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Cities

Traffic deaths are down, but pedestrian and cyclist deaths are up

Deaths involving motor vehicles fell 1.9 percent in 2011, the lowest level since 1949. The bad news is that drivers are killing the rest of us.

How ExxonMobil may cause a civil war in Iraq

Seeking to drill in a disputed region controlled by Kurds, one battle has already erupted over fuel.

Climate & Energy

By 2017, the world will be burning enough coal for another U.S. and Russia

Burning all that additional coal will add some 3.4 billion tons of additional carbon dioxide to the atmosphere every year.

Climate & Energy

Crunching the numbers: Will you see a white Christmas?

No! At least, probably not. And it depends on what you mean by "white Christmas."

Climate & Energy

More hot days may mean more blind babies

Research suggests that congenital cataracts are 51 percent more likely if a baby gestates during extreme heat.

Food

Will the FDA keep hiding most data on farm antibiotic use?

The FDA has been protecting big agriculture's trade secrets and ignoring the public's right to know.

Cities

San Francisco’s private-public spaces go public-public

After languishing underused for more than 25 years, dozens of plazas in downtown San Francisco are finally becoming more accessible to the public.

Cities

The real gun crisis is in America’s urban sacrifice zones

The massacre in Newtown, Conn., has revived the national debate over gun control. But the real bloodbath happens every day in our cities.

Climate & Energy

For the 36th November in a row, global temperatures were above average

Yet 2012 is on track to be only the eighth warmest year ever. We can do better!

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