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Environment

10 hours ago
A Pew Stateline article tackles the challenges of reducing carbon emissions from transportation compared to electricity generation and looks at recent initiatives announced by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee aimed at decarbonizing transportation.
Pew Stateline
11 hours ago
The people living in urban heat islands are much more likely to be inhabited by low-income people of color, and the roots of the environmental justice issue can be found in planning history.
The Oregonian
13 hours ago
Renewable energy, both wind and solar, takes up a lot of space in places that aren't accustomed to industrial development. Policymakers need strategies and tactics for overcoming the inherent land use challenges presented by renewable energy.
Brookings
14 hours ago
This performance ranking separates the fakers when it comes to reducing carbon emissions from transportation.
Streetlight Data
2 days ago
There have been wins. And there will be opportunities. All is not lost for the future of the planet.
Outside
2 days ago
The D.C. Department of Energy and Environment has read the writing on the wall.
Urban Turf
4 days ago
Planners don't need fancy software to prepare for an uncertain future. Exploratory scenario planning promises a more aware, adaptive, and resilient planning profession.
Sonoran Institute via Vimeo
5 days ago
While hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles are much less popular than their battery-powered siblings, California remains committed to the zero-emission technology, with three state agencies investing in and monitoring its progress.
CALmatters
5 days ago
The state’s energy plan focuses on the move to renewable energy, but specifics about how that will happen and what the costs will be need to be pinned down.
NJ Spotlight
January 14, 2020, 9am PST
A segment of the planned U.S.-Mexico border wall would cut across the San Pedro River and threaten the area’s wildlife and plants.
Herald/Review
January 14, 2020, 5am PST
The massive Port Lands infrastructure project will transform an industrial area by carving out a new island.
The Star
January 12, 2020, 9am PST
The consequences of the Congressional budget approved at the end of 2019 can be measured in millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
Inside Climate News
January 10, 2020, 7am PST
Auto manufacturers will offer more battery and plug-in hybrid models this year, and the nation's largest state is expected to approve a new regulation requiring medium and heavy-duty truck manufacturers to sell zero-emission vehicles.
Government Technology
January 9, 2020, 12pm PST
Southern California’s Salton Sea has long struggled with environmental issues, but wetlands have been springing up and nurturing diverse ecosystems.
Los Angeles Times
January 9, 2020, 5am PST
The city had ambitious goals to reduce waste, but millions of tons of garbage are still sent to communities around the country each year.
Politico
January 8, 2020, 9am PST
State and local lawmakers hope that recent reforms to the Washington State Environmental Policy Act are only an initial step toward ending the law's use as a tool for delaying affordable housing plans.
Crosscut
January 7, 2020, 12pm PST
The energy sector produced ten percent less carbon emissions in 2019 than the previous year—the largest drop in decades. Still, the decline of the coal industry is not enough to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.
Inside Climate News
January 6, 2020, 12pm PST
Cars and vehicle emissions are undoubtedly central to the climate change problem. The solution, however, might not be cleaner vehicles but rather a drastic change in our relationship to automobiles and driving.
The Guardian
January 6, 2020, 9am PST
Sources report that proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act would limit the kinds of projects subject to federal environmental review, and remove climate change as a consideration for large infrastructure projects.
The New York Times
Blog post
January 6, 2020, 8am PST
In the absence of more enlightened policies, technological change is as likely to increase pollution as to decrease pollution.
Michael Lewyn