Findings from 2016 research by the National Academies and the Shared Use Mobility Center + Recommendations for cities, agencies, partners

The Shared Use Mobility Center performed National Academies (Science, Medicine, Engineering) Transit Cooperative Research Program project J-11/22 (published as TCRP Research Report 188) explores opportunities and challenges for public transportation as they relate to technology-enabled mobility services, including suggesting ways that transit professionals can learn from, build upon, and interface with new shared mobility modes.   The report provides a snapshot of a rapidly …

Green Transformation: Is There a Fast Track? from The Politics of Green Transformations

By Hubert Schmitz.  This is the final chapter of Ian Scoones, Melissa Leach and Peter Newell (eds), The Politics of Green Transformations, Earthscan/Routledge, 2015.   Introduction The green transformation is different from previous transformations in one critical respect: urgency. This is the first transformation in history to be achieved against a deadline. Hence the question in the title: is there a fast …

Preliminary Analysis Reveals 4% Of Los Angeles Buildings Use 50% Of Electricity

Originally published on CleanTechnica, December 20th, 2016 by Kyle Field  A preliminary analysis by the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA and the nonprofit City Energy project revealed that half of the city’s electricity demand is consumed by just 4% of its buildings, which spurred the city council into action with a specific focus on the large, older buildings identified in the …

Learning from approaches in other sectors

Cross-posted from The Beam, interviews with inspiring leaders While Stefan Schurig is an architect by training, he has devoted most of his professional career to the environment and sustainability. Before becoming the Director of Climate, Energy and Cities at the World Future Council (WFC) in 2007, Stefan was the spokesperson for Greenpeace Germany for 10 years. In 2002 he also …

Death penalty dwindling

Cross-posted from The Guardian 21 Dec 2016 But as whimpers go, 2016 was very impressive. Judging by all the indicators, capital punishment in America is gasping for its last breath. The end of year report from the Death Penalty Information Center, a non-partisan authority on the subject, reads like the final will and testimony of the practice: This year, 20 …

Will the US miss out on a trillion dollar deal?

December 20th, 2016 by Roy L Hales  Originally published on the ECOreport. The incoming President boasts about his ability to recognize and make deals. But does Donald Trump recognize the value of initiatives like fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks, appliance standards, and the Clean Power Plan? Will Trump miss out on a trillion dollar deal? The United States is already recouping about $30 billion a …

Global study finds soil carbon losses will be greatest in world’s coldest places: melting tundra is biggest threat, might equal all of US emissions

Cross-posted from Science Daily, November 30, 2016  For decades, scientists have speculated that rising global temperatures might alter the ability of soils to store carbon, potentially releasing huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere and triggering runaway climate change. Yet thousands of studies worldwide have produced mixed signals on whether this storage capacity will actually decrease — or even increase — …

McKinsey estimates $2.5 Trillion in potential economic impact from continued adoption of mobility services, by 2025

From McKinsey.com/business-functions/digital-mckinsey/our-insights/big-data-the-next-frontier-for-innovation.  Their December 2016 report compares results with 2011 and looks forward Hyperscale, real-time matching is a disruptive model that will influence transportation and logistics, automotive development, and smart cities and infrastructure. Indicators of potential for disruption: ▪ Assets are underutilized due to inefficient signaling ▪ Supply/demand mismatch ▪ Dependence on large amounts of personalized data ▪ Data is siloed or …

Lack of viability of coal power apparent in handy map and online calculator

By Warren Cornwall Dec. 16, 2016 , 11:15 AM President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to revive the flagging U.S. coal industry, but a new analysis suggests cheap natural gas and falling prices for wind and solar power mean there are few places where it makes sense to build a new coal-fired power plant. To boost coal power, Trump has promised to dismantle …