Uber, Lyft, and Ola are now competing on the in-car experience, allowing tailoring

Cross-posted from Recode, by JOHANA BHUIYAN@JMBOOYAH DEC 3, 2016 Lyft There is very little loyalty in ride-hail. In many markets, drivers work with multiple platforms and often accept the first request that comes in. Riders, on the other hand, typically choose a service based on price, availability and convenience. For years, Uber, Lyft and many of their counterparts around the globe …

Infrastructure finance: findings of a synthesis on mileage-based user fees, road usage charges, vehicle miles traveled (VMT) fees, or per-mile taxes

The National Cooperative Highway Research Program published a synthesis on mileage-based user fees, road usage charges (RUC), vehicle miles traveled (VMT) fees, or per-mile taxes. In recent years, the real value of fuel tax revenues has declined significantly as a result of increasing vehicle fuel efficiency, failure to adjust tax rates to keep up with inflation, and fewer miles driven. This decline in the …

The Electoral College rules give as much as three times as much weight to the mainly conservative and white Republicans in the rural states compared to states with large, racially diverse and majority Democratic populations

Cross-posted from CommonDreams.org The Electoral College rules give as much as three times as much weight to the mainly conservative and white Republicans in the rural states compared to states with large, racially diverse and majority Democratic populations.  This is because even the tiniest state has a minimum of three Electoral College votes, based on the rule that each state …

Solar-panel roads to be built on four continents next year

Electric roads and sidewalks that can transmit the sun’s energy onto power grids may be coming to a city near you.  Rugged solar panels, capable of withstanding the weight of an 18-wheeler truck, are now being built into road surfaces, after nearly five years of research and laboratory tests.  A unit of Colas SA  is constructing 100 outdoor test sites …

Abrupt sea level rise (SLR) looms as an increasing threat

99% of Earth’s freshwater ice is locked up in the Antarctic and Greenland ice caps. Now, a growing number of studies are raising the possibility that as those ice sheets melt, sea levels could rise by six feet this century, and far higher in the next, flooding many of the world’s populated coastal areas. 5 May 2016 from Yale 360 by Nicola …

Picking up the tab: small businesses pay the price for offshore tax havens by the large and wealthy

RELEASED BY: U.S. PIRG EDUCATION FUND, RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015, READ NEWS RELEASE, DOWNLOAD REPORT (PDF) Every year, corporations and wealthy individuals use complicated gimmicks to shift U.S. earnings to subsidiaries in offshore tax havens – countries with minimal or no taxes – in order to reduce their federal and state income tax liabilities by billions of dollars. While tax haven …

oneHEALTH (formerly ecoHEALTH)

oneHEALTH, formerly ecoHEALTH, explores the links between global environmental change and health for the planet and society. There is growing understanding around the ways human-mediated environmental changes (e.g. land use change, wildlife trade, deforestation, climate change, human migration) significantly affect the health of wild and domestic animals, plants, and humans, resulting in both infectious and non-communicable diseases. By exploring the …

Low growth in global carbon emissions continues for third successive year

This story was adapted from a version produced by the Tyndall Centre of the University of East Anglia. Global carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels did not grow in 2015 and are projected to rise only slightly in 2016, marking three years of almost no growth, according to researchers at the Tyndall Centre, University of East Anglia (UEA) and the …

Thomas Piketty: time for a new age of globalization and trade deals

Thomas Piketty writes the following for the Guardian: Both the Clinton and the Obama administrations frequently went along with the market liberalization launched under Reagan and both Bush presidencies. At times they even outdid them: the financial and commercial deregulation carried out under Clinton is an example. What sealed the deal, though, was the suspicion that the Democrats were too …

The feds just gave batteries and rooftop solar panels access to big-time energy markets:  Distributed energy will be able to play in wholesale energy markets. That’s a big deal.

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com Nov 22, 2016, 9:40am EST Stronger together.(Shutterstock) Given the state of US politics, it’s safe to say that very few people are paying attention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) right now — even fewer than usual, I mean. However, in its quiet and nerdy way, FERC just did something that could help drive a paradigm …