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    Pedestrian deaths declined modestly in first half of 2023: GHSA

    “A decrease in pedestrian fatalities is welcome news,” said the Governors Highway Safety Association's Adam Snider, but the numbers are still far above pre-pandemic levels.

    By Feb. 27, 2024
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    Climate risk planning portal from Argonne National Lab gets new features

    The portal uses one of the world's largest supercomputers to model climate change hazards. Now, communities can use it to predict impacts on vulnerable populations and infrastructure.

    By Feb. 26, 2024
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    Top 5 stories from Smart Cities Dive

    From worsening climate change to a shifting transportation landscape and the housing affordability crisis, cities have their work cut out for them in 2024.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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    EPA rolls out $83M for air quality monitoring after tightening soot standard

    The Biden administration is hoping to clean up the nation’s air, but about two-thirds of U.S. counties lack air monitors, according to Earthjustice.

    By Feb. 22, 2024
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    Congress reintroduces PFAS litigation bill

    The PFAS Accountability Act would make it easier for those significantly exposed to forever chemicals to sue manufacturers.

    By Sara Samora • Feb. 16, 2024
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    Transportation and public health ‘need to be working in collaboration with each other’

    Transportation decisions that affect public health shouldn't be made in isolation, a former CDC official says.

    By Feb. 15, 2024
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    Boston area transit agency to offer half-price fares for low-income riders

    Up to 60,000 riders could be eligible for the program, which has the potential to increase ridership 30% among that group, the MBTA says.

    By Feb. 13, 2024
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    Boston’s first networked geothermal project will electrify 7 public housing buildings

    Geothermal systems are a promising approach to transitioning communities off fossil fuels for heating and cooling, experts say.

    By Feb. 9, 2024
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    Neighborhood-scale building decarbonization: 2 approaches

    Relying on the replacement of one appliance at a time isn’t enough to meet federal and state climate goals, said the Building Decarbonization Coalition’s executive director. 

    By Feb. 6, 2024
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    Chicago commuter rail begins reduced-fare program for low-income riders

    The new 18-month pilot program is open to all recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the six-county region served by the commuter rail operator, Metra.

    By Feb. 2, 2024
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    US cities’ outlook for 2024

    Cities are pushing ahead on innovative bids to build more sustainable, safe and equitable communities, but many of the roadblocks they face likely aren't going anywhere.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff • Jan. 31, 2024
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    Extreme heat watch: Will cities be ready for summer 2024?

    This year could be even hotter than last year’s record-breaker, some scientists say. Cities are using the winter to prepare.

    By Jan. 31, 2024
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    NOAA releases high-resolution land cover data to boost coastal climate resilience efforts

    The new data is 900 times more detailed than what the agency previously provided. Local leaders have asked for such data for years, but it is often prohibitively expensive, NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad said.

    By Jan. 26, 2024
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    Federal lawmaker seeks funds for USDA grocery-access program

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand introduced a bill that would require the government to provide $50 million per year to a program that incentivizes grocers to bring stores to underserved areas.

    By Sam Silverstein • Jan. 24, 2024
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    Mayors urge Congress to fund broadband access program for low-income households

    The Affordable Connectivity Program, which lessens the burden of internet bills for nearly 23 million households, will run out of funds this spring if it does not receive further congressional appropriations.

    By Iulia Gheorghiu • Jan. 24, 2024
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    More heavy rainfall, flooding prompt NYC to create innovation working groups

    Stakeholders will meet for six months to inform existing efforts and come up with new ideas as the city faces a comptroller investigation into its heavy rainfall management.

    By Jan. 22, 2024
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    FEMA overhauls disaster aid to help survivors recover faster

    The reforms announced Friday mark the most significant update to survivor assistance in 20 years, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell said. However, “implementation will be key,” one expert said.

    By Jan. 19, 2024
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    6 trends that could shape US cities in 2024

    Cities will contend with a shifting transportation picture, increased urgency to act on climate change, and innovative policies and technologies to address longstanding concerns.

    By , , Jan. 17, 2024
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    What could FEMA’s new disaster resilience zones mean for communities?

    The program could be a “major inflection point in U.S. climate and disaster policy,” according to Urban Institute researchers, but the investment could also spur “green gentrification.”

    By Jan. 16, 2024
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    Delivery has a pollution problem. These cities are working to address it.

    A new initiative will help cities test innovative startup and corporate solutions in a bid to curb ballooning emissions, primarily from trucks.

    By Jan. 12, 2024
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    Outdoor workers at risk even on ‘cooler’ summer days, study finds

    Researchers found that laborers came to work dehydrated and had elevated core temperatures even under moderate conditions.

    By Zachary Phillips • Jan. 10, 2024
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    Labor Department’s new rule redefines independent contractors

    The rule will make it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors rather than employees entitled to certain legal protections. Companies including Lyft and Uber said they don’t expect major impacts.

    By Ryan Golden • Jan. 9, 2024
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    FEMA disaster resilience loan program grows to $150M this year

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency streamlined the application process for the funding program based on feedback from last year.

    By Jan. 8, 2024
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    Philadelphia mayor drops degree requirements for some city jobs hours after inauguration

    Only about one-third of Philadelphians 25 and older have a bachelor’s degree, U.S. Census Bureau data shows.

    By Caroline Colvin • Jan. 5, 2024
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    EPA picks 11 ‘grantmakers’ to dole out $600M for environmental justice projects

    By selecting community-based organizations as pass-through entities for grants, the Environmental Protection Agency says it is reducing barriers to federal funding.

    By Dec. 22, 2023
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    Housing, care increasingly unaffordable for growing US elderly population, report warns

    With income inequality, mortgage debt and climate change risks to housing all increasing, creative solutions are needed, the Harvard University report says. 

    By Austyn Gaffney • Dec. 21, 2023