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California's climate change agency just approved a $500 million plan — but there's no money for it

California's climate change agency just approved a $500 million plan — but there's no money for it | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
On Thursday morning, the state's climate change agency is scheduled to vote on a $500 million spending plan -- including electric vehicle subsidies -- even though the state budget has no money in it
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Seawater Carbon Capture Process Receives US Patent

Seawater Carbon Capture Process Receives US Patent | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Marine engines News Article Seawater Carbon Capture Process Receives US Patent
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More alternative fuel approaches coming out of the Naval Research Laboratory.
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Two fans beat Dodgers traffic by walking to the game – 22 miles from Sherman Oaks

Two fans beat Dodgers traffic by walking to the game – 22 miles from Sherman Oaks | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Sometimes it really is the journey, not the destination. Occasionally it's both.
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A great form of "alternative energy."
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Hyperloop One succeeds at first of many much-hyped tests

Hyperloop One succeeds at first of many much-hyped tests | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Development of the nearly supersonic train known as the hyperloop reached a new milestone Wednesday as entrepreneurs propelled a passenger-less sled about 100 yards at half its eventual targeted speed.
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Hot damn!  Here comes the super fast hyperloop.  It would be awesome if this became our new California bullet train!
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Tesla reveals some details about the Model 3 — and keeps others under wraps

Tesla reveals some details about the Model 3 — and keeps others under wraps | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
An admiring fan base cheered when Tesla Motors Inc. took the wraps off the Model 3, the electric-car company's product aimed at the mass market.
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Why Russia’s carbon footprint grows on International Women’s Day

Why Russia’s carbon footprint grows on International Women’s Day | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Environmentalists say: Stop it with all the roses.
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The globalization of supply chains is frequently at the root of these "don't give these gift" campaigns.
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EV Profiler compares your driving needs to an EV's capabilities

EV Profiler compares your driving needs to an EV's capabilities | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The EV Profiler is a driving data recorder, that lets users know how specific electric vehicles would be able to meet their present driving needs.
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How two L.A. start-ups are racing to develop transportation more amazing than self-driving cars

How two L.A. start-ups are racing to develop transportation more amazing than self-driving cars | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Two Los Angeles start-ups are racing to develop tubes to zip people hundreds of miles an hour between cities — the so-called Hyperloop.
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Hyperloop is going in two directions: mainstream companies and distributed business 2.0 approaches.

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Spy photos capture next-generation Toyota Prius weeks before debut

Spy photos capture next-generation Toyota Prius weeks before debut | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The next Toyota Prius will largely abandon the eco-chic egg shape of its previous three generations in favor of a more traditional sedan profile, spy shots of the new car revealed Friday.
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Apple Gears Up to Challenge Tesla in Electric Cars

Apple Gears Up to Challenge Tesla in Electric Cars | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The maker of iPhones has hundreds of staff working on an Apple-branded electric vehicle, according to people familiar with the matter who said its “Titan” project is designing a vehicle that resembles a minivan.
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Ramping up production of affordable Tesla may take years, Elon Musk says

Ramping up production of affordable Tesla may take years, Elon Musk says | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
DETROIT — A day after General Motors Co. unveiled a prototype of an affordable, long-range electric vehicle by 2017, Tesla Motors Inc. 's chief executive, Elon Musk , said it could take until 2020 to put a comparable mass-market EV into full production.
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Calculations and References | Clean Energy | US EPA

This page describes the calculations used to convert greenhouse gas emission numbers into different types of equivalent units. Go to the equivalency calculator page for more information.

 

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Here is a quick reference for emissions associated with various transportation activities.

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How driverless cars could encourage sprawl – and reshape Bay Area real estate

How driverless cars could encourage sprawl – and reshape Bay Area real estate | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The idea might sound crazy now, but driverless cars could change how cities and the suburbs play off each other.

Via Catherine Kargas
PIRatE Lab's insight:

Look out for them google cars...are they to be part of the problem as well, rather than a solution?

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Catherine Kargas's curator insight, October 4, 2014 12:41 PM

will driverless vehicles contribute to urban sprawl? should we prepare for such an eventuality? should governments start planning?

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Bad Drivers In Los Angeles? It's Not Your Imagination; New Study Says We Truly Stink

Bad Drivers In Los Angeles? It's Not Your Imagination; New Study Says We Truly Stink | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A new survey of "Best Drivers" ranks Los Angeles and Glendale among the absolute worst. And the survey includes more than 200 cities.
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What drives drivers to drive poorly?  Clearly training is part of it, but frustration and lack of social cues and reinforcement to drive responsibly are part of it.  I wonder if anyone has done a experimental test of reducing the amount of cars on the road (via more public transportation, more bike lanes, etc.) and then examine the per capita vehicle accident rate.

