business. It issues ratings on a A to C scale with sub gradations such as Aaa, Baa. Caa or less. Moody’s also ... Continue Reading →

UBER Buys In To Driverless On-Demand Services

November 24, 2017 – In the last week Uber Technologies Inc., the often controversial on-demand company that operates in cities across the globe, has signed a purchase order for ... Continue Reading →

A Small Ontario City to be Testing Grounds for Autonomous Vehicle Systems

November 9, 2017 – Every year Stratford, Ontario, hosts a Shakespearean festival that features the playwright’s many works plus other contributing plays and musicals. A ... Continue Reading →

Cities Lead Way: 12 C40 Members to Buy Zero Emission Buses while Toronto-Alphabet Collaboration to Build Quayside

October 23, 2017 – Cities around the world are taking climate change seriously and implementing policies that can help us all get closer to a low-carbon future. London, Paris, ... Continue Reading →

Australia’s Independent Climate Council Ramps Up Cities Power Partnership to Tackle Carbon Emissions

September 14, 2017 – In my email inbox this morning I received a note from Professor Tim Flannery, Chief Councillor in Australia’s Climate Council, a body formed by scientists ... Continue Reading →

GreenCity Solutions Wants to Make City Air Cleaner and Easier to Breathe

August 4, 2017 – Toronto has an enormous tree canopy. If it didn’t, the summer heat island effect would be 1 or 2 Celsius degrees warmer than current. But for many concrete ... Continue Reading →

Urban Farming the New Model for Grocery Stores, Reducing Our Carbon Footprint, and Feeding Cities

July 3, 2017 – Professor Dickson Despommier of Columbia University, whose work on vertical farms has made him a primary advocate of urban agriculture as part of a solution to ... Continue Reading →