"Glimpsed from a kayak on West Neck Creek, this swampy piece of land, a pocket of red maple and loblolly pine tucked behind growing subdivisions, doesn’t look like the stuff of existential debate. But this is where Virginia Beach, squeezed between the clamor for new housing and the relentlessness of flooding worsened by climate change, decided to draw its line in the mud."
Planning & Growth
"At a time when most of humanity lives in cities, where do cars belong — especially the old, polluting ones that make city air foul for people to breathe?"
Register for Part 1 of SEJ's 30th Anniversary Conference! Last-Call Deadline: Tues, Sep 29, 5:00 p.m. ET
#SEJ2020 Virtual Conference will continue September 23 and 30, convening the SEJ community to investigate environmental angles on the 2020 elections and other timely events, celebrate the winners of the SEJ Awards for Reporting on the Environment, and preview workshops, tours and panels coming in June. Part two, the in-person conference in Boise, takes place June 2-6 (#SEJ2021). Special thanks to our partners at Boise State University and the city of Boise for graciously adapting to these changes necessary to protect everyone's health. Go to the conference website. Download the conference guide. Sep 16, 17 and 23 video recordings are available to registered attendees in the Whova app.
A massive transportation measure is working its way through Congress, with environmental elements including climate change and public transit. But will this “must-pass” measure actually pass in the coming year? Or will it be bogged down by politics or looming questions of how to pay for it? A new Issue Backgrounder explains.
"Rising seas could affect three times more people by 2050 than previously thought, according to new research, threatening to all but erase some of the world’s great coastal cities."
"A secret agreement has allowed the nation’s homebuilders to make it much easier to block changes to building codes that would require new houses to better address climate change, according to documents reviewed by The New York Times."
"One franchise’s challenge: Amid rising sea levels, build a stadium to last 100 years."
"Researchers say continued home building in high-risk wildfire areas threatens lives and makes big blazes more likely."