Your brain on air pollution

Your brain on air pollution June 16, 2016 by Nathan Taft When people worry about air pollution, they’re normally concerned about the impact it’s having on their lungs, and their children’s. But what about their brains? Last year, independent journalist and Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Neuropsychology at Duke University, Aaron Reuben, wrote an eye-opening exposé on the growing body of evidence that …

The Independent: Driverless electric cars could ‘cut air pollution to almost zero and make parking lots obsolete within 10 years

‘We’re likely to see a huge shift in how our cities look and how transport is managed’  By Lynsey Bews, cross-posted from The Independent, Monday 26 December 2016 People look towards an autonomous self-driving vehicle, as it is tested in a pedestrianised zone, during a media event in Milton Keynes, UK Getty Self-driving electric cars could make car parks obsolete within the …

The crisis in American walking:  How we got off the pedestrian path

By Tom Vanderbilt on Slate A few years ago, at a highway safety conference in Savannah, Ga., I drifted into a conference room where a sign told me a “Pedestrian Safety” panel was being held. The speaker was Michael Ronkin, a French-born, Swiss-raised, Oregon-based transportation planner whose firm, as his website notes, “specializes in creating walkable and bikeable streets.” Ronkin began …

Energy Department Launches Zero Energy Schools Accelerator

December 6, 2016  SIX SCHOOL DISTRICTS & TWO STATES ARE AMONG FIRST AIMING TO MAKE ZERO ENERGY SCHOOLS MAINSTREAM As a part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in America’s buildings, today the Energy Department launched the Better Buildings Zero Energy Schools Accelerator. Six school districts, two states and several national organizations are working collaboratively to develop …

Five cities show the future of walkability

By Priscila Pacheco    April 20, 2015   The City Fix  Pedestrian-only zones, well-maintained sidewalks, and good traffic signage are important for strengthening a city’s walkability, as shown here in Juiz de Fora, Brazil. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil. Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on …

Bicyclists entering city center now exceed cars, in Copenhagen: consistent effort since the 1970s energy crisis bears fruit

By Cynthia Shahan, Cross-posted from Bikocity Those of us who try to keep abreast of urban planning and clean transportation news are familiar with the benefits of bicycling in terms of pure air, livability, quieter streets and homes, space and resource efficiency, a stable climate, and public life.  We’re also aware that some places are much better than others. Copenhagen is a well …

All cars in Germany must be emissions free by 2030, official says

By BRIAN PARKIN, Bloomberg News, published Tuesday, Jun. 14, 2016 10:18AM EDT, cross-posted from The Globe & Mail Germany need to be emissions free by 2030 at the latest to help meet pollution reduction goals, a senior government official said. Germany’s pledge to cut carbon dioxide output by 80 per cent to 95 per cent by 2050 will be in …

India aims to build 1 terrawatt of global solar power – four times the current worldwide total – and become a 100% electric vehicle nation by 2030, but still needs to rid itself of coal

Cross-posted from Clean Technica 23 Nov 2016.  Originally published on Energy Post. By Dénes Csala India aims to build 1 terrawatt of global solar power – four times the current worldwide total – and become a 100% electric vehicle nation by 2030. Those are great ambitions, but they still far short from what is needed for a true energy transformation …

GM Maven carsharing now in 13 cities: $8/hour for an SUV includes fuel, insurance. No application or membership fees.

GM Carsharing Service Maven Launches In Los Angeles, San Francisco, & Denver + existing Boston, Chicago, Jersey City (New Jersey), Baltimore, New York City, San Diego, Washington DC, Orlando (Florida), Detroit, and Ann Arbor (Michigan). Cross-posted from Clean Technica, November 20th, 2016 by James Ayre  GM’s carsharing service, Maven, has expanded into the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver markets in recent …

Polluted city air has now been identified as a possible means of transmission for resistant bacteria

Polluted city air has now been identified as a possible means of transmission for resistant bacteria. Researchers in Gothenburg have shown that air samples from Beijing contain DNA from genes that make bacteria resistant to the most powerful antibiotics we have. “This may be a more important means of transmission than previously thought,” says Joakim Larsson, a professor at Sahlgrenska …