Archive for July 6th, 2010

Waxman Tells Obama To Just Say No To Tar Sands Pipeline
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photo via flickr

House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman penned the first climate change bill ever to pass the House. Now, with those credentials to support him, Waxman is asking President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton to say no to a proposed $7 billion pipeline that would bring Canadian oil sands all the way down to the Gulf Coast. Oil from tar sands is extremely carbon intensive, with some estimates finding that tar sands oil has 37 percent more greenhouse gases than so called conventional fossil fuels. …
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What Is Sustainable Development & Why Is Defining It Key to Our Future?
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photo: Jaume Ventura via flickr

Even though it’s at the center of environmental thinking, the concept of sustainable development is pretty broad; and considering how often the term gets thrown around and invoked these days, perhaps a quick bit of clarity is in order. There’s a textbook definition of sustainable development (as well as plenty of interpretations of that), but let’s go through the main components and how they all fit together. …
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What Is Sustainable Development & Why Is Defining It Key to Our Future?
biking in barcelona photo
photo: Jaume Ventura via flickr

Even though it’s at the center of environmental thinking, the concept of sustainable development is pretty broad; and considering how often the term gets thrown around and invoked these days, perhaps a quick bit of clarity is in order. There’s a textbook definition of sustainable development (as well as plenty of interpretations of that), but let’s go through the main components and how they all fit together. …
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What Is Sustainable Development & Why Is Defining It Key to Our Future?
biking in barcelona photo
photo: Jaume Ventura via flickr

Even though it’s at the center of environmental thinking, the concept of sustainable development is pretty broad; and considering how often the term gets thrown around and invoked these days, perhaps a quick bit of clarity is in order. There’s a textbook definition of sustainable development (as well as plenty of interpretations of that), but let’s go through the main components and how they all fit together. …
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What Is Sustainable Development & Why Is Defining It Key to Our Future?
biking in barcelona photo
photo: Jaume Ventura via flickr

Even though it’s at the center of environmental thinking, the concept of sustainable development is pretty broad; and considering how often the term gets thrown around and invoked these days, perhaps a quick bit of clarity is in order. There’s a textbook definition of sustainable development (as well as plenty of interpretations of that), but let’s go through the main components and how they all fit together. …
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Journalists Covering BP Spill Now Face Felonies, $40K Fines
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There will certainly be no more of this — A journalist diving into the Gulf spill. Photo via AL

There’s been much discussion over how BP has been obstructing media coverage of the Gulf spill, and rightly so. Thus far, impediments to coverage have involved the Coast Guard cooperating with BP to turn reporters away, and simply barring journalists’ access from certain impacted areas. But now, reports are surfacing that journalists are no longer just facing the prospect of being turned away — a new rule imposed by the US Coast Guard means that they’re now facing felony charges and fines of tens of…
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Pay & Sit Park Bench Is A Libertarian Dream
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photos via popup city

Whenever we write about investing in bike lanes or sharing the road, drive-by commenters invariably complain that they are paying road taxes and they will share the road when cyclists and pedestrians contribute. Let’s ignore the fact that cyclists and pedestrians subsidize drivers since road taxes only cover a small portion of the cost of maintaining our highways and roads, and suggest that in these tough times, everyone has to share the load. After all, any Tea Partier would tell you that nothing in the Constitution says that i… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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The Welcome Return of the Bicycle

The Welcome Return of the Bicycle
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Image credit: ItzaFineDay/Flickr

The bicycle has many attractions as a form of personal transportation. It alleviates congestion, lowers air pollution, reduces obesity, increases physical fitness, does not emit climate-disrupting carbon dioxide, and is priced within the reach of the billions of people who cannot afford a car. Bicycles increase mobility while reducing congestion and the area of land paved over. Six bicycles can typically fit into the road space used by one car. For parking, the advantage is even greater, with 20 bicycles occupying the space required to… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Today on Planet 100: Vuvuzelas Assault BP (Video)
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Today on Planet 100: Vuvuzelas Assault BP (Video)
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GM to Make 10,000 Volts in 2011 and 30,000 in 2012
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Photo: Flickr, CC

Patience, Grasshopper
According to Volt Marketing Director Tony DiSalle, General Motors will build 10,000 Volt “extended-range electric vehicles (aka series plug-in hybrids) by the end of 2011, and an additional 30,000 Volts during the 2012 calendar year. That’s not a lot, and they won’t be available in all markets from the start. “DiSalle also confirmed that the first Volts available for retail sales will be sold in California; Washington, D.C.; Austin, Texas; and the New York City metropolitan area later this year.” Read on for more details….
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GM to Make 10,000 Volts in 2011 and 30,000 in 2012
chevy volt black photo
Photo: Flickr, CC

Patience, Grasshopper
According to Volt Marketing Director Tony DiSalle, General Motors will build 10,000 Volt “extended-range electric vehicles (aka series plug-in hybrids) by the end of 2011, and an additional 30,000 Volts during the 2012 calendar year. That’s not a lot, and they won’t be available in all markets from the start. “DiSalle also confirmed that the first Volts available for retail sales will be sold in California; Washington, D.C.; Austin, Texas; and the New York City metropolitan area later this year.” Read on for more details….
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Vanity Fair’s World Architecture Survey: Where’s The Green?
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28 votes: Frank Gehry, Guggenheim, Bilbao

When I entered architecture school, a charming and brilliant Wayne Lawson taught a wonderful survey course on culture and communication. It was a hot couple of years at the University of Toronto (now John Daniels) school of architecture, and almost everyone passed through. Professor George Baird and Chairman Peter Prangnell snagged the likes of Peter Eisenman, Charles Jencks, Rem Koolhaus, Kenneth Frampton, Leon Krier, Tony Vidler and I think, Joseph Rykwert.

Now, almost four decades later, Wayne Lawson is Executive Literary Editor of <a href=”http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2010… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Renault Unveils DeZir 100% Electric Concept Supercar
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Photo: Renault

Zero to 60 in About 5 Seconds
Concept cars can be annoying. The bad ones are a waste of time, and the good ones don’t always go into production, which is frustrating. But they’re still useful because they show us what engineers and designers are working on, and they give us clues about the future direction of car companies. This is why Renault’s DeZir electric concept car is interesting (DeZir is close to the French “désir”, which translates to “desire”), especially when taken along with Renault’s more practical <a href=”http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/04/renault-un… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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