sparking spot

Wildfires aren’t just for the West anymore

As cities expand, so do chances of devastating wildfires.

Hurricane Matthew

Tonight’s debate shouldn’t ignore Hurricane Matthew.

The next president will be tasked with creating plans and protections for the U.S. and coordinating aid for countries like Haiti.

Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew struck South Carolina, weakened but dangerous.

The storm is making its way up the East Coast, where authorities remain vigilant.


Racism stands in the way of Obama’s push for affordable housing

Low-density zoning is often really about keeping non-whites from moving in. But that gives the federal government power to fight it.


Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital, is going carbon-neutral.

Iceland has a lot to lose in an overheated world.

Homage to Catalonia

Barcelona is kicking cars off many of its streets.

The city is banning cars from many neighborhoods, creating "superblocks."

London calling

London is banning dangerous trucks — and that’s great news for cyclists.

Cities around the world should do the same thing.

Revenge of the 'Burbs?

Why Uber won’t fuel more sprawl

A prominent economist says that the rise of Uber and self-driving cars will spur a new exodus to the suburbs. Here's why he's wrong.

Lack of Agency

EPA is breaking its own rules about protecting communities of color

It has a long history of failing to enforce anti-discrimination policies, a new report says.