Environmental Risk

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U.S. Houses Facing Increased Flood Risk Overvalued by as Much as $237 Billion, Study Says

Housing markets are failing to price in climate risks in their assessment of housing values, according to a recent study published by Nature.

March 3, 2023 - Nature

Plastic Bag Litter

95 Environmental Regulations Threatened by the Trump Administration

New York Times analysis quantifies the environmental regulations at risk under the actions of the Trump administration.

December 26, 2019 - The New York Times

Climate Change

Mapping the Effects of Climate Change in the United States

A new mapping project from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania illustrates the consequences of inaction on climate change.

December 18, 2019 - CityLab

Niobrara River

The U.S. of Breaking and Broken Dams

New analysis of high-hazard dams reveals the ubiquity, and risks, of the infrastructure challenges facing the United States.

November 12, 2019 - AP News

Maumee River

Toxic Algae Blooms, Explained

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.

August 17, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

Miami and Key Biscayne

A Dire Warning About Sea-Level Rise in South Florida

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.

August 11, 2019 - Miami Herald

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Five Years of 100 Resilient Cities

It's been five years since the Rockefeller Foundation launched the 100 Resilient Cities initiative. A new analysis by the Urban Institute evaluates the accomplishments of 100 Resilient Cities so far.

March 13, 2019 - 100 Resilient Cities

Tacoma Washington

Tacoma Setting Land Use Barriers for Fossil Fuel

Even with a year-long halt on new projects, the city is grappling with plans for industrial land use.

October 18, 2018 - Sightline Institute


Floodplain Development Grows as Regulations Shrink

More Americans are moving to high-risk flood zones as environmental deregulation wins the day.

August 21, 2018 - Governing

Earthquake damage

Planning for Structural Safety in an Era of Environmental Risks

Resilience to the impacts of climate change and other forms of natural disaster will require new levels of safety in the built environment.

May 23, 2018 - Kayla Matthews

Erosion and Stormwater

Colorado Springs to Spend $500,000 to Study Large Landslide

Building on the edge of natural areas comes with risks, including wildfires and landslides. Colorado Springs will try to discover the extent of the risk from the latter at the western edge of the city.

September 26, 2017 - Colorado Springs Gazette

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