Viewing Victoria’s Passive Houses

August 31st, 2017 by Roy L Hales Originally published on the ECOreport. When I first interviewed Rob Bernhardt in 2014, you could count the number of British Columbia’s passive houses on your fingers. The Bernhardts built the first certified passive house in the Victoria region. Rob went on to become the CEO of Passive House Canada. I recently interviewed him again, during a quick peek at …

Growing cycling and walking adds to Vancouver’s downtown and business income

By Roy L Hales, on the ECOreport. 26 June 2017 Contrary to what some urban business owners expected, the global shift to alternate transportation has not adversely effected their revenue streams. A study from Portland, Oregon, found that “cyclists spent less than drivers on grocery trips, but more at restaurants, bars, and convenience stores.” The average pedestrian or cyclist in Manhattan’s East Village spends …

Will the US miss out on a trillion dollar deal?

December 20th, 2016 by Roy L Hales  Originally published on the ECOreport. The incoming President boasts about his ability to recognize and make deals. But does Donald Trump recognize the value of initiatives like fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks, appliance standards, and the Clean Power Plan? Will Trump miss out on a trillion dollar deal? The United States is already recouping about $30 billion a …

Fast charging (by solar and wind) rolls out in The Hague, Netherlands

December 2nd, 2016 by Roy L Hales Originally published on the ECOreport. Billions of euros are being invested into Europe’s EV market. Most of the industry’s best known vehicles are available. The race to build the infrastructure, which can help make them the vehicle of choice, lags behind. Ford, Volkswagen Group, BMW Group, and Daimlerare entering into the race with joint plans to develop 400 sites …

Modelling the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Hamburg

September 30th, 2016 by Roy L Hales. Originally published on the ECOreport. Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein have achieved Germany’s renewable target for 2025. They already obtain 40% of their energy from renewables on an annual basis. A technological breakthrough, the digitization of industry, will be required to go further. This region of 4.5 million people expects to obtain 70% of its energy from renewables by 2025 and …

The World’s first “100% renewable” grid

Originally published by the ECOreport.  March 15th, 2016 by Roy L Hales Younicos has just announced that construction of the world’s first “100% renewable” grid is underway. The battery storage comes from Leclanché’s lithium-ion technology and manufacturing plant in Germany. According to Leclanché CEO Anil Srivastava, this will be the first time “a one megawatt-scale power system is being stabilized using batteries – without …

The Role of Health in Climate Litigation

American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) April 2018 Sabrina McCormick PhD, Samuel J. Simmens PhD, Robert Glicksman MA, JD, LeRoy Paddock JD, Daniel Kim MPA, and Brittany Whited MPHAuthor affiliations, information, and correspondence details Published Online: April 26, 2018 Abstract, Full Text. References, Supplements, PDF, PDF Plus Objectives. To examine how the courts, which play a critical role in shaping public policy, consider public health in climate change and coal-fired power plant lawsuits. Methods. We coded US local, state, and …

Corruption and compromise in Trump administration real estate investments

Excerpts from the NYTimes.com, April 2018 From New York to Florida, Panama to Azerbaijan, we found that Trump projects have relied heavily on foreign cash — including from wealthy individuals from Russia and elsewhere with questionable, and even criminal, backgrounds. We saw money traveling through offshore shell companies, entities often used to obscure ownership. Many news organizations have since dug …

Integrated Transport and Health Impact Modelling Tool (ITHIM)

ITHIM refers to a range of related models and tools developed at CEDAR to perform integrated assessment of the health effects of transport scenarios and policies at the urban and national level. The health effects of transport policies are modelled through the changes in physical activity, road traffic injury risk, and exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution. Some …