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Ozone Alert in New York City: We warn children, the
elderly and people with heart and lung conditions to keep off of city
streets until air quality has improved. We suggest that motorists might use mass transit.

Ozone Alert in Italy, Germany, and other European Union cities: They ban cars, trucks and scooters from city streets until air quality improves, putting the onus on polluters rather than those most vulnerable to the pollution.

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Today’s Headlines

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Crowd Gathers to Protest Size of Atlantic Yards Plan Sweltering DDDB Rally Draws 2,000+. Resistance Shows Growth NYC Declares Ozone Air Quality Alert. Opens Cooling Centers Temperatures Hit Upper 90s Coast to Coast First half of year was USA’s warmest on record From Group of 8, Energy Focus Is on Oil Rail Spur Brings Downtown […]

City Wants 20,000 New Parking Spaces in Hell’s Kitchen

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It seems inconceivable given the overwhelmingly positive developments of the past few weeks, but the city wants to increase parking in Manhattan by some 20,000 spaces, and is defending itself in court for the right to do so. The Bloomberg and Spitzer administrations are working together to hold on to a rezoning provision that would […]

T.A.: City, State Parking Drive Would Torpedo Taxi Initiative

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 The increase in CO2 caused by over 20,000 parking spaces sought by the city would "effectively take away more than one-third of the gains" promised by Mayor Bloomberg’s hybrid cab plan. As previously reported on Streetsblog, the city and state are currently teaming up to bring some 20,000 new parking spaces to Manhattan’s far West […]

Wiki Wednesday: Beijing

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All the overhead shots of the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube on NBC’s Olympic coverage don’t leave much room for views of Beijing’s streets. But that’s where much of the commotion about smog, absentee athletes and particle masks originates. While the city has taken the unwieldy step of rationing license plates to clear the […]
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This Is Your Brain on Cars—Oh, and Your Lungs and Heart and Gut, Too

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Gerontologists in a laboratory at the University of Southern California exposed a group of mice to the same atmospheric conditions that humans encounter when driving along the freeway. Horrifyingly, they discovered that the mice’s brains showed the kind of swelling and inflammation associated with diseases such as Alzheimer’s. The researchers didn’t super-dose to get these […]