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Category Archives: Environment & Ecology

June 8, 2017
60% More Electric Vehicles Hit The Road Last Year

I reported the other day on impressive growth rates for plug-in vehicle sales in America and Britain. Now a new report from the International Energy Agency suggests that sales are accelerating elsewhere too.

Why the Public Needs To Know About Pittsburgh’s Sewers
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

If they want the public to get behind what has been described as the biggest public works project in the region’s history, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had better be transparent about their plans for ending illegal sewage discharges into area waterways.

How Paris Mayor Plans For Cities’ Climate Action By 2020

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo was once a labour inspector and upon taking office in 2014, insisted housing was her “absolute priority”. But it’s another issue — climate change — that has since become her signature.

Where Is Britain’s Worst Air Pollution?

Most of the UK’s parties have failed to address an environmental issue which affects cities and over half of the UK population. Let’s have a look at how an issue barely mentioned in the manifestos will play out across the country.

June 7, 2017
Inside Elon Musk’s $2.6 Billion Acquisition Of SolarCity
Fast Company Design

The Tesla CEO’s merger with his cousins’ sustainable-energy company, SolarCity, is totally logical–and hugely risky. With eyes now on the private sector for environmental leadership, can Musk pull off another miracle?

Mobile Recycling Plant Turns Trash Into Building Material
Pop Up City

New and innovative ways to recycle materials are popping up all over the world, but not a lot of them are mobile or nearly self-sustaining. The Trashpresso, the world’s first mobile recycling plant, recycles trash and turns it into tiles.

Bloomberg’s Group Still In Paris Agreement
National Review

A few days after President Trump said the U.S. would pull out of the Paris climate accord, a group of political and corporate heavy hitters announced that they are still in.

Can Blue States Tackle Climate Change on Their Own?
Harvard Business Review

Will President Trump’s decision to walk out from the Paris climate accord mean that U.S. greenhouse gas emissions will increase? It depends, in part, on what states and cities do next.

Lessons From Dieselgate: What’s Next For Cities
Transport Research & Innovation Portal

On June 6, Polis members London and Ghent, joined the chair of the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector of the European Parliament, Kathleen Van Brempt for the third Polis urban mobility breakfast; here’s an analysis of the event.

San Antonio To Start Emissions-Cutting Campaign
San Antonio Express-News

San Antonio is proceeding with a campaign to cut smog-forming emissions in the wake of the Trump Administration’s announcement that it plans to delay 2015 ozone rules by a year.

Americans’ Caffeine Habit Harming Wildlife, Waterways
Gephardt Daily

Millions of Americans rely on caffeine in coffee, tea and energy drinks to prepare for a day at work, keep focused on a long drive or simply stay awake after a big lunch. But a dark side to the world’s most popular legal stimulant is slowly emerging.

June 6, 2017
180 Higher Ed Leaders Sign Pledge on Climate Change
The Chronicle of Higher Education

College and university presidents as well as system chancellors responded quickly to President Trump’s announcement last week that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Startup Aims For Running Water in Every Home

Around 830 million people living in cities worldwide lack access to running water in their homes, according to the Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation. And that number is growing as more and more people in the developing world move to cities.


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