September 2, 2016, 10am PDT
It's getting a lot cheaper to install solar power, and a lot easier to imagine a solar-powered future.
December 14, 2014, 11am PST
Arguably just as important than the sales of new vehicles, e.g., hybrids and EVs, are the consequences of not buying new cars.
November 24, 2013, 7am PST
Michael Sivak of the Univ. of Michigan has published another key report documenting our waning love affair with the automobile. Sivak documents peak overall gasoline consumption occurring in 2004. Per capita fuel consumption may have peaked in 2003.
April 15, 2013, 10am PDT
Tara Haelle examines the growing consensus among scientists that environmental factors, rather than genes or sloth, are the primary cause of childhood obesity. The onus is on planners and policy makers to create environments that nurture health.
January 27, 2013, 11am PST
The subject of a recent summit hosted by software maker Esri, Larry Greenemeier explains the application of Geodesign to help predict and manage the increasingly complex intersection of design, land use, ecology, and climate change.
December 7, 2012, 11am PST
In a recent paper, urban theorist Stephen Marshall rehashes Jane Jacobs's criticism of city planning as a pseudoscience built "on a foundation of nonsense." Can science and design be reconciled to provide planning a more stable foundation?
May 31, 2012, 1pm PDT
A new report released this week seeks to address whether the "urban health advantage" can be extended to more of the world’s population as cities continue to grow in the coming decades, reports Katherine Harmon.
May 11, 2012, 8am PDT
So you think cars are to blame for L.A.'s air pollution problems? That might be bull excrement, literally, reports David Biello.
April 3, 2012, 11am PDT
In this excerpt from her new book, "Before the Lights Go Out" author Maggie Koerth-Baker warns of the converging crises of peak oil and climate change on suburban areas.
August 31, 2011, 1pm PDT
Author William Gibson talks to Scientific American about how "the future's arrived," and the many ways you can see the future around you.
August 19, 2011, 8am PDT
Suburban areas don't necessarily equate with car-dependence, according to some New Urbanist plans for far-out areas. But convincing residents to opt for transit can be a challenge.
August 18, 2011, 10am PDT
Scientific American presents evidence that "high density living" is hardwired in humankind, and as populations grow, density increases.
August 17, 2011, 12pm PDT
As part of a special issue, Scientific American magazine examines the science of "Better Smarter Cities."
June 25, 2010, 5am PDT
An auto company has a new design competition to imagine a future city that is car-friendly.
May 5, 2010, 9am PDT
This article looks at the growing popularity of streetcars in American cities, and highlights 22 cities that are planning to have new streetcar lines within the next two years.
November 11, 2009, 10am PST
Researchers are experimenting with using LEDs to grow algae in abandoned mines to be used for biofuels.
November 4, 2009, 6am PST
The Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a test on three different types of porous pavement to devise ways to control runoff from parking lots and streets.
September 22, 2009, 10am PDT
In the U.S., men bike far more than women. Some researchers suggest that understanding and meeting the demands of women is the best way to increase overall ridership.
May 20, 2009, 10am PDT
This piece from <em>Scientific American</em> looks at the jurisdictional challenge of conserving water in the cross-state Ogallala Aquifer, one of the world's largest sources of freshwater and the backbone of the nation's farm economy.
May 8, 2009, 11am PDT
Despite a congressional ruling last year that prevents them, wight uranium mining operations have been approved near the Grand Canyon.