Laura Bliss

Drought's Lasting Effect on Trees Spells Danger for Carbon Levels

Shrinking tree rings point to a worrying future for forests and humans, a new study finds.

Millennials May Have Jobs, But They're Still Living With Their Parents

A new report presents puzzling data on the generation hit hardest by the recession.

How Urban Designers Can Get Smaller Cities Walking

A new study identifies two important street features that draw pedestrians—outside of New York City.

Mapping America's Renters

A new map provides a detailed look at the nation’s twofold housing crisis.

How Was Your Weekend? The Answer Depends on Your Workplace

Your social experience during the workweek can almost fully explain your emotional state over the weekend, a new study finds.

Mapping Chicago's 'Million Dollar Blocks'

The costs of incarceration are concentrated in low-income, predominantly black communities in the city.

Don't Count on El Niño Alone to End California's Drought

Drought isn’t just about supply—it’s also about demand.

There's a Mad Rush to Buy Earthquake Survival Kits in Seattle

But to really prepare the Pacific Northwest for the Big One, much more needs to be done.

How School Districts Seal Their Students Into Poverty

A striking new map shows how districts’ property-tax funding system enforces divides between rich and poor.

Why You Don't Really Care About the Next 'Big One'

Terrible natural disasters will come someday, but most people have a hard time worrying about stuff that isn’t imminent.

John Boehner Says California's Drought Is Obama's Fault. He's Almost Right

We should be pointing fingers at California lawmakers—not the president.

The Privatization of Public Utilities Has One Major Upside

When it comes to complying with important health regulations, private companies far outperform the public sector.

In Vivid Animation, the Shapes and Sounds of Planet Earth

Crop fields are computer chips and rivers are lightning bolts in this new short film.

One Major Missing Link to Solving Youth Unemployment: Corporations

With a pledge to hire 100,000 young people, Starbucks and a slew of other business giants are taking up an important torch.

Bringing Broadband to Kids Who Really Need It

A White House initiative to bring broadband to low-income students could help free up community-based services everywhere.

Meet New York City's Master of Sand

Calvin Seibert’s astounding sandcastles are made to be destroyed.

Mapping Every Single Job in the U.S.

The powerful “dot map” brings urban employment data to life.

Poor Customers Pay the Price for America's Crumbling Water Infrastructure

Overwhelmed by dilapidated pipes, more cities are privatizing their water systems. But is anyone winning besides corporations?

Americans Support Working Mothers More Than Ever, but Policies Don't

The U.S. has a long way to go before its walk matches its talk.