Posts in the 'Energy + Climate Change' category
Transport and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM): Flogging a Dead Horse?
Transport and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM): Flogging a Dead Horse?
Dario Hidalgo, senior transport engineer at EMBARQ (the producer of this blog), and Cornie Huizenga, joint convener of the Sustainable Low Carbon Transport Partnership (SLoCaT), discuss why the current market-based mechanism for reducing global carbon emissions—the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)—is not ...
New Report: How to Measure Citywide GHG Emissions from the Transport Sector
New Report: How to Measure Citywide GHG Emissions from the Transport Sector
Allison Bishins and Nicolae Duduta of EMBARQ (the producer of this blog) today released a working paper, “Citywide Transportation Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories: A Review of Selected Methodologies.” As the report highlights, the transportation sector accounted for 14.3 percent of the worldwide ...
Rising Currents and Green Streets: Looking Ahead 100 Years
Rising Currents and Green Streets: Looking Ahead 100 Years
A show at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City brings together five interdisciplinary teams to share proposals on the future of New York City and its surrounding areas amidst climate change and the city’s aging infrastructure. ...
ASLA Live Blogging: Landscape Architecture As a Way to Bring Sustainable Development Policy to China
ASLA Live Blogging: Landscape Architecture As a Way to Bring Sustainable Development Policy to China
Live blogging from the American Society of Landscape Architects 2010 Expo and Design Conference in Washington, D.C., held at the Convention Center on September 10-12. “Shanghai is sinking.” That’s what landscape architect Xiaowei Ma, president and founder of Ager Design ...
A Stop-And-Go Summer for Chinese Motorists
A Stop-And-Go Summer for Chinese Motorists
It’s every driver’s worst nightmare: tens of thousands of vehicles clogged a 62-mile stretch of highway between Beijing and Jining city, creating a perpetual traffic jam, now entering its 11th day.  While state television network CCTV says the traffic is ...
Turning Sewers into Sidewalks in Delhi
Turning Sewers into Sidewalks in Delhi
In Delhi, urban planner and architect Manit Rastogi has a plan to transform the city’s 350 kilometers of storm water drains – or nullahs – into a network of “landscaped passages for New Delhi’s pedestrians, cyclists and solar-powered rickshaws,” as ...
New Study: U.K. Transport Emissions Can Be Cut 76 Percent by 2050
New Study: U.K. Transport Emissions Can Be Cut 76 Percent by 2050
“This project marks a significant break with traditional thinking that regards transport as too hard to deal with when it comes to greenhouse gas reduction.” — Prof. John Whitelegg, co-author of “Towards a Zero Carbon Vision for UK Transport“ A new ...
Transit and the Monsoon: Can We Harmonize the Two?
Transit and the Monsoon: Can We Harmonize the Two?
Over the past year, we’ve written extensively about the new bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Ahmedabad, India, called Janmarg BRT. The system — India’s first full BRT — was a game-changer in India in the sphere of urban transit ...
Q&A: Oakland Urban Visionary Discusses City's New Streetcar Plan
Q&A: Oakland Urban Visionary Discusses City's New Streetcar Plan
Within five to ten years, Oakland, Calif., has the potential to become a model of urban revitalization and sustainable livability. It may sound a bit paradoxical — but it’s possible. The name Oakland still too often conjures images of a ...
GHG Emissions, Rising Sea Levels, and More Menacing Monsoons
GHG Emissions, Rising Sea Levels, and More Menacing Monsoons
This season, we’ve been following Mumbai through the monsoon, looking at how monsoon season can ravage transportation systems and batter infrastructure, putting people’s lives and livelihoods in jeopardy. Now, a new study in Nature Geoscience describes how climate change from ...
Forecast for the Future's Cities: Hot!
Forecast for the Future's Cities: Hot!
On the hottest days of summer, AC-less city-folk can be found sticking their heads in refrigerators and sinks full of ice water, putting their faces in front of fans — or open fire hydrants — and guzzling ice cold beverages ...
Why Gas is Too Cheap
Why Gas is Too Cheap
“As the sludge choking the Gulf of Mexico shows, nothing is easy when it comes to oil. Not even the price. In fact, especially not the price.” – Ezra Klein, in the Washington Post Disturbing footage of oil spewing into the ...
What's Schipper Saying? Government Emissions Data Are "Foggy"
What's Schipper Saying? Government Emissions Data Are "Foggy"
Welcome to another installment of “What’s Schipper Saying?”, a collection of comments about sustainable transport, cities and fuel efficiency made by Lee Schipper, a senior research engineer at the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center of Stanford University and the founder of ...
The UK National Carbon Calculator
The UK National Carbon Calculator
The British newspaper the Guardian has published an interactive tool on its website that allows the user to simulate different policies at the national scale for reducing the UK’s carbon footprint. The user can opt for any number of policies, ...
Fuel Tax Increase Necessary to Cut Transportation Emissions
Fuel Tax Increase Necessary to Cut Transportation Emissions
Raising the price of gas to $7 per gallon may be necessary to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2020 targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 14 percent, says a new report from Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and ...
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