Friday, April 24, 2015

What Will Be America’s First Car-Free City? (NYmag.com)

A post-automobile world?: "But the realistic chance of an outright ban on cars in any large section of Gotham is basically nil. The same is true most places in America. The most notable exception — that is, the major U.S. city that has the clearest route to going car-free — is Boston."

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Opinion: Shift from fossil fuel transport

burlingtonfreepress.com: " Automobiles, which are the cause of the majority of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, also produce pollutants that are dangerous to the health of humans, especially in metropolitan areas with dense populations.

Nitrogen oxides and ozone emitted by automobiles causes a multitude of health related issues and can be minimized by a change in transportation methods and infrastructure. If we do not change our methods of transportation for short trips we run the risk of degrading the health of our citizens in urban environments and wide reaching environmental degradation on a global scale."

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Boston: Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA) Pushes for Public Transit Improvements

959watd.com: "“We really are going to need to step up, as many other regions in the country and countries around the world are doing, and be prepared to maybe add a few cents to the gas tax,” Ostroff continued, “and maybe look at other ways in which we can generate revenue in order to bring our old infrastructure up to speed.”"

Friday, March 27, 2015

Merchants of Doubt Is an Anatomy Lesson in Uncertainty Campaigns

The Stranger: "Merchants of Doubt is a chilling but enthralling anatomy lesson in uncertainty campaigns that have been waged since the 1950s to battle bad news—about tobacco, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, toxic flame retardants that don’t really work—with the same tactics: deflect, manufacture confusion, create false controversy, attack the messenger, appeal to people’s sense of “freedom.” Uncertainty campaigns can stall change for decades: It took 50 years for the facts to catch up with the tobacco industry, which made its famous payout in 1998. But when it comes to climate change, Oreskes points out, we don’t have 50 years to spare."

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mass Transit to Shape Cities, CRE of the Future

National Real Estate Investor: "That is happening with a firm eye on mass transit. Today, cities such as Boulder, Colo., Nashville, Tenn., Portland, Ore., and others are enhancing quality of life with improved mobility. Developers are focusing on building in areas close to mass transit, both underscoring and taking advantage of the attractiveness of the live/walk/work lifestyle and its impact on the urban living experience."

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Sustain Mid-Maine

Sustain Mid-Maine: "Sustain Mid Maine Coalition is a grassroots initiative created to conserve our resources, sustain a healthy environment, and promote economic prosperity for the Mid-Maine region. Our volunteers are divided into 7 teams: Education; Energy; Grow and Support Local Foods; Permaculture; Public Policy; Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle; Transportation Team."


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher

NYTimes.com : "He has accepted more than $1.2 million in money from the fossil-fuel industry over the last decade while failing to disclose that conflict of interest in most of his scientific papers. At least 11 papers he has published since 2008 omitted such a disclosure, and in at least eight of those cases, he appears to have violated ethical guidelines of the journals that published his work."