Some of America’s capital cities are especially vulnerable to floods, coastal storms, land subsidence and other risks. Moving their functions elsewhere could be critical to governance.
Efforts like reducing carbon emissions are important to fight climate change, but cities should also be looking at how they can reinforce roads, stabilize electric grids and use new technologies to build resilient communities.
The U.S. is losing 36 million trees every year. Several organizations have stepped up with creative solutions to save the wood, reduce carbon emissions and create jobs.
Local governments are eyeing spaceports as a way to boost economic development within their regions. But environmentalists are concerned about the ports' impacts on sensitive habitats, public safety and drinking water.
The city wants to require commercial and residential properties to include minimum electric vehicle infrastructures in parking lots, making anywhere between 5 and 15 percent of parking spaces EV-ready or EV-capable.
As natural disasters grow more severe across the country, local governments are increasingly using predictive analytics to understand where and when an emergency will impact their communities.
As electric-powered bicycles continue to gain popularity, not everyone agrees on whether e-bikes should have the same access to trails and parks as non-motorized bicycles. Many worry that e-bikes will cause extra damage to nature trails.
The bill would provide large businesses with up to $10 billion in tax credits over 20 years to promote green semiconductor manufacturing. But watchdog groups have questioned how the bill was hastily pushed by Gov. Hochul.
The regulation is a result of the environmental justice law that Gov. Phil Murphy signed in 2021 to protect low-income, Black and brown communities from further pollution.
Bipartisan House legislation would allow the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to declare a company responsible for contaminating drinking water with hazardous, long-lasting chemicals.
The $8.5 billion tax increase would help fund county infrastructure projects for the next 40 years. But a regional planning agency claims it conflicts with a climate law, risking funding and progress on emissions reduction.
The state continues to push back against “environmental, social and governance” reporting requirements, claiming that the federal efforts are overlooking the state’s sound financial management in favor of political priorities.
Last week, the Maryland governor made decisions on hundreds of remaining bills the General Assembly had passed in the 2022 session, including legislation on abortion access, early vote counting and absentee ballot signatures.
Mayfield was devastated last December when a tornado ripped through Western Kentucky. New homes are starting to spring up, though, and the city's got big plans for reshaping itself.
The state Senate passed a bill that would require the state to protect an additional 11 percent of its land and waters by 2030; 19 percent is already conserved. The land would be conserved through conservation easements.