Environment

How Athens Confronted Government Distrust by Connecting Citizens to Each Other

After the Greek city’s financial crisis, disconnected private citizens drove much of the recovery. The SynAthina Platform connected these groups, says Athens Vice Mayor and founder Amalia Zeppo.

Fire Damage to California's Homes Isn't as Random as It Seems

Experts have a pretty solid understanding of why some houses are more vulnerable than others—and building codes are a major factor.

A man works on his laptop as he waits for a train at a metro station in Delhi in 2014.

Can the Affluent Be Convinced to Ride Transit in Delhi?

Despite severe air pollution, higher-income residents of Delhi prefer to drive or hail cars rather than ride the metro. What will change their minds?

The Story of the Great Lakes in 8 Maps

The book Third Coast Atlas seeks to illuminate the Great Lakes—America’s “third coast”—through maps, plans, photos, and more.

The Incendiary States of America

A detailed map of U.S. wildfires since 1980 reveals the growing role of human causes.

A distressed cartoon house on a overcrowded city street

Revisiting an Anti-Urban Children's Story Everyone Loves

If Robert McCloskey’s Make Way For Ducklings anticipated Jane Jacobs, Virginia Lee Burton’s The Little House lined up firmly with Lewis Mumford.

The House of the Future Is Elevated

We can build homes to sit above flood waters so people can ride out the Harveys of the future, but it won’t be easy or cheap.

Los Angeles Is Burning, Again and Again

In movies, L.A. is always getting its comeuppance. But now it's not the only city defying nature.

London's Future: More People, Fewer Cars

Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Draft London Plan sets out a vision of how Britain’s capital will change by 2029.

New York's Uptown Rats Are Genetically Distinct From Downtown Rats

A graduate student sequenced rats all over Manhattan, and discovered how the city affects their genetic diversity.

Workers remove debris at the site of a home destroyed by fire in the Coffey Park area of Santa Rosa on November 8, 2017.

Wildfires Have Worsened the Bay Area's Housing Crisis

For many low-wage workers in pricey Sonoma County, the question is not how they will rebuild their lives, but whether they can afford to stay.

A man walks at the site of the October 14 twin bombings in Mogadishu, Somalia, one of the world's most fragile cities.

Where Are the World’s Most Fragile Cities?

Climate change, economic inequality, and political unrest are making some of the world’s fastest growing cities dangerously unstable. But even the most fragile places are fixable.

Pont Des Arts in Paris

Paris Wants to Build a Few Garden Bridges

Here’s what it should learn from London’s infamous efforts to build one.

A man running in a gas mask, surrounding by other racers

The Runners Racing Through Delhi's Smog

The city’s air-quality crisis coincided with the half-marathon. Some runners weren’t deterred.

A Small Town in Pennsylvania Has Been Ripped Apart by a New Gas Plant

There are lessons to be learned from what’s happened in Jessup.

A figure walks along a beach with tufts of dune grass

The Rush to Storm-Proof Waterfront Parks

The NYC Parks Department is laying out a set of guidelines to prevent parkland from getting swamped by rain and waves.

A highway passes through a rocky canyon

For Small Towns, National Parks Are a Buoy and a Burden

Visitors are flocking to the vistas and valleys. That’s not always great news for the tiny cities near the entrance.

A collage of postcards and palms trees of the Florida shore

The Archaeologists Saving Miami's History From the Sea

As the water level rises, more than 16,000 historic sites across Florida are at risk of being drowned by waves. In Miami-Dade County, researchers are working to keep history on solid ground.