Environment

5 Sustainable Infrastructure Projects Other Cities Might Want to Copy

BRT-Lite in Lagos, zero-carbon in Masdar, recycling in Curitiba, and more.

Grotesquely Polluted Landscapes ... or Beautiful Art?

Photographer David Maisel has a knack for capturing the beauty and the horror of contaminated mines and toxic lakes.

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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.

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It's Not Just Overflow—Everyday Leaks From Sewer Systems Lead to Alarming Amounts of Sewage in Our Waterways

And you probably can't even smell it.

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'Nowcasting' Pollution on the Streets of London

A visual reminder of where most pollution in our cities comes from.

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Why Obama's New Pick for the EPA Will Be Good for Cities

Gina McCarthy has a strong record on regulating pollutants. But she also gets smart growth.

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Europe's Emerging Consensus on Low-Emissions Zones

Critics of London Mayor Boris Johnson's ambitious air pollution plan may be missing the bigger picture.

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The Heated Terraces of Paris Are Safe, For Now

A ban on outdoor gas heaters from Parisian cafés doesn't look like it will be implemented anytime soon.

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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.

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Do Cities Really Take the Lead on Climate Change?

They may tend to adopt easier policies first, according to a new report.

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Why New York's Sandy Commission Recommendations Matter

Climate adaptation policy remains pretty untested.

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The Case for Listening to NIMBYs

We’ll never make much progress by ignoring them.

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Can We Please Stop Pretending Cars Are Greener Than Transit?

Freakonomics revives a tried, and tired, debate.

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The Future of Mapping Carbon Emissions, With Pinpoint Precision

A new modeling system called "Hestia" traces greenhouse gases to individual urban buildings and roads.

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A Continental Network to Monitor How We're Trashing the Environment

New nationwide observatory will track how climate change and land use affect ecosystems.

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China's Dirty Water

A third of industrial waste water is released, without treatment, into rivers and lakes.

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The Secrets Frackers Are Allowed to Keep

How much do you know about natural gas drilling? Turns out, it depends a lot on what state you live in.

China's Air Pollution Problem Explained in One Animation

These before-and-after graphics show just how severe the problem has become.

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Why Americans and Europeans Give Directions Differently

A new study finds big cross-cultural differences in spatial descriptions.