Cities & Transportation
A Canadian pipeline company asks the EPA for more time to dredge a Michigan river where it spilled tar sands oil more than three years ago. Request: denied.
A forward-looking building in Seattle captures rainwater in a 56,000-gallon underground cistern. And that's all the water it ever needs. How quaint, how Neolithic—and how smart.
A man reflects on growing up without a car, a trend that's gaining popularity with today's youth.
Introducing OnEarth’s first-ever theme month, exploring the ways in which cutting-edge ideas about sustainability have been influenced by wisdom from previous generations.
As we race toward the Next Big Sustainable Idea, it's worth pausing to check the rearview mirror.
Anaerobic digestion enlists microbes to gobble up the organic waste that typically goes into landfills. Could it also turn our rotten melons into fresh megawatts?
With sightings on the rise in the eastern U.S., including near the nation’s capital, are pumas poised to overtake coyotes as the next suburban wildlife worry?
Images like these from the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan are becoming all-too-common in an age of natural disasters supercharged by climate change.
A Koch brothers company is piling huge mounds of toxic petcoke—the black, dusty remnants of tar sands oil—along the Calumet River. Chicagoans (obviously) want it out of there.
The insatiable and destructive Asian carp is reproducing in the Great Lakes watershed for the first time—now what?
What’s a neighborhood to do when public green space is the only thing harder to come by than affordable housing?
When you live in one of New York City's oldest farmhouses, you think about ghosts all year round.
What’s it like to live in a city where every breath can be poisonous? As China’s air pollution once again skyrockets, a former resident reflects on being driven out by the toxic soup.
A year ago, Hurricane Sandy swept away skepticism about the use of sand dunes. But those big, protective mounds are no excuse for complacency.
Without loans from U.S. taxpayers, most of the coal-fired power plants in China and India would never have been built.
FEMA's flood maps are decades out of date and don't account for climate change. Now the government shutdown is slowing a much-needed update.