As Biden shifts infrastructure focus to climate and racial justice, cities and states alter pitches for federal money

The Department of Transportation has tied $2 billion in coveted grant funds to the administration’s social-justice goals.
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Beth Osborne, Ben Holland: Electric cars are great. Even better? No cars

The Biden administration is plugging EV adoption to help the U.S. meet its climate goals, but electrification alone won’t do the job: We need to reduce vehicle use, period.

To rethink the school run, get out of cars

London neighborhoods are introducing “School Streets” — closing roads to traffic in the morning and afternoon to encourage schoolchildren and parents to walk and bike.

Leah Stokes on climate issues near and far

The UC Santa Barbara political science professor weighs in on buildings, bikes, SoCalGas, and communicating climate policy.


Imagine a transcontinental network of protected bike paths

“Our vision is an intercity network that people could bike and walk to destinations across the country.”

The murky case for mass telecommuting

To cut climate emissions, Bay Area planners propose a work-from-home requirement for 60% of office employees. But critics warn of unintended consequences.

How big was 2019's scooter boom, and what's next?

A new report from the National Association of City Transportation Officials shows big gains for e-scooters before the pandemic — and signs that the micromobility boom could go on.

'This is a wake-up call': How will pro cycling address its own climate crisis?

Cycling may have strong green credentials but at elite level the sport's relationship with the environment is vexed.

Bicycles are pushing aside cars on Europe's city streets

Bikes are increasingly muscling aside cars on Europe’s city streets, as the coronavirus accelerates a shift toward pedal power.

This bridge in Providence used to be a highway—now it's for pedestrians

The highway once cut off a Providence neighborhood from the rest of the city. Now residents can easily walk between them.

Global data reveals inequality of pandemic travel

A snapshot of transportation patterns during six months of coronavirus points to divergent future paths for cities.

This new car-free district in Shenzhen is the size of midtown Manhattan

As part of a new corporate headquarters for company Tencent, a new district in one of the densest cities in the world will barely allow any cars.

Fear of public transit remains high in London

As the U.K. capital cautiously reopens, a poll finds 70% of surveyed Londoners are anxious about commuting via bus or Tube. Are their COVID-19 fears justified?


Editorial: Bicycling is having a moment—let’s use it to make riding more safe and inclusive

When you're a member of the media you receive notice of a lot of "days"—Pancake day, National Lame Duck Day, Textiles Day. But today is World Bicycle Day, and that means something to me. And, if you care about the environment, it should to you as well.

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Four environmental issues in the Pittsburgh region to keep your eyes on in the age of COVID-19

COVID-19 cost jobs, closed businesses and limited travel. But the economic ruin has also led to record low levels of pollution and huge reductions in climate change emissions globally.

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Earth Day: Amidst the greenwashing, it's still a good thing

When corporations tout their greenness and journalists get beaten senseless by lame ideas.

‘Forever chemicals’ coat the outer layers of biodegradable straws

More evidence that harmful PFAS chemicals are sneaking into some "green" and "compostable" products.

Pesticide DDT linked to increased breast cancer risk generations after exposure

Groundbreaking study finds women whose grandmothers had high DDT exposure are more likely to be obese and have early menstruation—both breast cancer risk factors.

Want more clean energy? Focus on people, not technology

Energy decisions can be deeply personal. We need to listen to households and communities before we prescribe their energy transition.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

The political, media, and community response to our Fractured investigation

From a media blitz to calls for statewide drilling bans, here's a look at the fallout and impacts so far from EHN's investigation of western Pennsylvania fracking impacts.

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