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 …

Can the Great Lakes Become Fishable, Drinkable and Swimmable Again?

By Susan Cosier On EcoWatch Natural Resources Defense Council Jan. 30, 2018 Upper Peninsula Michigan, Lake Superior. As Mark Mattson waited to speak to Canada’s minister for the environment, Catherine McKenna, about the Great Lakes last December, he could feel the weight of the 184-page report he carried in his shoulder bag. At the Toronto meeting, McKenna asked Mattson, founder and president of the …

Oil industry in public classrooms at least since 1954

Oil’s pipeline to America’s schools: Inside the fossil-fuel industry’s not-so-subtle push into K-12 education By Jie Jenny Zou, June 15, 2017 Also see: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4335600-1954-API-PR-Classrooms.html State Rep. Tom Gann and State Sen. Marty Quinn read aloud to first graders at Jefferson Elementary School in Pryor, Oklahoma. Oklahoma Energy Resources Board Jennifer Merritt’s first-graders at Jefferson Elementary School in Pryor, Oklahoma, were in for …

What you see is not what others see. We inhabit parallel worlds of perception, bounded by our interests and experience. Our selective blindness is lethal to the living world

By George Monbiot 20 Dec ‘17, The Guardian  What you see is not what others see. We inhabit parallel worlds of perception, bounded by our interests and experience. What is obvious to some is invisible to others. I might find myself standing, transfixed, by the roadside, watching a sparrowhawk hunting among the bushes, astonished that other people could ignore it. But they might …

Highlights from The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future, by Kevin Kelly

References below to The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly are from the Kindle edition At the center of every significant change in our lives today is a technology of some sort. Technology is humanity’s accelerant. Because of technology everything we make is always in the process of becoming.110 Constant flux means more than …

Lobbying kids with a pipeline to the classroom: how big oil promotes fossil fuels to America’s children

By Jie Jenny Zou This story was a collaboration between the Center for Public Integrity and StateImpact Oklahoma, a reporting project of NPR member stations in Oklahoma.  Oklahoma legislators have also championed bills requiring educators teach “both sides” of those scientific concepts.  Documents show how tightly woven group of pro-industry organizations target impressionable schoolchildren and teachers desperate for resources, preying …

Exxon and fossil fuel industry try to hide deception, minimize liability

May 31st, 2017 by Steve Hanley, Source: Think Progress, Fossil Fuel Groups Attempt To Flee Our Children’s Trust Lawsuit “API and its members will not come clean on the facts of climate change because they know it exposes them to liability for the damage they too have caused to the global climate system,” Julia Olson, co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit and …

Light EVs – the wave of the future? A look at 4 types

By Roy Hales, Originally published on the ECOreport. Compared to the 10 million miles that the city’s vehicles travel every day, Scoot’s penetration into the San Francisco market is still relatively small. The 800 vehicles in its shared light electric vehicle (LEV) fleet have covered 2 million miles since 2012. Scoot CEO Michael Keating admitted in an email sent my way that, even combining their …

The Net Zero Plus Electric Training Institute (NZP-ETI) is now modeling the future of energy-efficient building design

By Roy Hales, Originally published on the ECOreport, 9 March 2017   The first zero-net-energy building in the United States was erected at the beginning of this century. In California, this standard has penetrated the residential market, and every new home will have to produce as much energy as it consumes by 2020. A building in greater Los Angeles goes far beyond that …

Oil Industry’s Suppression of Climate Science Began in 1940s, with “Smoke and Fumes Committee” and Funding of Researchers at Institute

Oil Industry’s Suppression of Climate Science Began in 1940s, Documents Reveal A trove of newly uncovered documents shows that fossil fuel companies were explicitly warned of the risks of climate change decades earlier than previously suspected.  And while it’s no secret—anymore—that the companies knew about those dangers long ago, the documents, published by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), …