The lie is that we can separate human life from the environment, using concrete, glass, steel, maps, planning, and infrastructure to forge a space apart. To live in the world, we must see our cities for the complex environmental assemblages that they are.
Abolishing the livestock industry and replacing it with vast new forests could achieve more than electrifying the entire transport sector. It would be easier and quicker to accomplish because it requires no new technologies or dramatic infrastructural changes.
The invasion of livestock in areas inhabited by traditional populations is widespread in Brazil’s Amazon. Emboldened by a promised amnesty on land seizures, ranchers are felling brazil nut trees, edging out families who have harvested them for generations.
As city populations soar, it might seem like there isn’t much room for trees. But ecologists say these climatic powerhouses are an often overlooked solution to the health and environmental issues greater density brings.
From Dublin to Dessau, cities are leaving once manicured green spaces to rewild with native flowers and grasses that attract more diverse insects, birds, and wildlife. Such a paradigm shift will take time, however.
In a desperate economic moment, Alberta is abruptly reshaping a decades-old balance in the Rockies and Foothills, chasing opportunity in the volatile market of coal exports, at the risk of the very land that defines the province and its people.