Connected, automated vehicles – the pros and cons for GHGs, including new mobility and induced travel?

David Roberts at Vox.com summarizes scenarios for CVs, improved mobility, and pros and cons for GHG reduction. Vehicle automation could save energy and reduce emissions in some ways. Cars will be able to chain together more aerodynamically, drive at more consistent speeds, and perhaps serve as shared vehicles in lieu of individual vehicle ownership. But it also stands to reason …

Ways to ensure responsible land and resource governance

In Africa and other places around the world, governments legally own or “hold in trust for the people” all land in the country. Photo by vredesellanden/Flickr At the Golden Globe Awards, Leonardo DiCaprio dedicated his award for Best Actor to the First Nations and Indigenous Peoples of the world. Speaking directly to these populations in his speech, he stated “it …

Reading Joe Romm’s latest book on climate change

Joe Romm cites studies from as far back as the mid-’70s warning of the dangers of carbon emissions and global warming. ExxonMobil, as we learned recently, became aware of the hazards of carbon emissions in 1977, yet they funded climate denial until just a few years ago. Charles and David Koch, of Koch Industries, meanwhile, continue to spread misinformation, and …

Arctic warming: Rapidly increasing temperatures are ‘possibly catastrophic’ for planet, climate scientist warns

Dr Peter Gleick said there is a growing body of ‘pretty scary’ evidence that higher temperatures are driving the creation of dangerous storms in parts of the northern hemisphere The rapidly warming Arctic could have a “catastrophic” effect on the planet’s climate, a leading scientist has warned. Dr Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute in California, said there was …

1800 air pollution deaths daily in India in 2003 and coal usage is up 110% and oil up 70% since then

India air pollution is now worse than China  Greenpeace analysis of NASA satellite pictures reveals levels of airborne particles are soaring as a result of increase burning of coal, oil and waste By Joanna Peasland Dangerous air quality levels in Indian cities are putting the population’s health at serious risk, as new satellite images reveal pollution concentrations equal to those …

Community members in Waukegan, Illinois get fewer than 20 of 150 jobs but all the pollution of coal plants, common for minority and low income areas

Waukegan, Ill., a town just north of Chicago, is predominantly Latino, black, and low-income. It’s also home to a coal power plant, two active coal ash ponds, and three superfund sites. Accordingly, the community has struggled with air and water pollution for decades. But toxic air and water aren’t its only issues — far from it: Waukegan’s residents are further afflicted …