Living off the grid, in the city

By Joe Pinsker, 11 Aug 2016, cross-posted from The Atlantic If one’s kitchen hints at what one values in life, it’s pretty clear what Keya Chatterjee’s priorities are. The refrigerator she picked out is not the kind that would appear in most catalogs—her deep, extremely energy-efficient fridge is optimized for use on a boat, and is often used by doctors to …

A simple fix with a big benefit: California lawmakers consider closing loophole to curb gas leaks

On Breaking Energy, August 16, 2016  After passing the State Assembly Appropriations committee on Wednesday, a little known bill – SB 1441 – is headed for the assembly floor, which is slated to deliver big benefits for consumers and the environment. Not only will the bill create a strong market driver for utilities to operate tighter infrastructure and save California consumers tens …

Livable arterials help produce livable residential areas: low levels of design, high levels of traffic on arterials detract

Ed:  Quiet EVs and shared AVs may raise the desirability and residential property value of living on or very near arterials. When controlling for income, high levels of traffic as well as low levels of urban design on the arterial both detract from the livability of those living in the surrounding neighborhoods. Some results even suggest that residential streets with …

Needed: shared platforms for adaptation and cost-benefit analysis

By Marie Venner, 17 Aug 2016 Zillow recently estimated that $1.9 trillion in residential property is at risk with sea level rise in the US, in the next 80 years or so — the lifetimes of our kids and grandkids and much of our own lives.  This doesn’t count the infrastructure costs or the land costs underlying that infrastructure.  Nor …

Antarctica’s sea ice said to be vulnerable to sudden retreat

By Alistair Doyle| Tue Aug 16, 2016, Reuters   Melting ice shows through at a cliff face at Landsend, on the coast of Cape Denison, Antarctica January 2, 2010.   Winter sea ice around Antarctica shrank 65 percent in a natural warm period between Ice Ages about 128,000 years ago, when temperatures were slightly warmer than now, according to the report …

New traffic congestion report raises more questions than it answers

 26 Aug 2015 | Posted by Stephen Lee Davis | Most people sitting behind the wheel each day won’t be surprised by the findings of the latest edition of the Texas Transportation Institute’s report on urban congestion that shows, once again, that (surprise!) the roads in most major American cities are very congested during rush hour each day. The report’s methodology …

DHL (Deutsche Post) electric delivery vans go on sale in 2017

August 17th, 2016 by Steve Hanleym Gas2 and Investing.com Editor’s Note: In April, we published on Deutsche Post (known globally as DHL) getting into the electric delivery van game. Now, the venture has taken another step forward news, with an announcement about the launch of delivery van … deliveries. Here’s more in a Gas2 repost from Steve: Deutsche Post, known globally as DHL, is one of …

Heavy-duty vehicles consume 25% of all fuel, despite only accounting for 7% of vehicles on the road – using existing, affordable technology new trucks could be 40% more efficient and save American households $135/year in shipping costs

Unlike passenger cars and other light-duty vehicles, the fuel economy of heavy-duty vehicles has been largely unregulated for decades. Tractor trailers, delivery vans, and other heavy-duty trucks have kept roughly the same fuel economy since the 1970s—just 6 miles per gallon. Years of non-regulation and slow investment now mean that heavy-duty vehicles consume 25 percent of all fuel, despite only …

Customers Flock To Ride-Sharing Companies Like Uber/Lyft as higher taxes penalize car-sharing companies like Zipcar/Car2Go

Friday, July 29, 2016, By Paul Caron, Wall Street Journal, Car-Sharing Industry Carries Heavy Tax Burden and Tax Prof Local taxes put Zipcar and Car2Go at a disadvantage in competing with ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft, research by DePaul University shows. For the millions of Americans without cars, daily errands often require a quick calculation: Is it cheaper and quicker to hail …