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Category Archives: Environment & Ecology

June 5, 2017
Mapping Air Quality For Public Health
Google Maps

Today, with our partners at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Aclima, we’re sharing the first results of an endeavor we started in 2015: to measure air quality using Aclima equipment mounted on Google Street View cars.

Atlanta Neighborhood Driving On The Road To Resilience
American Rivers

In one Atlanta community that has historically been marginalized and left out of decision-making processes affecting their neighborhoods, the tides are beginning to change as community partners leverage relationships to implement green stormwater infrastructure along highways.

New Hyper-Local Air Pollution Map Unveiled
University of Texas at Austin

Engineering researchers have developed the most detailed and extensive local map of air pollution ever produced for an urban area, using specially equipped Google Street View cars to measure air quality on a block-by-block basis.

Biggest Tech Companies Want To Be in a Paris Deal
The Hill

Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Facebook are joining hundreds of businesses that are pledging their support for the Paris climate agreement, which President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from last week.

June 4, 2017
How States and Localities Can Limit Paris Fallout
Brookings Institute

President Trump shocked the world yesterday by yanking the United States out of the landmark Paris Climate Agreement. The other 194 signatory nations are outraged, while the vast majority of Americans, who support our nation staying in, are left feeling voiceless.

US Cities Will Tackle Climate Change
BBC

As soon as US President Donald Trump announced his withdrawal from the Paris climate change agreement, governors and mayors of places including Washington, New York and California banded together to uphold the commitments in it.

Michael Bloomberg Pledges $15M for Paris Climate Accord
NPR

Michael Bloomberg is pledging to fill a funding gap created by President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, offering up to $15 million to support the U.N. agency that helps countries implement the agreement.

June 1, 2017
How Efficiency Can Help Build A Clean Energy Future
NRDC

Energy efficiency already accounts for more than 2.2 million U.S. jobs—10 times more than oil and gas drilling and 30 times more than coal mining. Scaling up America’s energy efficiency efforts will create tens of thousands of additional well-paying local jobs.

Cutting Superfund’s Budget Means Slower Toxic Waste Cleanups
The Conversation

Superfund has supported cleanups of toxic waste sites in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. But its funding decreased by nearly half between 1999 and 2013, and President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal calls for an additional 30 percent cut.

Four International Lessons on London Could Cut Pollution
CityMetric

Earlier this year, Sadiq Khan unveiled his ‘Cleaner Vehicle Checker’, a joint bid with Paris to help curb the air quality crisis engulfing both cities. The problem of air pollution is aligned with a wider issue: London’s streets are not coping with the pressures they are facing.

May 31, 2017
L.A. County Voters May Face Water Funding Ballot Measure
89.3 KPCC

Los Angeles County voters have said yes in recent months to new taxes to fund transportation, parks and services for the homeless. On Tuesday, the county Board of Supervisors took a step toward asking voters for a new tax to fund stormwater management projects.

Santa Barbara’s Desalination Plant Launches
KCBX

Santa Barbara residents are now drinking treated seawater when they turn on their taps. City officials announced Tuesday the Santa Barbara water distribution system now includes water from the city’s long-shuttered – but recently reactivated – desalination plant.

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