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Why the United States will never have high-speed rail

Why the United States will never have high-speed rail | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Our country's infrastructure and legal system are just not up to the task.
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Fit Cities vs Fat Cities

Fit Cities vs Fat Cities | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Healthcare expenditures in the USA are increasingly out of control. It’s not too surprising that we spend a lot on healthcare given that two thirds of us take prescription medicine, half of us have…
PIRatE Lab's insight:
What correlates with obesity in American cities?  Walkability is one...
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Fixed gear bikes, once a status symbol of cool, are now everywhere

Fixed gear bikes, once a status symbol of cool, are now everywhere | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Cheap Chinese imports have transformed fixed gear bikes from a hipster fad to a mainstream product, fueling the rise of several Southern California cycling companies.
PIRatE Lab's insight:
More bike fads.
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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.
PIRatE Lab's insight:
Hot damn!  Here comes the super fast hyperloop.  It would be awesome if this became our new California bullet train!
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8 Surprising, Depressing, and Hopeful Findings From Global Survey of Environmental Attitudes

8 Surprising, Depressing, and Hopeful Findings From Global Survey of Environmental Attitudes | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Consumers in many countries are adopting eco-friendly behavior, but others aren't ready to be green.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

This is a good benchmark.  But, lumping all Russians or Americans or Chinese together is perhaps not the best way to go about doing this.  There is marked difference in consumption in Moscow vs. Siberia, Los Angeles vs. Alaska, etc.  While the country level aggregation is great, it would be nice if we could see the break down (and especially the variance) of attitudes in the larger countries.

PIRatE Lab's curator insight, September 29, 2014 11:58 AM

This is a good benchmark.  But, lumping all Russians or Americans or Chinese together is perhaps not the best way to go about doing this.  There is marked difference in consumption in Moscow vs. Siberia, Los Angeles vs. Alaska, etc.  While the country level aggregation is great, it would be nice if we could see the break down (and especially the variance) of attitudes in the larger countries.

 

This might make a particularly interesting comparison for some things when it comes to next week and our Coastal Opinions polling is done for the year.

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Public transit times in major cities

Public transit times in major cities | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Last year, WNYC made an interactive map that shows transit times in New York, based on where you clicked. Geography graduate student Andrew Hardin expanded on the idea for San Francisco, Seattle, Boulder, and Denver, with additional options and more granular simulations.

 

You can select the time of the day and day of the week, because as we know, transit schedules change, so you can get a more realistic estimate of how long it takes to get from point A to point B.

 

There is also an interesting comparison option, which lets you choose two locations to see which area will get you somewhere else faster. For example, let's say you plan to walk from point A to to point B, or vice versa, and have a third destination in mind. This comparison would help you plan accordingly.

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What Are Traffic Waves and Why Do They Happen So Much?

What Are Traffic Waves and Why Do They Happen So Much? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
By Lewis Lehe and Matthew Green Who doesn't love sitting in traffic? Especially when there's no apparent reason for it: no crashes, no tolls, no flaming
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Why congested freeways are not that efficient and cause the freakish "eveybody stops, but there is no accident" situation that drives everyone insane.

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Elon Musk shares a trip through his Hawthorne tunnel. His project in L.A. is facing a bumpier ride

Elon Musk shares a trip through his Hawthorne tunnel. His project in L.A. is facing a bumpier ride | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Elon Musk unveils his L.A. tunnel — at least a small portion running near the 105 Freeway in Hawthorne. Now comes the hard part. How does he go from that to a real transit system?
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California's bullet train is hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun, a confidential federal report warns

California's bullet train is hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun, a confidential federal report warns | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A confidential Federal Railroad Administration report, obtained by The Times, reveals that California's troubled high-speed rail system faces more significant delays and a 50% cost overrun.
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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.
PIRatE Lab's insight:
A great form of "alternative energy."
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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.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

Hyperloop is going in two directions: mainstream companies and distributed business 2.0 approaches.

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Which is better for a city, subways or surface transport?

Which is better for a city, subways or surface transport? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
It depends on whether you are trying to build a community or just get out of it fast. A look at Toronto's proposed Scarborough subway.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

A tough cookie to crack.  The key here seems to be that we are arguing and vetting which is better, rather than how many more car lanes do we ned to add to the major arterial and freeway corridors.

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Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle

Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A toll road was built east of the Texas capital to address its traffic woes, but few drivers use it.
PIRatE Lab's insight:

Changes in behavior and a massive non-single driver car-based culture is the only hope for "keeping Austin weird."

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