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Biden's infrastructure funds favor road expansions over public transport development

Biden's infrastructure funds favor road expansions over public transport development

An analysis reveals that the U.S. is prioritizing road widening over public transportation, raising concerns over environmental impact and community health.

Oliver Milman reports for The Guardian.

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‘Green roads’ are plowing ahead, buffering drought and floods

As the developing world witnesses a boom in road building, a movement to retrofit existing roads is gathering steam. Using embankments, channels, and dikes, so-called “green roads” help control floods, harvest excess water for use in irrigation, and slash maintenance costs.
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Road elevation among new approaches to flooding resilience in Pawleys Island plan

Thousands of Lowcountry visitors drive Myrtle Avenue each year, but as Georgetown County’s famed barrier island faces a forecast of a higher Atlantic Ocean in the future, the roads future visitors drive could be a bit higher.

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Scramble for shade: Why cities aren’t planting more trees

Scientists are urging cities to expand tree cover to keep cities cool, but planting trees isn’t always practical.
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Men and their cars: Cities aim to break up the love affair

Men and women make different travel choices — understanding those is key to achieving pollution and climate targets.
Richard B. Rood: America's summer of floods: What cities can learn from today's climate crises to prepare for tomorrow's

Richard B. Rood: America's summer of floods: What cities can learn from today's climate crises to prepare for tomorrow's

Flood risks are rising as the climate warms. The risks are complex, as a levee or new roadway in one place can worsen flooding somewhere else.
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We built a fake metropolis to show how extreme heat could wreck cities

Extreme heat grounds planes, stops trains, wrecks roads, breaks pipes and generally creates havoc, especially in places that are used to cooler temperatures.
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