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14 hours ago
The city of Houston will decide their next mayor in November, in a rematch of the two candidates who ran against each other in a tight runoff election in 2015 as well as a host of additional candidates.
Houston Chronicle
Yesterday
Extreme weather is exacerbating the threats posing communities struggling with a lack of affordable housing.
Next City
Yesterday
Overall greenhouse gas emissions in California dropped 1% in 2017, according to the inventory by the California Air Resources Board, which includes a 9% drop in emissions from electricity generation and a 1% increase in transportation emissions.
San Francisco Chronicle
4 days ago
Toxic algae is in the news again, so it's a good time to learn as much as possible about the environmental threat that is likely to be a reoccurring theme in the era of climate change.
Los Angeles Times
4 days ago
Mark Gold discusses his new role at the Ocean Protection Council and addressing the challenges facing the California’s marine resources.
The Planning Report
5 days ago
Bettina Kamuk, global market director for Ramboll, explains how a Copenhagen waste-to-energy facility meets air quality and emissions standards while providing low-carbon energy and recreational activity to the surrounding community.
The Planning Report
5 days ago
The Tuolumne River originates in the pristine environment of Yosemite National Park, but eventually some of the water makes its way into the Central Valley and the city of Modesto, where conditions are far less natural.
The Modesto Bee
6 days ago
Minneapolis wants more equity in its parks spending—and new plans are a key step in the process of delivering more equitable results.
MinnPost
6 days ago
Parts of the city desperately need more trees, but some residents worry about the long-term effects of tree planting in neighborhoods.
Crosscut
6 days ago
A new indoor vertical farming venture in Chicago seeks to change agricultural production by harnessing technology.
Chicago Tribune
August 13, 2019, 10am PDT
A big feature explores the effects of climate change, which are already very much changing life in the United States.
The Washington Post
August 13, 2019, 8am PDT
Reform of the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) is underway at the local level after a new state bill offered "safe harbor" under the law for a menu of land use and development reforms.
The Urbanist
August 12, 2019, 1pm PDT
Land use and transportation planning will play key roles in an effort by Los Angeles County to achieve carbon neutrality in 30 years.
Smart Cities Dive
August 12, 2019, 10am PDT
Not urban land use, but in the literal sense: land used to produce food, graze livestock, supply drinking water, grow trees, and sequester carbon. As the climate warms and the population grows, crop yields will decrease and land will be degraded.
The Washington Post
Blog post
August 11, 2019, 1pm PDT
Green building practices are advancing quickly. Here is a sample of best practices in choosing the most sustainable materials for the job.
Kayla Matthews
August 11, 2019, 11am PDT
A shift is underway on Wall Street—investors are acknowledging the risks of climate change. A recent credit-ratings report on the bridge system connecting Miami to Key Biscayne provides a stark example of the new way of thinking.
Miami Herald
August 11, 2019, 5am PDT
A recent round of thunderstorms brought public transit operations in Philadelphia to a screeching halt.
WHYY
August 10, 2019, 11am PDT
What is expected to be the nation's largest dairy biogas operation opened in the Central Valley. To the north, Gov. Kate Brown signed the nation's first bill to establish goals to add renewable gas to pipelines, and pigs in Missouri also made news.
NGT News
August 9, 2019, 7am PDT
At 25 cents an hour, Nevada City, California's meter rates weren't bringing in enough to pay the employees managing them. A fourfold increase will also help the town confront wildfire risk.
CityLab
August 8, 2019, 10am PDT
Most of the reasons street trees are sometimes unpopular with residents are either untrue or can be mitigated.
PlanPhilly