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When my husband and I decided to move from Baltimore to northern California when our son was two years old, we weren’t thinking about air quality. My husband had a new job opportunity that would...

Doomsday clock

The Doomsday Clock works as a metaphor for the threat of nuclear destruction because nuclear weapons could feasibly wreak worldwide destruction in seconds, and the threat level can vary widely depending on the current geopolitical...

Boston commuter rail log

In our transition toward a carbon free society we need to make public transit as appealing as possible. But a week long log of riding Boston’s “nice” train - the commuter rail - suggests that...

Graphic of the North Houston Highway Improvement Project

An example from our last Highway Bondoggles report shows why the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, is so important for understanding the environmental and community impacts of major new infrastructure projects.

In the race to save the environment from ourselves, we are going to need all the power we can muster, including the power of wonder.

The Trump administration’s FY2021 budget proposal provides yet another window on the administration’s indifference to the environment and disregard for America’s public lands legacy.

From sports fields and playgrounds to the great unspoiled wildernesses of our national parks, many of the natural lands that have escaped development have only been able to do so thanks to a federal program...

In Boston, a city overflowing with cars, and with a transit system that feels increasingly decrepit, a massive new development project is taking place at the city’s most important transit hub. But if you think...

At a time when climate change threatens our future, the United States continues to spend four dollars expanding the highway network for every dollar it spends on expanding public transportation.

It’s no secret that President Trump has staged a relentless series of attacks on the environment and public lands since taking office. But if the Trump administration has its way, more of its efforts to...

Nancy Schön, the sculptor behind the “Make Way for Ducklings” statues in the Boston Public Garden, is also responsible for something completely different: a popular skatepark tucked under a highway in East Cambridge. The unlikely...

As America and the world enter the 2020s, our collective problems – from global warming to plastic pollution to political polarization to the persistence of an economic system that consumes our natural inheritance – have...

The technology to transition to 100 percent electric buildings exists today, though strong public policies will be needed to make the switch in time to address climate change.

On May 19, 2015, a rupture in an onshore pipeline transporting oil from offshore drilling platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel to onshore refineries spilled 120,000 gallons of crude oil on the California coastline. This...

In the face of climate change and the potential for recurring, devastating drought, California needs to rethink agriculture - including how, where, and which crops it produces.

We should reexamine the degree to which we equate speed and rapid movement with “progress.” We should also give a leg up to slower travel modes – whether they be intercity trains, bikes or our...

What does economics look like when resources are no longer scarce? And how can a doughnut help us visualize a new economic system for the 21st century?

The experience of six "early adopters" shows that electric buses can be reliable, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective replacements for diesel vehicles.

AutoNation was once a leader when it came to safety, but our new report found that 1 in 9 surveyed used vehicles on its lots had unrepaired recalls.

Giving thanks for the rare good fortune of living in a great neighborhood in a great city - and exploring the link between good neighborhood design and needing to buy 14 bags of candy each...

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