Anyone?
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No free charging for Model 3? Tesla can explain

No free charging for Model 3? Tesla can explain | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said the new $35,000 Model 3 electric sedan will not get free charging, like the more expensive Models S and X.
PIRatE Lab's insight:
Tesla has clearly entered the rarefied height of Apple.  They now are forced onto the defensive for not always arguing for innovation and freebies.  Such is the power of good design and a legacy of quality and exceeding expectations.
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Tesla throws cold water on its own hype by admitting huge risks in building the Model 3

Tesla throws cold water on its own hype by admitting huge risks in building the Model 3 | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Undermining its own hype, Tesla admits that building its new Model 3 could be a huge challenge
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High risk, high reward.
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Inhabitat's Week in Green: Chicago's high-flying cable cars

Inhabitat's Week in Green: Chicago's high-flying cable cars | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
When it comes to transportation, no vehicle is more futuristic than the hoverboard -- and it's getting a lot closer to reality. This week a French invento
PIRatE Lab's insight:
This is a nice, positive round-up (albeit brief) of current developments to make cities less environmentally impactful.
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World's First Solar Airport No Longer Pays Electricity Bills

World's First Solar Airport No Longer Pays Electricity Bills | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Cochin International Airport is generating so much power from its massive solar array that the airport no longer pays for electricity. In another green
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The Great Oil Miscalculation

The Great Oil Miscalculation | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
It is hard to underestimate the influence our Federal Energy Information Agency (EIA) has on energy markets.  Their annual and quarterly reports, littered with predictions, drive investments, publi…
PIRatE Lab's insight:

This 2015 report by Cox is a great laying out of America's great reduction in fuel consumption.  It is nice to see the U.S. leading the globe for a change.

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Volkswagen cut from DJSI brings questions to the meaning of sustainability rankings

Volkswagen cut from DJSI brings questions to the meaning of sustainability rankings | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Volkswagen will be removed from the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) as of October 6.


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U.S. taxpayers duped into shelling out $51 million in green subsidies for 'clean' VW vehicles

U.S. taxpayers duped into shelling out $51 million in green subsidies for 'clean' VW vehicles | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The federal government paid out as much as $51 million in green car subsidies for Volkswagen diesel vehicles based on falsified pollution test results, according to a Times analysis of the federal incentives.
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This is incredible and inexcusable.  

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▶ Keystone XL needs a one-two punch

President Obama says he'll veto the latest attempt by Congress to push through the Keystone XL pipeline but he hasn't yet committed to rejecting this dangero...
PIRatE Lab's insight:

I found this a very interesting piece of PR.  Engaging and effective use of visuals with essentially a budget of zero.

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London’s Abandoned Underground Lines May Soon Become Self Sustaining Cyclist Highways

London’s Abandoned Underground Lines May Soon Become Self Sustaining Cyclist Highways | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
“Outside” is a horrible place for bicycles, as it’s full of weather and cars. However, Gensler, a design firm from the US, has proposed a radical idea: to transform London's abandoned metro and rail tunnels into bike lanes in a system they'd call the London Underline.

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Copenhagen Lighting the Way to Greener, More Efficient Cities

Copenhagen Lighting the Way to Greener, More Efficient Cities | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Urban areas around the world are installing wireless networks of streetlamps and sensors that could ease traffic congestion and reduce carbon emissions.

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How Much Space Do Cars Take? Cyclists Demonstrate How Bicycles Fight Congestion

How Much Space Do Cars Take? Cyclists Demonstrate How Bicycles Fight Congestion | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

People that commute by car spend an inordinate amount of time staring at taillights. There’s no way they’re getting around that traffic in front of them. But what about bike commuters? This group of Latvian cyclists recently created a powerful demonstration of the large footprint created by cars that carry just one occupant.

 

The four cyclists strapped on fragile frameworks shaped like cars, then hopped into the local traffic in Riga to show how much room they would occupy on their daily commute. The difference communicates loud and clear: if these cyclists were actually in cars, they would seriously add to congestion.


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Russell Roberts's curator insight, October 17, 2014 12:23 PM

Interesting study from Latvia.  Something to think about when fossil fuels  run out or become too expensive to buy. Protection from bad weather is a definite plus for cars.  Or, you could have commuters park their cars in a municipal lot and use bikes to reach their workplaces once they enter the city.  Aloha, Russ.

Jim Gramata's curator insight, October 27, 2014 10:49 AM

Visually compelling look at the power of the bike commute 

Agence Relations d'Utilité Publique's curator insight, November 24, 2014 5:06 AM

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