WTF, America: Of the World's Most Sustainable Cities, Not One U.S. City Cracked the Top 20

If you thought this week already made America look bad...


1. America is first... in garbage.

A very wealthy but environmentally reckless country needs your help ratifying a Climate Agreement. Will you travel thousands of miles to do it? That's just what over two dozen world leaders did this Wednesday in New York. The United States is the world’s second-largest greenhouse polluter, and on Bloomberg's new list of the world's most sustainable cities, not a single U.S. city cracked the top 20

2. We have really good schools, just not the best anymore.

America is no longer home to the top university. According to the Times Higher Education's table of best colleges, the UK's University of Oxford tops the charts—a first ever in the the 13 years the newspaper has performed the study. 

3. Feeding hatred.

Following the St. Cloud attack on September 19, Treats Family Restaurant in Lonsdale, Minnesota, added a new line to a sign outside their business, which reads "Muslims, get out." However, while the owner Dan Ruedinger said he intended to target "just the extremists" but ran out of letters. By Tuesday, the restaurant was vandalized.

4. The East Coast/West Coast pressure cooker.

San Francisco finally found a way to take cars off the road. An empty pressure cooker caused a two-hour-long bomb scare at a major SF intersection Thursday morning, just days after the New York terror attack. 

5. Five years in the making.

Newly resurfaced video of the Dec. 20, 2011, killing of Anthony Lamar Smith by the St. Louis police appears to show one St. Louis cop, planting a "drop gun" on Smith after just shooting him. The former cop, Jason Stockley, was charged with first-degree murder this year, but the video may be used to implicate a second officer who remains on the force.

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