Pollution

3 days ago
Vietnam's capital is internationally known for pollution and traffic, the government is trying to take on both with a rapid transit bus system, but many remain skeptical.
The Guardian
6 days ago
Schools tend to get built on cheap land. Cheap land is often found near busy roadways—sources of pollutants that are harmful to the health of children.
The Center for Public Integrity
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
Blog post
December 14, 2016, 2pm PST
Yes, sprawl is still bad for the environment.
Michael Lewyn
December 8, 2016, 7am PST
A new study shows how pollution and poverty can create a persistent cycle in poor neighborhoods.
City Observatory
November 27, 2016, 5am PST
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has aligned himself with opponents to the addition of a third runway at London's Heathrow Airport, citing noise and air pollution concerns
BBC
November 20, 2016, 11am PST
A lawsuit in the state of Washington between environmentalists and BNSF Railway over the environmental impacts of coal trains has been settled out of court.
Crosscut
June 29, 2016, 11am PDT
It's been less than a year since Volkswagen got caught installing software on cars to cheat emissions testing. Today the company settled out of court—paying the bulk of a $16 billion settlement to vehicle owners.
KPCC
June 16, 2016, 8am PDT
Seeking relief from noise, pollution, and incessant traffic, the city of Barcelona has a bold plan to repurpose street space. "Superblocks" will route cars around the perimeter, leaving interior streets open for walkers and bikes.
The Guardian
June 16, 2016, 7am PDT
The forced slow-and-go caused by speed humps may have the unintended consequences of increasing the release of the tiny particles that have proven harmful to health within a concentrated area.
The Telegraph U.K.
May 5, 2016, 12pm PDT
A Boston Globe columnist met the news that the city would reduce speed limits to 20 mph on some residential streets with scorn and snark.
The Boston Globe
May 3, 2016, 2pm PDT
By combining the resources of the public and private sectors, Prince George County was able to greatly reduce the costs required to retrofit an aging stormwater system.
Bay Journal
March 17, 2016, 9am PDT
Citing pedestrian and cyclist casualties, the Scottish capital will reduce speed limits on 80 percent of its streets to a mere 20 mph. Backers are pushing for additional complete streets improvements.
Next City
March 11, 2016, 7am PST
Those Volkswagen cars fitted with the cheat device are a health hazard to city residents. Actually all diesel vehicles are. But the fact that those cars are effectively polluting over 40 times the legal limit means we should take immediate action
Cities of the Future
January 21, 2016, 11am PST
Despite continued dispute over their effectiveness, carbon taxes and cap-and-trade programs in the United States and Canada have raised billions of dollars. And China has now followed suit.
New York Times
December 31, 2015, 9am PST
National leaders in China have recognized urban challenges like pollution and public safety as threats to residents of the country's cities, and have released a policy statement to begin a new era of urban policies.
China Daily
December 22, 2015, 5am PST
A 2,100 square foot park on the banks of New York City's Gowanus Canal is part of a plan to catch pollutants from storm off from draining into the already polluted waterway.
New York Times
November 10, 2015, 7am PST
Research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate recommends an emissions reduction program that might pay off big in the long term. Inter-city exchange and transit planning are key strategies.
Urban Land Magazine
November 10, 2015, 5am PST
London Mayor Boris Johnson has tabled strict air-pollution controls until 2020 despite evidence of increasing pollution levels in the city's center.
The New York Times
August 20, 2015, 1pm PDT
The Center for Public Integrity has released a report criticizing the EPA's environmental justice competence. In only 12 cases has the agency taken official action on behalf of communities affected disproportionately by polluters.
Next City