Emily Badger

Emily Badger is a staff writer at The Atlantic Cities.

America’s cities are still too afraid to make driving unappealing

Tough policies would truly change commuter habits, but we're barely seeing them.

How much power do cities really have to combat climate change?

A new report looks at how much power cities have over climate change adaptation and CO2 emissions.

The U.S. cities leading the decline in driving

Several may surprise you.

Why the government now cares what you spend on gas

Affordable housing isn't all that affordable without low-cost transportation. The feds are starting to recognize this.

The U.S. cities where the fewest commuters get to work by car

In a few U.S. cities, bikers, pedestrians, and public transport are taking over the morning commute.

Can drastic new anti-pollution rules help clean up Beijing’s air?

The city is rolling out a series of regulations to cut emissions over the next five years.

Why are some states trying to ban LEED green building standards?

The influential timber industry has its own set of standards, and environmentalists aren't happy.

The larger the city, the more it pollutes, right?

NASA tries to answer the question.

Climate change could make summer crime waves worse

When temperatures go up, crime often does, too -- which means that as our summers get hotter, more cities could see the kind of violence Chicago experienced this year.