101 ways to improve transportation in your city

This is from Curbed’s first-ever Transportation Week, by Megan Barber, Patrick Sisson and Alissa Walker 20 Sep 2017 In an effort to parse through the doom and gloom—and in honor of Curbed’s first-ever Transportation Week—we want to share 101 smart transportation solutions that can make our cities better. What You Can Do | What Businesses Can Do | What Your Neighborhood Can Do | What Your City Can …

Wind Energy Could Power 30% Of Europe’s Needs By 2030, Reports WindEurope

September 27th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica According to two new reports published by the European wind energy trade body WindEurope, wind energy could provide up to 30% of Europe’s electricity by 2030. WindEurope published two reports investigating the region’s wind energy outlook — Outlook to 2020 and Scenarios for 2030 — in which it determines that Europe could be looking at an average …

Air pollution impairs solar energy production as well as health and lives

Global solar energy production is taking a major hit due to air pollution and dust. The first study of its kind shows airborne particles and their accumulation on solar cells is cutting energy output by more than 25 percent in certain parts of the world. The regions hardest hit are also those investing the most in solar energy installations — …

Storms bringing extra rain with climate change and breakdown of polar vortex can lead to temperature lows

This year’s intense Atlantic storm season had another element tying its biggest events together: a monstrous, and sometimes deadly, amount of rain. Images of the flooded metropolises of Houston, Jacksonville, and San Juan with overtopped dams, billowing sewage, and flooded homes show that torrential rain can be one of the most devastating consequences of hurricanes, especially in urban areas where concrete makes …

Transit-TNC partnerships in Canada and the US Orlando are subsidizing Uber rides for first and last mile

The Verge, 1 Sept 2016 excerpt As Bloomberg noted in August 2016, both Uber and Lyft have been striking agreements with transit agencies, mostly for so-called “first-last mile” programs — meant to shuttle commuters to bus or train stations. Since last year, Uber has scored public transit agreements with San Francisco, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh, among other cities. Uber and Lyft …

Ridesourcing’s Impact and Role in Urban Transportation 

By Susan Shaheen, Nelson Chan, and Lisa Rayle, University of California, Berkeley | May. 30th, 2017 accessmagazine.org App-based, on-demand ride services—also known as Transportation Network Companies (TNCs)—have grown rapidly in recent years and caused debate in the passenger transportation industry. Advances in information and communication technology have enabled these services to provide a wide variety of real-time and demand-responsive trips. Companies such as Lyft, Uber, …

A new action plan shows how we can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050

September 28, 2017 by Switchboard / NRDC Blog That starts with national policy to move the country deliberately, and without delay, toward a cleaner, more sustainable future. The sooner American climate and clean energy leadership gets back on track, the better―for our nation and for the world. (Photo: Michael N/Pacific/BarcroftImages) Two years ago in Paris, the United States, China, and more than 190 other …

Utility reinforces its position through a new, cleaner business model

By Stanley Reed, New York Times, 18 Aug 2017 AMSTERDAM — When Eneco, a major Dutch utility, tested a promising energy monitor in several dozen homes, things could not have gone much worse. The company making the devices failed to deliver enough of them, and some of those provided did not work. But when Eneco sent workers to recover the monitors, …

California Mulling Ways To “Ban” Gas & Diesel Cars

September 28th, 2017 by James Ayre on Clean Technica Following similar moves elsewhere, authorities in the US state of California are now considering banning the sale of new gas- or diesel-powered cars there, going by comments made by the chairman of the California Air Resources Board in an interview with Bloomberg. That interview — with the California Air Resources Board’s head, Mary Nichols — …