Environment

May 10, 2016, 2pm PDT
Urbanism and smart growth are great for cities, people, and "the environment"—but neighborhood impacts must be mitigated. Kaid Benfield gives pointers on balancing the scales.
PlaceShakers
May 10, 2016, 7am PDT
In an opinion piece, former mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York joins Anne Hidalgo of Paris and Eduardo Paes of Rio de Janeiro. They argue that national governments should give cities every possible tool to cut emissions.
The Guardian
May 9, 2016, 11am PDT
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell expressed a surprisingly pro-industry viewpoint in response to the growing "keep it in the ground" environmental movement.
The Desert Sun
May 9, 2016, 7am PDT
A Planetizen blog post by Casey Brazeal asks, "When will the trucking industry electrify?" Three truck manufacturers and electric truck builder BYD Motors are now in competition thanks to a $23.6 million state grant to the South Coast Air District.
Fleet Owner
May 8, 2016, 9am PDT
A fight is brewing over a plan to build 19 luxury homes on an expanse of wilderness in Los Angeles' San Gabriel Mountains.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
May 6, 2016, 1pm PDT
The city of Waukesha asked for more water than the Great Lakes Compact would allow. Commenters remind the city of Waukesha that water for growth was never the goal of the Great Lakes Compact.
Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
May 5, 2016, 5am PDT
Google Maps has changed a lot since its quick rise to ubiquity. An intrepid blogger digs into the nitty gritty of how the mapping platform has changed, and the consequences of Google's cartography for how the public perceives the world.
Justin O'Beirne
May 3, 2016, 2pm PDT
By combining the resources of the public and private sectors, Prince George County was able to greatly reduce the costs required to retrofit an aging stormwater system.
Bay Journal
May 3, 2016, 7am PDT
A Vox explainer describes the complex political, economic, and cultural obstacles to overcome in achieving a carbon tax equal to the social cost of carbon.
Vox
May 2, 2016, 11am PDT
Designed by the same landscape architect behind New York City's High Line, a new park will cap San Francisco's Doyle Drive, connecting the Presidio to the shoreline.
The Atlantic
April 29, 2016, 2pm PDT
The Chicago Region Trees Initiative provides a regional model for planting and protecting a sustainable natural environment in and around cities and communities.
Chicago Tribune
April 29, 2016, 1pm PDT
An op-ed argues that instead of building a more resilient and sustainable water supply infrastructure, two water bills before congress would rollback exiting environmental protections.
Los Angeles Times
April 28, 2016, 9am PDT
Los Angeles has made major progress in restoring the Santa Monica Bay. Now, The Bay Foundation's Tom Ford sees opportunities for L.A. to capitalize on its natural resources.
The Planning Report
April 28, 2016, 8am PDT
The U.S. Forest Service has continued to refine the valuable i-Tree software program, which allows cities to calculate the benefits, in dollar figures, of the urban forest.
CityLab
April 26, 2016, 10am PDT
Greening the city extends our life and increases our quality of life.
PlaceShakers
April 25, 2016, 2pm PDT
Louisville has the ignominious distinction of having the largest heat island effect of any of the largest cities in the United States. A new study from the Urban Climate Lab at Georgia Tech suggests ideas for lowering the heat in the city.
The Courier-Journal
April 23, 2016, 5am PDT
On Earth Day, NPR looked at the intersection of the Paris Climate Agreement, which Secretary of State John Kerry signed at the U.N. on Friday, and President Obama's Clean Power Plan which has been given a pause by the Supreme Court.
NPR
April 21, 2016, 2pm PDT
The massive and controversial Tideflats methanol plant proposal will no longer trouble environmentalists in the Pacific Northwest.
The News Tribune
April 21, 2016, 5am PDT
The executive director of the Bayou Land Conservancy takes to the pages of the Houston Chronicle to describe the conservationist and landscape-focused efforts that can prevent floods like those that struck Houston this week.
Houston Chronicle
April 20, 2016, 6am PDT
Officials see chance to move residents out of flood zone, improving access to beach, and deliver affordable housing and infrastructure.
The Wall Street Journal