She has barely ever been in a car, and never eaten meat or flown. Now 31, she lives on the 15th floor of a city centre tower from where she can just see the ocean 500 yards away on one side and the suburbs and informal settlements sprawling as far as the eye can see on the other. Life is OK in this megacity. She earns the exact median income and is as green as she feels she can be: she has no children yet, her carbon footprint is negligible, and her apartment, built in the early 2000s, has been retrofitted for climate change with deep insulation, its own solar air-con and heating systems. It has a “living” wall of plants and a balcony where she grows a few vegetables. Waste is automatically sorted or composted. Outside it may be roasting, with temperatures often higher than 40C. Inside, she’s cool. She loves where she lives, even though the water tastes slightly salty sometimes and there are often electricity outages in the summer months because of the frequent … [Read more...] about The climate crisis in 2050: what happens if cities act but nations don’t?
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If you live in Glasgow, you are more likely to die young. Men die a full seven years earlier than their counterparts in other UK cities. Until recently, the causes of this excess mortality remained a mystery. “Deep-fried Mars bars,” some have speculated. “The weather,” others suggested. For years, those reasons were as good as any. In 2012, the Economist described it thus: “It is as if a malign vapour rises from the Clyde at night and settles in the lungs of sleeping Glaswegians.” The phenomenon has become known as the Glasgow effect. But David Walsh, a public health programme manager at the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, who led a study on the excess deaths in 2010, wasn’t satisfied with how the term was being used. “It turned into a Scooby-Doo mystery but it’s not an exciting thing,” he says. “It’s about people dying young, it’s about grief.” He wanted to work out why Glaswegians have a 30% … [Read more...] about Urban living makes us miserable – this city is trying to change that
“On any person who desires such queer prizes, New York will bestow the gift of loneliness and the gift of privacy,” wrote EB White in his 1949 essay, Here Is New York. White sizes up both the positive and negative potential of the teeming Manhattan with the familiarity of a native and the heightened awareness of a visitor. A longtime contributor to the New Yorker magazine, White also wrote the classic children’s book Charlotte’s Web and co-wrote the influential writing guide The Elements of Style. In Here Is New York, he takes that versatility further, giving us a new way of seeing the city in an early example of what we might today call city criticism. Given how long we’ve relied on the work of critics on film, music, food, and much else besides, as well as the ever-increasing relevance of cities in our lives, it’s time we recognised city criticism as its own distinct category of writing. But what is city criticism — or rather, what … [Read more...] about ‘A way of learning from everything’: the rise of the city critic
Extinction Rebellion protesters blocked major roads and chanted slogans across the world today in the beginning of a series of demonstrations to demand new climate policies. Australia and New Zealand, hours ahead of Europe, kick-started the protests on Monday, with Sydney's downtown rush-hour targeted by activists, while in Wellington protesters chained themselves to a pink car at a main junction. In Berlin, demonstrators set up camp outside Angela Merkel's office and blocked major arteries around the Victory Column, while in Amsterdam hundreds set up camp in the busy Rijksmuseum area. Founded in Britain last year, the movement, also known as XR, declared the beginning of demonstrations in 60 cities across the world on Monday. BERLIN, GERMANY: Activists of global environment movement Extinction Rebellion (XR) block the traffic junction 'Grosser Stern' around the victory column in Berlin, Germany on Monday morning MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Hundreds of protesters … [Read more...] about Extinction Rebellion protests go global: Up to 60 cities face being brought to a standstill as climate change demonstrations take hold
Yes Yes Yes has claimed victory at The Everest at Royal Randwick and claimed the $14million first prize for taking out the world's richest turf horse race. The three-year-old colt was one of the outsiders in the elite field of sprinters assembled at Royal Randwick on Saturday afternoon. Yes Yes Yes dashed clear of the early leaders soon after straightening and held off the late closers Santa Ana Lane and Trekking which took the minor placings. Yes Yes Yes has claimed victory at The Everest at Royal Randwick on Saturday and claimed the $14million first prize for taking out the world's richest horse race The three-year-old colt won the third running for champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller at Randwick Racecourse on Saturday afternoon Winning a big race was a familiar feeling both for trainer Chris Waller - who prepared the mighty mare Winx - and jockey Glenn Boss who famously rode Makybe Diva to a hat trick of Melbourne Cups. Boss took the ride despite injuring his knee … [Read more...] about Yes Yes Yes reaches Everest – three-year-old colt causes a boilover by winning the world’s richest turf race