Climate Change

Suburban sprawl and private car use will have to contract to meet local climate goals.

5 Ways U.S. Cities Can Fight Climate Change Without the Paris Accord

Build dense. Build near transit. Rinse and repeat.

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.

Adelphi University's Meghan McPherson stands with Katrina Zhan at Polish Couture Nail Salon in North Hempstead, NY.

Disaster Prep, at the Nail Salon

A Long Island university’s efforts to reach Mandarin-speaking workers hit on the value of social resilience.

A riverfront park project in downtown Nashville

A Green Infrastructure Guidebook for City Planners

This new online resource showcases how communities across the country have successfully mitigated the effects of extreme weather by relying on green infrastructure.

Green Bloc participants gather in Vancouver.

In Vancouver, a Climate Program That's All About the Neighbors

Community events and a little friendly competition simplify the enormous task of slashing ecological footprints.

The Wisdom of Garbage

Researchers are digging into heaps of discarded food to uncover clues about why we throw so much of it away—and how cities can cut the waste.

Louisville's Faith-Based Plan to Fight Urban Heat

In the country’s fastest-warming urban heat island, places of worship are banding together to cool down.

Cleveland's Surprising Climate Buffers

In the Rust Belt, vacant urban land could be reused to help shield residents from the effects of a warming world.

Can New York City Waterproof Its Subway?

Thanks to a $4 billion federal fix, MTA is testing out space-age flood barriers and “tunnel plugs.”

Amsterdam Road Tests a Pollution-Zapping Flower

The “supercharged” honeysuckle called the Green Junkie could be a part of the Dutch city’s scheme to rid its air of carbon emissions.

Vegetarian Cities Are Not the Worst Idea

A handful of local governments are encouraging meat cutbacks to curb climate change.

How to Clean Up the Dirtiest Vehicles on the Road

Personal cars get most of the attention, but trucks and buses are long overdue for an efficiency upgrade.

A Community-Minded Approach to Resilience in Berkeley

The Bay Area city hopes that strengthening neighborhood bonds will help the community bounce back from a disaster.

The Climate Change Spending Gap

A study finds huge disparities in how global megacities are investing in order to adapt.

The Paris Climate Deal Can't Succeed Without Cities

Local leaders will guide policy change until the international agreement goes into effect in 2020.

How Cities Became Heroes of the Environment

It wasn’t long ago that urban life was seen as antithetical to nature.

Madrid's Bold New Pollution Plan: Ban Cars and Make Transit Free

The Spanish capital wants to impose some pretty drastic measures when air quality is especially bad.

Confirmed: CicLAvia Means Better Air Quality for Angelenos

L.A.’s popular open-streets day reduces air pollution, even beyond the dedicated route.

L.A.'s Bold Plan to Bring Car-Share to the Poor

A new electric vehicle pilot would provide access and savings to those who need it most.