Nimble transit planning needed during the pandemic, says Transit Center analysis

By Michael Brenneis, SSTI, Nimble transit planning needed during the pandemic, says Transit Center analysis Posted on July 30th, 2020 in Multimodal, News Transit agencies have experienced steep bus ridership declines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bus ridership in greater Boston dropped about 80 percent, for example. But the drop wasn’t uniform: Essential workers still needed to get to work, and many relied …

Electric cars What the million-mile battery means for electric cars

The Economist It is mainly about greater reliability Science & technology Aug 1st 2020 edition As every mobile-phone owner knows, after a year or so the battery starts to fade and the beast needs recharging more frequently. That is a nuisance, but a phone’s batteries can be replaced fairly cheaply—or the whole handset traded in for the latest model. An electric car, …

Gardening helps people live longer

(Photo: Getty | Carlo107) Twelve years ago, Dan Buettner visited communities around the world known for having many centenarians (people who live to be 100 or older), including Okinawa in Japan, the Barbagia region of Sardinia and the Seventh Day Adventist enclave in California. Buettner, an author and longevity expert, called these areas “Blue Zones.” He and his team of researchers wanted to find similarities …

Significant effects of exposure to relatively low level ozone on daily mortality

Science Direct, August 2020, Wei-HengHuanga1Bing-YuChenabc1HoKimdYasushiHondaeYue LeonGuoac https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2018.09.017 Increased mortality with elevated ozone, and the significant mortality effects of ozone exposure were observed at level higher than 40, 50, and 40 ppb for Taiwan, Korea, and Japan, respectively. These associations are unaffected by co-pollutant of particulate matter in Taiwan and Japan Non-linear ozone-mortality associations were observed in three East Asian countries (Taiwan, Korea, …

Nearly all of Colorado is under some drought status – 20 years into megadrought in the West

Also see: https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2020/04/16/climate-driven-megadrought-emerging-western-u-s/ – April 20th, 2020 The Colorado Sun | evan@coloradosun.com Colorado currently is one of the drier parts of the country, and although conditions have improved in recent weeks, the long-term outlook for the state is relatively grim.  Much of Colorado continues to suffer through extreme drought, and nearly all of the state is experiencing drought, according to the …

Solar-Power Costs Falling Even Faster Than Expected

By Brian Eckhouse June 24, 2020  U.S. residential-system prices will fall 17%: Wood Mackenzie  Demand waning amid pandemic, creating oversupply of panels The cost of U.S. solar power is dropping faster than expected as the coronavirus stifles demand, according to a report from Wood Mackenzie. Residential-system prices will fall 17% over the next five years, the research company said Wednesday. That’s steeper than …

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts

Compiled by Ekaterina Walter 1. “Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be” – John Wooden 2. “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”  – Jack Canfield 3. “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel 4. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert …

Strategize and prepare for nonviolent action, now and through the fall

No matter who is elected this November, resistance will be required to change the systems responsible for the crises we face. In this article, George Lakey provides important information for developing and practicing nonviolent resistance to prepare for whatever happens this fall and beyond. One of our weak points is that many of us would rather moralize than strategize. Trump …

Supporting shift to solar for renters and landlords

PV-Magazine, July 2020 – Landlords and renters in Victoria can now apply for interest-free loans in addition to generous rebates offered under the state government’s Solar Homes program. In so doing, eligible landlords will be able to cut the upfront cost of installing PV by up to $3,700. Victoria’s landmark $1.3 Solar Homes program currently offers landlords a subsidy of up to …

67% of essential workers using transit are non-white, according to an April TransitCenter analysis. And People of color account for less than 40% of the U.S. population, but make up 60% of transit riders, according to APTA

People of color account for less than 40% of the U.S. population, but make up 60% of transit riders, according to APTA Time Magazine, by ALEJANDRO DE LA GARZA  JULY 21, 2020 While trying to get to work over the past few months, Brittany Williams, a Seattle home care worker, has often been passed by two or three buses before one stops to let …