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Greener, Not Cleaner: How Trees Can Worsen Urban Air Pollution

No one enjoys choking on smog, but are more trees really the answer for polluted city air? It’s not as clear-cut as you might think. Air pollution is clearly a problem for health and well-being — and as more and more people across the world move to live in megacities, they could miss out on the fresh air associated with the green countryside.


This Video Of Protestors Trashing Uber Cars Makes Me Feel Bad For Uber 

I don’t like Uber. It’s an apparently evil company that overcharges people and eschews accountability as often as possible. However, seeing an angry mob of cabbies descend upon and destroy a number of Uber cars in Mexico City actually made me feel bad for Uber drivers.


City-Dwelling Coyotes Live In Urban Spaces Like Their Human Neighbours

Whether they’re howling at fire engines or hanging out in bars, coyotes are a part of urban life. A new study of LA coyotes by the National Park System has confirmed something that Angelenos have suspected for years: Coyotes aren’t just sauntering down our streets on their way to the local park. They actually live right here in our urban neighbourhoods.


Sydney Has Rolled Out The World's First E Ink Traffic Signs

E Ink displays are an attractive way of displaying information that doesn’t change by the second: they don’t use much power, are easy to read in variable lighting, and happen to be relatively affordable. Now, they’re finding use not just in handheld devices, though — but on the streets of Sydney, Australia.


Building A Park Above A Blazing Hot Pit Is As Complicated As It Sounds

It can get as hot as 65.5 degrees. There’s no arable soil to support life. And water? Water is complicated. This isn’t humanity’s quest to terraform an exoplanet. It’s New York’s plan to build a park above a train yard.


Boston May Refuse To Bid For The Olympics

In what the AP calls a “hastily called news conference” this morning, Boston mayor Marty Walsh announced that the city will “refuse” to sign its host city contract unless he can be sure taxpayers won’t be paying for cost overruns.


Trees Can Make An Urban Stroll Better For Your Mental Health

We know we should walk more, we hear it all the time. Don’t sit too much, stand up every once in a while, stroll around a bit, better yet, take all your meetings on foot. But not all walks are created equal. It turns out where we walk matters, and a natural setting can not only provide physical benefits but also do wonders for our mental health.


These Colourful Patterns Are Famous US Neighbourhoods From Above

Photographer Jeffrey Milstein is known for getting stunning shots of our culture from above; we previously covered his aerial photographs of cruise ships. For his new series LANY he photographed the two cities from a helicopter. While these views don’t necessarily feel unfamiliar (thanks Google Earth!), his composition and colour transform them into magical landscapes.


San Francisco Is Getting A Paint Job That Is Pee-Proof

Taking a leak outside in San Francisco just got a wee bit less fun. That’s because public works crews are coating walls throughout the city with a urine-repellent paint that bounces your pee right back at you.


Berlin Spends $US16 Million A Month To Maintain This Never-Opened Airport

As the EU’s self-appointed morality police, Germany publicly spanked Greece earlier this month for being so financially frivolous. Well, Germany has its own money troubles! Namely, a catastrophe-riddled $US6 billion airport that the country continues to pour money into — with no opening date in sight. Scheiße!


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