States across the country are trying to make it illegal to plan a pipeline protest

April 16, 2018 by  
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A new wave of bills being introduced in states such as Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota aim to criminalize the process of planning a protest against the construction of an oil or gas pipeline. If signed into law, the act of simply planning a protest that might break a law, such as trespassing or other forms of civil disobedience, would itself become illegal. Legal observers note that – wait for it – the three states that introduced these broadly defined anti-protest bills are also home to proposed controversial pipeline projects. While other states have introduced and passed similar anti-protest bills, such as those aimed at protests that block highways or involve trespassing on property that contains energy infrastructure , these new group of bills seem to take the targeting of protesters a step further. “I think these bills represent an escalation,” Alice Cherry, co-founder and staff attorney of the Climate Defense Project, told ThinkProgress . “The main motivation for these bills seems to be to deter would-be protesters and to make potential jail sentences and fines more draconian.” Related: Nuns build open-air chapel to protest natural gas pipeline on their land Activists view these bills as responses to the high-profile actions at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation , which brought thousands to encamp and protest against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Though the Pipeline is now operating thanks to an expedited review process under the Trump Administration, several pipeline projects in other states are facing a fierce backlash. The bill now being debated in Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Minnesota was crafted by American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group funded by pro-fossil fuels interests that creates and delivers legislative language to state lawmakers around the country to advance their agenda. The motive behind this move to place a legal spotlight on pipeline protests is evident to those in opposition. “These offenses are already criminalized in every state,” Elly Page, a legal advisor for the International Center for Not for-Profit Law, told ThinkProgress . “In a lot of cases, [lawmakers] will have amended the definition for critical infrastructure just to add the word pipeline. It’s making clear what the impetus for these bills is.” Via Think Progress Images via Mark Klotz ,  Depositphotos  and Emma Cassidy/Flickr

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Virtual reality helps scientists plot the ideal urban green space

April 16, 2018 by  
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Green spaces offer urban residents the chance to escape the concrete jungle and experience nature’s restorative benefits — if those spaces are well-designed. North Carolina State University researchers found vegetation density can impact a person’s feeling of safety, depending on where green space is located, and immersive virtual reality helped them test perceptions. Virtual reality doesn’t only offer an escape into fantastical images. NC State University researchers employed VR to explore different types of urban green spaces . Researchers captured 360-degree, high-resolution images of a city park and downtown plaza in Raleigh with a robot , and manipulated vegetation to create multiple environments. Related: How virtual reality can help paraplegic patients learn to walk again They discovered virtual visitors to the downtown plaza wanted vegetation to surround them. Doctoral student and landscape architect Payam Tabrizian said in the university’s statement , “In an urban setting, being enclosed by vegetation feels restorative. It can serve as a shield from the urban environment and create a kind of refuge where people can sit and relax for a while. People preferred urban environments that were very green and being enclosed in vegetation didn’t seem to bother them that much.” But the opposite was true in the park . Tabrizian said, “In the neighborhood park setting, people preferred the opposite in terms of vegetation density and arrangement. It seems that people have enough green surrounding them and want to know what’s happening around them. When you enclose them with vegetation, they don’t like it. They feel unsafe.” Immersive virtual reality could assist landscape designers in testing new designs or exploring how they might improve urban green spaces. “As landscape designers, the instinct is to want to make changes, but sometimes leaving things as they are may be the best,” Tabrizian said. “This technology allows us to design a true experiment in which we control the variables, without ever planting or moving a tree .” The Journal of Environmental Psychology published the research online earlier this year. + North Carolina State University + Journal of Environmental Psychology Images via North Carolina State University

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Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion electric sedan concept takes aim at Tesla’s Model S

