Tag Archives: Air Pollution

Greener City Streets Aren’t Just About Traffic. They’re About Rainwater, Too.

​When you think of city streets, chances are you think of them as a transportation network, carrying cars, buses, pedestrians and cyclists to their destinations. But these vast stretches of pavement are also key components of cities’ stormwater networks. Streets cover about a third of the land in cities; these surfaces don’t allow water to soak through them, which means they can alter the natural flow of rainwater. City streets collect, channel, pollute and sometimes even speed along water as... Read more

China Breaks Ground on First “Forest City” that Fights Air Pollution

A pollution-fighting green city unlike any before is springing to life in China. Designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, the first “Forest City” is now under construction Liuzhou, Guangxi Province. The futuristic city will use renewable energy for self sufficiency and be blanketed in almost 1 million plants and 40,000 trees—a sea of greenery capable of absorbing nearly 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of pollutants annually. Read more  ... Read more

Government’s Role Keeping Our Air Clean

​When faced with an envionmental issue that affects the health of your citizens, the economy of your region, and the sustainability of your development, how should state and local governments respond? Tune in on May 23 for a digital event exploring the case study behind how Utah, which grapples with one of the nation’s most vexing pollution problems, is working to keep its air clean and its citizens healthy. Hear from a coalition of state and local government leaders developing... Read more

Recommendations for Constructing Roadside Vegetation Barriers to Improve Near-Road Air Quality

This EPA report summarizes research findings on the best practices for building roadside vegetative barriers to improve air quality. These recommendations can be used by states, communities and individuals interested in reducing roadside pollution. Learn more... Read more

Is Mexico City Turning Into New York City?

​ Mexico City and New York City are North America’s two biggest urban hubs. But while New York has long been known for it’s majestic views of bridges, skyscrapers and open water, Mexico City has been shrouded by a thick cloud of smog. Over the last decade, however, as Mexico City has shifted away from dirty industry and embraced the construction of new office buildings for companies employing engineers, accountants, and financial professionals, Mexico’s capital has seen both its air... Read more

The Social Costs of Driving in Vancouver, in 1 Chart

An interactive tool, created by data journalism initiative Moving Forward and transport engineer George Poulos, estimates both individual and social costs of different ways of getting around the city of Vancouver. One chart gleaned from their calculations summarizes these costs, and it shows that driving is highly subsidized by society when you account for social costs such as air pollution, traffic congestion, and road safety. Read more... Read more