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Air pollution is visible in the air around high-rise buildings in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Air Pollution World’s Worst Public Health Threat, Report Says

Air pollution is more likely to take years life off the lifespan of the average human than any other external factor, according to a recent report out of the University of Chicago.

August 31, 2023 -

View of empty paved schoolyard with green picnic benches and basketball hoops in Malibu, California

Expanding Schoolyard Greening in California

To protect kids from extreme heat, California just distributed another $73 million to local school districts to transform schoolyards by converting blacktops to green spaces, planting trees, and other related efforts.

August 25, 2023 - Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

View of Echo Park Lake at night with artesian fountain and illuminated swan paddle boats and Los Angeles skyline in background

Recreational Programming Helps Communities to Thrive

Los Angeles County's popular and award-winning Parks After Dark program offers multiple important benefits, as documented in a recent UCLA study.

August 23, 2023 - UCLA Newsroom

A pregnant woman holds hand with a man in an urban setting.

Walkable Neighborhoods Connected to Healthier Pregnancies, Births

More evidence of the public health benefits of walkable neighborhoods.

August 22, 2023 - University of New Hampshire

Lightning strikes over Tucson, Arizona at night during monsoon storm

Tucson Braces for Extreme Weather With Climate Action Plan

The desert city faces a growing risk from extreme heat waves and stronger, more unpredictable storms.

August 3, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Man painting "HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT" mural in black paint on bright yellow fence

California Ballot Measures Would Aid the Mentally Ill and Drug-Addicted Homeless

Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed in March a two-part ballot initiative to tackle homelessness, focusing on mental illness and substance abuse, which would provide 10,000 beds in new, voluntary treatment facilities—but one funding source is controversial.

July 31, 2023 - CALmatters

Man drinking water from plastic bottle sillhouetted against orange sky signaling extreme heat

Biden Administration Announces Federal Heat Safety Policies

As extreme heat waves become more common and widespread, the administration is directing federal resources to heat mitigation efforts.

July 31, 2023 - NBC 4

View from behind lifeguard standing in front of crowded public swimming pool wearing yellow shirt with LIFEGUARD in red lettering and red sun hat

The Lifesaving Power of Public Pools

For many children who grow up without access to pools or lakes, access to swimming lessons and facilities can provide lifesaving skills.

July 28, 2023 - The New York Times

Blurred image of ciy skyline with orange filter indicating extreme heat

How to Scale Up Heat Mitigation

As heat waves intensify, cities are seeking out heat mitigation techniques that can be applied widely and benefit entire neighborhoods.

July 25, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Vacant lot with overgrown concrete foundation

The Double-Edged Sword of ‘Healthfields’

Building hospitals and other health-oriented facilities on former brownfield sites can benefit the community, but can also perpetuate historic inequities and exploit undervalued land at the expense of local residents.

July 19, 2023 - Next City

Black plume of smoke rising from petrochemical plant fire in Houston, Texas

EPA Grant Will Fund Air Pollution Tracking in Houston

The city wants to monitor air quality and measure cancer-causing emissions near two petrochemical plants, one of which announced plans for expansion last year.

July 17, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Night view of wildfire burning near residential area in California

Wildfire Exposure More Than Doubled Since 2000

More intense and widespread fires caused by climate change and changing air temperature are threatening more existing communities.

July 6, 2023 - Source NM

Woman in leggings and long-sleeved jacket walks in public park among fall foliage

Parks and Recreation as a Health Solution

New research by the Trust for Public Land explores connections between urban parks and health, building on prior research and offering insights such as the growing importance of partnerships with health organizations.

July 4, 2023 - Governing

Large power towers sillhouetted against an orange sky

Preparing the Grid for More Intense Heat Waves

As extreme heat becomes more common, the risk of a grid collapse threatens to turn a dangerous situation deadly.

July 2, 2023 - Wired

Male cyclists wearing helmet, sunglasses, and N95 mask stands with arms crossed in front of his bike

Wildfire Smoke Takes Toll on Bike Commuters

How can people on bikes protect their lungs from the harmful effects of wildfire smoke?

June 30, 2023 - Momentum Magazine

Stormwater Infrastructure

50 Years Later: Anacostia River to Welcome Swimmers

The Washington, D.C. region has accomplished a major environmental victory, cleaning up the Anacostia River enough for humans to swim in for the first time in five decades.

June 28, 2023 - WJLA

Close-up of gas stove with two burners on

Study: Benzene From Gas Stoves Higher Than in Secondhand Smoke

The pollutant, emitted by gas-burning stoves, is a leading chemical cause of leukemia.

June 26, 2023 - The Guardian

Close-up of the feet of pedestrians in a crosswalk

2022 Deadliest Year for Pedestrians in Four Decades

Pedestrian deaths reached a four-decade high last year, signaling the failure of Vision Zero policies in most U.S. cities.

June 23, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

Yellow Drive Safely on desert road

Beyond PSAs: Making Traffic Safety Outreach More Effective

Streetsblog surveyed readers about how road safety education can be made better.

June 20, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

'Caution Extreme Heat Danger' sign in Death Valley, California with desert mountains in background

How Extreme Heat Drives Inter-Agency Collaboration

City officials tasked with addressing the impacts of extreme heat highlight the importance of aligning the efforts of multiple city departments.

June 18, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

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