Public Health

September 10, 2018, 8am PDT
A feature article at the major local daily newspaper in Houston tackles traffic safety and puts the onus on engineers, police, and politicians to come to terms with the destruction they've wrought.
Houston Chronicle
September 9, 2018, 5am PDT
The EPA intends to review the rulemaking process behind the mercury rule, the subject of a landmark Supreme Court ruling in 2015, to place more value on a rule's compliance cost to industry and less to its beneficial impact on human health.
The New York Times
September 6, 2018, 11am PDT
Unlike prior initiatives that sought drilling bans, Prop. 112 would greatly increase setbacks from buildings to such an extent that it could doom much of the industry. A competing initiative would make the change a "taking" and require compensation.
Colorado Public Radio
September 3, 2018, 11am PDT
Extreme heat, rising seas, and other impacts of climate change are turning deadly faster than predicted, California officials warn.
Los Angeles Times
August 28, 2018, 12pm PDT
A 2016 rule approved by a specialized agency of the U.N. is forcing large ships that burn bunker oil, the dirtiest type of fuel, to either burn a more costly low-sulfur variety, apply scrubbers, or turn to LNG.
The Wall Street Journal
August 27, 2018, 6am PDT
At the center of the EPA's newly proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule is doing away with a permitting process known as New Source Review that requires coal power plants to add scrubbers and other expensive pollution control equipment when upgraded.
The New York Times
August 23, 2018, 6am PDT
The Guardian sounds the alarm about deadly heat exposure in poor communities around the world.
The Guardian
August 22, 2018, 5am PDT
On Tuesday, EPA released its new rule to regulate emissions from existing power plants, essentially leaving it to the states to determine appropriate emissions levels rather than setting actual standards each state has to meet like the current rule.
The New York Times
August 14, 2018, 6am PDT
The ruling puts another stain on former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's legacy as it rebukes his denial of a petition to ban a pesticide that causes neurodevelopmental damage in children. Pruitt had rejected his own scientists' recommendation.
The New York Times
July 16, 2018, 11am PDT
Umair Irfan provides a post-mortem, of sorts, on the tenure of Scott Pruitt at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Vox
July 15, 2018, 9am PDT
A new study builds an even stronger case for setting pollution controls at PM 2.5 to prevent increased risk of diabetes. The EPA's clean air regulations set a threshold much less restrictive than that level.
The Atlantic
July 9, 2018, 5am PDT
Friday may have been disgraced EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's last day in office of the agency in charge of protecting the nation's environment, but he still managed to roll back a regulation to create lasting air pollution far greater than VW did.
The New York Times
July 5, 2018, 2pm PDT
The U.S. has lower average life expectancy than most peer countries. New research indicates that this results in part from sprawl. Life expectancy, economic mobility, mobility options, personal health and safety all improve in less sprawling areas.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Blog post
June 10, 2018, 1pm PDT
There are many ways that city planning and urban design can mitigate, or exacerbate, the spread of public health risks.
Kayla Matthews
June 5, 2018, 11am PDT
The city's failure to deliver public restrooms is not the first sign of trouble for its sweeping homelessness plan, but it’s a painful one for the residents of Skid Row.
Los Angeles Times
June 4, 2018, 10am PDT
The president hopes to revitalize the nation's sagging coal industry by forcing utilities to purchase power from aging coal and nuclear power plants in the name of national defense. The news is already paying dividends for coal companies.
Bloomberg Politics
May 18, 2018, 11am PDT
Shipping coal from Utah to export to Asia through a new cargo facility in Oakland, California took a significant step forward on May 15 with a strongly worded ruling condemning the adequacy of the city of Oakland's environmental analysis.
KQED: California Report
May 17, 2018, 8am PDT
The new City Health Dashboard might be the first time many communities have had access to a treasure trove of public health data at the click of a mouse button.
Crain's New York Business
May 13, 2018, 1pm PDT
U.S. PIRG wants states to use funding from multi-billion dollar Volkswagen settlements to convert the nation's school bus fleet, 95% of which is diesel-powered, to zero-emission buses to reduce children's exposure to toxic air pollution.
U.S. Pirg
May 7, 2018, 7am PDT
“Why are lighting designers and experts nearly unified in their belief that outdoor lighting in past years has been excessive?”
Metropolis Magazine