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Gov. Gavin Newsom pleased environmentalists by doing what his predecessor, Gov. Jerry Brown, refused – halting all new oil and gas fracking and placing a moratorium on another extraction method linked to a massive oil spill in Kern County.
Los Angeles Times
Blog post
December 4, 2019, 2pm PST
Brian Stone of the Georgia Institute of Technology writes about a recent article he co-authored in the Journal of Planning Education and Research.
JPER
November 29, 2019, 5am PST
A writer in Toronto imagines how the city would be evaluated according to a "Run Score"—a fast-paced version of the Walk Score.
Spacing Toronto
November 28, 2019, 11am PST
An experiment in round-the-clock public bathroom access has proven successful, and San Francisco is expanding the program.
San Francisco Chronicle
November 22, 2019, 2pm PST
A news study raises questions about the public health effects of the widespread availability of a ride enabled by companies like Uber and Lyft—while it's easier to avoid drunk driving, it's also easier to drink.
The Economist
November 14, 2019, 9am PST
The particulate pollution released by automobile travel can carry carcinogens to the brain, according to new research.
The Guardian
November 1, 2019, 11am PDT
California is being forced to reckon with numerous negative public health outcomes caused by wildfires.
The Conversation
October 31, 2019, 10am PDT
The world is noisier than ever, and the long-term effects of exposure are serious. Still, noise pollution isn’t considered a legitimate environmental hazard.
The Atlantic
September 8, 2019, 5am PDT
A researcher at the University of Sydney in Australia offers three recommendations for planners to better negotiate the real world of politics and governance to help create healthier communities.
The Conversation
August 28, 2019, 1pm PDT
The reforestation of Detroit has become a problem for allergy and asthma sufferers in the area.
Undark Magazine
August 17, 2019, 11am PDT
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.
Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2019, 10am PDT
Most of the reasons street trees are sometimes unpopular with residents are either untrue or can be mitigated.
PlanPhilly
August 2, 2019, 6am PDT
Philadelphia isn't the first city to deal with a Hepatitis A outbreak after wavering on the question of whether to deploy public bathrooms and hygiene stations
PlanPhilly
July 22, 2019, 2pm PDT
On Tuesday night, the City Council of Berkeley, Calif., unanimously voted to ban natural gas infrastructure from new buildings starting next year, the first city in the U.S. to pass such an ordinance. Fifty cities in the state could be next.
San Francisco Chronicle
June 14, 2019, 12pm PDT
President Trump made good on his promise last October to lift the E15 ban in time for the summer driving season. Not mentioned by the Des Moines Register are the downsides to allowing the higher ethanol blend to be sold during the summer, e.g., smog.
Los Angeles Times
June 13, 2019, 1pm PDT
Thanks to legislation by Sen. Scott Wiener passed last year, San Francisco will apply a new tool to force treatment on some homeless, mentally ill people who refuse it, but it's limited to five people annually. A new Wiener bill would expand it.
The Washington Post
May 22, 2019, 1pm PDT
A new zoning code in Baltimore will reduce the number of liquor stores in the city in hopes of reducing the violent crime rate. Will there be unintended consequences?
Shelterforce Magazine
May 21, 2019, 8am PDT
Re-evaluating the role of planning in creating, and reversing, disturbing public health outcomes, like asthma rates among African-Americans in Philadelphia.
Next City
May 10, 2019, 1pm PDT
Road safety advocates, particularly those who promote walking and biking, have long understood the importance of language, such as using "crash" rather than "accident." Two new media studies shed more light on bias in media coverage of crashes.
Outside Online
May 9, 2019, 8am PDT
Richard Florida cites new research to argue that car culture and car oriented communities are the main culprits in the unhealthy lifestyles of U.S. school children.
CityLab