Study Links Short-Term Air Pollution Exposure to Hospitalizations for Growing List of Health Problems

As the amount of PM 2.5 increased between the days analyzed, so did the hospital admission rate connected to those disease groups. Further, the link between exposure to fine particulate matter and hospitalizations was still evident even when the daily air pollution levels were lower than current World Health Organization guidelines and the less-stringent U.S. regulatory standards. “The study shows …

Citizens’ Assembly publishes report: recommendations were reached by majority vote of the Assembly members following two weekends of deliberation

Apr 18th 2018  99 Comments  The Citizens’ Assembly discussing climate change last OctoberImage: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie THE CITIZENS’ ASSEMBLY has approved and published a report which makes a number of recommendations on how Ireland should tackle climate change, such as higher taxes and increased public transport. The “How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change” report …

Methane in atmosphere increased massively 2008-2014, due to fracking

About two-thirds of all new gas production over the last decade has been shale gas produced in the United States and Canada. The Carbon-13 signature means that since the use of high-volume hydraulic fracturing — commonly called fracking — shale gas has increased in its share of global natural gas production and has released more methane into the atmosphere, according …

Chandler AZ implements ‘nation’s first dedicated pick-up and drop-off location guidelines for autonomous vehicles (AVs)’

In City of Chandler, AZ developers can reduce parking requirements by up to 40% if they build pick-up and drop-off locations for ride-hailing services, including self-driving services like Waymo One. The idea is to not just turn over land to density, but also model behavior that doesn’t rely on single-occupancy vehicles. Cities like Houston, Seattle and Cincinnati have also re-evaluated parking requirements in the light …

What percentage of income is average for residents to spend on housing, utilities and transportation in your city?

December 2019, https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/raising-the-living-standard-in-cities-requires-us-to-build-better/568086/ Utility costs are a very real concern in Atlanta, where residents spend on average 48% of their income on housing, utilities and transportation. And for the more than 336,000 households whose incomes are at or below the poverty line, that percentage can be even higher. No person should ever feel like basic necessities are leaving them financially burdened. No person should …

Identical proportion of innovators (25%) in cities and in rural areas

Why We Should Stop Conflating Cities With Innovation and Creativity: The language we use to discuss innovation and creativity has such a pro-urban bias that we’ve forgotten these qualities flourish outside of cities, too. DECEMBER 2, 2019, CityLab, by RICHARD SHEARMUR, Director of the School of Urban Planning, McGill University “It can be argued that urban innovation and creativity have …

32% rise in rents nationally between 2001 and 2015 without corresponding increase in wages. Wages remain flat and affordable housing scarce. Prefab housing may be a strategy

Affordable housing shortage highlights the need for construction to enter the tech age Prefabricated modular housing can address the affordable housing crisis in a revolutionary way. It’s time to acknowledge and invest in the promise of factory-built housing once again. Nigel Wilson, Dec. 4, 2019, Smart Cities Dive Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from Nigel Wilson, group …

Leaks of natural gas used for heating homes and businesses are major contributors to methane in the atmosphere

California Institute of Technology. “Natural-gas leaks are important source of greenhouse gas emissions in Los Angeles.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 12 August 2019. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190812144922.htm> Scientist have found that methane in L.A.’s air correlates with the seasonal use of gas for heating homes and businesses. In discussions of anthropogenic climate change, carbon dioxide generally gets the spotlight, but it is not the only …