Environment

A girl drinks a bottle of water next to a fan spraying water mist on a hot summer day

'We Can Feel the Warmth in the Walls'

The health dangers of urban heat islands are sneaky and pernicious—and researchers are trying to crack the code.

Hamburg Lets the Waters In

In response to rising tides, the city will give its river some much-needed space to breathe.

Detroit Imagines a Citizen-Led Smart City

Instead of deploying urban sensors as instruments of surveillance for technocrats, what if vulnerable communities controlled the gear—and the data?

An award-winning visualization uses satellite imagery to reveal the changing lPacific Northwest landscape since the 1990s.

Watch the Pacific Northwest Change Before Your Eyes

An award-winning visualization uses satellite imagery to reveal the ravages of development, fire, insects, and clear-cut logging.

A photograph of bicycles in China that are equipped with air filtration equipment to protect riders from smog.

What If Bikes Ate Smog?

No, not metaphorically. We’re talking about sending fleets of bicycles with air filtration equipment into the streets to remove nasty airborne particles.

Built-Out Barcelona Makes Space for an Urban Forest

The city is planning a major green makeover to combat the heat island and create a more welcoming place for humans and animals alike.

Forget Flying Cars: We Need Floating Ones

As traffic on land stalls, the sea beckons.

How Trump Could Spend $1 Trillion to Fix America

As the White House prepares a massive infrastructure plan, experts weigh in on how they would spend that money to repair the country’s decrepit transportation and water systems.

When a Red State Mayor Goes Green

Mayor Stephen Benjamin hopes to convert Columbia, South Carolina, to 100-percent clean energy.

Denver's Trees Just Turned Blue

The freaky forests are an artistic cry against global deforestation.

Protesters walk through the Guaire river in Caracas.

A Filthy River Lands in the Spotlight in Venezuelan Protests

In Caracas, the Guaire River is synonymous with excrement and garbage. That has given President Nicolás Maduro a handy metaphor for recent anti-government demonstrations.

A truck drives along a highway out of the Rocky Mountains.

Bipartisan Support of Public Goods Made America Great

It’s time for the U.S. to stop turning its back on the efforts that gave us public schools, transportation networks, and national parks.

The Drew, Mississippi barn where Emmett Till was lynched in 1955.

Focusing on the Hidden Horror of American Lynchings

A British photojournalist is training his camera on the sites of the South’s ugliest open secret.

Donald Trump

Lab Report: Is Trump Warming to the Paris Climate Deal?

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

Emergency crews unload a man from an airplane that was hit by turbulence while flying from Manila to Tokyo in 2009, injuring 30 people.

Climate Change Might Worsen Nauseating Airplane Turbulence

Future fliers can expect more brushes with turbulence strong enough to hurl unbuckled people around the cabin, according to new research.

In London, a Grim Warning About Ocean Plastics

A public art piece sponsored by Greenpeace addresses the fact that by 2050 plastics will clog the guts of virtually all seabirds.

Tackling Rising Waters in Atlantic City and Miami Beach

Sea level rise is making floods more common and as the New Jersey resort braces for the next Sandy, the well-heeled Florida city is throwing money at the problem.

Want Safer Streets? Take Design Cues From the Snow

It’s never too late for #sneckdown season.

An 'Indoor Park' to Battle Stockholm's Brutal Winters

These giant glass eggs would bring warmth, greenery, and a place to hang out when other public spaces are dark, cold, and empty.

Portland Anarchists Want to Fix Your Street's Potholes

Meet the group devoted to abolishing capitalism, and also making streets super smooth.