Porterville, CA makes bus fleet fully electric

By James Ayre, 12 March 2017 Originally published on EV Obsession. The City of Porterville in California has entered into a sales contract with GreenPower Motor Company for the purchase of 10 EV350 40-foot zero-emission, all-electric, transit buses. The purchase will see all 9 of Porterville Transit’s routes go fully electric. Accompanying the purchase, 11 charging stations are to be …

How EVs and storage can help shave demand and reduce costs. Also solar+storage at 6.3 cents per kWh in Chile

This article was written by Nick Stumo-Langer, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Communications Manager. He runs all of ILSR’s social media channels and previously was an Energy Democracy initiative Research Associate.  Originally published at ilsr.org. Storage Already in Practice In Minster, Ohio, a solar plus energy storage system significantly reduces energy costs for the city’s municipal electric utility in a number of …

Warming soils releases more and absorbs less CO2 than previously thought

By James Ayre in Clean Technica, 13 March 2017  As the world’s soils continue warming over the coming decades and centuries, they could release much higher levels of carbon dioxide than was previously thought, according to new research from the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The research is apparently some of the first (or the first) to …

BYD delivers first of 27 electric heavy-duty trucks — largest deployment in the US

By Kyle Field, in Clean Technica, March 13th, 2017 In partnership with Daylight Transport, the California Air Resources Board and the San Bernardino Council of Governments, electric vehicle manufacturer BYD has brought the largest deployment of all-electric heavy-duty trucks ever in the US to Southern California. The deployment utilizes funding from California’s cap-and-trade program, which requires polluters in the state to purchase credits …

Light EVs – the wave of the future? A look at 4 types

By Roy Hales, Originally published on the ECOreport. Compared to the 10 million miles that the city’s vehicles travel every day, Scoot’s penetration into the San Francisco market is still relatively small. The 800 vehicles in its shared light electric vehicle (LEV) fleet have covered 2 million miles since 2012. Scoot CEO Michael Keating admitted in an email sent my way that, even combining their …

100 years ago, Alexander Graham Bell warned us about the ‘greenhouse effect’

Joe Romm tells us about how, back in 1917, the inventor of the telephone foresaw a future where coal and oil were replaced by renewable fuels.   ClimateProgress(.org) indeed! Alexander Graham Bell at the opening of the long-distance line from New York to Chicago. CREDIT: Library of Congress, text by Patrick Smith, ThinkProgress In a 1917 paper, Alexander Graham Bell …

Google Street View cars ‘see’ invisible methane leaks from natural gas lines beneath our streets

Science Daily, 22 March 2017 A set of Google Street View mapping cars, specially equipped with cutting-edge methane analyzers, are allowing Colorado State University researchers to “see” invisible methane leaks from natural gas lines beneath our streets. The technical and computational challenges of measuring methane, and the complex methodologies used to collect, analyze and publicize the data, are detailed in …

The world’s oceans have warmed at twice the rate of previous decades and the extra heat has reached deeper waters, finds data stretching back to 1960.

By Bob Berwyn, Originally published at Inside Climate News, 11 March 2017 Oceans, which have warmed at an increasingly faster rate, account for as much as 50 percent of global sea level rise, according to a new study. Credit: TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images The rate of ocean warming has nearly doubled since 1992 compared with the previous three decades. And the …

London seeks to make cycling the “safe and obvious transport” for the area, with extension of protected bikeways and two new cycle superhighways

Sadiq Khan to spend £770m on London cycling initiatives – Mayor’s proposed investment gets near levels seen in cycle-friendly nations such as Netherlands and Denmark.  By Peter Walker in The Guardian, Dec 2016 and Feb 2017 – update Among the plans are two new cycle superhighways, where riders would be largely separated from motor traffic. Photograph: Dave Hill for the …

Use the streed grid, intersection density to promote walkability – it’s a big factor

Downtown Atlanta is capable of great things with new development; are we creating a place for urban innovation?  Atlanta has a walkable street grid, we’re just not using it well.  By Darin Givens on Medium.  Pryor Street, facing north toward Decatur Street. Before and after the Kimball House was replaced by a massive, block-spanning parking deck. Above is a before-and-after view of …