New York Daily News on Andrew Cuomo’s climate goals New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo pens an opinion piece in which he writes that "the denial and deliberation from extremists on both sides about the causes of climate change are distracting us from addressing its inarguable effects," demanding: "We need to act, not simply react." Cuomo goes onto explain how New York needs to prepare. He advocates bolstering infrastructure and reducing the "energy consumption that contributes to climate change — which means, for starters, upgrading our building codes." He also suggests improvements to mass transit, means of communication and the electrical system, concluding that "We will not allow the national paralysis over climate change to stop us from pursuing the necessary path for the future."
ClimateWire on electric grids Sandy made it very evident that the power grid is susceptible when extreme weather hits, and Nathanael Massey enumerates the lessons the storm has brought. One, he writes, "has been the success of smart meters in anticipating and responding to large-scale weather events." Another lesson we can take from Sandy and other storms is that we need to reduce reliance on the grid, and make it stronger not necessarily harder. For instance, "grid hardening" techniques like burying power lines might not be the best solution for all storms.
The Guardian on rat poison in the Galápagos The famous bird species of the Galápagos are at risk because of hundreds of millions of invasive rats. So Ecuadorian authorities are now dropping 22 tonnes of "poisoned bait"— which"is in light blue cubes that attract rats but have been found to be of little interest to other species"—on the island to get rid of the rodents.
Grist on Chicago’s plans for urban farms Plans are underway as part of Chicago’s Department of Housing and Economic Development’s Green Healthy Neighborhoods initiative to turn Chicago’s Black Belt area—now a site of poverty and vacant lots—into "a green belt with a strong focus on urban agriculture within the neighborhood of Englewood." The plans include a former railroad line converted into a "linear park" and the ability to turn 100 acres of vacant, city-owned parcels of land into farms "and other agricultural projects."
SFGate on Greenbuild John King takes a look at Greenbuild, a conference hosted by the United States Green Building Council where companies will exhibit " what they claim are eco-friendly products" the event "testifies to the ever-widening cultural presence of sustainable design." Products on view included a " 700-gallon underground tank for storing water" and "porous stone pavers for parking lots and driveways."