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Category Archives: Environment & Ecology

December 4, 2016
Sprawl Encroaches on San Antonio’s Natural Areas
San Antonio Express-News

Thomas Hille follows a simple rule when he jogs along the winding trails of Friedrich Wilderness Park, an oasis of untouched land near the busy Interstate 10 corridor on the far Northwest Side.

L.A. Bureau of Engineering Has Big Plans for River
Architect's Newspaper

Gary Lee Moore is the city engineer with the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, one of the many organizations and agencies involved in the ongoing restoration and redevelopment of the Los Angeles River. We interviewed him to ask about the city’s plans for the restoration.

How Green Infrastructure Can Reduce Stormwater Fees
Model D Media

In November, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department released guides to help customers understand its stormwater drainage fees, including ways to implement green infrastructure to gain credits toward reducing those fees.

Europe’s 1st Urban Fast Charging Station in The Hague
Clean Technica

Billions of euros are being invested into Europe’s EV market. The race to build the infrastructure, which can help make them the vehicle of choice, lags behind. However, Fastned announced the opening of Europe’s 1st “Urban Fast Charging Station” in The Hague, Holland.

CA’s New Water Conservation Plan Focuses on Cities
The Press Democrat

California officials crafting a new conservation plan for the state’s dry future drew criticism from environmentalists on Thursday for failing to require more cutbacks of farmers, who use 80 percent of the water consumed by people.

How Can the UK Meet Its Legal Air Pollution Requirements?
The Conversation

Each year, air pollution contributes to 25,000 deaths in the UK. By law, the government is obliged to cut high levels of harmful gases in the “shortest possible time”, yet in November the High Court ruled that the government’s plan was too poor. How can the requirements be met?

OH Leading the Way in Fuel Cell Industry
Crain's Cleveland

U.S. oil and gas production is still on the rise – and the nation’s next president has voiced support for those fuels, along with coal – but the hydrogen fuel cell industry is still on the upswing across the nation and particularly in states like Ohio.

December 1, 2016
Archaeological Treasures From L.A.’s Purple Line Construction
The Source

Parts of two ancient elephant relatives were found in the past week during excavation work on a future station for the Purple Line Extension subway, Metro announced today. These are the first fossils from a mammal species found during work on this section of the subway project.

How Understanding Psychology Can Protect the Environment

Why do some people take action to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprints while others do not? Environmental psychologists, behavioral economists and other social scientists have all investigated this question.

How GM Saved Millions By Reusing Stormwater in Detroit
Model D Mesia

In 2014, the engineering team at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant realized that stormwater discharge fees were eating up 14 percent of its utility bill. Two years and 20,000 dump-truck loads later, the plant is recycling its own stormwater at an annual savings of over $2 million.

With Warming Climate, Poorer Suburbs More At Risk
City Metric

Australian cities are getting hotter. The many reasons for this include densification policies, climate change, and social trends such as bigger houses and apartment living, which leave less space for gardens and trees. But some areas are more exposed to heat than others.

Suburban Farms No Match for Hot Real-Estate Market

There’s a problem with the urban agriculture model, and not because of any lack of farmers. It’s because of the competition for land, especially lands on this coveted urban fringe that still retains rural flavor.

November 30, 2016
Cities and States Lead on Climate Change
New York Times

As President-elect Donald J. Trump considers whether to break the United States commitment to the Paris climate accord, the rise of clean energy across the heartland is already too well entrenched to be reversed.

Scientists Model Green Infrastructure and Traffic Pollution
Directions Magazine

Scientists from EarthSense Systems and the UK’s University of Leicester have published the results of a study into the effect of urban trees on air pollution. The results show a direct link between air pollution and green infrastructure.

Constant Flooding: Houston’s New Normal
The Urban Edge

Across the region, Houstonians are asking: is constant flooding the new normal? Yes, says Kinder Institute Fellow Sam Brody, a professor with the department of marine sciences at Texas A&M University at Galveston.

Alaska Towns Face Tough Choices in Face of Climate Change
Alaska Dispatch News

Small, vulnerable Alaska towns could move to higher ground, a wrenching prospect that, for a small village, could cost as much as $200 million. Or they could stand their ground and hope to find money to fortify their buildings and shore up their coastline.

U.S. Will Ban Smoking in Public Housing Nationwide
New York Times

Officials with the Department of Housing and Urban Development said that the rule would take effect early next year, but that public housing agencies would have a year and a half to put smoke-free policies in place.


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