Climate Change

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Cleveland's Surprising Climate Buffers

In the Rust Belt, vacant urban land could be reused to help shield residents from the effects of a warming world.

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Can New York City Waterproof Its Subway?

Thanks to a $4 billion federal fix, MTA is testing out space-age flood barriers and “tunnel plugs.”

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A Map That Reveals How Polluted London's Parks Really Are

Short answer: very.

Emily Parry

Amsterdam Road Tests a Pollution-Zapping Flower

The “supercharged” honeysuckle called the Green Junkie could be a part of the Dutch city’s scheme to rid its air of carbon emissions.

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Vegetarian Cities Are Not the Worst Idea

A handful of local governments are encouraging meat cutbacks to curb climate change.

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How to Clean Up the Dirtiest Vehicles on the Road

Personal cars get most of the attention, but trucks and buses are long overdue for an efficiency upgrade.

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A Community-Minded Approach to Resilience in Berkeley

The Bay Area city hopes that strengthening neighborhood bonds will help the community bounce back from a disaster.

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The Climate Change Spending Gap

A study finds huge disparities in how global megacities are investing in order to adapt.

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The Paris Climate Deal Can't Succeed Without Cities

Local leaders will guide policy change until the international agreement goes into effect in 2020.

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How Cities Became Heroes of the Environment

It wasn’t long ago that urban life was seen as antithetical to nature.

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Madrid's Bold New Pollution Plan: Ban Cars and Make Transit Free

The Spanish capital wants to impose some pretty drastic measures when air quality is especially bad.

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Confirmed: CicLAvia Means Better Air Quality for Angelenos

L.A.’s popular open-streets day reduces air pollution, even beyond the dedicated route.

City of Los Angeles

L.A.'s Bold Plan to Bring Car-Share to the Poor

A new electric vehicle pilot would provide access and savings to those who need it most.

U.S. Coast Guard

The Future of Evacuations in the Climate Change Era

As storms increase and sea level rises, a good plan to flee the city becomes a huge part of protecting those who live in it.

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Why Cities Are Key to Fighting Climate Change

Urban areas will be disproportionately impacted by rising sea levels and severe weather. Luckily, they're leading the resilience effort.

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How British Columbia Enacted the Most Effective Carbon Tax in North America

Just before the 2008 economic collapse, the Canadian province passed this new policy. It's a case study in smart climate policy.

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Greening an Entire Block Instead of Just One Building

Most smaller commercial buildings can't afford energy retrofits on their own. But what if they banded together?

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How Can Cities Encourage Residents to Live More Sustainably?

The best responses from this week's The Big Fix