February 19, 2018 by  
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With a driving range of 413 miles, Volkswagen’s latest concept sedan aims to beat the Tesla Model S at its own game. Volkswagen has released teaser photos of its new I.D. Vizzion concept, and it features a fully-autonomous system that lets passengers sit back and let the car do the driving. The I.D. Vizzion concept is the latest from the family of I.D. electric cars that VW has released, which started with the I.D. hatchback in late 2016. While the previous I.D. concepts have been previews of VW’s future electric models, the I.D. Vizzion takes it a step further by being the first to feature fully autonomous technology, which VW is going to debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show . Related: Volkswagen may offer more electric cars than any other brand Inside the I.D. Vizzion doesn’t have a steering wheel or pedals. Instead a “digital chauffer” is responsible for piloting the vehicle. The concept car drives, steers and navigates autonomously in traffic, while the passengers are given the freedom to do other tasks. The I.D. Vizzion concept also features a virtual host, which the passengers can interact with via voice or gesture controls. The system also automatically knows the personal preferences of the passengers. The I.D. Vizzion concept is the largest of all the I.D. concepts and previews a premium electric sedan. The concept is powered by two electric motors that generate a combined 302 horsepower that’s sent to all four wheels. A 111 kWh lithium-ion battery gives the concept a driving range up to 413 miles. VW has yet to announce when the production version of the I.D. Vizzion concept will arrive, but the first I.D. model, the hatchback, will go on sale in 2020. The electric hatchback will then be followed by the I.D. Crozz electric SUV and then the microbus-inspired I.D. Buzz . By 2025 VW plans to introduce more than 20 electric vehicles. +Volkswagen All images © Volkswagen

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Is Chipotle’s Menu Really GMO Free?

November 5, 2015 by  
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Eating out just got easier for conscientious eaters and GMO objectors. Chipotle took the step to become the first national restaurant chain to disclose GMO ingredients in their food in 2013. Then they took it a step further and became the first to…

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Mercedes-Benz’ Self-Driving Future Truck Completes its First Autonomous Test on the Autobahn

July 9, 2014 by  
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In the next few years self-driving cars will finally become a reality, and while several automakers have revealed prototypes with autonomous technology, Mercedes-Benz is taking it a step further. Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to launch a self-driving semi truck on the market by 2025. They’re calling it the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck, and it could make freight distribution safer and more efficient while lowing fuel consumption . Read the rest of Mercedes-Benz’ Self-Driving Future Truck Completes its First Autonomous Test on the Autobahn Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous driving , autonomous truck , autonomous vehicle , daimler , green car , green transportation , Mercedes-Benz , Mercedes-Benz autonomous vehicle , Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 , self-driving truck

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Why Oklahoma is the New California When it Comes to Earthquakes

July 9, 2014 by  
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When you think of earthquake country, you probably picture California, with its all-too-frequent seismic rumblings. But these days the state you should be imagining is Oklahoma. Between 1978 and 2008, the state experienced only two 3.0-magnitude or greater earthquakes, but in just the first four months of this year, Oklahoma had 145. The likely cause? According to one new study, the problem is fracking . Read the rest of Why Oklahoma is the New California When it Comes to Earthquakes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fracking earthquakes , fracking faults , fracking groundwater , fracking problems , fracking research , fracking risks , fracking studies , hydraulic fracturing , hydraulic fracturing earthquakes , hydraulic fracturing groundwater , hydraulic fracturing Oklahoma , midwest earthquakes , oklahoma earthquakes , Oklahoma fracking , Oklahoma fracking earthquakes , Oklahoma seismic activity

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Drug Resistant Salmonella Prompts Recall of 36 Million Pounds of Turkey

August 6, 2011 by  
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Photo: pathwithpaw s Years ago when salmonella scares surfaced the mere idea of them sent waves of fear into the heart of us. But today these scares have gone a step further into drug resistant territory . The latest in a growing trend of drug resistant outbreaks is tied to ground turkey and as a result, 36 million pounds of Cargill turkey products have be… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Festival Owner Launches Massive Private Solar Power Plant

November 11, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Glastonbury Festivals From wind- and solar-powered phone charging stations , to providing a platform for Greenpeace and Joss Stone to call out climate criminals , Glastonbury Festival in the UK has always had a dark green tint to it. Now festival founder Michael Eavis has taken his ecological commitments a step further—launching the UK’s largest private solar po… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Super-Lightweight Electric Car Doesn’t Need Batteries

September 29, 2010 by  
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While there are a lot of good things about electric cars, one of the biggest drawbacks is the heavy load of batteries they must carry. But students at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences are building a car that instead gets its power from the road

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CCC: Outdoor Seating That Purifies the Air

March 12, 2010 by  
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Inhabitat reader deborah Sommers tells us how Alexandre Moronnoz’s new outdoor seating CCC (named after Champignon Carbone Capture, the material from which it is made) takes the concept of ‘green’ furniture a step further. This series of sculptural urban seating is made from  TX Active Cement . – a special kind of cement containing a photocatalyzer that expedites the natural oxidation process of pollutants found in both natural and artificial light and transforms them into less harmful compounds such as water, nitrates and carbon dioxide

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