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January 1, 2020, 9am PST
National Geographic shared a list of 15 of its best images captured during the 2010s.
National Geographic
December 31, 2019, 1pm PST
A first draft of the urban planning history of the 2010s.
Planetizen via YouTube
December 30, 2019, 11am PST
Will a dozen East Coast states and D.C. agree to a regional plan that would likely hike gas prices through a "cap-and-invest" program to mitigate tailpipe emissions similar to what California has done for the last five years?
The New York Times
Blog post
December 30, 2019, 5am PST
A few examples from around the world illustrate the power of crowdsourcing to expand the scope of scientific inquiry.
Kayla Matthews
December 29, 2019, 9am PST
Washington's largest diesel emissions polluter will transition its fleet to diesel-hybrids and then to battery-electric propulsion to comply with Gov. Inslee's emissions-reduction executive order which will also please the orcas in Puget Sound.
Greentech Media
December 28, 2019, 1pm PST
The eucalyptus is an exotic species in California, and studies suggest it has contributed to an increase in wildfire hazards. But defenders of the trees say the eucalyptus is just an ecological scapegoat.
The Guardian
December 27, 2019, 5am PST
Most harmful stormwater originates on private property, and public agencies are looking for ways to entice property owners to implement more effective infrastructure.
American Rivers
December 26, 2019, 5am PST
New York Times analysis quantifies the environmental regulations at risk under the actions of the Trump administration.
The New York Times
December 24, 2019, 1pm PST
The media raised their collective eyebrows at statements made by President Trump about wind energy at an event this week.
The Hill
December 24, 2019, 7am PST
As many as 1 million species are at risk of extinction if the world, including planning professionals and politicians, doesn't make big changes.
Vox
December 22, 2019, 11am PST
The Los Angeles municipal utility will convert a Utah coal power plant to run on natural gas in 2025. According to a proposal unveiled Dec. 10, the plant will incrementally be converted to run entirely on hydrogen, a zero-emission fuel, by 2045.
Utility Dive
December 21, 2019, 7am PST
Most of Arizona's arroyos fall into the relentlessly contested grey area created by the 1972 Clean Water Act.
Arizona Public Media
December 20, 2019, 11am PST
A new report says funding and staffing cuts at the state’s environmental protection agency could prevent it from adequately protecting public health and the environment.
Phoenix New Times
December 19, 2019, 1pm PST
States in the Lower Basin of the Colorado River will contribute more water in order to keep reservoirs from reaching critically low levels.
azcentral.com
December 18, 2019, 12pm PST
A new mapping project from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania illustrates the consequences of inaction on climate change.
CityLab
December 18, 2019, 6am PST
Despite the decades-long activities of environmental justice advocates in the Motor City, low-income and people of color bear the brunt of pollution in Detroit.
OneZero via Medium
December 17, 2019, 1pm PST
Almost 80% of oil extraction in the nation's sixth largest oil-producing state occurs in Kern County. Supervisors see the California governor's climate plan to reduce oil production as a threat to the county's economic well-being.
The Bakersfield Californian
Feature
December 16, 2019, 8am PST
A look back at the biggest stories and themes from the world of urban planning in the decade that was the 2010s.
James Brasuell
December 15, 2019, 5am PST
It makes more fiscal sense to buy flood-prone land and conserve it than to cover the costs of the damages to developments, according to researchers from the University of Bristol and other institutions.
St. Louis Public Radio
December 14, 2019, 1pm PST
Lawmakers want to ensure that electric vehicles are accessible to all Californians, particularly lower-income motorists in disadvantaged communities. Unlike other incentive programs, participants must also scrap an older, polluting vehicle.
San Francisco Chronicle