The e-scooters loved by Silicon Valley roll into New York

Fleets of electric scooters have taken over city streets worldwide. With New York finally climbing aboard, do they represent a tech hustle or a transit revolution?
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Simon Berrebi: Biden's infrastructure plan must put transit first

President Biden’s $2 trillion jobs plan would double the federal contribution to public transit. But to fight climate change and broaden access to opportunity, that won’t be enough.
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Northeast US: Walking, biking could save billions, lives

New research examines the health and economic impact of proposed emissions caps coupled with investments that encourage biking and walking.

Port Authority rejected for federal grants to expand electric bus network

This March, Port Authority of Allegheny County's first electric buses hit the streets of Pittsburgh. They were heralded as a positive step forward in the push for sustainability and the fight against climate change.


Spencer Bokat-Lindell: Could Biden be the climate-change president?

His new plan bills itself as a “revolution,” going well beyond anything the Obama administration attempted. Is it enough?

Congestion set to exceed pre-lockdown levels as cars crowd back on to UK roads

British towns and cities are braced for a rapid rise in traffic congestion when the lockdown eases on Monday after figures showed many of the countries that have already lifted restrictions have seen truck and car use rise above their pre-coronavirus levels.


Nishanth Khanna: State should prioritize climate-conscious policies, fund mass transit

When 99% of climate scientists conclude that ensuring the inhabitability of our planet requires a "world war" level of mobilization to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we should heed their warning and follow their policy roadmap, which includes substantially increasing our investment in mass transit.


How the U.S. is inadvertently facilitating shark fin smuggling

American ports are stopovers on global trade routes for shipments of both legal and illegal shark fins.

What's polluting Colorado's air? 125 million tons a year of heat-trapping and hazardous gases

The air pollution that people in Colorado inhale each day comes from myriad sources: factories, cars, buildings and homes, fossil fuel facilities, cattle feedlots.

'A new focus for us': Canada's building code being modernized to address climate change

The next update is due this year and is likely to see the first changes meant to address the country's new climate reality.


In Potomac Yard's quest for smart growth, wetlands end up on the chopping block

As climate change becomes ever more urgent, Virginia's State Water Control Board sacrifices wetlands in favor of transit-oriented development.

How many lives could car-free 'superblocks' save?

If fully implemented, the plan to recapture 70 percent of street space for pedestrians could have an enormous public health impact.

Auckland's improved bus network will double transit ridership

Cities across the world are struggling to tempt people out of their cars and onto transit. Auckland reversed the trend by creating a really, really good bus network for very little money.

A Philly-Pittsburgh Hyperloop? Lawmakers call for feasibility study

It's not hyperbole to say that no contemporary transit proposal has received as much hype as the Hyperloop -- Elon Musk's concept for intercity travel at nearly supersonic speeds seemingly inspired by the pneumatic tubes common at banks' drive-thru teller windows.

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U.S. Steel abandons clean tech plans in Pittsburgh region following damning health study

The company scraps planned Pennsylvania investments and will instead shut down three polluting batteries in 2023. The announcement comes a week after a study shows lower lung function in people living near its Pittsburgh-region facility.

LISTEN: The allure of regenerative agriculture

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Fertility & Environmental Justice: A conversation with Shanna Swan and Annie Hoang

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Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

Can marine protected areas reduce marine disease?

EHN talked to marine disease experts about the role of increasing ocean protection in combating rising disease rates.

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