MaaS and public transportation in rural areas in rural areas 

Also see from the US:  Public Transportation’s Impact on Rural and Small Towns: A Vital Mobility Link  And from Laura Bliss at City Lab, 10 Oct 2017: For rural Americans who don’t have access to cars, basics like grocery shopping and doctor’s appointments can turn into an arduous struggle. With few transit options at low densities, the expense and hassle …

How planners are chasing better traffic flow with design and how Oxford and Helsinki are steering residents away from driving

Kim Slowey@kimslowey Construction Dive and Smart Cities Oct 2017 Few things are more frustrating than being stuck in traffic. Yet Americans spent an average of 42 hours waiting out gridlock in 2016, costing commuters a total of $300 billion, or about $1,400 per driver, according to connected car services and analytics company Inrix. Sitting in traffic can also take a psychological toll on commuters, say researchers …

Could a Universal Basic Income Make Small Town America Great Again?

Sebastian Johnson on Medium.com Oct 2017  In the summer of 2013, I undertook a field study of sorts with my graduate school classmates in Southside, Virginia. Our hope was to see the theories we’d learned in classes on local economic development and regional economies put to practice. We spent a week roaming through towns like Floyd and Martinsville; observing business incubators in Blacksburg and Danville; …

Power lines and electrical equipment are a leading cause of California wildfires

17 Oct 2017, LA Times The deadliest wildfires in state history have raised questions about whether a repeat culprit might again be to blame for starting or spreading at least some of the Northern California blazes: utility companies and their equipment. The explosive failure of power lines and other electrical equipment has regularly ranked among the top three singular sources of …

This Blockchain-Based Energy Platform Is Building A Peer-To-Peer Grid

WePower is creating a new cryptocurrency to help facilitate a more democratic system of funding and buying renewable energy. Fast Company, Oct 2017.  “The end goal is to produce a true peer to peer energy platform, where people would sell renewable energy and also be able to get energy back from the grid.” [Photo: Sebastian Kanczok] BY BEN SCHILLER Residential solar customers are …

Design global, manufacture local: a new industrial revolution?

P2P Foundation and The Conversation, October 18, 2017  By Vasilis Kostakis  Vasilis Kostakis and Jose Ramos: What if globally designed products could radically change how we work, produce and consume? Several examples across continents show the way we are producing and consuming goods could be improved by relying on globally shared digital resources, such as design, knowledge and software. Imagine a prosthetic hand designed …

Whales and dolphins have complex relationships of working together for mutual benefit, using tools, taking care of youngsters, calling by name, and social play

Treehugger, Oct 2017 Whales and dolphins have a language of their own, and a major study, published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, reveals many other remarkable things that cetaceans have figured out as well. The research was a collaboration between scientists from The University of Manchester, The University of British Columbia, The London School of Economics and Political Science and Stanford University; …

$33/year for electric bike use in Stockholm

Derek Markham (@derekmarkham), Clean Technica and Treehugger, 17 Oct 2017 CC BY 2.0 Eurist EV (from 2009) The new City Bike program will also feature a ‘bring your own battery’ scheme, leaving the charging to the rider. Stockholm’s bike sharing program, which currently offers some 1200 bicycles, will be upgraded next year to a fleet of 5000 electric bikes due to increased …

City framework for deep decarbonization. How much do citizens, businesses and municipal government spend on fossil fuels every year, where it goes and what it could otherwise fund if it were instead invested in the city’s clean energy future

USDN and Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance Framework for Long-Term Deep Carbon Reduction Planning A core function of CNCA is to facilitate other cities’ understanding of how leading-edge cities are planning for long-term deep carbon reductions, and enable cities to take a more robust, consistent, equitable and comprehensive approach to carbon neutral planning and implementation. In 2015, we developed a streamlined Deep Carbon …

Interpreting 1.5C

In addition to climate finance, the Paris Agreement also committed signatories to the aspirational target of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C. However, the text does not explicitly spell out how the limit should be interpreted – potentially creating confusion when communicating how achievable 1.5C is and the mitigation effort required. In a guest post, Dr Joeri Rogelj, from the …