Archives for July 25, 2014

Should We Ditch The ‘Green Economy’?

Faced with pub­lic pres­sure to low­er their car­bon foot­print, and the high cost of set­ting up sus­tain­able ener­gy sup­plies, busi­ness­es and gov­ern­ments now have a third option.   The Unit­ed Nation’s ‘Sus­tain­able Ener­gy for All’ ini­tia­tive adds weight to the grow­ing voice push­ing low-car­bon ‘green’ growth over con­ven­tion­al ‘brown’ devel­op­ment and its heavy reliance on […]

Venezuela climate summit calls for end to “green economy”

UN-backed event ends with unusu­al call from civ­il soci­ety groups to end cap­i­tal­ism A UN-backed con­fer­ence in Venezuela has end­ed with a dec­la­ra­tion to scrap car­bon mar­kets and reject the green econ­o­my. The Mar­gari­ta Dec­la­ra­tion was issued at the end of a four-day meet­ing of around 130 green activist groups, which the Venezue­lan gov­ern­ment hosted […]

Your iPhone may be rigged to spy on you

iOS foren­sic exam­in­er Jonathan Zdziars­ki may know more about iPhones than any oth­er non-Apple employ­ee. Yet even he can’t find a rea­son for some of the mys­tery fea­tures buried with­in the iOS oper­at­ing sys­tem, which look an awful lot like secu­ri­ty back­doors that bypass user-des­ig­­nat­ed data pro­tec­tions. The fea­tures could be there to let Apple […]

Urban development: mixed use, mixed results?

Ever since Jane Jacobs cel­e­brat­ed diverse, high-den­si­­ty neigh­bor­hoods in her 1961 clas­sic “The Death and Life of Great Amer­i­can Cities,” city plan­ners, politi­cians, aca­d­e­mics and even some devel­op­ers have been jonesing to recre­ate New York’s homey West Vil­lage where she lived back then. Of course, to adopt Jacobs’ pre­scrip­tions for the per­fect city — short, walkable […]