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Better Housing Policy Might Be the Best Climate Policy for the US

Building dense, mixed-use and largely car-free neighborhoods cuts carbon — and the benefits don’t stop there.  

Apartment buildings under construction in Washington, D.C. in October 2020. 

Apartment buildings under construction in Washington, D.C. in October 2020. 

Photographer: Graeme Sloan/Bloomberg

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We all make a host of tiny decisions every day that, on their own, have little to no impact on the Earth’s climate. In aggregate, of course, they very much do. Such is the conundrum of individual action versus the world’s largest systemic problem. Little seems to matter, except perhaps the single biggest individual choice: where and how to live.