Saturday, February 2, 2019

Forget fare hikes — make the T free

Running a public transit system is not free, but relieving riders of the cost burden would benefit everyone who uses the roads and breathes air. Nearly a hundred cities around the world have abandoned user fees in favor of alternative funding streams that remove financial barriers for residents to access public transit.

In Massachusetts, fares from bus and subway riders contributed just over 20 percent in revenues for the MBTA budget in 2018. The agency and elected leaders should be proposing big ideas to reduce and eliminate that burden. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Science blog predicts Late-Permian-like event in less than 35 months

Humanity is facing the final, western corporate capitalist, fossil fuel initiated, catastrophic Arctic methane hydrate destabilization and Permian style methane blowout - firestorm that will culminate in 1 to 8 years (2020 to 2027).

We will all be boiled alive like lobsters in a massively humid atmosphere and converted into stardust.

Recent data from the Arctic confirm an exponential rise in the temperature anomaly of the Arctic stratospheric methane which is now 65 degrees C above the normal, while it was only 20 degrees C above the normal, 6 to 8 years ago. 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

McPherson Paradox: growth = heat, collapse = heat

As with all other species in planetary history, except the few remaining, our species will go extinct. We are in the midst of the Sixth Mass Extinction. As with the five prior such events, most species on Earth will be driven to extinction in a relatively short period of time.
The post-Permian mass extinction caused the extinction of more than 90% of the species on Earth about 252 million years ago. It was the worst of the prior mass extinction events. As with all five of the prior mass extinction events, Earth’s recovery required several million years to become vibrant, verdant, and characterized by an abundance of multicellular organisms.
The current event is underlain by atmospheric carbon emissions about 10 times faster than those during the post-Permian event. It is no surprise that the ongoing Sixth Mass Extinction is proceeding an order of magnitude faster the post-Permian mass extinction. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Massachusetts choking on cars Pollution from cars and trucks are on the rise in Massachusetts, undermining the Commonwealth’s ability to achieve the mandates of the Global Warming Solutions Act, according to preliminary numbers released by the Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday.

Monday, May 28, 2018

MGM Springfield and PVTA launching new free public transportation service

WWLP : "SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - MGM Springfield and the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority have teamed up to create a new free public transportation service for Springfield visitors.

In a news release to 22News, MGM Springfield said The Loop will help tourists access hotels, restaurants, and arts and culture destinations to give them a better experience downtown Springfield."

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Arctic Warning Signs

Arctic News : "The Arctic is warming up more than twice as fast as the rest of the world, due to numerous feedbacks."