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It’s seven in the morning and the sounds of excitement are already deafening. Synchronized volunteers assemble tools, mounds of dirt tower above the horizon, and the morning sun highlights a long list of tasks. For the teachers, the garden will be key to the academic success of their students. For the students, it’s a good… Read more »

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Ten years ago, PARK(ing) Day was established with the goal of temporarily transforming metered parking spaces into tiny public parks. Some of the novelty has worn off since then, but the appeal has only strengthened, and the annual event now occurs around the globe. With “The Goatlet,” in 2013, the San Francisco studio brought live… Read more »

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I attended a well-publicized exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden this past weekend. Unfortunately, the organization and aesthetic tone of “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life” was more artifice than art. The promise inherent in the first solo exhibition of the Mexican artist’s evocative work in New York City in over ten years was hardly… Read more »

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“High-consequence risks have a distinctive quality. The more calamitous the hazards they involve, the less we have any real experience of what we risk: for if things ‘go wrong’, it is already too late.” Anthony Giddens NASA’s recent finding that regardless of what humanity does, the world is locked into a roughly three-foot sea level… Read more »

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The One Belt, One Road policy (OBOR) launched last March by the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) aims to enhance coordination across the Asian continent, namely financial integration, trade liberalization, and person-to-person connectivity. One Belt is an economic land belt that builds on the ancient Silk Road that dates to the Han Dynasty… Read more »

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When we enjoy urban California’s verdant neighborhoods, fantastic parks, and green lawns we easily forget that most of this luxuriant vegetation is the result of irrigation. In times of intense drought like the one the entire West Coast is experiencing, it’s dismaying to learn that about half of the water the state uses in urban… Read more »

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