We need safe places to walk and ride, not just safety theater

By Lloyd Alter, Treehugger.com April 29, 2019 CC BY 2.0 All dressed up for construction/ Lloyd Alter Do helmets and high-visibility vests on construction sites really do anything? Recently we wrote about the hierarchy of controls, where the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) suggests what should be done first to reduce injuries and deaths in workplaces. A lot …

New online store guarantees plastic-free, low-emission shipping

© Zwoice – Europe’s first pollution- and plastic-free online shopping portal Zwoice is an encouraging example of how shopping can be made green. Online shopping has given people access to more eco-friendly products than they’ve ever had before, but often the ways in which those products ship are less than sustainable. A new online marketplace called Zwoice hopes to change that. It …

Only in America is the word socialism freighted with so much perceived menace.

Can We Please Relax About ‘Socialism’?  Only in America is the word freighted with so much perceived menace.  By David Bentley Hart, a scholar of religion and a cultural critic. April 27, 2019 Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New YorkCreditCreditPatrick Semansky/Associated Press In countries where, since World War II, the principles of democratic socialism have shaped public policy (basically, everywhere in the developed world except …

An Oregon utility could save its customers $248 million over 20 years if it closes four units at two Wyoming coal plants by 2022, according to new economic analysis

And Midwest Energy News: Efforts to stop an Indiana utility from closing coal plants aren’t going the way the industry had hoped as economics point to more renewables. (InsideClimate News) A county board in Wisconsin votes unanimously against allowing a We Energies coal plant to increase its daily maximum discharge of mercury into Lake Michigan. (WUWM)  The Dakota Access pipeline’s …

A majority of Americans favor replacing oil with clean energy

A slim majority (53%) of Americans now have a negative impression of oil companies. The February/March 2019 survey also found Americans are more likely to see oil as domestically available than in prior years, though 60% (up from 45% in 2016) now believe that to improve energy and national security we should reduce demand for oil, compared to 35% who say we …

The Human Element: portion on air pollution on the I-70 corridor in Denver

Air When Yadira Sanchez’s three children leave for school, the worrying begins. Sanchez lives in Denver’s Elyria Swansea neighborhood. After she moved to this heavily industrialized part of town, her oldest son, Ruben, developed asthma. Her daughter, Olivia, began taking breathing medications a year after she was born. Her youngest, Leonardo, “was just kind of born into [asthma].” “We have …

Barriers to Implementing Pro-Cycling Policies: A Case Study of Hamburg

Sustainability 2018, 10(11), 4196; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10114196 Barriers to Implementing Pro-Cycling Policies: A Case Study of Hamburg By Luqi Wang, Institute of Environmental Planning, Leibniz University Hannover, Herrenhäuser Str. 2, 30419 Hannover, Germany Received: 25 October 2018 / Accepted: 12 November 2018 / Published: 14 November 2018 Cycling is gaining increasing attention as a convenient, environmentally friendly, and fitness-improving mode of transport. While many policy interventions …

Transit and shared mobility news April 2019

LA’s journey to faster, more efficient bus lines has been a silent successor to the city’s 19th-century streetcar system, and smart data may be the next step in its transit evolution. What does a retired engineer with 40+ years of experience in federal project construction management think of Maryland’s plan to expand Interstates 495 and 270? Scrap it and invest …

Climate liability suits total 1300 now

By Rick Noack and A. Odysseus Patrick April 24, “Climate Activists Look to Courts As Powerful New Ally,” Washington Post FOROS DE VALE FIGUEIRA, Portugal — Alfredo Sendim was just 8 years old when his family was forced off its 1,100-acre farm in central Portugal amid a wave of nationalizations in the 1970s. The hard-left policies introduced during Portugal’s tumultuous path to democracy were …