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Cities are piloting e-bike programs in a bid to reduce delivery truck traffic

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Nov 21, 2019
Montreal and Oslo are aiming to alleviate truck traffic and pollution.
A driver cycles on a tricycle delivery vehicle to deliver packages for UPS in the rain in 2018 in Berlin, Germany.
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The two-decade legal battle with DuPont over a toxic chemical

by Molly Wood and Sean McHenry Oct 15, 2019
In 2017, DuPont settled more than 3,500 personal injury lawsuits for roughly $670 million. The story is being turned into a movie.
Bridges spanning across the Ohio River are seen between West Virginia and Ohio, seen from Parkersburg, West Virginia, where the chemical PFOA leeched into the water supply.
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Cities pledge to lower climate change emissions

by Ben Bradford Oct 10, 2019
And they’ll look to do it without major budget impacts, because there’s no dedicated “city climate change fund.”
Los Angeles Mayor and Chair of C-40 Eric Garcetti is trying to strike a "Global Green New Deal" to lower emissions. Above, a layer of pollution hovering over L.A. in late 2017.
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Beijing declares dramatic success in fighting air pollution

by Jennifer Pak May 8, 2019
China says it has succeeded in cutting the city's pollution over 5 years.
Photos taken from the same spot in Beijing for 365 days in 2013
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The single-use plastic pollution problem

by Danielle Chiriguayo Apr 22, 2019
This Earth Day, let’s do the numbers on single-plastic use.
This photo taken on May 12, 2018 shows a dog on a garbage-filled creek in Manila.
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EPA poised to roll back what waterways are protected

by Ben Bradford Dec 11, 2018
The Trump administration is set to release a plan that would redefine which bodies of water are protected by the 1972 Clean Water Act.
The Trump administration is set to release a plan that would redefine which bodies of water are protected by the 1972 Clean Water Act. 
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Would moving government offices out of Mexico City solve its overcrowding problem?

by Jorge Valencia Nov 30, 2018
The country’s incoming president has a plan to reduce congestion by moving government offices out of the capital.
Mexico's incoming President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has promised to move federal offices out of the capital, and longer commutes are on the horizon.
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Study links air pollution to early death

by Scott Tong Nov 19, 2018
A new report ranks air pollution as the greatest threat to human life, above war and disease.
A Chinese man wears a mask as he waits to cross the road near the CCTV building during heavy smog on November 29, 2014 in Beijing, China. 
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The U.S. is cutting carbon emissions despite Trump policy

by Jed Kim Sep 12, 2018
A coalition of elected officials and business leaders sees progress toward Paris climate agreement targets.
Emissions spew out of a large stack at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station in 2014 in Newburg, Maryland.
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U.S. businesses worried over Chinese policy initiative

by Jennifer Pak Apr 16, 2018
"Made in China 2025" aims to make China the technology leader in several sectors.
Security guards walk past the Chinese national flag at the Military Museum of Chinese People's Revolution on March 1, 2008 in Beijing, China. 
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