Rep. Ocasio-Cortez releases Green New Deal resolution

February 8, 2019 by  
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On February 7, House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) released an official resolution for the highly debated “Green New Deal.” The resolution provides further information on the broad goals of the original proposal, however it remains abstract and nonbinding — and that is only if the House votes to approve it. The resolution delivers a more tangible framework upon which Ocasio-Cortez and her team plan to push for co-sponsors and move the resolution to the House and Senate floors. The summary report indicates that legislators would begin to assemble the “nuts and bolts” of the plan by drafting specific Green New Deal bills. The document specifies five ambitious goals to be completed in 10 years, reduced from the proposal’s original seven goals . Five Green New Deal Goals 1. Ensure net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers 2. Create millions of high-wage jobs and ensure prosperity and economic security for all 3. Invest in infrastructure and industry to sustainably meet the challenges of the 21st century 4. Guarantee clean air and water, climate and community resilience, healthy food, access to nature and a sustainable environment for all 5. Promote justice and equity by stopping current, preventing future and repairing historic oppression of frontline and vulnerable communities While the resolution focuses on an equitable transfer to renewable energy and a reduction in carbon emissions, the Green New Deal is an all-inclusive economic overhaul that also promises broad access to jobs, fair wages and healthcare. NPR’s Danielle Kurtzleben breaks down some of the notable and far-reaching objectives that fall under the above-mentioned goals, including: • Attaining 100 percent renewable energy by 2020, including transferring away from nuclear energy • Upgrading “all existing buildings to energy-efficient” • Incentivizing farmers to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions • Investing in the electric car industry and expanding high speed rails to compete with and eventually stamp out the airline industry • Guaranteeing jobs with adequate wages and comprehensive benefits for all Americans • Ensuring “high-quality healthcare” for all Americans The resolution continued to be revised after it was released, with many media outlets updating their published stories throughout the day. Does the Green New Deal have the support it needs? Ocasio-Cortez from the House is also joined by Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), who is working to garner support in the Senate. Related: Is the Green New Deal the all-inclusive climate plan we need? Though the document’s summary cites that 92 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of Republicans support the Green New Deal, the controversial responses do not seem to support this claim. In fact, the current co-sponsors, published by Axios , include “Reps. Brendan Boyle (Pa.), Joaquin Castro (Texas), Yvette Clarke (N.Y.), Pramila Jayapal (Wash.), Ro Khanna (Calif.), Ted Lieu (Calif.), Joe Neguse (Colo.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.),” all of whom say their support is pending final language. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has been called out for her lack of support for the Green New Deal. On Wednesday, she was quoted in Politico saying: “The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it right?” In addition to politicians on both sides of the aisle, journalists and climate experts argue the Green New Deal is wildly ambitious. Environmental Fellow Jesse Jenkins,  interviewed by NPR, contends that reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 is already a major challenge, so reaching zero-emissions by 2030 — as the resolution mandates — will be next to impossible. However, Ocasio-Cortez told NPR’s Morning Edition , “Even the solutions that we have considered big and bold are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us.” Political activists across the country — largely led by a youth organization called the Sunrise Movement — are showing up at congressional offices to pressure their representatives to come out in support of the Green New Deal by the end of February. Even if the resolution does not pass, which many believe will be the outcome, the activists hope that the mounting attention will make climate change a key issue — if not the most central issue — in the upcoming 2020 presidential race. Can Americans curb climate change? The resolution explains that the U.S. contributes an alarming 20 percent of the world’s carbon emissions and is in the position to become a leader in drastic green economy development. Despite the Trump administration’s recent break from global climate commitments, statistics show that the U.S. has already made the most significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions since 2000. Though the data indicates the U.S. has only made an 8 percent reduction, given that the U.S.’s total contribution to pollution is among the highest, this 8 percent reduction equates to 760 million metric tons, nearly as much as the sum of the European Union’s reductions. Though significant, this accomplishment still does not change Americans’ title as the world’s largest polluters per-capita. The U.S. indeed has the numbers to make a difference; what it needs now is for these types of policies to have the support that this vision could be our reality. + Green New Deal Resolution Via NPR Image via SCOOTERCASTER / Shutterstock.com

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Hyperloop One conducts first full-scale test of superfast transportation system

