Environment

What U.S. Cities Facing Climate Disaster Risks Are Least Prepared?

New studies find cities most vulnerable to climate change disasters—heat waves, flooding, rising seas, drought—are the least prepared.

Rockaway Beach is Disappearing and Resurgent All at Once

After Superstorm Sandy, New York City’s oceanfront neighborhood got a boost of investment. But that hasn’t stopped the waves from stealing the beach.

a photo of a man pumping drinking water during the water shortage in Chennai, India.

The Future of the City is Thirsty

A new WRI report on 15 cities across the Global South reveals that access to safe drinking water is often underestimated—and the challenge will only get worse.

This Land Is the Only Land There Is

Here are seven ways of understanding the IPCC’s newest climate warning.

Why Casablanca's ‘American Landfill’ Keeps Growing

A landfill of nearly 200 acres of trash grows daily and torments residents on the outskirts of Morocco’s largest city. No one knows quite what to do about it.

Are Shared Scooters Good for the Planet? Only If They Replace Car Trips

Companies say their rides are “Earth-friendly” and “carbon free,” but lots of cars are used to keep the scooters charged.

A Modest Proposal to Make Air Travel Obsolete

To reduce emissions from air travel, Germany’s Green Party wants to eliminate the need for domestic flights by making big investments in trains.

How American Cities Score on Clean Energy

The good news: More American cities are taking action. The bad news: There’s a lot left to be done.

a photo of a pedestrian near Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

The ‘Toxic Fallout’ From the Notre-Dame Disaster: Lead Contamination

A French environmental group is suing the city over widespread lead dust contamination released in the historic cathedral fire on April 15.

A man lies face-up on a blanket in the shade of a tree in a public park.

Living Near Trees, Not Just Green Space, Improves Wellbeing

New research finds that, when a neighborhood’s green space leads to better health outcomes, tree canopy provides most of the benefits.

It's Getting Too Damn Hot to Have Fun in the Summer

An environmental economist explains how climate change and extreme weather could mean summer is no longer the peak season for festivals and outdoor recreation.

A gas stovetop with one burner lit.

Berkeley Bans Natural Gas in New Buildings

On Tuesday, the California city passed the first all-electric building ordinance in the United States.

Europe’s Cities Weren’t Built for This Kind of Heat

A record-breaking heat wave across London, Paris, and Amsterdam is signaling an urgent need for design and cultural changes to combat climate change.

The U.S. Is Facing a Federal Firefighter Shortage

The government is struggling to budget and plan for longer, more severe fire seasons.

In Madrid, a Car Ban Proves Stronger Than Partisan Politics

A new mayor vowed to bring vehicles back to the city center. The strong citizen backlash suggests that European cities’ car bans are not, in fact, in peril.

Pressed for Space, Hong Kong Will Create New Land

The ‘Lantau Tomorrow’ plan would expand small islands for much-needed new housing, but not without risks to the environment.  

a photo of a small fleet of electric Chevrolet Bolts cars.

Should Electric Vehicle Drivers Pay Per Mile?

Since EV drivers zip past gas taxes, they don’t contribute to the federal fund for road maintenance. A new working paper tries to determine whether plug-ins should pay up.

Here’s What the Heat Island Looks Like in East Coast Cities

Maps of urban heat islands show where residents can find pockets of cooler air in Boston, Philadelphia, Richmond, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

How ‘Corn Sweat’ Makes Summer Days More Humid

It’s a real phenomenon, and it’s making the hot weather muggier in the American Midwest.

Hurricane Barry: Lessons From a Disaster That Wasn’t

Hurricane Barry largely spared New Orleans, but it underscored that climate change brings complex impacts and hard choices.

Hurricane Barry Is on the Way, and New Orleans Is Already Soaked

An “unprecedented” hurricane may bring three dangerous kinds of flooding all at once: rainfall, a storm surge, and overflow from a swollen Mississippi River.