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It's About to Get Easier For California Farmers to Conserve Water—And Sell It

One startup wants to fix California’s water market. But shouldn’t the state be doing more?<p>There’s no “solving” California’s drought, as so many headlines suggest. Drought is a regular feature of the Western climate cycle. Future droughts are almost certain to be more frequent and more severe.<p>But …

How to Breathe Easy in Polluted Cities

Try these seven ways to lessen the burden on your lungs.<p>Before leaving the house, residents of Delhi and Beijing are as likely to check the city’s Air Quality Index (AQI rating) as the weather forecast. Once the level of pollutants reaches a critical concentration—which varies by location—it’s no …

The Link Between Climate Change and Salmonella

A new study suggests that extreme weather is associated with higher risk of foodborne illness. Here’s how to keep yourself safe.<p>Add this to the list of woes linked to climate change: increased risk of <i>Salmonella</i> infection. A new University of Maryland study found that extreme temperature and …

This Solar Panel Is the Size of a $1 Bill

Power up your phone with a solar charger you can stash in your pocket.<p>Forgot your wall charger and find yourself out of juice on the go? You can avoid this snag by hooking a new razor-thin solar panel to your bag, so it’s harnessing power while you’re walking around.<p>Developed by design firm YOLK, …

Stockholm Is Banning Cars to Promote Green Energy

The city wants its citizens to envision life with fewer cars and more alternate modes of transport.<p>Stockholm is scrapping its cars. At least, for a day. The Swedish capital plans to block the use of motorized vehicles in the city center for one day on Sept. 19, as a way to help citizens envision …

The Environmentalist Case Against 100% Renewable Energy Plans

It might be technically feasible, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best plan to pursue.<p>Renewable energy has had a busy year. California and New York have adopted ambitious plans calling for 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. A group of Stanford and Berkeley scientists has put forth an even bolder …

Pope Francis the Urbanist

Mayors from around the world are gathering this week at the Vatican, which has quietly put together a record of urban innovation both inside its walls and across Rome.<p>VATICAN CITY—When Pope Francis issued his much-noticed encyclical last month, it was his call for action against climate change that …

Can future-proof cities survive the rising tide?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The destruction of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina was heralded as a wake-up call for the U.S., a catastrophe that illustrated the scale of the threat from natural disasters, and the inadequacy of preparations.<p>But for all the earnest talk of 'learning lessons' that followed, no grand …