Zillow says be ready for climate change to gobble 1.9 million houses in hundreds of cities, with homeowner losses of nearly a trillion dollars by 2100

Sea level rise may put nearly a trillion dollars of U.S. coastal homes underwater by the end of the century, a new real estate study has found. Storm surges and higher tidal flows caused by climate change could gobble almost 1.9 million houses in hundreds of cities, according to a report by the real estate company Zillow. In total, homeowners …

Phoenix tries to tackle urban heat with trees, for increased shade. Lake Tahoe and other western lakes face impacts.

In Phoenix, an ambitious plan aims to cover 25% of the metropolis with tree shade, Los Angeles Times, July 25, 2016. With a new emphasis on downtown development and walkable neighborhoods, as well as on increasing climate-change-driven concerns about heat on human health, the city is planning to double its tree canopy. Warming at alarming rate, Lake Tahoe reflects rapid …

What do wind development trends mean for health, jobs, cities and transportation?

The Wind Vision Report  takes America’s current installed wind power capacity across all facets of wind energy (land-based, offshore, and distributed) as its baseline—a capacity that has tripled since the 2008 release of the Energy Department’s 20% Wind Energy by 2030report—and assesses the potential economic, environmental, and social benefits of a scenario where U.S. wind power supplies 10% of the …

MIT& Ford are running AV-EV small shuttles/taxis summoned on demand, to be integrated with pedestrian traffic on sidewalks – streets are next stop!

Ford and MIT signed a research partnership that will delve on autonomous driving and pedestrian traffic pattern recognition. The project is supposed to debut this fall, with a number of on-demand electric shuttles for MIT’s students.  ( Ford ) Ford and MIT partnered up for a project to assist electric shuttles gauge current levels of demand among pedestrians and better …

Meteorologists: yes, 1000-year rainfall events really are becoming more common

Slate meteorologist Eric Holthaus wrote in his email newsletter Monday: If you think you’ve heard something like this before, you’re probably right. In fact, 1,000-year rainfall events are occurring frequently enough now that we can start to categorize them. There’s the “rapid onset” 1,000-year events, like what happened this weekend in Maryland and last month’s extreme rainfall in West Virginia, …

“In the future, it will be necessary to transport goods in urban environments…with the lowest possible emissions and noise,” Mercedes said in a press release. “By now large cities such as London or Paris are considering a ban on internal combustion engines in city centers in the future. That means: there will be fully electric trucks”

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the world’s first big rig that drives without a drop of fuel. The Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruckMercedes Benz The new Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck has an electrically driven rear axle and is powered by three lithium-ion battery modules. The zero-emission vehicle has an admissible total weight of up to 26 tonnes with a range of 200 kilometers (124 miles). …

Streamlining solar installation – successful city initiatives

Some California cities are approving residential solar permits in as little as a day, saving homeowners not just time, but money too. BY ZAHRA HIRJI cross posted from Inside Climate News JUL 29, 2016 California cities are leading the nation in eliminating one of the biggest hurdles to the growth of residential solar: lengthy and confusing permitting. Spurred by a recent state …