Los Angeles is evicting homeless people from 37 tiny homes

February 26, 2016 by  
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Los Angeles city officials say they are trying to “clean up” unsightly homeless camps around the city, but it’s gone far beyond seizing drugs and guns. Now the city is actively taking possession of tiny homes that some of LA’s most unfortunate residents rely on for shelter and safety. The donation-built homes, no larger than a garden shed, are a valuable asset to the homeless community, keeping them from sleeping on sidewalks and benches. Other members of the public have complained about the tiny homes, saying they are an eyesore and a hotbed for prostitution, drugs, and violence. Read the rest of Los Angeles is evicting homeless people from 37 tiny homes

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One-woman traveling bicycle library delivers free books in San Francisco

September 6, 2015 by  
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If you hear a huffing and puffing sound on the streets of San Francisco, be alert: it could be the great Bibliobicicleta coming your way. Alicia Tapia, a passionate school librarian, is biking around the city with a traveling pop-up library that she tows in a mini trailer. Capable of holding 100 free books, the library-on-wheels was started as a successful Kickstarter campaign that now spreads the love of reading to neighborhoods across the city. READ MORE>

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How Seattle is brewing an EV-charging network

July 21, 2015 by  
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Seattle City Light is bringing in smart charging technologies to power the 12,000 EVs driving around the city.

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London Using Glue to Clean Up Air

November 28, 2011 by  
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The European Union is requiring member countries to have no more than 35 bad air days per year by 2012 or the countries will face fines of around $450 million.  In order to clean up air pollution to meet the EU’s standards, London is turning to glue.  Well, a glue of sorts.  The English capital is applying a calcium-based adhesive to streets to trap particulate air pollution and, believe it or not, it’s working. The city’s street sweepers have applied the adhesive to air pollution hot spots around the city and particulate levels in those areas have dropped 14 percent.  The project has cost the city $1.4 million so far, which is pretty expensive, but 14 percent is a pretty substantial reduction from glue alone and a far cry from a payout of $450 million if they didn’t meet the standards. London will be taking other action to reduce air pollution, including rolling out cleaner buses , retiring the most polluting taxis, enforcing stricter emissions standards and planting trees. via Grist

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A Short-Range Electric Vehicle for $7,000

November 22, 2011 by  
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The StreetScooter is caled an open-source electric vehicle and has been developed to provide an affordable and sustainable option for mobility. The target price for the vehicle is only $7,000, although the batteries would have to be leased separately. The StreetScooter is intended as a Short Distance Vehicle (SDV) with a range of 40 kilometers (about 25 miles). While this doesn’t meet every need, it is suitable for many basic transport purposes. A consortium of 20 different companies has been behind the development of this vehicle concept, which was recently unveiled at the Frankfurt International Auto Show. The design team began with the idea of a vehicle that is intended for primarily short trips, and could then be priced accordingly. While it has a limited range, the Street Scooter has a top speed of 74 miles per hour (120 kph). The modular approach undertaken by the design team focused on each partner applying their expertise to the area they knew best and having to coordinate only where the different systems interconnected. Production is supposed to begin in Europe in 2013 and then to follow to the United States later on. The original site is in German, but this link gives a Google translated version that can give you some idea about the project. via: Slashdot

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San Francisco’s Plan For Turning Parking Spaces Into Public Toilets

September 6, 2011 by  
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Photo by Timomcd via Flickr CC The parklet movement has gotten popular in San Francisco. If you aren’t familiar with parklets, it’s when businesses turn the parking spaces outside their storefront into pleasant public seating areas. Walk down Valencia Street in the Mission District and you’ll see at least five, and a lot more are popping up around the city. The idea has taken such hold that the city is looking to use the same concept for public … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Houston Getting Extensive EV Charging Network

November 19, 2010 by  
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NRG Energy, a New Jersey-based utility company is building the nation’s first privately-funded network of electric vehicle charging stations in Houston.  EV drivers can subscribe to the service, giving them access to both private, home-based and public charging stations around the city The network is called evGo and will put everyone in Houston within five miles of a charging station by the end of 2011. There will be two levels of subscriptions.  For $49 a month customers will be provided with their own private charging station.  For $89 a month, customers will have access to a network of 50 to 150 charging stations located in public parking lots across the city,   The stations will mainly be in retail locations like Best Buy and Walgreens.  The network will include quick-chargers that can fully charge a battery in 25 minutes. If the the $10-million charging network is successful in Houston, the company plans to expand the idea to other major cities, with New York and Dallas at the top of the list.  NRG plans to focus on states where the electricity industry is deregulated, like Texas.

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Using Bacteria to Heal Cracked Concrete

November 19, 2010 by  
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University of Newcastle building scientists have developed a means of repairing damaged or deteriorated concrete using a genetically engineered strain of a common soil bacteria. Nicknamed ” BacillaFilla ,” the bacteria have been modified so that they migrate into the deepest parts of cracks where they then begin to produce calcium carbonate. Calcium carbonate binds with concrete and can repair small fractures and restore broken concrete to its original strength.

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Personal Urban Transportation System is an electric backpack on wires

May 12, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Electric backpack harness system concept for urban transportation After gathering appreciation for his flying bicycle lane, the Kolelinia , the Bulgarian architect Martin Angelov is back again with another wild idea. This time around, he presents a backpack harness system that is latest form of urban transportation. Till now you have seen only spider man fly around the city using his network of web, but now you too can fell that divine power.

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