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Drug Cartels, Politics, and Violence in Mexico

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The strategic decision by Mexican drug cartels to assassinate local government officials and politicians in the past 15 years has been surprising, to say the least. Since the 1990s cartels understood that their success depended on remaining out of the spotligh... More »

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Housing Discrimination Informs Racial Gaps in Pollution

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A large body of evidence shows that Black and Hispanic Americans are disproportionally exposed to harmful pollutants. People of color are more likely to live near hazardous waste landfills, more likely to reside near contaminated waterways, and more likely to ... More »

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The Policy Road to Climate Goals

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The global transport sector constitutes a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions — nearly 72% of this derived from road transport. Since many countries remain heavily reliant on fossil fuel-powered vehicles for road transportation despite advances in technology, ... More »

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The Perks of Parks Through the Lens of Chennai

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Recent social distancing guidelines have undoubtedly deepened local appreciation for public spaces as places of respite from otherwise hectic lives. For many, green public spaces (namely parks) have provided a low-risk avenue to connect with nature, meet other... More »

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Bikeshares Are Not an Alternative to Public Transit

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Public bikeshare systems (PBS) have become increasingly popular in cities, prompting studies on their relationship with different forms of transit, including cars, rideshare, walking, and public transit such as buses and rail. Many of these studies have found ... More »