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We Can’t Ignore the Health Impacts of Climate Change (Part 1)

February 24, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Aedes aegypti mosquito, a carrier of the Zika virus / James Gathany / CDCThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) organized a three-day conference on climate and health. As the Trump administration took power, the conference was abruptly canceled. So former Vice President Al Gore and his Climate Reality Project, former...[read more]

5 Things to Consider Before Installing Solar Panels

February 10, 2017 by Brooke Nally

 Saving money on your utility bill, reducing your carbon footprint, and improving your home’s value—the advantages of going solar are appealing for most homeowners. While most people can benefit from installing solar panels, some roof styles, home locations, and other factors impact how much energy you can generate and how...[read more]

The Future for Renewables and Our Low Carbon Economy

January 25, 2017 by Tyler Caine

There is no shortage of news headlines about upcoming changes in the U.S. With the presidential inauguration only just behind us, we are already seeing intense shifts in policy targeting changes in the health care system, immigration reform and the renegotiation of trade deals. In this time of transition, it is important not to lose...[read more]

Tackling Sustainable Development One Step at a Time

January 12, 2017 by Kathryn Thomsen

If you were helping to internalize ideas about sustainable development into the minds and activities of those you live or work with – family, friends, customers, clients, co-workers, students and bosses – how would you tackle such a challenge? I’ve been noticing some creative ways to embed the Sustainable Development Goals...[read more]

New Ways to Speak with Trees for Earth Lovers

December 27, 2016 by Kathryn Thomsen

  What do you think about when you see beautiful trees dripping with lush green loveliness? On your walks in the park or forest do you feel like running up to that big old tree and wrapping your arms around it? Have you tried? Did you look around to make sure nobody was watching? I’m willing to bet there’s plenty others...[read more]

Time is Running Out and the Carbon Clock is Ticking Away

December 22, 2016 by Kathryn Thomsen

As our beautiful blue planet continues spinning deep in space, we humans down here on the ground are grappling with whether or not climate change is within our control. Meanwhile, the carbon clock is rapidly ticking away...[read more]

How Solar Power Can Improve Air Quality in Urban Areas

December 21, 2016 by Brooke Nally

From recycling to hybrid cars, it has gotten cheaper and easier to curb the damage our long-term reliance on fossil fuels has done to the environment. For those of us who live in densely populated areas, we’re reminded of the impact nearly every time we look up at the sky. Layers of smog and trapped, dirty air are becoming more common in cities across the nation.[read more]

Proposed Massachusetts air regulations target 80% decarbonization by 2050

December 20, 2016 by Utility Dive

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R)'s Department of Environmental Protection has issued a draft of new clean air regulations to address greenhouse gas emissions, seven months after the state's Supreme Court ruled it was not doing enough to cut them.[read more]

Trees: A Shared Good with Unequal Access

December 15, 2016 by Leda Marritz

All across the globe, it has been getting ever hotter with each passing year. With this heat comes a series health risks, including severe heat exhaustion and poor air quality, which disproportionately impact children, those who are ill, and the elderly. Heat-related impacts also disproportionately impact poor and minority communities,...[read more]

(Some) Nurseries Talk Back about Tree Root Quality

December 6, 2016 by Leda Marritz

This summer we surveyed arborists and designers about the issues they encountered buying trees free from uncorrectable root defects. We published the results of that survey on this blog.To review: nursery-grown trees, especially those in containers, can have root defects such as girdling, circling and diving roots which contribute to...[read more]

The Unsustainable Truth about Land Reclamation: The Worsening Impacts of Manila Bay Reclamation

December 2, 2016 by Don Johnson Lontoc

What happens when an urban project fuels alarming socio-environmental consequences? Disaster. This is what Metro Manila, a coastal megacity, and its Bay Reclamation Plan are going through.[read more]

How Climate Benefits from Trees Scale with Cities

November 30, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Trees influence meteorological and climatic effects at all scales of a city, from pocket parks to entire neighborhoods. However, while research has been done on the effect of trees canopies on urban environments, in general, we are only now beginning to understand how urban canopies affect climate at all scales of the city – from an...[read more]