But sequestering carbon is complicated. Living forests are already excellent carbon sinks. Half of a tree’s weight is just sequestered carbon, according to the Forestry Service. Some scientists argue that leaving forests alone is a better way to store carbon than farming them to replace steel and concrete. “Keeping the trees in the forest is far more valuable for carbon storage alone–than any value derived from logging,” says Mike Garrity, the Montana-based executive director of Alliance for the Wild Rockies, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the natural ecology of the region. Garrity argues that the timber industry is pushing assumptions about the sustainability of timber that haven’t been proven by science. … [Read more...] about Can Timber Skyscrapers Really Help Save The Planet?
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dipped into the helicopter business in June with a $200 New York City airport shuttle service. That’s just the first step in Uber’s grand plan, called Elevate, to one day fill urban skies with morphing electric planes that transform to helicopter mode for pinpoint vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). Aerospace giants including Boeing and Embraer are developing these futuristic VTOL craft for Uber’s network—which it plans to launch in three cities, including L.A., starting in 2023. (Separate from Uber, Airbus is also working on autonomous electric VTOL craft.) … [Read more...] about This startup wants to make urban flying as accessible as riding the bus
Eventually, the hope is that Quayside’s development will scale to a much larger–800 acres in all–piece of undeveloped land nearby to attain the neighborhood-sized development Alphabet has hinted at in the past. But first, the company says, it plans to spend the next year doing community outreach and planning for Quayside. On the agenda? Infrastructure, transit, housing, retail, and “establishing clear governance policies related to data protection and privacy.” … [Read more...] about Alphabet Inc. Plans A Beta City
Blade is also replacing its scheduled JFK shuttle flights (typically running twice per day, in each direction) with continuous service from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. A passenger in the airport or the city can now order a seat in the Blade mobile app and be airborne on the next available flight, within about 30 minutes, says Wiesenthal. (Blade continues to also offer private charters of entire helicopters, seven days a week, starting at $1,400 for a six-seater.) … [Read more...] about American Airlines and Blade introduce cheaper airport helicopter shuttle packages
The menorah on the north-side wall of the synagogue is one of the most striking elements in the space; it was also the most serendipitous. During the demolition, Benshetrit noticed seven symmetrical blocks of brick that served as a built-in schematic of the top of a candelabra. He painted them copper and added branches on the bricks below to complete the effect. The entrance’s ceiling, too, introduces an abstracted menorah pattern, with snaking lines that hide the track lighting in the front. … [Read more...] about Studio Dror’s Nightclubby Soho Synagogue Aims To Draw Young Worshippers