Image courtesy of Marin County.

When Planning for Sea-Level Rise Turns to Play: “The Game of Floods is a choose-your-own-hazard-mitigation romp created by a team of local public works engineers and planners. Climate change may have its winners and losers, but this game—which earned Marin County a national award for public outreach by the American Planning Association on Wednesday— focuses on the value of collaboration and small steps in the face of a huge challenge.”

How Urban Landscapers Use Native Plants to Create Habitats for Wildlife: “Maintaining these natural processes on a local level will remain increasingly important as birds and other wildlife face displacement as a result of warming temperatures. In late June, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences described how “only 41 percent of US natural land area is currently connected enough to allow species to track preferred temperatures as the planet warms over the next 100 years.”

California Will Need Mountains of Sand to Save Its Beaches: “Without human intervention, many of the region’s beautiful beaches may disappear by 2100 as sea levels rise. If the Golden State wants to save its golden shores, it will have to add sand to them—and lots of it.”

The Sounds of ‘Mannahatta’ in Your Ear: “Sounds of 17th-century natural life in Manhattan — chirps, caws, groans, croaks, screeches — are now available on the website Unsung.NYC, where they are stitched adjacent to our (mostly) human-made 21st-century clamor. The result, “Calling Thunder,” is an aural bridge across four centuries.”

Urban designer Jeff Speck on walkable cities and economic development “In America it’s fair to say a walkable city is a city in which you can live a full and fruitful life without relying on an automobile. That doesn’t mean that a lot of people aren’t driving. It just means that the car is an empowering instrument of freedom, as opposed to a prosthetic device, which is what it’s become for so many Americans.”


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