The National Park Service made a map of America’s quietest natural places: “This map, along with the Park Service’s map of the human soundscape that came before it, is the product of a massive project involving 1.5 million hours of audio recordings taken at 479 locations in the United States. Those recordings were fed into sophisticated computer models able to produce estimates of the aural landscape throughout the U.S. with a frankly amazing level of detail and accuracy.”

Earth Day Across L.A.: If you’re seeking events in recognition of Earth Day in Los Angeles over the weekend, this list of festivals, cleanups, hikes, workshops, screenings, and more can help you connect with your fellow Angelenos in the spirit of planetary celebration.

Why Tap Water is Better Than Bottled Water: “Not only does bottled water contribute to excessive waste, but it costs us a thousand times more than water from our faucet at home, and it’s likely no safer or cleaner, experts say. A 2008 investigation by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group found some bottled water is sullied with untested industrial chemicals and may not necessarily be cleaner than tap water.”

Projective Preservation: A Manifesto For Savannah: Ryan Madson is an urban planner and landscape designer who also teaches architecture at SCAD — Savannah College of Art and Design, and in this article, Madson describes the struggle between preserving the past and developing new strategies for the future and present, the hard balance of catering to the tourist and serving the local community, the search for authenticity and social cohesion.

What India Can Teach the Rest of the World About Rainwater Conservation: In light of a disappointing El Niño season in Southern California now transitioning into a possible sweltering hot La Niña condition, this piece about India’s Jalanidhi program (created by the Kerala government and the World Bank) outlines strategies that helped the government meet the needs of the state’s 35 million people in the face of water shortages. The parallels are clear.



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