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Category Archives: Environment & Ecology

March 20, 2017
TX Bill Seeks Local Control Over Drilling Near Schools
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Proposed state legislation would allow cities to prevent a new oil or gas well from being drilled within 1,500 feet of a school, presenting a challenge to the state control of urban drilling.

Adding Green Space, Value in Houston District
Urban Land Institute

Residents and workers in and around Houston’s Upper Kirby District neighborhood southwest of downtown are hoping that a $15 million redevelopment of Levy Park resurrects a green space that for years was little more than an afterthought.

March 19, 2017
Tesla Beats Overgeneration With Big Batteries

In Southern California, a big natural gas leak turned into an epic ecological disaster, sending utilities searching for an alternative to gas. One of those alternatives that people dreamed about just a few years ago was giant batteries.

After Katrina, NOLA Learns To Live With Water
Thomson Reuters Foundation

The city is working to introduce green infrastructure, which can manage stormwater better, and create jobs into the bargain, says its resilience chief.

Chicago And Energy Efficiency Benchmarking
Midwest Energy News

Large buildings throughout Chicago are getting more efficient, trimming energy costs and reducing emissions, according to recently released data from the city.

Lessons From Mexico City’s Green Bond

In December, Mexico City became the first city in Latin America to issue a “green bond”. I spoke recently with Tanya Müller García, Mexico city’s environment minister, to find out more about the city’s experience with the bond.

March 16, 2017
CA Sues to Defend Auto Emission Rules
Streetsblog Cal

Donald Trump’s promise to roll back “industry-killing regulations” and “job-crushing taxes” on the auto industry, in concert with a suit from the Automobile Manufacturers against new fuel efficiency standards, got a strong rebuke from California Governor Jerry Brown.

Paris Mayor Tackles Climate Change With or Without Trump

Mayor Anne Hidalgo of Paris spoke with Bloomberg’s David Gura at the Women4Climate conference at Columbia University in New York City Wednesday. A passionate advocate for tackling climate change, the mayor addressed concerns over President Trump withdrawing from the Paris Accord.

Copenhagen Striving to be Carbon-Neutral Through IoT
Huffington Post

Copenhagen has the most ambitious plan to become carbon-neutral of any Western capital city. It aims to accomplish this momentous goal just eight years from now. One new weapon in its campaign is digitalization.

March 15, 2017
Trump Using Detroit As Stage For Loosening Fuel Economy Rules
New York Times

President Trump traveled to Detroit on Wednesday to announce a rollback of fuel economy standards for cars that were put in place by the Obama administration — a welcome message to American automakers but one that could slow the push for a new generation of efficient vehicles.

Installation: Spatial Boundaries Amidst Climate Change

With layered narration from writers and the input of a climate scientist, the 40-foot long table installation known as “Indoor City” designed by Founder Rome Prize Fellows Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem.

In Trump Era, Cities Must Battle Climate Change

Cities must step in to fight climate change if national governments like the United States under President Trump back off commitments to slow global warming, a top New York City official said on Wednesday.


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