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America’s Toxic Disasters-in-Waiting

By Hiroko Tabuchi You may never have seen them, but vast open-air pools of toxic water, from hazardous mining byproducts to diluted pig waste, are a common feature at thousands of industrial and agricultural sites across the country. One of…

If You Build It, They Will Bike: Pop-Up Lanes Increased Cycling During Pandemic

Adding bike lanes to urban streets can increase the number of cyclists across an entire city, not just on the streets with new bike lanes, according to a new study. The finding adds to a growing body of research indicating…

Greenhouse gas emissions around the world exceed pre-pandemic lockdown levels – WTSP.com

After a drop in overall emissions in 2020, warming is expected to continue; and there are reasons climate experts are concerned. After declining sharply last spring, global emissions of greenhouse gases ended 2020 by exceeding pre-pandemic levels, according to International…

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Biden’s Regressive Energy Policy Is A Nasty War On The Poor

Joe Biden’s transportation secretary nominee, Pete Buttigieg, was all over the map at his confirmation hearings. According to MarketWatch, emphasis mine: Speaking at his confirmation hearing with his husband sitting nearby, Buttigieg pointed to a “generational opportunity” to create new jobs,…

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Biden’s Regressive Energy Policy Is A Nasty War On The Poor

Joe Biden’s transportation secretary nominee, Pete Buttigieg, was all over the map at his confirmation hearings. According to MarketWatch, emphasis mine: Speaking at his confirmation hearing with his husband sitting nearby, Buttigieg pointed to a “generational opportunity” to create new jobs,…

Environmental impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as observed from space

COVID-19 has changed the way we live and work, as various health and safety restrictions keep more of us at home more often. The resulting changes to our behavior are already impacting the environment around us in myriad ways, according to comparisons of remote sensing data before and during the pandemic collected by NASA, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and ESA (European Space Agency) Earth-observing satellites and others.

Poll: The world is worried about the coronavirus. It’s equally concerned about climate change. – Vox.com

Even amid a pandemic that has killed more than 1 million people, infected over 40 million, and tanked economies, people around the world are still extremely worried about the threat posed by climate change. A recent poll from the Pew…

Digital Sprint powers rapid digital environmental solutions to tackle effects of Covid-19

(Cranfield University) A digital sprint, featuring a series of hackathons, led by Cranfield University and the Natural Environment Research Council has seen multiple projects awarded prizes for innovation and use of digital technology.

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Phoenix Light Rail Fail: @valleymetro 2020 Report

Well, it is that time of the year when Valley Metro, the Phoenix area transit authority, publishes its fiscal year (July-June) ridership numbers, and boy are they awful this year. In past installments, I have pointed out how our shift…