Environment

How Urban Agriculture Can Improve Food Security

U.S. cities could learn a thing or two from Cuba and Argentina when it comes to urban farming.

a photo of people sunbathing on a hot summer day in Central Park in New York City

The New York City of 2080 Will Be as Hot as Arkansas

A new study finds the climate “twin city” for hundreds of places across the United States.

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How Can the Green New Deal Deliver Environmental Justice?

There’s a reason why climate-change legislation failed in the past. Environmental-justice advocates don’t want the Green New Deal to repeat those mistakes.

A photo of debris in front of damaged homes after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.

How Natural Disasters Can Spur Gentrification

New Orleans neighborhoods that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 were more likely to gentrify over the following 10 years, researchers find.

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How the Green New Deal Could Retrofit Suburbs

The original New Deal included a bold attempt to rethink suburbia. We can still learn from it.

Architect's rendering of a futuristic small building with petal-like concrete walls.

Is the Revolution of 3D-Printed Building Getting Closer?

3D printing was expected to transform architecture and construction, but uptake has been slow. Could that be changing?

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As the Planet Warms, Who Should Get to Drive?

A new study argues that “universal car access” could lift more Americans out of poverty.

Orange smoke from a wildfire burning outside Athens is seen over the hill of the Acropolis.

Confirmed: 2018 Was the Fourth-Hottest Year on Record

It was only surpassed by 2016, 2017, and 2015.

A photo of Londoners walking past piles of trash during a 1979 garbage strike.

Britain’s Post-Brexit Future May Stink

A new “No Deal Brexit” threat emerges in the U.K.: overflowing piles of garbage and livestock waste.

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How Car Pollution Hurts Kids’ Performance in School

When students switch to schools downwind of major roads, their test scores fall and their absences increase, according to new research.

Mario Cordero at Port of Long Beach

SB 100 Is Moving Cities in California Toward Zero-Emissions Futures

Buoyed by bill SB 100, marginalized communities, often overlooked by the environmental movement, have spurred progress in Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Oakland.

Mattie Freeland on her porch.

Mattie Freeland’s Green Vision for a Black Atlanta Neighborhood

As Atlanta prepares for Super Bowl LIII, a new urban park in the stadium’s shadow is trying to revitalize the struggling neighborhood English Avenue.

Heating Violations Are Leaving Residents in the Cold

As wind chills dip as much as 50 degrees below zero, cities like New York and Chicago scramble to restore heating and hot water in homes.

What It Takes to Keep the Lights On in Extremely Cold Weather

There are no easy fixes, but there are some key investments and upgrades that keep things going when the weather gets rough.

A neighborhood of Spanish-style houses in San Diego, several with solar panels on their roofs.

Solar-Power Benefits Aren’t Reaching Communities of Color

A new study in Nature Sustainability finds racial and ethnic disparities in rooftop solar adoption, even controlling for income and homeownership.

photo of gas-fired switch heater in Chicago

Should These Train Tracks Be on Fire?

Actually, yes. Thanks to extreme cold hitting the Midwest, Chicago is lighting the Metra commuter train rails on fire to keep the steel from contracting.

Vashon Island residents work in their Emergency Operations Center to discuss how to respond should a major earthquake take place.

Preparing for ‘The Big One’ in an Isolated Island Town

Vashon Island is just a few miles from Seattle. But if a major earthquake hits, the community expects to feel a world away.

People cross Corrientes Avenue in Buenos Aires at night, with the Obelisk in the background.

Buenos Aires's Waterfront 'Youth District' Stirs Debate

Argentina’s capital hopes to revitalize part of its riverfront, but critics say the plan is socially exclusive, too commercial, and environmentally risky.

A "People's Court" takes place just beyond a Queens Neighborhoods United sign

The Battle for Queens, New York, Is Not Just About Amazon

Queens Neighborhoods United says a plan to build a Target in Jackson Heights violates zoning restrictions and will strain infrastructure.

a photo of a mother and son lining up for food at an evacuation center after losing their home in a wildfire

What the Camp Fire Revealed

Two months after disaster struck, the recovery in Paradise, California, is harder for some than for others.

A color-coded map of Chicago reveals disparities in pollution levels.

Mapping the Chicago Neighborhoods Most at Risk From Pollution

New research on municipal pollution may help organizers push for more equitable policy.