July 12, 2017 by  
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Before long, passengers will be able to travel at airline speeds for the price of a bus ticket to destinations around the world. How so? By boarding the Hyperloop One, which uses magnetic levitation technology to transport objects in a vacuum. The concept, which was first proposed by Elon Musk in 2013, is finally becoming a reality – today Hyperloop One announced that it has completed its first full-scale test. The company’s hyperloop vehicle reached 70 mph while pulling 2Gs on the test track. The Verge reports that the aerodynamic pod is 28 feet long and is made of structural aluminum and carbon fiber. It relies on electromagnetic propulsion and mag-lev technology to carry both human and cargo passengers at near supersonic speeds. The company wrote on its website , “The world is ready for a new mode of transportation that will change the way we live. We’re in the business of selling time, the most precious resource there is.” After Hyperloop One’s first full system test, co-founder Shervin Pishevar and chief engineer Josh Giegel appeared on CBS This Morning. A video of the low-speed test was also released to the public (above). Pishever described the test as the company’s “Kitty Hawk Moment” and said it is their “first in flight ” milestone. Related: Hyperloop One exhibits exciting first images of full-scale test track Hyperloop One is now entering its next phase of testing with a goal of reaching 250 mph. Eventually, it hopes to reach speeds up to 750 mph. The founders wrote, “We’re developing routes in five countries . The goal is to be moving cargo by 2020 and passengers by 2021.” + Hyperloop One Via Verge Images via Hyperloop One

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Southwest’s Cabins Set for a Green Remodel

January 20, 2012 by  
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Southwest planes’ cabins are about to get a green makeover, the airline announced this week, featuring lightweight, eco-friendly materials to increase fuel efficiency and conserve resources. Dubbed “Evolve: The New Southwest Interior,” the cabin…

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What’s Next: Aircrafts powered by biofuel

October 9, 2011 by  
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Abdul Vahid V: Biofuel airplane Biofuel will aid in significant reduction in carbon emissions without any major changes or modifications of the engines and their functioning As we know it In hope for a zero emission world, various alternative fuel options are developed and tested by the scientists. It will be exciting for you to know that the attempts to fly planes powered by biofuels are successfully in progress. Now you can see several commercial flights doing regular services powered by either pure biofuel or a mixture of biofuel and conventional aviation oil in many parts of the world. The exploration is on steady progress and the efforts to develop completely reliable biofuels are getting huge success. The ultimate result will be that you will be travelling across the continents with no carbon emission at all in near future. Of course, this is what the aviation industry is looking for to fulfill in next nine years, because there is a stipulated deadline of 2020 for carbon neutral growth in the industry. Need for change Biofuel is priced high these days. According to industry experts, biofuels cost four times higher than the fossil fuels as of now. It is mainly because production of biofuel is moving sluggish. There should be more diversified methods and plants to produce biofuels on a regular basis. It will bring down the prices, making usage of biofuel profitable for most of airliners. As of today airliners across the world are keenly looking to meet the carbon emission bound set by the industry itself in the next nine years. The industry that is responsible for two percent of total carbon emissions has set a deadline to bring it down. Most of aircrafts can fly on biofuels. There needs no modification in the engine of most of aircrafts to burn biofuels in them. It makes the efforts quite feasible to fly the aircrafts with biofuels. However, the major challenge is that there are not improved biofuel production units and technologies. In fact, the very production of biofuel is in its nascent stage for the time being. Scientists have not yet spotted suitable stuffs for biofuel production. Biofuel derivation from food crops has hovered huge controversy, and because of that, the researchers are now looking for other alternatives like biodegradable waste and others. What’s next? Here are three possible future biofuel-based flight projects. The technology world has even started of thinking traveling spaceship-carrying rockets powered by biofuels. 1. Virgin Galactic spaceships Spaceships Virgin Fuels is working on biofuels to power the Mothership Eve–the craft that will launch the spaceship into the atmosphere. Space travel is also getting ready to go green with biofuels. Virgin Galactic, the space travel arm of the Virgin Group is working to develop biofuels to power the Mothership Eve to launch spaceships into the space. Virgin Galactic president Will Whitehorn some years back made sure that within a few years its spaceship carriers would fly powered by biofuels. Virgin Fuels is leading the research to produce the fuel for the purpose. Carbon emission of Virgin Galactic flights will go significantly down making it a sanctified attempt to reduce the carbon footprint of the aviation industry. 2. Biofuel powered supersonic rocket plane Supersonic rocket It will use engines fueled by biofuel made from sea-weed to take-off and will switch over to its rocket engines at high altitudes. It is a well-appreciated biofuel effort from EADS, the European Aerospace giant. The project is meant to fly commercial planes on biofuel in speed of better than the sound. However, it is slated to take place in 2050 only. Then, you will be able to travel from Paris to Tokyo in just 2.5 hours on biofuel powered supersonic rocket planes. The flight can cover the air distance of over 12,000 miles or 19,500 km in a rocking speed of 5000 km/hour. 3. Air New Zealand 747 Air New Zealand Air New Zealand is all set to let one of its Boeing 747 be powered by fuel that is derived from a common weed called ‘Jatropha’. The Air New Zealand (ANZ) is working to fly its Boeing 747 powered by biofuel generated from an ordinary weed called Jatropha. You can see this weed growing aplenty in India and Africa. ANZ is to fill biofuel in one of its Boeing 747’s four engines and the other engines with the conventional aviation fuel for test flying. Once succeeded, the airline will completely move on biofuels making a huge cut in its carbon footprint. As the biofuel is made from weed and not from food crops, the attempt gets more attention.

