As flood waters rise, is urban sprawl as much to blame as climate change?

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Global warming may have intensified Hurricane Harvey and storms in Asia and Africa but the real problem may be our sprawling cities.

Study of Medicare records links air pollution and mortality

Read the full story in Environmental Factor.

An NIEHS-funded study of people who received Medicare showed that long-term exposure to ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone may increase the risk of premature death. Both are components of air pollution, and the risk occurred even at levels below the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

Harvey shines a spotlight on a high-risk area of chemical plants in Texas

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Long before the storm dropped barrels of rain over one of the world’s largest industrial corridors, the area was rife with potentially dangerous chemicals.

‘Zero-Waste’ Efforts May Lead Sports Stadiums Astray, Study Suggests

Read the full story from Environmental Leader. Read the full study here.

Sporting venues interested in reducing GHG emissions, energy use, and trips to the landfill may actually be shortchanging themselves by focusing too closely on the concept of reaching “zero waste,” according to researchers at the University of Missouri (Mizzou). Rather, two specific aspects of waste reduction seem to far outweigh the rest in terms of reducing emissions or energy use: eliminating edible food waste, and recycling.

New publications from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center has published several new reports. They are:

Philly becomes first U.S. city to map urban trails on Google Street View

Read the full story at Philly Voice.

You can now go to the park in Philadelphia on your phone — not to skip out on actual nature, but to explore and plan your trip.

After a yearlong process covering more than 400 miles, Philadelphia is officially the first city in the United States to have its urban trail system mapped on Google Street View, the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Parks & Recreation announced Wednesday.

The Energy 202: EPA takes page from Trump media playbook

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Some Cabinet officials, in fact, have embraced Trump’s method for manhandling the media. Consider Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the response of his media shop to an Associated Press story over the weekend.