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It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy: We assume families don’t want to live downtown, we therefore don’t design for family, and, sure enough, families don’t come, or they don’t stay.

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Category Archives: Environment & Ecology

June 20, 2017
How Mudslides Threaten Lima’s Existence
The Guardian

Evangelina Chamorro became a symbol of hope after she survived being swept two miles in a mudslide – but her story reveals the city’s shaky foundations.

Environmentalism’s Unsustainable Whiteness Factor

Aaron Mair’s story starts out all too familiar to people of color who have encountered any of the big green groups: He asked one for help dealing with an issue of critical importance to the health of his family and community — and was turned away.

June 19, 2017
Deadly Heat Waves To Become More Common

Deadly heat waves are going to be a much bigger problem in the coming decades, becoming more frequent and occurring over a much greater portion of the planet because of climate change, according to a study published Monday in Nature Climate Change.

The Rat Researcher Who Fueled Our Fears of Overpopulation
Washington Post

John B. Calhoun loved rats. He designed elaborate colonies for the creatures that became a kind of paradise, free of predators and disease, with an unlimited supply of food. But paradise soon became a crowded hell, and his work still haunts humans.

Air Resources Board Releases Regional Greenhouse Gas Targets
Streetsblog Cal

The Air Resources Board just released its proposed update to the S.B. 375 targets, which tell each region how much of the state’s GHG reductions they are responsible for. It’s clear that California has set a high bar for GHG reductions statewide.

Caltrain Commits to Water Conservation
Railway Age

In April, California Governor Jerry Brown declared that his state’s severe draught ended, but asked citizens to make water conservation a way of life. Caltrain is playing its part by adding a Storm Water Management Program to its sustainability initiatives.

June 18, 2017
Climate Change as a Design Problem
New York Times

Discussions of climate change begin in cities and towns where the rising ocean is an existential threat. But when he chose to embark on a series on the topic, Michael Kimmelman, the Times’s architecture critic, started instead with a long look at landlocked Mexico City.

Why CA’s Climate Change Fight Is Also About Public Health
Time Magazine

California addressing climate change isn’t just about saving the world from rising sea levels, intense heat and extreme weather events. Environmental policy experts say the state’s aggressive global warming program will also help solve a longstanding public health problem.

How Business Can Take the Lead on Combating Climate Change

Amazon, Apple, Target and other large companies are pledging to work toward the metrics established by the Paris agreement. Can state and local government fill the void left at the federal level? Or is this a job best left to business?

Why NYC’s New Climate Program Includes Making Friends

This week, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office announced a new initiative to combat climate change–augmented extreme heat in the city. It comes down to: Plant a tree! Make a pal! Those are actually not bad ideas.

Baltimore Mayor Joins Paris Accord After Removing Bike Lane
Systemic Failure

On June 1st, Baltimore Mayor Pugh announced that the Potomic street cycletrack would be ripped out, and downgraded to a dysfunctional and unprotected bike lane. He proceeded to offer a statement in support of the Paris agreement a mere 48 hours later.

June 15, 2017
Michelin’s Concept Tire Comes With Rechargeable Treads
New Atlas

Aside from trotting out a new tread pattern every year or so, you might think there’s not a lot manufacturers could do to improve the humble car tire. But advances in materials, sensors and manufacturing techniques are opening up new possibilities.

California Launches Free Electric CarShare Pilot Program
Policy in Motion

In partnership with the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, Policy in Motion is pleased to announce the launch of Our Community CarShare Sacramento, a new electric carsharing pilot program serving disadvantaged communities.


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