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Environment

The largest fire in the state history is burning in Washington. This year's particularly bad fires had predictable, perhaps preventable, origins.
22 hours ago   The Seattle Times
As the country's industrial past fades, cities are finding new meaning in their rivers—from the meandering to the mighty.
Jun 1, 2015   ASLA The Dirt
Penn IUR Co-Directors Genie Birch and Susan Wachter write about the promise of geospatial technologies in promoting sustainable urbanization.
Jun 1, 2015   Penn Institute for Urban Research
Cartographer Jeffrey Linn has compiled maps of how coastal China would look under risen seas. Over 40 percent of the country's population lives in potentially affected regions.
May 30, 2015   China File
Houston headlined the news of flooding this week, but swollen rivers rushed over their banks and onto roads and into homes all over the state of Texas this week. Is the state's infrastructure resilient enough for the effects of a changing climate?
May 29, 2015   NRDC Switchboard
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced two new grant programs that focus on helping coastal communities and regions develop effective strategies to prepare for, and recover from, the effects of climate change.
May 28, 2015   National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Obama Administration has moved forward with "one of the most controversial environmental regulations in recent years."
May 27, 2015   The Hill
The federal Energy Information Administration predicts the effects of the Obama Administration's new rules for carbon emissions at coal plants—it doesn’t look good for the coal industry.
May 24, 2015   The Hill
Natural gas drilling was recently approved in North Carolina, but new operations are now on hold until the state Supreme Court resolves an issue about the process for appointing environmental review positions.
May 21, 2015   WRAL
Tuesday's pipeline spill resulted in an oil slick off the Santa Barbara coast. While incomparable in size to the 1969 spill resulting from an oil platform blowout, it is yet another reminder of environmental consequences of oil dependency.
May 21, 2015   Los Angeles Times
With snowpack down to 16 percent of normal levels, Washington officials are bracing for drought.
May 20, 2015   Los Angeles Times