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March 14, 1987
We wholeheartedly agree with Vogl. The Federal Aviation Administration is stalling by protecting private and business craft before the safety and protection of the general public. MR. and MRS. L.H. ROSEN Santa Monica
February 6, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A winter storm that was only expected to slightly dampen the L.A. Basin pelted the Bay Area on Thursday, causing minor flooding and traffic woes for commuters. A flood watch was also issued for Monterey, Santa Benito, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties as the storm system moved across California, creating the potential for heavy rainfall to cause small creeks and streams to breach their banks. Excess runoff could also create "ponding" in urban areas, the National Weather Service said.
July 25, 2012 | By Nika Soon-Shiong, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details
Maneuvering a 4,000-pound machine made of aluminum and steel at highway speeds leaves little room for human error and more than enough room for the possibility of danger. So perhaps it should come as little surprise that motor vehicle crashes remained a leading cause of death in the United States in 2009. According to a new report, they accounted for 34,485 deaths. The new data, released by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that urban areas like Los Angeles and New York had lower death rates due to car crashes than rural areas.
December 13, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Can an airport be mistaken for the arctic tundra? Not by pilots, but certainly to snowy owls invading the Northeast and Midwest in record numbers this year. What has turned into a headache for airports may be a boon to birdwatchers traveling for the holidays who want to add this usually reclusive creature to their life lists. "We're experiencing what could be the largest-ever influx of Arctic snowy owls into the Northeast and the Great Lakes states," a statement from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology released Tuesday says.
With California's heavy rains came new predictions from state authorities Tuesday that more water can be allocated to urban users than had been projected before the March storms struck; there was even a suggestion that some drought rationing plans may become less stringent.
November 20, 1985 | Associated Press
The nation's urban areas are growing faster than the countryside in this decade, reversing the "rural renaissance" trend of population growth in the 1970s, the Census Bureau reported today. The metropolitan population grew by 4.5% to 180 million people between 1980 and 1984, while the number of non-metropolitan residents increased by 3.4% to 56.4 million, an agency study found.
More Americans lived in urban areas in the 1980s than at any other time in history, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday. The trend was particularly apparent in California, which had the highest percentage of urban dwellers in the country and the most urban land. In part, the urban growth was fueled by foreign immigrants and small-town dwellers fleeing depressed economic conditions. But it was also a result of urban sprawl--the gradual overtaking of suburban and rural areas by urban centers.
May 20, 2013 | Emily Alpert
Bucking longstanding patterns in the United States, more poor people now live in the nation's suburbs than in urban areas, according to a new analysis. As poverty mounted throughout the nation over the past decade, the number of poor people living in suburbs surged 67% between 2000 and 2011 -- a much bigger jump than in cities, researchers for the Brookings Institution said in a book published today. Suburbs still have a smaller percentage of their population living in poverty than cities do, but the sheer number of poor people scattered in the suburbs has jumped beyond that of cities.
February 19, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Just as conversationalists at a loud cocktail party may raise their voices to be heard over the din, so do echolocating bats, according to a new study released Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The effect is known as the Lombard effect, and it's found in a wide range of chattering and chirping critters, from zebra finches to marmosets to humans. Often the effect registers not as turning up the volume (an increase in the sound wave's amplitude), but in raising the pitch of one's voice (a rise in frequency)
February 6, 2013 | By David Colker
Commuter traffic might be a nightmare, but it's not getting worse -- yet. According to the just-released 2012 Urban Mobility Report out of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, automobile commuters in urban areas are delayed an average of about 38 hours a year in the U.S. in trying to get to work and other destinations because of traffic congestion. That average delay, according to the institute, has remained about the same for the last couple of years. Of course, this is not much solace to commuters.
January 28, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Heat generated by the Earth's major cities has influenced global weather patterns and is probably responsible for winter warming in parts of North America and northern Asia, according to scientists. So-called waste heat produced by human activities in major urban centers has altered aspects of the jet stream and other atmospheric systems, causing significant warming in some regions and cooling in others, according to a study published recently in Nature Climate Change. "What we found is that energy use from multiple urban areas collectively can warm the atmosphere remotely, thousands of miles away from the energy consumption regions," said lead author Guang Zhang, a research meteorologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla.
December 5, 2012 | By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A decadelong, $7-billion federal program to help local police and fire departments prepare for a terrorist attack has allowed communities to buy millions of dollars worth of equipment that goes unused or is unrelated to terrorism, according to a new report. Since 2003, a Department of Homeland Security grant program called the Urban Areas Security Initiative has ballooned from 12 major metropolitan areas to 31 jurisdictions. The study found that some cities and towns had created implausible attack scenarios to win federal grants, and had scrambled at the end of each fiscal year to buy extra, unnecessary gadgets to spend excess cash.
December 4, 2012 | Bettina Boxall
A new study links even small reductions in fine particle air pollution to increased life expectancy.   Researchers who compared data from 545 counties across the U.S., including many in California, found that a drop in fine particulate matter , known as PM2.5, between 2000 and 2007 corresponded with an average rise in life expectancy of 0.35 of a year. The study, led by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, is described as the largest to date to find public health benefits from ongoing reductions in U.S. air pollution levels.
October 5, 2012 | By Monte Morin
A mountain lion roams the streets of downtown Santa Monica until it is shot by authorities. A black bear searches Glendale neighborhoods for meatballs until it is captured and caged. Episodes of large carnivores entering urban areas are seemingly on the rise, and scientists say the beasts may be following a path worn by urban coyotes, as well as skunks and raccoons before them. "We used to think only little carnivores could live in cities, and even then we thought that they couldn't really achieve large numbers," said urban ecologist Stan Gehrt.
September 18, 2012 | By Monte Morin
Urban land expansion in the first 30 years of this century may exceed all previous development throughout history, and will carry dire consequences for endangered species and sensitive habitat, a recent study says. With urban areas across the globe expanding at a rate twice that of population growth, environmental scientists predicted that new development could cover an area roughly the size of South Africa by 2030. Nearly half that anticipated development would occur in Asia, with China and India making up the majority.
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