There’s An Unexpected Downfall To Banning Plastic Straws. Here’s What To Consider.

By Parker Molloy, Upworthy.com -

Nobody likes waste, but sometimes in our rush to eliminate it, we don't think through the consequences of our actions. Take, for example, the push to ban plastic straws. As of July 1, restaurants [...]

City-Level Action Is The Right Way To Tackle Emissions

By Staff, M.phys.org -

Countries seeking to meet Paris Agreement targets on CO2 emissions must get a grip on the amount of pollution produced at city level, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia [...]

After Centuries Of Housing Racism, A Southern City Gets Innovative

By Adam Lynch, Yesmagazine.org -

Denise Fitzgerald’s property abuts the string of quiet, empty lots that line Ewing Street in Jackson, Mississippi. Recently she was leaf-blowing detritus shed by the enormous sycamore tree [...]

Radical Municipalism: Fearless Cities

By Staff, Blog.p2pfoundation.net -

Jenny Gellatly and Marcos Rivero: Fear and uncertainty seem to have settled into our societies, not only among citizens, but also political leaders and transnational corporations who see their [...]

What Happens To A One-Industry Town When The One Industry Is The Military?

By Dahr Jamail, Truth-out.org -

According to that report, NAS Whidbey contributed $726 million to the economy of Island County in 2011, in addition to other ways the military base benefited the community where it is located, [...]

Cities With Most Immigration Raids In Fiscal Year 2017

By Liz Posner, AlterNet.org -

Raids conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have increased drastically since Donald Trump moved into the White House. Across the country, 2017 saw 30 percent more ICE arrests [...]

100+ Cities Worldwide Now Powered Primarily By Renewable Energy

By Georgina Gustin, Insideclimatenews.org -

As the price of renewable energy drops, more cities are cutting the cord with fossil fuel-based electricity. A new report released Tuesday by the environmental group CDP finds that more than 100 [...]

How City-Owned Public Banks Could Transform Cities

By Oscar Perry Abello, Nextcity.org -

It’s no surprise that Malia Cohen worries about what local public dollars are doing. As a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the municipal legislative body, it’s her job to know [...]

German Cities To Trial Free Public Transport To Cut Pollution

By Philip Oltermann, Theguardian.com -

“Car nation” Germany has surprised neighbours with a radical proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big [...]

Austin Becomes 1st City In Texas To Mandate Paid Sick Leave

By Philip Jankowski, Statesman.com   -

The Austin City Council voted early Friday to make paid sick leave a mandatory requirement for all non-government employers, making Austin the first city in Texas to regulate sick leave. The [...]

First U.S. City To Ban Fossil Fuel Expansion Offers Roadmap For Others

By Kevon Paynter, Towardfreedom.com -

On a clear July morning three years ago, dozens of environmental activists pushed their kayaks into the Willamette River in Portland while others rappelled 400 feet from the top of St. Johns [...]

City Takes Major Step To Reform Oppressive And Inhumane Bail System

By Mehreen Kasana / AlterNet.org -

Atlanta's City Council just unanimously voted and adopted a move to reform Atlanta’s cash bail system, which frequently targets, jails and ultimately upends the lives of its poorest citizens for [...]

Cities Could Create Massive Virtual Power Plants With Distributed Solar

By Fred Lambert, Electrek.co -

It will function much like Tesla’s giant Powerpack system, which charges when demand and electricity rates are low and discharges when demand and prices are high. We reported last month the [...]

States And Cities Keep Battle For Net Neutrality Alive

By Klint Finley, Wired.com -

STATES ARE STARTING to make good on their promises to fight for net neutrality in the wake of the Federal Communications Commission's decision to jettison rules that banned broadband providers [...]

Only 4 Out Of 20 #AmazonHQ2 Finalists Have Released Bids

By Beryl Lipton, Muckrock.com -

The retail company has knocked out 90% of the competing cities - here’s the finalists that released their bids, and the ones that are still holding out. The growing global retailer Amazon has [...]

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