Climate Change

In Arizona, Fear of a Transgender Toilet

Arizona wants to tie bathroom access to birth certificates; scientists sound warning about pit latrines; a municipal government does BYO toilet paper.

How the Focus on 'Energy Intensity' Is Hurting the Fight Against Climate Change

It's a misleading metric that actually tells us very little about efficiency.

Can a Booming Bay Area Avoid Running Out of Water?

San Francisco's sources of drinking water are threatened on multiple fronts.

Is It Time to Move Past Urban Studies and Toward Urbanization Science?

Some scholars are calling for a stronger understanding of the "DNA" of cities — and, by extension, an improved ability to address urban problems in a systemic manner.

Even More Evidence Climate Change Will Hit East Coast Cities Particularly Hard

We could see seven times as many Katrinas every year.

How Your Politics Influence Your Household's Carbon Footprint

Research finds that Republicans are more likely to crank up the AC in the summer.

Climate Change Is Making Canada Look More Like the United States

The vegetation around Winnipeg now looks as lush as what's growing in Minneapolis, according to a NASA-funded study.

Climate Change: The Secret Inflamer of the Arab Spring

Droughts and resource shortages can destabilize countries and foment unrest.

How NASA Scientists Are Turning L.A. Into One Big Climate-Change Lab

Studying the emissions of megacities like Los Angeles promises to be the next big thing in combating global warming.

The Surprising Way Airplanes May Be Heating Up the World's Climate

Tantalizing evidence suggests that yes, air traffic is helping give the atmosphere a fever.

Why Is the U.S. Capitol Still Burning Coal?

Also, a London neighbor fights against public gobbing and Sydney's wealthy whine about public-park weddings.

Hoboken Could Be a Model for Dealing With Urban Flooding

Hoboken could provide a perfect laboratory for aggressive efforts. Are state and federal governments ready to participate in the experiment?

Why Modernism Gets Blamed for Making Snowstorms Worse

It’s easy to take potshots when architects push the envelope. But the flat roof is problematic as a more basic matter of function.

NASA Satellite Spots Foul Pollution Trails Over Shipping Lanes

Thick trails of lung-damaging nitrogen dioxide stretch from ports in China, India and the Middle East, and fume off of coastal cities worldwide.

9 Steps Cities Must Take to Dramatically Cut Carbon Emissions

A very long, very bold to-do list for the next 20 years.

These Scary Maps Explain What Sea Level Rise Will Mean in Boston

Today's 100-year storm surge could be tomorrow's high tide.

55 Acronyms That Show Why We Should Be Scared for Our Coastlines

VBZD? "Vector-borne and zoonotic disease." SLCS? "Sea level change scenarios." CSO? "Combined sewer overflow."

Not Just Global Climate Change, But Regional Shifts

How waste heat from large cities may be affecting weather patterns in areas up to 1000 miles away.

Look Out Coastal Cities: Greenland Is Melting, Fast

The summer melt in 2012 alone added a millimeter to the global sea level.