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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.

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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?
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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.

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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.

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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.
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Climate

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.
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'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.

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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.
Climate

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.
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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.
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Pittsburgh

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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Climate

First-of-its-kind hybrid electric ferry boat to take maiden voyage in SF Bay

The operators, Red and White Fleet, hope it will serve as a demonstration project for the maritime industry, which has been slow to adopt “green” technology.
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Climate

Robyn Purchia: Bay Area kids moving the needle on climate change

These young people are a powerful reminder that terrifying presidential appointees are temporary.

Justice

SF, Santa Clara ask state high court to bar lead paint initiative from ballot

Santa Clara County and the city of San Francisco have filed an emergency lawsuit asking the California Supreme Court to block a $2 billion initiative supported by two paint companies.

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