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To Protect Rainforests’ Biodiversity, Listen Closely

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Tapping into the technology of bioacoustics, scientists are using real-time soundscapes to gauge the health of Malaysias rainforests.

What We’re Reading: Forgotten Air-Conditioning History, Solar’s Skyward Climb and More

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See what stories caught our attention this week, from a bit of Texas cool-down history to why US solar is outpacing wind.

Cars Are Slowing Down in European Cities

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Across Europe, cities are proving that lowering speed limits makes neighborhoods safer and more livable while reducing dependence on cars.

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Low-Traffic Neighborhoods Are Reclaiming London’s Streets From Cars

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A controversial but effective policy is keeping residential streets quiet, getting more people walking and reducing pollution.

The Dream of a Car-Free City Lives On

2 min read

The delusion that cars belong in places like Manhattan is stubbornly hard to break. But across the world, cities are coming to their senses.

How Congestion Pricing Makes Cities More Livable

6 min read

As New York puts its gridlock-busting plans on hold, the success of congestion pricing elsewhere proves its not just smart — its popular.

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Britain Is Pioneering the Menopause-Friendly Workplace

4 min read

The rarely discussed condition that forces women to scale back their careers is finally getting the equity treatment.

A Centuries Old Idea That’s Making Cities More Affordable Today

4 min read

Before being zoned out of existence, boarding houses gave less privileged city dwellers a place to live. Some places are bringing them back.

Democracy Comes to Michigan

9 min read

After a citizen-led campaign to draw fairer voting maps, this year Michigan voters will finally choose their politicians — instead of the other way around.

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