1st Release Of US National Transit Map + Underlying Data — Remarkable Geospatial Database

Cross-posted from Clean Technica, September 9th, 2016 by Cynthia Shahan  Following the first time release of the US National Transit Map at the beginning of this September by the US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx blogged about the new data resource underlying it. “Measuring connectivity starts with having good data about where America’s transit …

Losing health and labor due to air pollution – more than we knew

A new report from the World Bank has concluded that air pollution is the deadliest form of pollution, and the fourth leading cause of premature deaths worldwide, while costing the global economy about $225 billion in lost labor income in 2013. The new study published by the World Bank and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) this week, The …

On the incredible, shrinking cost of urban transportation

Not here yet, but venture capitalists have it in their sights.  By Alex Taussig, Partner at Lightspeed A few weeks ago, a Xoogler friend described his favorite brainstorming technique:  Take a major cost driver, and then design your product with the assumption that it goes to zero. I call this claim the “Big Ass Assumption” (BAA). The BAA that a critical cost …

Legal: Lawsuit filed for falured to set new water-quality standards to combat ocean acidification or respond to growing threats to marine life

SAN FRANCISCO – The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to set new water-quality standards to combat ocean acidification or respond to a three-year-old Center petition demanding the agency address this growing threat to marine life. Despite scientific consensus that federal water-quality standards are outdated and inadequate to protect marine life from the …

During drought, dry air can stress plants more than dry soil

Newly published research finds that low relative humidity in the atmosphere is a significant, growing and often under-appreciated cause of plant stress in hot, dry weather conditions. The finding suggests that models used to gauge the impact of drought on ecosystems should be refined to more accurately account for the role of low atmospheric humidity.The finding suggests that models used …

Detecting forest fragility with satellites

The Amazon area with high (light colours), and low dynamics (dark), meaning low recovery rates after perturbations. The dark purple colours (0.3) reflect areas in fragile state. Credit: Image courtesy of Wageningen University and Research Centre Over the past decades forests in different parts of the world have suffered sudden massive tree mortality. Now an international team of scientists led …

Bamboo – for buildings, bikes, and more!

By Aisha Abdelhamid, August 29th, 2016, originally published on GreenBuildingElements.com Bamboo is a truly remarkable green building material. It’s twice as strong as concrete and slightly stronger than steel. It’s also a renewable resource that needs little energy to grow, prevents soil erosion, provides biomass, offers wildlife refuge, and produces a healthy food supply for both wildlife and humans. Offering significant …

Ice slide, avalanche risk from flat areas, due to lubrication of ice from rain or glacial melt, with increasing precipitation in recent years

Climate change could be to blame for one of the world’s largest document ice avalanches, which is flummoxing researchers. Around 100 million cubic meters of ice and rocks gushed down a narrow valley in Tibet on 17 July, killing nine herders and hundreds of sheep and yaks. The avalanche was unusual because it started from a flat point, rather than …

Aviation is largest source of lead emissions in the air and causes over a billion dollars in lost wages due to IQ effects annually, in addition to other damages

Costs of IQ Loss from Leaded Aviation Gasoline Emissions Philip J. Wolfe*†, Amanda Giang‡, Akshay Ashok†, Noelle E. Selin‡§, and Steven R. H. Barrett† † Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States ‡ Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States …

Colorado stakeholder agreement with incumbent monopoly, Xcel Energy, heads of “grid use charge”, may serve as model for others

Our Energy Future, offers some principles that the group used:  The first is to give customers energy choices. The second is to embrace technologies that benefit customers. The third is to do those things in ways that support Colorado economic development. Xcel’s final settlement with stakeholders, heading off Xcel’s initial request for a fixed “grid use charge,” included three key provisions. First, it replaced …