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Builders construct experimental vaults of brick and cement blocks in Santiago de Cuba in December 1960. Centro de Documentación, Empresa RESTAURA, Oficina del Historiador de la Ciudad de La Habana

Cuba’s post-revolution architecture offers a blueprint for how to build more with less

After Fidel Castro took power, government plans to build new housing, schools and factories were hindered by sanctions and supply chain issues, forcing architects to come up with creative solutions.
Financial services company Allianz, sponsors of Bayern Munich, are one of 2021’s top performing ESG – environmentally responsible – companies. Anahtiris/Shutterstock

Big business and climate change: finally, sustainability pays

Big corporations are under pressure to take real action on emissions or risk the wrath of protesters, investors and even shareholders.
Wind turbines at the Mehrum coal-fired power station in the Peine district in Lower Saxony, Mehrum. The phase-out of coal is planned by 2038. Julian Stratenschulte via GettyImages

Energy transitions: The role of institutions and market structures

Good governance should be seen as the first and main tool for achieving climate change mitigation as policymakers pursue sustainable solutions for the environmental crisis.
A farmer walks through a rice paddy in India’s northeastern state of Assam. Buu Boro /AFP via Getty Images

Food production generates more than a third of manmade greenhouse gas emissions – a new framework tells us how much comes from crops, countries and regions

A new study provides a detailed way to calculate the climate impact of food production, which could lead to more sustainable farming policies and methods.
Packaging for consumer products represents a large share of U.S. solid waste, and barely half of it is recycled. iStock via Getty Images

Packaging generates a lot of waste – now Maine and Oregon want manufacturers to foot the bill for getting rid of it

Maine and Oregon have enacted laws that require makers of consumer product packaging to pay for recycling or disposing of it. Will other states follow?

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