Safe, Strong, and Just Rebuilding After Disasters: Every $1 invested in upgrades repays $4

Build back better. Rebuild infrastructure to higher standards, and support innovative solutions that can better withstand extreme weather and other risks. Update flood risk data—and use it. Flood maps should be updated and planning commence for these areas and alternatives. Prioritize communities that have the fewest resources to rebuild. Extreme weather events hit hardest in areas struggling to make ends meet and in …

Shared mobility research

TCRP J-11/TASK 21 Research Analysis Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit Key Findings: The more people use shared modes, the more likely they are to use public transit, own fewer cars, and spend less on transportation overall. Shared modes complement public transit, enhancing urban mobility. Shared modes will continue to grow in significance, and public entities should identify opportunities …

Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Levels Continue Slow & Steady Increase

September 29th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill  New figures from the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency have confirmed global greenhouse gas emissions levels continued to increase in 2016, albeit at a relatively slow rate, reaching 49.3 gigatonnes in CO2 equivalent. The PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency published its latest annual report on Thursday, based on the latest update of the EDGAR v4.3.2 database — one of the …

GM is going all electric

From Wired.com 3 Oct 2017 AFTER MORE THAN a century peddling vehicles that pollute the atmosphere, General Motors is ending its relationship with gasoline and diesel. This morning, the American automotive giant announced that it is working toward an all-electric, zero-emissions future. That starts with two new, fully electric models next year—then at least 18 more by 2023. That product onslaught puts the company at …

After the Hurricanes, Rebuilding for Energy Efficiency and Storm Survival: Builders of prefabricated zero-energy homes equipped for solar power have seen a spike in calls

By Lyndsey Gilpin, Inside Climate News, 2 Oct 2017 A quarter of homes in the Florida Keys are estimated to have been destroyed by Hurricane Irma, including widespread damage in mobile home parks. Credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images The scope of the damage to mobile home parks and older neighborhoods along America’s hurricane-ravaged coasts is enormous. More than 15,500 homes were …

World Can Meet Growing Food Demands and Limit Warming to 1.5°C, Study Says

From EcoWatch, By Daisy Dunne , 2 Oct 2017 Agriculture and food production is responsible for around 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Slashing the sector’s emissions is considered to be key to limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, which is the aspirational target of the Paris agreement. However, adopting negative emissions strategies, such as soil carbon management, will be essential to help …

Measure the openness of Mobility as a Service or a city’s transport system

By Beate Kubitz, 23 Jun 2017  “Openness is key to developing scalable, sustainable Mobility as a Service models for the public good. This new tool enables closed and open elements to be identified – and the steps towards more openness to be quantified for the first time.” The TravelSpirit Index of Openness for MaaS is a simple and practical tool …

Superfast Charging For Big Auto Arrives! New 150–350 kW Charging Station From ABB

October 3rd, 2017 by Zachary Shahan on Clean Technica If you want to jump straight to the news, scroll down to the picture of the new ABB superfast charging station and start reading from there. Two years ago in Florida, I gave a presentation at the EV Transportation & Technology Summit titled “EV R&D and the Future.” It was based on our first big EV driver report. …