Environment

January 15, 2017, 5am PST
Republican legislators in the state of Wyoming are choosing sides in the energy market—with dire consequences for consumers and the environment.
Billings Gazette
January 13, 2017, 11am PST
Similar violation but new player—Fiat Chrysler, accused by U.S. EPA of willfully violating emissions standards for certain models of diesel Jeeps and Ram pickups. The charge comes a day after DOJ settled civil and criminal suits with Volkswagen.
The New York Times
January 11, 2017, 11am PST
The concept of the circular economy is starting to take hold on governments and business throughout the world. Peter Moskowitz discusses the various ways the concept is being translated into practical, real-world solutions.
Doggerel
January 11, 2017, 9am PST
Continuing a string of high-profile infrastructure announcements, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a deal to shut down the Indian Point Nuclear Plant, located less than 30 miles from Midtown Manhattan.
The New York Times
January 10, 2017, 1pm PST
Last year set two notable vehicle records. First, the most cars ever sold, at 17.54 million. Second, light trucks accounted for almost 61 percent of all sales. Sales of more fuel efficient car fell, though electric vehicle sales increased.
The Drive
January 10, 2017, 7am PST
A new study has once again linked the perils of living near a pollution source to public health, this time finding that dementia risks increase in people who live near a major road.
Mother Jones
January 9, 2017, 1pm PST
With the price of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site already ballooning, critics of the plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site expect the project to cost even more than currently estimated.
OPB
January 8, 2017, 9am PST
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finally spoken out about the risks posed by fracking to drinking water supplies. The Trump Administration seems very unlikely to head the warning.
The New York Times
January 7, 2017, 9am PST
Seven oil companies, including Chevron, have been injecting wastewater into 10 aquifers for decades despite never receiving permission from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to do so. The aquifers are not currently used for drinking water.
San Francisco Chronicle
January 6, 2017, 11am PST
Boston Mayor, Martin Walsh's, climate change plan is one of the most thorough in the country. The question remains: Will any of the plan be put into action?
Next City
January 6, 2017, 5am PST
The capital of Catalunya is suffering from persistent high pollution due to car density and the largest number of motorcycles in Europe. City administrators, aware of the situation, have been unwilling to take any action that would upset drivers.
Cities of the Future
January 5, 2017, 6am PST
In Sacramento, a protracted fight involving the California Environmental Quality Act downsized a proposed development. It also added fuel to the pro-Trump, anti-development fire that swept the nation on November 8.
California Planning & Development Report
January 4, 2017, 9am PST
A smart city pilot project, already in place at three locations in Chicago and on the way to two more, deploys sophisticated data gathering technology to measure the simple act of rainwater running downhill. Better green infrastructure will follow.
Data-Smart City Solutions
January 2, 2017, 7am PST
Michigan has joined a small but growing list of states that have passed laws prohibiting municipalities from banning single-use plastic bags or charging for bags, as is done in California. Critics assail it as an 'attack on local control.'
MLive
January 1, 2017, 11am PST
The California Apartment Association released a report on what it will take to solve the state's chronic housing shortage. Cities that are loath to permit new residential developments, both affordable and market rate, will not be pleased.
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2017, 7am PST
There's a trend here.
The Atlantic
December 31, 2016, 9am PST
The state of Wisconsin, following in the footsteps of Florida, is pretending that the climate change doesn't exist.
Urban Milwaukee
Blog post
December 30, 2016, 5am PST
Raleigh, NC has hopes for turning 300 acres of land near its downtown into a beautiful park. Elite landscape architecture firms are eager to help, and selecting the right one for the job won't be easy.
Mark Hough
December 29, 2016, 12pm PST
The idea that 2016 was an unequivocally and uniformly bad year is getting thrown around very casually these days. Here are a few reasons for why that narrative is overstated.
The Washington Post
December 29, 2016, 9am PST
Before this week, President Obama added more acreage to national monuments than any previous president. The final 1.35 million acres, designated this week, are a controversial final flourish.
The Washington Post