Sven Eberlein

What's the Most Sustainable Material for Daily Life? The Answer May Be Hiding in Plain Sight

This article was published in collaboration with GlobalPossibilities.org.

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How Smaller Cities are Taking the Lead in Sustainability Innovation

The cat has long been out of the bag: If we’re serious about not driving the planet (with ourselves on it) off the climate cliff, we better do something about our cities. With 70% of the world’s population projected to be living, consuming and emitting in urban areas by 2050, it has dawned on pretty much anyone who is not a resident of Denial Delta that the road to a sustainable future must go through the world’s cities and human settlements. It’s a pretty simple equation — each structural improvement that positively affects the collective ecological footprint of a densely populated area yields a disproportionately large return on investment, from energy savings to air quality to carbon reductions. 

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What If We Stopped Freaking Out About Climate Change?

Climate change. Three hundred fifth parts per million of atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide. Melting glaciers. Rising sea levels. These words are so big and loaded that even the most calm and even-keeled among us can get weak-kneed at their mere mention; so unnerving and existentially threatening that they make your body freeze like a deer in the headlights. It’s like that sinking feeling you might get from a sputtering jet engine a mile up in the air, or the word “cancer” coming out of your doctor’s mouth. Only in this case, the whole world is ablaze and you are standing there with a fire extinguisher in your hand.

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