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Category Archives: Environment & Ecology

August 30, 2016
Concrete, A Necessary Evil In the L.A. River’s Ecosystem

No discussion of the future of the Los Angeles River is ever complete without picturesque renderings of the river resplendent in greenery. But despite the idyllic vision presented by these renderings, it is one that is incomplete.

How Cities Are Tackling Their Food Waste Problem
Fast Company Coexist

From loosening restrictions on what “expired” means to dabbling with aquaponics and vertical farming, cities around the world are trying to contribute less to landfills with their wasted meals.

August 29, 2016
Manufactured Housing Standards Means Quality, Comfort

The U.S. Department of Energy has proposed the first energy efficiency standard update in more than two decades for manufactured housing, and it could save owners thousands on energy bills while avoiding millions of tons of carbon pollution.

How Amphetamines Are Affecting Our Waterways
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New research has added to the growing body of evidence that the chemicals we put in our bodies often end up in our waterways — with noticeable consequences.

Coming of Age in the Shadow of Chernobyl
New York Times

Since 2009, photographer Neils Ackermann’s main project has been photographing young people coming of age in Slavutich, a planned community for workers at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, built after the accident there in 1986.

Triangle Ozone Deaths Can Be Prevented
The News & Observer

An estimated 25 deaths each year in the Triangle from health problems caused by poor air quality could be prevented by reducing ozone pollution to levels recommended by the American Thoracic Society, which could be prevented by policy.

August 28, 2016
Are Cities Reducing Our Impact on Earth?
Christian Science Monitor

Human activity is putting pressure on three-quarters of the planet, according to new research. But we may be becoming more efficient with our use of the Earth’s resources.

Does CA’s Environmental Law Impede Development?
Orange County Register

“NIMBYs” and businesses use the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, as a pretext to block housing and other types of needed development, the co-author of a recent study maintains.

This Is What City Flood Cleanup Looks Like
Next City

Flood waters haven’t completely receded in southern Louisiana, but the owners of over 40,000 flood-damaged homes and businesses in Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge parishes are already gutting buildings and fighting the mold.

Office Workers Turn Gardener on Paris Rooftops

Le Bon Marche and La Grande Epicerie, two landmark Paris luxury stores have turned their joint rooftops into an urban garden for staff who can grow their own crops in their free time.

Luigi the Poopbot Set to Scour Sewers for Viruses
The Daily Mail

It is a thankless task – even for a robot. Below the bustling streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Luigi is sifting through human waste and gathering data on some 107,000 people.

What Makes Italy So Vulnerable to Earthquakes?

Every few years, a large earthquake strikes Italy, unleashing what’s now a sad routine: death, emergency rescues, thousands of people left without homes for years, rebuilding efforts, cities emptied of their souls.


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