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Sprawl Stall

New job growth is concentrated in city centers. -

After decades of jobs migrating to the ’burbs, the trend is finally reversing. That means shorter commutes, fewer cars, and more public transportation. Yes, please! New York Times

19 min ago
A Divided State

New York towns threaten to secede to Pennsylvania over fracking ban. -

Some communities along New York's southern border want to boost their economies by drilling into the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation, which their Pennsylvanian neighbors are allowed to frack. A word to the wise: The grass isn't always greenerAssociated Press

22 hours ago

We are accustomed to living off the land, but if we are expropriated, we would end up in the streets.

—Nicaraguan farmer Menardo Mairena, whose community may be forced off its land to make way for a $50 billion canal connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The canal—bigger than its Panamanian neighbor—would threaten the largest freshwater ecosystem in Central America.

23 hours ago
Reef Rolaids?

Corals are eating your plastic trash. -

A study has found that corals at the Great Barrier Reef are consuming nearly as much microplastic as plankton—and all that plastic we've thrown in the sea could lead to some serious indigestion. Discovery News

1 day ago
Hold on to your berets!

The Eiffel Tower is now a mini wind farm. -

The tower's two vertical-axis turbines will generate enough electricity to power the structure’s first floor. BusinessGreen

2 days ago
Ivory is Dumbo

China says no to elephant imports. -

The country has banned tusk shipments for a year in response to criticism that ivory demand from Chinese consumers is driving poaching in Africa. More ivory is smuggled into China than any other nation. BBC

3 days ago
Future Returns

Google makes a big bet on solar. -

The search giant will invest $300 million to support 25,000 residential solar power installations, allowing the firm to take advantage of tax credits and boosting its total investment in renewable energy to $1.8 billion. Bloomberg

4 days ago
Blooms Be Gone

A bill to fight toxic algae in the Great Lakes has passed the House. -

The legislation is in response to the Lake Erie algae (fueled by farm runoff) that made the water unsafe to drink in Toledo, Ohio, last summer. Cleveland Plain Dealer

4 days ago

A healthy planet and healthy people are two sides of the same coin.

—Prince Charles speaking to health experts at the Royal Society in London. We must treat the planet as we would a sick patient, he told them, or we may be writing its death certificate

4 days ago