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Category Archives: Environment & Ecology

April 27, 2017
The Sound Of Manhattan 400 Years Ago
Fast Company Design

Birds chirping! Frogs croaking! Leaves rustling! Lower Manhattan used to sound downright soothing, as a new virtual experience shows.

Creating a Healthier, Cleaner Transport System
Public Health Newswire

Guest bloggers from the Natural Resources Defense Council, Deron Lovaas and Juanita Constible, highlight the importance of considering the health impacts of transportation and collaborating across sectors.

Philly Councilman Helping Upscale Neighborhood Skirt Green Rules
Philadelphia Inquirer

Councilman Mark Squilla’s speech at Philly’s March for Science urged the soggy crowd at Penn’s Landing to support environmental causes, especially legislation aimed at curbing climate change. If only Squilla practiced the modest agenda that he preached.

April 26, 2017
How Bad Sea Level Rise Could Get For U.S.
Mashable

Until recently, it seemed that we would be able to manage global warming-induced sea level rise through the end of the century. It would be problematic, of course, but manageable, particularly in industrialized nations like the U.S. But our estimates might have been too low.

How Killer Nanoparticles Cause Heart Disease
The Ecologist

A new study explains for the first time how nanoparticles like those in diesel exhaust fumes cause heart disease by lodging in inflamed blood vessels, writes Oliver Tickell.

Pittsburgh 2030 Progress Report Shows Millions in Energy Savings
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Five years into its goal of reducing emissions, energy and water use by 50 percent by 2030, the Pittsburgh 2030 District has made several dramatic leaps and added part of the North Side flats to expand the boundaries of participation by 10 percent.

The Dried-Up Heart of California’s Water Dilemma
Bloomberg View

California’s Tulare Lake was once the largest body of freshwater west of the Mississippi. It was shallow, and it varied in size from year to year and season to season. But it was home to lots of salmon, turtles, otters and even, in the late 19th century, a few schooners and steamboats.

Will The 3rd Industrial Revolution Save The Planet?
Fast Company

Jeremy Rifkin’s thinking about how to build a clean-energy powered, automation-filled future is inspiring major infrastructure plans in Europe and China. Can his new Vice documentary convince American business leaders to buy in?

April 25, 2017
Chicago Sees Big Shift in Grocery Shopping Habit
Next City

In February, Chicago joined Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle in implementing a tax on disposable carry-out bags. According to a study led by Professor Tatiana A. Homonoff of New York University, the city is already seeing results.

Oslo, London Lead Push for Greener Transport
Reuters

Oslo, London and Amsterdam are leading a shift by major cities to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from transport, helped by new technologies that will curb climate change and reduce air pollution, a study showed on Tuesday.

CA Air Resources Board Pushes for Zero-Emission Trains
Planetizen

The California Air Resources Board has petitioned the U.S. EPA to adopt more stringent emissions standards for locomotives in order to improve air quality at rail yards, many of which are located adjacent to disadvantaged communities.

Cities and Biodiversity Hotspots on Collision Course
The Dirt

Nearly 400 cities around the world are currently on “a crash course” with irreplaceable ecosystems, according to new research from Richard Weller, ASLA, professor and chair of the landscape architecture department at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

London Accelerates Plans For Ultra-Low-Emission Zone
Transport Research & Innovation Portal

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that the capital’s introduction of an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will now come into force in April 2019, instead of in September 2020.

April 20, 2017
How a Sewer Will Save St. Louis
Politico

The Gateway City is building a massive tunnel system to capture billions of gallons of polluted storm water before it reaches the Mississippi.

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