Tagged with Urban Land

Climate Change, Resilience, and Fairness: How Nonstructural Adaptation Can Protect and Empower Socially Vulnerable Communities on the Gulf Coast

Oxfam America for the Center for Progressive Reform http://bit.ly/23IJLax [From Press Release] Coastal communities in low-lying Louisiana, threatened not only by subsiding land but rising seas, face social vulnerabilities that must be taken into consideration as the state adapts to climate change, new research finds. Along the Gulf Coast, the geographic and social vulnerabilities of the … Continue reading

Projections of Water Stress Based on an Ensemble of Socioeconomic Growth and Climate Change Scenarios: A Case Study in Asia

PLoS One (March 30, 2016) / by Charles Fant, et al. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0150633 The sustainability of future water resources is of paramount importance and is affected by many factors, including population, wealth and climate. Inherent in current methods to estimate these factors in the future is the uncertainty of their prediction. In this study, we integrate … Continue reading

Particulate Matter Exposure and Preterm Birth: Estimates of U.S. Attributable Burden and Economic Costs

Environmental Health Perspectives (March 29, 2016; DOI:10.1289/ehp.1510810) / by Leonardo Trasande, et al. http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/15-10810/ [Yale Environment 360] Air pollution may be causing thousands of premature births in the U.S. every year, particularly in urban areas like the Ohio River Valley, Southern California, New York City, and Chicago, according to a new study in the journal … Continue reading

What is Green Worth? Unveiling High-Performance Home Premiums in Washington, D.C.

Institute for Market Transformation | DC Dept. of Energy and Environment | Adomatis http://bit.ly/1KGKnkI [Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News] Homebuyers are not only increasingly interested in high-performance homes, or homes incorporating green features, but they are also willing to pay more for them, according to a new study released today by the Institute for Market … Continue reading

City of Chicago: Building Energy Benchmarking — 2015 Report

City of Chicago http://bit.ly/1OhQJcg (report) http://bit.ly/1QGemBS (data site) http://bit.ly/22lk402 (interactive energy performance data site) [NRDC Press Release]  The City of Chicago yesterday released the results of its second annual assessment of energy use in large commercial, institutional, and residential buildings throughout the city.  Findings reveal that improving energy efficiency in these buildings could reduce energy … Continue reading

Air Pollution and Urban Structure: Linkages Evidence from European Cities

OECD / by Miguel Cárdenas Rodríguez, Laura Dupont-Courtade and Walid Oueslati http://bit.ly/22bcqoR This paper investigates the relationship between local air pollution and urban structure with an emphasis on urban fragmentation. Using a unique dataset of 249 Large Urban Zones (LUZ) across Europe, a Bayesian Model Averaging selection method is employed to empirically identify the determinants … Continue reading

Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) in China at a City Level

Scientific Reports (2015, v5, Article number: 14884; doi:10.1038/srep14884) / by Yan-Lin Zhang and Fang Cao http://www.nature.com/articles/srep14884 [Green Car Congress]  …A recent open access study published in Nature’s Scientific Reports (Zhang & Cao, 2015) found that only 25 out of 190 cities in China could meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards of China; the population-weighted mean of … Continue reading

Sea Level Rise: What is Expected for New York

New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/45202.html (proposed regulation and support documents) http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/103925.html (press release) [Yale Environment 360]  New York State is telling developers and homeowners in New York City and coastal towns that they should prepare for up to 75 inches of sea level rise by 2100. The sea level rise projections, based on recent scientific … Continue reading