Carbon fiber small car on the road in Singapore

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/11/09/biomega-introduces-sin-electric-car-designed-for-urban-environments/ Again today’s bicycle makers are trying their hand at making automobiles. The difference is, 100 years ago those early cars all had gasoline engines. Today’s inventors are focused on the electric car revolution. Biomega is a Danish bicycle maker that began operations in 1998. Last year it introduced its first electric bike. This week, it introduced its new SIN 4-passenger …

New green building creates the lowest possible energy consumption and carbon emission production, with beauty

Creating buildings with the lowest possible energy consumption and carbon emission production, while still being aesthetically pleasing, is a challenge bringing together great minds to change the way we think about our living and working spaces. Here are some of our favorite sustainable architectural projects coming out of Shanghai, Paris, Dhaka, and Barcelona. The green hill The green hill Shanghai, …

City platform example from Vancover

“We’ll never get what we need, unless we ask for it.” — Jean Swanson https://www.votecope2018.ca/platform_summary Tax the Mega Rich to Help the Rest of Us “Mansion Tax”: add an extra tax on properties worth over $5 million to generate about $1 billion over four years to end homelessness, fund public housing, and start restoring indigenous land “Big business” tax: lower commercial …

Mapping Air Pollution: Google Street View Joins Forces With Startup Aclima

By Erika Clugston on Clean Technica, October 1st, 2018  Curious about the pollution levels in your neighborhood? Soon you’ll have the data at your fingertips, thanks to a partnership between Google and the San Francisco-based startup Aclima. The duo have announced plans to install Aclima’s internet-connected air quality sensors into the global fleet of Google Street View vehicles in order to create a map of air …

This is what Earth will look like if we melt all the ice

Chris Tackett ChrisTackett  November 5, 2013 Screen capture Rising Seas Interactive Map National Geographic has a good, but disturbing, interactive map showing what 216 feet of sea level rise will do to coastlines around the world. The maps here show the world as it is now, with only one difference: All the ice on land has melted and drained into the sea, raising it …

We’re designing bike lanes wrong  More trees, please.

09.11.18 We’re designing bike lanes wrong  More trees, please. By Anne Lusk for Fast Company City streets and sidewalks in the United States have been engineered for decades to keep vehicle occupants and pedestrians safe. If streets include trees at all, they might be planted in small sidewalk pits, where, if constrained and with little water, they live only three to 10 years …

Oakland Land Trust Finds More Ways to Preserve Affordable Housing

By ALINE REYNOLDS | SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 Oakland Community Land Trust purchased this property at 812 East 24th Street to preserve the affordability of several artists’ live-work spaces. (Credit: Oakland Community Land Trust) In 2014, as she approached four decades of being a landlord, then 70-year-old east Oakland resident Dixi Carrillo decided to sell her rental property next to her home. Carrillo, a retired landscape …

57% of cities plan climate action in next year

By Jason Plautz@Jason_Plautz  Sept. 13, 2018 According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), 57% of participating cities are planning some sort of climate action in the coming year, and 60% have launched or expanded a climate policy in the last 12 months. Of the 158 responding cities in 39 states, …

Vacant land and urban agriculture are rejuvenating wild bee populations. Bees love cities. What can cities do to love them back?

By Jen Kinney May 28, 2018 also see https://nextcity.org/features/view/much-to-do-about-vacant-lots Last summer, Paul Maeillo had to clear a vacant lot in North Philadelphia, and he wasn’t happy about it. He’d done it plenty of times before, as part of the Philadelphia Horticultural Society’s LandCare program, which hires local contractors to maintain the neighborhood’s many abandoned parcels. But on this day the lot was …