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Bloomberg CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

13 November 2019

Paris, France

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Although Paris public transportation ridership is booming - a goal of the city's to make a positive impact on "green" development - city officials are now looking to expand the metro lines to be able to fit the demand...

Bloomberg CityLab

Tracey Lindeman

4 November 2019

Brumunddal, Norway

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Norway is leading the world in low-carbon structural wood development; now, the country is working to bring factories into the country to turn the trees into usable lumber within the nation's borders. The city of Brum...

Bloomberg CityLab

David Dudley

29 October 2019

Vienna, Austria

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Despite a rapidly growing population size, Vienna, Austria has remained high on "quality-of-life" rankings, thanks to the city's prioritization of green space, car-free areas, and expansion of affordable housing proje...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Brianna Baker

23 October 2019

Gardner, Massachusetts, United States

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Pennsylvania law is preventing a Philadelphia neighborhood from converting an empty lot into a solar farm, but community members are working to fight against this by citing neighboring states that are seeing positive ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jason Wilson

17 October 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Bees and other pollinator populations have been rapidly declining, threatening food production nationwide, but urban beekeeping is helping to fight against this trajectory. In Philadelphia, rooftop beekeeping has beco...

Bloomberg CityLab

Lindsey J. Smith

16 October 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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A floating prototype in the San Francisco bay - envisioned by researchers at California College of Art - is testing the sustainability and possibilities of the creation of floating buildings. The structure, which has ...

Mosaic Science

Fleur MacDonald

15 October 2019

Glasgow, Scotland

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Glasgow continues to learn from its systemic failure in urban planning during and after the industrial revolution by redesigning its living spaces to be separated from industrial areas, and by including nature and gre...

Quartz

Akshat Rathi

19 September 2019

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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To reduce carbon usage in electric grids, companies around the world have turned to new technologies that store wind energy that can be converted to electricity. One such company called Hydrostor, based in Ontario, Ca...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

27 August 2019

Herriman, Utah, United States

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In a collaborative effort between developers, power companies, and the government, a new apartment complex in Utah will be almost entirely powered by solar energy. The complex, developed by Wasatch Premier Communities...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

26 August 2019

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Across Salt Lake City, Utah, housing developers are building more net zero energy homes. Facing air quality issues, the state has yet to set more energy efficient codes for new homes, which means the kind of homes bei...

Native Science Report

Katie Scarlett Brandt

16 August 2019

North Dakota, United States

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Tribal colleges in North Dakota and Minnesota are shifting to renewable energy practices as a means of lessening their energy footprint. According to the facilities manager at North Dakota's Turtle Mountain Community ...

Smithsonian

Teresa Carey

24 July 2019

Leonardtown, Maryland, United States

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To avoid the waste that would incur from demolishing structures such as houses and apartment buildings, a reuse center in Maryland works with deconstruction crews to disassemble the buildings and then sells the salvag...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

23 July 2019

Beji village, Bosso Local Government Area, Niger, Nigeria

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In Niger State, not all health clinics are treated equally, but one in the Beji village, Bosso Local Government Area (LGA) acts as a model for other healthcare providers to follow. From proactively educating patients ...

Vice

Shayla Love

23 July 2019

Wisconsin, United States

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Over the last several decades, climate disasters have resulted in many communities relying on managed retreats. These "proactive, intentional shift(s) of civilization away from an environmental threat" are increasingl...

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Wyatt Massey

22 July 2019

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

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Churches in Chattanooga, TN are taking steps to make their spaces more environmentally -friendly and -conscious. Places like St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Grace Episcopal Church are taking on initiatives like motion...

CivicStory

Donna Liu

2 July 2019

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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PowerCorps is a program that provides job training for young adults in Camden, New Jersey. It matches participants with opportunities to improve the green infrastructure in the community and is supported by the Camden...

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Amelia Axelsen

21 June 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Nature-based solutions to climate change involve strategic use of greenery to staunch the negative impacts of climate change broadly, but these solutions also have been proven to increase jobs and contribute to the ov...

Vox

Kimberly Mas

Diana Budds

11 June 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Resilient infrastructure is one way to prepare cities for the unpredictable effects of climate change. In Staten Island, which was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, officials have secured millions in funding to build a s...

The Naked Scientists

Ben McAllister

28 May 2019

Edinburgh, Scotland

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The bigger the city, the busier the roads, which typically means more noise pollution as well. Because noise can negatively impact sleep and heart health, researchers are turning to promoting noise control engineering...

BBC

Patrick Aryee

20 May 2019

Harare, Zimbabwe

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Buildings with permeable surfaces increase energy efficiency, mimicking natural structures. In Harare, Zimbabwe, the Eastgate Centre employs methods borrowed from termite mound construction to efficiently regulate the...

Hakai Magazine

Tyee Bridge

14 May 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Around the world, scientists are eco-engineering urban waterfront areas to encourage marine species diversity. Seattle’s Central Waterfront area was recently enhanced with a textured and angled concrete sea wall to en...

Bloomberg CityLab

Allison C. Meier

13 May 2019

New York, New York, United States

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As the monarch butterfly nears endangerment, cities across the US are integrating butterfly-friendly spaces into their urban environments. Such spaces reside in schools, firehouses, parks, and more, and they enable th...

Ensia

Erica Gies

16 April 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In Detroit, a city with plenty of open space, there is ample opportunity for green stormwater infrastructure to help the city better manage water. The dual goal of decreasing water pollution and better managing flood ...

Vox

David Roberts

11 April 2019

Barcelona, Spain

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The implementation of "superblocks," or large areas of urban space dedicated to pedestrian & bike multi-use traffic and the unification of urban and rural living benefits, helped one Spanish city reduce automotive tra...

Changing Florida

James Williams

3 April 2019

Florida, United States

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An experimental water treatment plant in Florida has been performing as efficiently as other conventional treatment plants for the last 24 years. Known as the Living Machine of the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, it filter...

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