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Dubai Becomes First City to Fuel Municipal Vehicles on 100% Local Waste Cooking Oil

February 5, 2015 by David Thorpe

Renewable fuel from the Middle East.

Dubai is to become the first city in the world to formally adopt biodiesel made 100% locally from 100% waste cooking oil for use in its municipal vehicles.[read more]

To Measure Summer Smog, Plant an Ozone Garden

July 27, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Ozone Gardens

Community Radio of Northern California asks: “What if you could look at the plants in your garden in order to learn if the air around you is clean or dirty?” Turns out the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, enables us to do just that with their new ozone garden.[read more]


WEBCAST: Patricia Lee on Greening Cities, Air Quality and Building Efficiency

January 6, 2014 by David Thorpe

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Tricia Lee's job with New York-based consultancy Code Green is about making buildings more efficient with LEEDS. But she wears two other hats, being involved with a project to improve air quality in US cities - and another with community gardens in New York City and explains how all these projects sell themselves.[read more]

Bus Rapid Transit Cleans the Air and Saves Commute Time in Mexico City and Istanbul

December 13, 2013 by Kaid Benfield

BRT and Public Benefit

Bus Rapid Transit can be particularly useful in developing countries because it can bring (or extend) many of the benefits of rail transit systems – speed, predictability, priority, comfort – while requiring considerably less capital investment.[read more]


The UK's Buses are Slowly Becoming More Sustainable

December 9, 2013 by David Thorpe

Glasgow's new 'sustainable' bus depot

Low carbon buses are becoming more common in the UK. As work starts on a new sustainable bus depot in Glasgow, however, a new report questions whether hybrid electric-diesel really do improve urban air quality. All-electric and hydrogen buses are being introduced but are less common.[read more]

Beijing Bans Street Barbeques to Improve Air Quality

Beijing Bans BBQs for Better Breathing

Beijing’s newest measure to improve the quality of the air for its citizens takes a different approach than its more recent plans. In efforts to reign in the most recent bouts of smog, the government has banned the popular but polluting street barbeques.[read more]

Are All Green Buildings Healthy Buildings?

October 13, 2012 by Tyler Caine

Sustainable architecture is often pitched as having benefits beyond simply a pat on the back for being more environmentally responsible. In addition to the possibility of monetary savings over time for increased  efficiency, the positive health aspect of greener buildings can be a valuable attribute, sometimes the most valuable....[read more]

Rome Restricts Car Use to Improve Air Quality

Having exceeded air safety limits 56 times in 2011, Rome is limiting vehicle use in hopes of pushing pollution levels down. Photo by zenra. With climate talks taking place in Durban this week, all eyes have been on South Africa. But whether climate discussions yield binding targets or not, cities around the world are suffering the very...[read more]

Amsterdam’s Leads In Bicycling, Though It's Not A Magic Bullet

November 21, 2011 by This Big City

Amsterdam is the global poster-city for urban bicycle networks, and rightly so. With around 450km of cycle lanes and the majority of its population riding a bike at least once a week, the largest city in the Netherlands is doing something right. Whilst undertaking research in Amsterdam earlier this year, I heard numerous ...[read more]

Architecture That Improves Air Quality in Chinese Cities

November 8, 2011 by Geoff Manaugh

[Image: Via China Digital Times].China's leaders are "largely insulated" from the everyday air breathed in the country's notoriously polluted urban environments. "As it turns out," the New York Times reports, "the homes and offices of many top leaders are filtered by high-end devices, at least according to a Chinese company, the Broad...[read more]

WHO: Air Pollution Kills More Than 2 Million People Each Year

The World Health Organization released an unprecedented compilation of air quality data last week hat shows a dangerous increase in air pollution levels. According to the data, over 2 million people die every year from indoor and outdoor air pollution, and the collected air quality levels are alarmingly threatening people’s health in many cities.[read more]

Sky Totem

November 2, 2009 by Geoff Manaugh

[Image: From Living Light by The Living].Soo-in Yang and David Benjamin of New York's The Living have completed an interesting—and extremely beautiful—public project in Seoul, Korea. Called Living Light, it's a permanent pavilion and glass canopy that registers and communicates air quality in the city. "Our project aims to combine real-...[read more]