Light pollution may skew mule deer and cougar dynamic

Light pollution in what is home to some of the darkest night skies in the continental US may change the dynamics between mule deer and cougars.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cities conservation light earth-and-environment predators

When it gets hot, asphalt boosts city air pollution

Asphalt is a significant source of air pollutants in urban areas, especially on hot and sunny days, researchers report.

William Weir-Yale • futurity
Sept. 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cities air-pollution heat featured earth-and-environment

New Deal programs still segregate cities and towns

"New Deal housing policies encouraged racial segregation and their substantial impact on American cities and towns can still be seen today."

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Aug. 25, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cities united-states housing segregation society-and-culture laws suburbs race-and-ethnicity

Racism in cities harms animals and the environment, too

Researchers urge more focus the environmental impact of racism, including on ecosystems, plants, and animals. They say those effects also harm human health.

Michelle Ma-U. Washington • futurity
Aug. 17, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cities conservation biodiversity racism earth-and-environment

Air pollution cuts 2 years off life expectancy

A new study quantifies the effect air pollution has on human life expectancy around the world. It's not good news, researchers report.

U. Chicago • futurity
Aug. 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: cities pollution life-expectancy earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

Demolishing abandoned houses may nudge neighbors to spruce up

Demolishing abandoned houses may help whole neighborhoods by getting people to do a better job maintaining their own properties, a new study shows.

Chelsea Davis-Iowa State • futurity
Aug. 4, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: cities money housing society-and-culture neighborhoods

Stroke death rates are far higher in rural areas

There are big gaps between urban and rural care for strokes in the US, new research shows. In remote areas, death rates are 21% higher than in cities.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL • futurity
June 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cities hospitals rural-communities featured health-and-medicine strokes emergency-medicine

In 20 big cities, police rules fall short of human rights law

A new report finds that, in 20 of the biggest cities in the United States, police use-of-force policies don't meet international human rights standards.

U. Chicago • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cities united-states human-rights government featured society-and-culture violence laws police-departments

In America’s big cities, police rules fall short of human rights law

A new report finds that, in 20 of the biggest cities in the United States, police use-of-force policies don't meet international human rights standards.

U. Chicago • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cities united-states human-rights government featured society-and-culture violence laws police-departments

There’s still time to save about half of Earth’s land

"...if we act quickly and decisively, there is a slim window in which we can still conserve roughly half of Earth's land in a relatively intact state."

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
June 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cities conservation agriculture earth-and-environment land

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