Cities

Business & Technology

These battery-powered trains are almost as magical as the Hogwarts Express

They shuttle Brits 12 miles using only batteries the size of a BIC lighter.

Fare economy

Don’t call Uber and Lyft “ride-sharing,” says AP

Uber and Lyft don't actually 'share' anything, rides or otherwise. The Associated Press suggests calling them "ride-hailing" or "ride-booking" services instead.

Raves and Graves

Would you rather swim in a river of ammonium or MDMA?

Fracking sites in Pennsylvania or rave rivers in Taiwan -- the choice is yours, river-dweller!

Climate & Energy

Good news and bad news about rising seas

First the good news: Seas didn't rise as much as we thought in the 20th century. Bad news? They're rising even faster now.

Food

What America’s nutty demand for almonds is doing to California

It takes a gallon of water to produce one almond. And that's not the most insane fact about the hedge-fund-fueled race to plant thirsty trees in the middle of a catastrophic drought.

Cities

Overachieving Germans to green the Autobahn

The city of Hamburg plans to bury a section of the Autobahn, and plant a stretch of parks, gardens, and trails on top the tunnel.

Is “resilience” the new sustainababble?

Resilience is an idea with potentially transformative power -- but we need to make sure it isn't co-opted by big business and the forces of the status quo.

Living

A dog learned how to ride the bus, so you are out of excuses

In Seattle, land of a byzantine bus system, even the dogs know how to handle public transit.

Climate & Energy

We have to build much smarter cities if we want to fight climate change

Energy demand in big cities is poised to soar, but with forward-thinking urban and transportation planning, we could keep that growth in check.