Transport Work Day (May 2016) and World Bank comments on transport and the Sustainable Development Goals

By Nancy VanDycke, Aug 1, 2016.  And Pierre Guislain 3 May 2016  Nine targets in the SDG framework relate directly to transport.  Some targets are straightforward—for instance, the SDG target 3.6 sets a goal of halving global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents by 2020.  Others are less—including the SDG target 9.1 of “developing quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient …

Google, Tesla, and BYD Update

Google AV news (August 2016) The self-driving car project is expected to be transformed into a standalone company sometime this year. The project’s first general counsel was only just recently appointed. To date, the project has logged over 1.8 million autonomous-driving test miles in the states of California, Texas, Washington, and Arizona. A few months back, Google announced a partnership …

2020 Vision of the Democracy Alliance

The “2020 Vision” of the Democracy Alliance focuses on three “key issue areas that form the core of our 2020 Vision – an inclusive economy, a fair democracy, and strong action on climate change.” Participatory Politics, Occupying the Next 4 Years Noting that only about a third of eligible adults voted in this year’s primaries,  Youth & Participatory Politics (YPP), defines …

Advanced inverters can continue to operate and even assist in smoothing out an increasingly variable grid

Advanced inverters, or smart inverters, are sophisticated versions of the devices long used to convert the direct current output of solar panels into the alternating current used by consumers across the electrical grid. Whereas traditional inverters are programmed to shut off during disturbances on the electrical grid, advanced inverters can continue to operate and even assist in smoothing out an …

Massachusetts energy bill — what it includes, what was omitted in the final bill

Following months of debate, Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill today that will bring offshore wind power to Massachusetts, but does not address other key energy issues. Ben Hellerstein, State Director for Environment Massachusetts, issued the following statement: “Any day we can help bring offshore wind energy to Massachusetts is a good day. But when it comes to clean energy, …

One-way car-sharing saves money, GHG, and takes 7-11 vehicles off the road for each shared one

A recent study done by researchers at University of California-Berkeley has answered several questions many have had since car-sharing began: Does car sharing increase or decrease driving? What is the effect on overall VMT, vehicle ownership, and GHG emissions among car-sharing members? The researchers used data from car2go in five North American cities—Calgary, San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver, and Washington, D.C.—and …

New research on the cost-effectiveness of additional bicycle infrastructure

A recently published study sheds new light on the importance of the built environment in influencing bicycle commuting and the resulting impacts on greenhouse gas emissions.  The researchers first gathered household travel survey data for the years 1998, 2003, and 2008 for residents of Montreal. They then generated neighborhood typologies, dividing the city of Montreal into a 500-meter grid and …

US EV sales are growing strong – fully electric car sales were up 48% in July 2016 (compared to July 2015), and plug-in hybrid sales were up 49%

fully electric car sales were up 48% in July 2016 (compared to July 2015), plug-in hybrid sales were up 49%, and overall electric car sales were thus up 48.4%. That’s a big improvement over year-through-July growth, which shows fully electric car sales up 4%, plug-in hybrids up 44%, and all electric car sales up 19%. Overall, electric car sales climbed to nearly 0.9% …

NASA’s green aviation plan and next set of 5 concepts for exploration

By Tina Casey, Cross-posted from Clean Technica NASA announced last Friday that it is funding a new set of five cutting-edge “green” aviation concepts for two years of study and evaluation.  If everything pans out for NASA’s green aviation plan, in a few years you could be flying in a plane with wings that shape-shift in flight. Pop the hood …