Posts in the 'Energy + Climate Change' category
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 ...
Post-Copenhagen Planning: Developing Countries Taking the Initiative on Sustainable Transport
Post-Copenhagen Planning: Developing Countries Taking the Initiative on Sustainable Transport
Following up on our post about the treatment of the transport sector in countries’ post-Copenhagen plans, we’d like to point you to the analysis of developing countries’ Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) completed by the Bridging the Gap Initiative. The ...
Where's Low Carbon Transport in Post-Copenhagen Pledges?
Where's Low Carbon Transport in Post-Copenhagen Pledges?
The first major piece of follow-up to the Copenhagen Accord took place Monday: the countries responsible for the bulk of climate-altering pollution formally submitted emission reduction plans, meeting the agreement’s Jan. 31 deadline. Fifty-five developed and developing countries submitted plans ...
New Report: Climate Instruments in the Transport Sector (CITS)
New Report: Climate Instruments in the Transport Sector (CITS)
Copenhagen’s COP-15 meeting came and went, and now, it’s down to the details of figuring out how to implement the commitments and plans for action. A new draft report about the applicability of post-2012 instruments to the transport sector was ...
US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood at Brookings on Infrastructure
US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood at Brookings on Infrastructure
I just returned from a Brookings Institution event on infrastructure investment, economic growth, and jobs. The talk included a great cast of academics, politicians, transportation officials and journalists. This came just two days after President Obama’s high-profile jobs speech at ...
China FAQs: Cities and Transport
China FAQs: Cities and Transport
The World Resources Institute yesterday released a new English-language Web site, ChinaFAQs.org, dedicated to answering questions about climate change and energy in China. The easy-to-navigate online resource so far lists the bios and contact information of 26 experts, including nonprofit ...
The End of the American Exurbs and the Death of Sprawl?
The End of the American Exurbs and the Death of Sprawl?
It’s a common refrain among Smart Growth advocates across the United States that goes something like this: “The fallout from the economic crisis is hitting far out suburban and exurban communities much harder than urban areas. This signals the end ...
What's Schipper Saying? "Very Little Energy Savings Per Car Clunked"
What's Schipper Saying? "Very Little Energy Savings Per Car Clunked"
Welcome to our first weekly installment of “What’s Schipper Saying?”, a “Where’s Waldo”-esque online scavenger hunt of comments about sustainable transport, cities and fuel efficiency made by EMBARQ Founder Lee Schipper, a senior research engineer at the Precourt Energy Efficiency ...
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