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Air Quality

6 days ago
Early in the pandemic, bike sales soared and vehicle miles traveled plummeted. As people have been driving more, more people have also been infected with the novel coronavirus.
Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research
6 days ago
Improved air quality can help achieve equitable economic growth, according to Chicago's newly announced Air Quality Agenda.
Smart Cities Dive
June 17, 2020, 10am PDT
Lou Calanche and Esther Feldman discuss the Natural Park at Ramona Gardens, a green solution project to improve air quality and community health in one of the most polluted neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
The Planning Report
May 18, 2020, 5am PDT
A plan to completely overhaul the streets of London will require a "monumental" effort by all residents of the city, according to the mayor of London.
Mayor of London
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
November 20, 2019, 11am PST
Vehicle pollution is making cities around the world unlivable. Some cities have taken steps to curb auto use and emissions, with varying levels of success.
The New York Times
September 12, 2019, 8am PDT
Jeff Speck, planning consultant and author of Walkable City, writes an opinion piece for the Houston Chronicle to oppose the plan to widen the I-45 freeway in Houston.
Houston Chronicle
August 30, 2019, 2pm PDT
Columbus achieved something no other U.S. city has managed: moving out of non-compliance with federal air quality standards for ground-level ozone.
Smart Cities Dive
August 28, 2019, 1pm PDT
The reforestation of Detroit has become a problem for allergy and asthma sufferers in the area.
Undark Magazine
August 23, 2019, 1pm PDT
Due to the adoption of the Zero-Emission Vehicle standard by the state's air quality commission last week, there will be a much greater selection of electric vehicles available for interested Colorado consumers. Sales should reach 5% by 2023.
NGT News
July 26, 2019, 1pm PDT
In sharp contrast to France's yellow vest demonstrations against fuel tax hikes, Madrid residents took to the streets to keep them free of motor vehicles after new leaders were elected who vowed to rescind the driving ban enacted last November.
CityLab
July 16, 2019, 1pm PDT
Wildfires have caused the city’s air quality to plummet in recent years. The new shelters will give residents a break when the air is not fit to breathe.
CityLab
July 13, 2019, 11am PDT
The Interstate 70 expansion project is affecting air quality in surrounding neighborhoods, where chronic illness is prevalent and residents feel their health and safety have not been priorities.
The Denver Post
July 3, 2019, 12pm PDT
Southern California has long been leader in air quality management, but lately the news has not been good.
Los Angeles Times
April 2, 2019, 8am PDT
Environmental reporting has been one of the major casualties as newspapers downsize, particularly in places where the in-depth coverage is most needed.
The New Yorker
March 21, 2019, 12pm PDT
The bill is directed at the medium and heavy-duty trucking industry, which, along with buses, account for 90 percent of the state's toxic diesel exhaust. Diesel emissions would need to be reduced by 80 percent by 2050. Will electric trucks be ready?
San Francisco Chronicle
February 10, 2019, 11am PST
Moving to a school with higher levels of traffic pollution could impact students' academic performance, according to new research.
CityLab
January 23, 2019, 5am PST
A network of monitoring devices will bring together technology and data analytics to help inform residents about air pollution.
Quartz
December 28, 2018, 1pm PST
Paris has made some incredibly ambitious and highly controversial policy changes to improve the city's air quality. In the meantime, there's a new app from Valeo to determine the state of the air quality in the city.
CleanTechnica
December 25, 2018, 1pm PST
New measures will greatly reduce vehicle traffic in the city center as Oslo moves to put pedestrians, cyclists, and air quality before cars.
The New York Times