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What has happened over time is that development has become less dense in the US. People like to move to a 5-acre ranch, and that creates this volatile mix of houses and flammable vegetation.

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Category Archives: Environment & Ecology

July 23, 2017
German Car Companies Have Run A Secret Cartel Since The 90s

Well, this would be nutty. German car companies have allegedly been working together in “secret working groups” on suppliers and costs in what may be one of “the biggest cartel cases” in German history, according to news magazine Der Spiegel.

Neighbors, Local Regulations Blocking Solar in Ann Arbor

Ernesto Figueroa and his wife, Sara, decided last year they were going to get serious about doing their part to address climate change and switch to a cleaner energy source. But then some neighbors raised concerns about the visual impact on the neighborhood.

Designing With Nature for Sea Level Rise

Regardless of how high sea levels will be in 2100, or how quickly the rise accelerates in coming decades, in the Bay Area, we will need to re-envision and adapt our complex shoreline to make both our ecological and manmade systems more resilient.

Advocating for the Environment in Rural America
Governing Magazine

Environmental advocacy is difficult in the Trump era. In rural areas, it’s even harder. “To be personally attacked for speaking up, to be silenced, it was devastating to me,” says one resident who tried to fight fracking in her rural Pennsylvania county.

Researcher Examines Structural Protections Against Extreme Urban Heat

Together with scientists from Empa, Professor Jan Carmeliet studied the latest heatwave last June. ETH News asked him where is the most pleasant place to be in Zurich in summer, and which structural measures should be taken to protect cities from extreme heat events.

July 20, 2017
Could CA Lawsuits Help Fight Climate Change?
Washington Post

Two California coastal counties and one beach-side city touched off a possible new legal front in the climate change battle this week, suing dozens of major oil, coal, and other fossil fuel companies for the damages they say they will incur due to rising seas.

US EPA Sues Cleveland Heights for Untreated Stormwater
Cleveland Plain Dealer

The U.S. EPA on Wednesday sued Cleveland Heights in federal court, accusing the city of violating the Clean Water Act for allowing raw sewage to flow into the Doan Brook and the Dugway Brook — both tributaries of Lake Erie.

Melbourne’s Trains May Glide into Biophilic Precincts
The Fifth Estate

Melbourne Metro might very well be the first biophilic public transport project in Australia, if the recently-released Living Infrastructure Plan is a good indication of what the design and construction teams plan to deliver.

Austin’s Tree Ordinance in Danger
Community Impact

Concerned that the rules concerning tree removal within city limits are unconstitutional, Gov. Greg Abbott is looking to axe all of Texas’ municipal tree ordinances in the special legislative session that started Tuesday.

CA Sets Gold Standard of State Energy Policy
The Hill

In an era where the heads of federal agencies seem more intent on dismantling their agencies, rather than effectively meeting their congressional mandates, states have little choice but to lead on issues important to them. And California has done the best.

NC Still Waiting for Clean-Up Funds From Last Hurricane Season
McClatchy D.C.

North Carolina residents and communities still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew could soon have access to hundreds of millions more federal dollars – even as state officials demand much more money and brace for the next storm.

July 19, 2017
Los Angeles’ Sustainable City “pLAn”, Part 2
Knock L.A.

The Environment section of pLAn begins with “Local Water.” Followed by Local Solar, Energy-Efficient Buildings, the laughable Carbon & Climate Leadership, and finally ends where the entire pLAn belongs: Waste & Landfills. Let’s dig in.

CA Legislature Passes Cap & Trade, Questions Remain
Streetsblog Cal

Last night the California legislature passed a legislative package to extend the state’s cap-and-trade system until 2030. It’s a landmark victory for proponents, and it brings some certainty to the future of state climate policy. But it has left some questions unanswered.

Maps Help EU Cities, Regions Cut Carbon Emissions
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

A series of first-ever maps shows regional-scale differences in carbon footprints in the EU. The maps can help guide local and regional policies designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions.


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