Why a tiny home isn’t really a trailer or an RV

Kimberley Mok (@kimberleymok) November 13, 2017  © Tiny Heirloom Homes Some ask, “Why not just buy an RV or a trailer instead of a tiny house?” Well, the answer is that it depends — and they really aren’t the same. The popularity of tiny homes has prompted a lot of discussion about the possible benefits of living more lightly on a smaller …

Highlights from Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution

By Peter Kalmus Independence is an illusion. If you truly depended on nothing, it would mean that you could float out in deep space by yourself, alive and happy. We certainly depend on our biosphere. We also depend on each other. If you depend on some tool for survival, a parka or a knife perhaps, doesn’t this mean you depend …

Uberization of transit

Public transit on demand…excerpt, Houston Chronicle, Nov 2017 Why the ‘Uberization’ of public transit is good for cities by Junfeng Jiao, Juan Miró, Nicole McGrath, University of Texas at Austin, 3 November 2017 In fact, public transit “Uberization” has already begun. Many U.S. cities are teaming up with ride-hailing companies to provide on-demand public transit, as well as so-called first- and last-mile connections …

Preparing for AVs, conclusion of 2015 TAMU report on preparing for AVs

Conclusion of 2015 TAMU report on preparing for AVs Paths of Automated and Connected Vehicle Deployment: Strategic Roadmap for State and Local Transportation Agencies A major implication of the Revolutionary scenario was that the public sector will have to react very quickly to what is actually happening rather than taking the time to examine what could happen. “We really don’t …

100% Global Renewable Electricity Now More Cost-Effective Than Current System

November 9th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica Making a global transition to a 100% renewable electricity grid has long been a dream of many, but new research published this week by the Lappeenranta University of Technology has proven it is no longer just a dream but a viable reality — a reality that is more cost-effective than the current fossil fuel-reliant …

Coastal property at risk with current climate policies

DOWNTOWN HOUSTON FLOODING FROM SUPERSTORM HARVEY, AUGUST 28, 2017. CREDIT: AP/JASON DEAREN   The massive climate report released by the Trump administration on Friday makes clear that the President’s climate policies will destroy every last bit of U.S. (and global) coastal property in the decades to come. That means more than $1 trillion in U.S. coastal property will eventually be …

City EV progress and policies

8 Nov 2017 Curbed.com According to a new report by the International Council on Clean Transportation. Many cities have a goal to decarbonize the transport sector,” says Nic Lutsey, lead author of the report. “The more we look at their plans, they more we see them push electric vehicles as a central solution.” Their policies offer a roadmap to increasing EV …

Volkswagen, Toyota, and Volvo, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, working hard to roll back fuel-efficiency standards even while announcing plans to make EVs

7 Nov 2017 by Years of Living Dangerously on Clean Technica Volkswagen, Toyota, and Volvo all recently made big announcements about their plans to manufacture electric vehicles. That’s great news for the climate, but before we declare these automakers climate champions, we should also take a long, hard look at how they’re spending their lobbying money in the US. All three companies are …

3D Zebra Stripe Crosswalk in Iceland Slows Traffic with Stunning Optical Illusion

By Jessica Stewart on October 24, 2017 Streetsblog People around the world are fascinated by the 3-D illusion of this painted crosswalk in the small town of Ísafjörður in Iceland. It’s a creative and simple way to get motorists to slow down. But if you try to make an eye-catching crosswalk design in the United States, the transportation engineering establishment won’t approve. That’s what …

Book Review: Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation

Capitalism puts profits first, but an ecological society will serve humanity Posted on August 23, 2017 Decisions made about production and consumption will emphasize on positive effects on humans and the health of the broader environment, rather than the profits and wealth of a few Fred Magdoff,  a professor emeritus of plant and soil science at the University of Vermont and …