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The typical car is parked 95% of the time. Nastco/iStock via Getty Images

City planners are questioning the point of parking garages

As many cities grapple with the housing crisis, some places are rewriting regulations and finding creative ways to repurpose these hulking masses of concrete that suck up valuable real estate.
Innovations in food systems, like food processing technologies, have enhanced the sensory quality, safety and shelf life of food products. (Scott Warman/Unsplash)

How science and innovation can strengthen global food systems

Innovations in food science and technology are well-positioned to address many existing food systems challenges.
COP27 has given countries and organizations yet another chance to push for a managed decline in fossil fuel production. A climate action banner hangs from the Tower bridge in London in April 2022. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

COP27: Which countries will push to end fossil fuel production? And which won’t?

A managed fossil fuel phasing-out offers a chance for producers – including governments, corporations and unions – to negotiate the terms of a ‘just transition’ to renewable energy.
The founder of Patagonia, long known for environmental activism, said on Sept. 14 that the company is dedicating all its future profits to a non-profit focused on fighting the environmental crisis and defending nature. (Shutterstock)

Has Patagonia defined a new gold standard for business responsibility?

Whether or not Patagonia’s recent move will have a lasting impact on business responsibility will depend on how it balances its environmental impacts with the social good it carries out.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial, known as the Genbaku Dome, was one of the few surviving structures after the city was hit by an atomic bomb in 1945. Its ruins bear witness to the 140,000 people who died, and spreads the message of “no more Hiroshimas”. Metrotrekker

To adapt to a changing world, heritage conservation needs to look toward the future

World heritage sites play an essential role in advancing Unesco’s goals, but more foresight is needed to imagine and enable promising strategies that address the needs of future generations.

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