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Cities, Cars and Other Human-Made Things Weigh 30 Trillion Metric Tons

The first attempt to measure the volume of stuff created by humankind reveals that it is at least 100,000 times heavier than the global human population.

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Boom in Urban Population Will Make Climate Change Worse

A new Atlas of the Human Planet shows how the world’s growing urban population compounds the destruction caused by global warming and puts the poorest at greatest risk.

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Climate Change Means Cities Face Flash Flood Hazards

Scientists in Australia warn that global warming will lead to more intense and concentrated summer storms seriously testing city drainage systems already struggling to cope.

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Paris to Ban Cars for a Day

In an attempt to encourage more sustainable transport and raise awareness of high levels of pollution that the city suffers from, the French capital will go car-free Sept. 27.

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Dutch City to Experiment With Universal Basic Income

The city of Utrecht in the Netherlands is considering introducing a universal basic income—an income unconditionally granted to all its residents on an individual basis, without a means test or work requirement.

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Cities’ Twin Heat Problems May Get Relief

Climate change aside, cities tend to be warmer than the surrounding countryside. Now researchers in the U.S. have found ways that may lessen the effects of both problems.

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Solar Suburbia to Power Modern Cities

Urban sprawl may not be as bad for the environment as we thought—as long as every home is fitted with solar panels and electric cars become the norm.

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Obama and Urban Crisis

James Harris and Harry Edwards discuss President Obama and the myth of post-racial society, James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time” and why now is the time to repair the black community in urban cities such as Oakland.

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White-Collar Immigrants on the Rise

To the anti-immigrant sentiment in the country, here’s a noteworthy fact: A new analysis of census data shows that in 14 of the country’s 25 largest metropolitan areas, more immigrants are employed in white-collar jobs than in the low-wage blue-collar work we normally associate them with.

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Mayors Impatient for Climate Action

Representatives from 30 major cities around the world are meeting in New York at the invitation of Michael Bloomberg and former President Clinton to discuss methods of combating global warming. Bloomberg said city leaders will have to fill the “void” caused by national governments’ failure to act.

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE


The Most Polluted City in America

Citizens of Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit and elsewhere, take a breath. Though your air is polluted, your lungs inflamed and your children at risk, you can rest assured that your city is not the most smog-ridden in the country. That dishonor belongs to Los Angeles, which has the worst air quality in the nation, according to the American Lung Association.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


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San Francisco to Ban Plastic Bags

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign off on a citywide ban on petroleum-based plastic bags. The prohibition, the first of its kind in the nation, is meant to encourage the use of less harmful alternatives, including biodegradable plastic, cloth and paper bags.

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Yuppies Finally Catch a Break

Now that baby boomers are starting to retire, young college-educated professionals are in hot demand.  So cities like Memphis, Atlanta and Portland are fighting a war of hipness with one another—struggling to attract the fickle young talent with everything from pub crawl public transportation to afternoon basketball.

Posted on Nov 26, 2006 READ MORE


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