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How to calculate your carbon footprint

September 12, 2011 by  
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Sreejith Nair: Carbon footprint How to calculate your carbon footprint The project Using fossil fuels and electric appliances creates carbon emissions. Using refrigeration agents produces carbonized waste gases. Certain industries like small scale industries do open-air combustion activities. Combustion creates carbon monoxide that is absorbed by the atmosphere causing it harm. Resources required An excel sheet to track your carbon emissions, online carbon footprint calculator, electronic calculator. Instructions 1) Check how much electricity you have consumed Review your electricity bill. If you do not know how to figure out the stats of your electricity consumption, check with your local electricity supply company on how to read and understand it. Check the kilowatt usage in hours. Fill this number in an online carbon footprint calculator. 2) Check your gasoline expenses Gasoline cripples the environment with heavy emissions that come from exhausts of vehicles. That is why go-green initiatives stress upon the usage of public transport or hybrid vehicles to commute. Check your gasoline expenditure in a month. Enter your car’s make, model, and the volume of gasoline consumed in the online carbon footprint calculator. 3) Air travel creates tremendous carbon footprint Airplanes consume humungous amounts of fossil fuel. But it cannot be helped, because without it airplanes would not fly! But one thing that can be helped is to reduce your airline travel. Check how many times in a month or year you took an aero plane to travel. 4) Review your daily eating consumption Buying imported ingredients or food creates carbon footprint. Buying locally grown vegetables, fruits or general food does not. Calculate which categories of food you eat fall in the former category. 5) Download a carbon footprint calculator This is actually the first thing you should do. There are various types of carbon footprint calculators. Download one from the internet. Use one that is applicable to you. You may want to calculate the carbon footprint for your house, or for your firm. Both of them have separate carbon footprint calculators. To get more assistance on this contact your local environment control board or agency. They will be able to give you more guidance on this. They may have a very good carbon footprint calculator with them. Things to watch out for Walk to work or use the bicycle to reduce your carbon footprint. When you drive, do not accelerate suddenly and brake randomly. Use lighting and electric appliances that consume less electric energy. Make small adjustments to your lifestyle to create a positive change to the world around you.

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10 Design’s sci-fi house sleeps underground in nature’s fury

September 12, 2011 by  
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Shallu Sharma: Hurricane Proof Home Designed by 10 Design Understanding Mother Nature is not only difficult but it is impossible. Havoc caused by the slightest shift in the crust of earth is beyond human control. We cannot put an end to these natural disasters but can work on providing solutions to at least save human lives. One such solution has been provided by Ted Givens. Ted Givens, a design partner at 10 Design, has come up with an idea of a tornado proof neighborhood. The clusters of Sci-Fi looking houses in this neighborhood are designed in a way that they can respond to and withstand forceful gust of wind caused by a furious tornadoes. These houses are provided with the set of hydraulic levers which get activated by high-velocity winds. These levers when activated pull the house under the ground and save it from being getting blown away. Roof of this unique house locks to form a water resistant and a wind resistant structure. The exterior is fully insulated, padded between the layers of Kevlar which provides barrier to wind and water, and allows diffused light to enter the house. Hurricane Proof Home Designed by 10 Design The Weather information for whole neighborhood is interpreted with the help of the sensors connected to each house. On getting danger signals, the whole suburb would disappear in seconds. The prototype of this neighborhood is being created by 10 Design in collaboration with a group of ship builders in United States of America. Earlier the proposal was to elevate the houses instead of burrowing them underground. But it got rejected because it was impossible to estimate the velocity of water and grinding debris. This new design is inspired by the animals that burrow themselves under the ground in case on any danger and comes out safely when the outside conditions become normal. Hurricane Proof Home Designed by 10 Design Via: CoDesign

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Another Airline Switches from Paper to iPads, But Are The Savings Worth It?

August 23, 2011 by  
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Photo via mattbuchanan via Flickr CC Following in the footsteps of American Airlines , United Continental has announced it is switching from paper flight manuals and documentation to using iPads. The iPads will replace about 38 pounds of paper in the cockpit and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 3,208 metric tons. But when you stop to think that the savings is equivalent to about two people flying across the country, is … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Global Aviation Industry Aims to Cap Emissions in 2020 + Strengthens Energy Efficiency Target

October 11, 2010 by  
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photo: Ranier Ebert / Creative Commons With the European Union’s plan to include aviation in its emission trading scheme just two years away, there’s some more movement on slowing the growing carbon footprint of the airline industry.

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50,000 Trees Planted in 30 Minutes by Indian Volunteers on 10/10/10 – Another Tree Planting Record!

October 11, 2010 by  
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Though the trees were planted some 40 kilometers from here, this photo gives you an overview of the type of terrain involved.

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Qatar Airways Wins Environmental Award for Fuel Initiative

August 4, 2010 by  
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Qatar Airways, the first airline to run a commercial passenger flight powered by fuel made from natural gas, was honored for its achievement in recent industry awards from Airline Business magazine.

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