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Looking for silver linings: Wildlife and blue skies in cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/30/20 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Clean air, Plants & animals

I’ve been looking for silver linings since we’ve all been forced into quarantine for more than a month. One has been the remarkably fast turnaround of air quality as car and airplane use has dipped to all-time lows.

<br />Blue skies rule over a park in Beachwood in April, 2020<br />A nesting peregrine falcon hunts for prey above Terminal Tower on Public Square<br />A coyote roams a park in Chicago

Behind the numbers of KXL and its uncertain future

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/22/17 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy, Climate, Clean air, Transportation

The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change 2017 report looks behind the numbers on planetary carbon footprint, with a special focus on how the burning of fossil fuels affects human health.

Electric vehicle sales globally<br />GHGs by source globally<br />Mode share six cities<br />From top left, Berlin, London, Santiago, Sydney, Tokyo and VancouverParticulates global cities in WHO database<br />Renewable energy worldwide<br />Car ownership and NOx<br />
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Ohio forsakes progress on clean air and water

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/29/15 @ 2:45pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Clean air, Clean water

In Ohio, the news lately is filled with stories that pit industry against the environment. But the storylines, and the accounting of costs, are often more complicated. Take, for example, the New York Times story last Friday on “The Connection Between Cleaner Air and Longer Lives." Economics professor and head of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, Michael...

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Cleveland's gift of 1,000 trees stirs memories of a Forest City

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/24/14 @ 9:45am  |  Posted in Clean air, Home landscaping, Plants & animals

Cleveland will plant 1,000 trees in five neighborhoods starting in Central this spring and continuing in Glenville this fall, says the city’s new arborist, Jennifer Braman.

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EPA criticizes Opportunity Corridor for glossing over impact

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/12/13 @ 1:15pm  |  Posted in Clean air, Clean water

The plan for the Opportunity Corridor categorically underestimates its environmental impact, the Environmental Protection Agency informed Ohio’s Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Supersize it<br />A land use study for the Opportunity Corridor called for 30-acre superblocks, but also improved pathways to transit Carless in CLE<br />The percentage of households without cars is very high in the area around the proposed Opportunity CorridorBuilding walls<br />The Opportunity Corridor calls for sound walls as seen on highways.Not so fast<br />ODOT presented this concept for Opportunity Corridor at a public meeting in October 2013
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