Environment

January 31, 2016, 11am PST
While blame squarely lays with Michigan state officials, agencies, and possibly Gov. Rick Snyder himself, the EPA also played a role by both detecting the cause of the problem but not acting on the reports of improper treatment of river water.
Huffington Post
January 30, 2016, 5am PST
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.) announced on Wednesday that the state is working to ensuring safe tap water for Flint residents. While there is no schedule to replace the corroded lead pipes, they are being treated to prevent further lead leaching.
Detroit Free Press
January 29, 2016, 1pm PST
New research reveals more of the details of how trees provide therapeutic effects for humans.
The New Yorker
January 27, 2016, 6am PST
The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks performance on environmental issues in two areas: protection of human health and protection of ecosystems. "The U.S. falls in between Canada and the Czech Republic."
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
January 26, 2016, 1pm PST
Gov. Chris Christie uses a Winter Storm Jonas press conference to chastise opponents of eminent domain for statewide dune system.
NJ.com
January 26, 2016, 5am PST
The damage caused by Michigan environmental agencies charged with protecting public health extend far beyond Flint. Residents suffering health effects from a huge natural gas leak in Southern California see parallels with the lead poisoning crisis.
The New York Times
January 24, 2016, 7am PST
Until this past summer, the Atlanta metro region was ranked second in electric car use in the United States. The generous state tax credit of $5,000 made electric vehicles (EVs) particularly attractive. But what happens when the credit is withdrawn?
Marketplace
January 22, 2016, 1pm PST
A large winter storm is bearing down on the East Coast, prompting advanced preparations by local officials.
The Washington Post
January 22, 2016, 12pm PST
As a part of a competition sponsored by SpaceX, university students and independent engineering teams are building scale-model Hyperloop pods.
FutureStructure
January 22, 2016, 11am PST
These days, Big Data is the topic at hand, but Arup's Vincent Lee says data analysis can only go so far. He uses his work on the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program to illustrate why a "human element" is crucial to finding solutions.
Doggerel
January 22, 2016, 9am PST
Reporting from the world's most polluted capital, Julie McCarthy speaks with Ari Shapiro on NPR's "All Things Considered." McCarthy talks glowingly about how successful the two-week trial went in reducing pollution and congestion even more so.
NPR
January 21, 2016, 11am PST
Despite continued dispute over their effectiveness, carbon taxes and cap-and-trade programs in the United States and Canada have raised billions of dollars. And China has now followed suit.
New York Times
Feature
January 20, 2016, 2pm PST
Though the need for resilient communities is obvious, exactly how to measure resilience is less obvious. Edward J. Jepson, Jr. provides a new metric of the evidence of a community's resilience and produces a corresponding ranking of 30 U.S. cities.
Edward J. Jepson Jr.
January 20, 2016, 7am PST
Sacramento Bee's political columnist, Dan Walters, writes that NIMBYs are among the main reasons for the state's chronic housing crisis, and one of their main tools is the California Environmental Quality Act, which must be reformed by politicians.
The Sacramento Bee
Blog post
January 19, 2016, 5am PST
Ecologists offer scientific lessons in how to better build cities for humans and wildlife.
Steven Snell
January 18, 2016, 8am PST
Following-up on the president's assertion in his State of the Union address to better manage coal and oil resources on federal lands to account for environmental and financial costs, the administration declared a 'pause' on issuing new coal leases.
US News & World Report
January 18, 2016, 7am PST
Faced with the calamity of drunken fisticuffs breaking out when the bars let out for the night, Sydney launched some common sense solutions to calm the hordes of angry drunks.
The Conversation
January 16, 2016, 5am PST
Maybe not so much, according to an article in the Globe and Mail.
The Globe and Mail
January 15, 2016, 6am PST
With the historic climate agreement reached in Paris at COP21, what implications will it have on the architecture, engineering and design industries? Doggerel spoke to U.S. Green Building Council Chair-elect Fiona Cousins for her perspective.
Doggerel
January 14, 2016, 2pm PST
Something is missing from a lot of the walkable downtown business zones in cities around Colorado: tobacco smoke.
The Denver Post