Day: April 5, 2018

More Cities Are Banishing Highways Underground — And Building Parks on Top

Read the full story at Stateline.

Cities looking to boost their downtowns, or to improve downtrodden neighborhoods, are creating “highway cap parks” on decks constructed over freeways that cut through the urban center. Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Denver and Dallas have deck parks underway. Atlanta, Houston, Minneapolis and Santa Monica, California, are among the cities considering similar projects.

Just let us repair our stuff

Read the full story from CNN.

Though you’ve probably never done it, popping the back of your iPhone is not much different than popping the hood. Lots of parts, but you can figure out what does what.

But popping your phone open requires a bizarre star-shaped screwdriver, and other tools you won’t find in the tool box. Once you open it, you will find the battery stuck to the casing with adhesive tape, which is tricky to remove. All of this might convince you to take your phone to a repair shop if you crack your screen or need a new battery, even though those repairs should be basic maintenance, like replacing worn tires.

Wipeout: Human role in climate change removed from science report

Read the full story from Reveal.

National Park Service officials have deleted every mention of humans’ role in causing climate change in drafts of a long-awaited report on sea level rise and storm surge, contradicting Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s vow to Congress that his department is not censoring science.

E.P.A. Prepares to Roll Back Rules Requiring Cars to Be Cleaner and More Efficient

Read the full story from the New York Times.

The Trump administration is expected to launch an effort in coming days to weaken greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards for automobiles, handing a victory to car manufacturers and giving them ammunition to potentially roll back industry standards worldwide.

VW storing around 300,000 diesels at 37 facilities around U.S.

Read the full story from Reuters.

Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) has paid more than $7.4 billion to buy back about 350,000 U.S. diesel vehicles through mid-February, a recent court filing shows. The German automaker has been storing hundreds of thousands of vehicles around the United States for months.

Volkswagen has 37 secure storage facilities around the United States housing nearly 300,000 vehicles, the filing from the program’s independent administrator said. The lots include a shuttered suburban Detroit football stadium, a former Minnesota paper mill and a sun-bleached desert graveyard near Victorville, California.

Dining Out Associated with Increased Exposure to Harmful Chemicals Called Phthalates

Read the full story from George Washington University.

Dining out more at restaurants, cafeterias and fast-food outlets may boost total levels of potentially health-harming chemicals called phthalates in the body, according to a study out today. Phthalates, a group of chemicals used in food packaging and processing materials, are known to disrupt hormones in humans and are linked to a long list of health problems.

3-D printer emissions raise concerns and prompt controls

Read the full story in Chemical & Engineering News.

Scientists want to set a voluntary standard that manufacturers compete to meet.

Inside a Secretive Lobbying Effort to Deregulate Federal Levees

Read the full story at ProPublica.

The effort seeks to undermine federal rules meant to prevent “levee wars” — where communities race to boost their own flood protection at the expense of their neighbors.

New Model Shows Towns on the Wrong Side of an Illinois Levee District Are Treading Water

Read the full story at ProPublica. See also How Overbuilt Levees Along the Upper Mississippi River Push Floods Onto Others.

By building up their own flood protections, some communities have ensured they would be less affected by future floods, while their neighbors would fare worse.

Toilet-to-tap: Gross to think about, but how does it taste?

Read the full story in Science Daily.

Researchers asked 143 people to express a preference among recycled water, bottled water, and tap water. They hypothesized that all three would score similarly. In fact, tap water was the least popular among the tasters; recycled water and bottled water scored about the same.

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