Students taking Lyft and Uber to class are taking LA’s smog problem from bad to worse

February 7, 2019 by  
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Environmentalists are concerned by the number of students using transportation services like Lyft and Uber to get to classes. Students at UCLA specifically use these alternative means of transportation around 11,000 times per week, and that is troublesome for a city that is already dealing with significant smog issues. “The  pollutants  coming out of the tailpipe heavily contribute to Los Angeles’ smog problem,” Yifang Zhu, a professor at UCLA, explained. Transportation staff at the university said that the majority of these trips are short in duration. Students who oversleep are also more likely to use Lyft or Uber, because they need to get to class in a hurry without being tardy. School officials believe this increase in traffic plays a part in the growing smog problem in Los Angeles. Related: Toxic smog causes school closures in Bangkok Part of the issue with these services is that the vehicles are idling for a significant portion of time before picking up passengers. In fact, the idling can sometimes contribute more smog that actually driving to the destination, which is troublesome for a densely populated city like  Los Angeles . According to The Washington Post , younger generations are more apt to use services like Lyft or Uber , because they have an aversion to owning their own vehicles. These services can be more affordable than purchasing a car, especially on a student’s budget. While economics is clearly a factor to consider, previous research shows that millennials are the driving force behind these ride-hailing apps. For example, a 2016 study conducted by the Pew Research Center discovered that around 25 percent of young adults between 18 and 29 years old had used services like Lyft or Uber. Adults over the age of 65, meanwhile, barely register at only 4 percent. Although it may be more environmentally friendly to not own a car or truck, using alternative transportation services can be just as damaging. The transportation staff at UCLA gathered the information by combing through data from Uber and Lyft, two of the most widely used services on campus. Via The Washington Post Image via Josh Saldana

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INFOGRAPHIC: Tips for making sure your next trip is a green one

August 28, 2015 by  
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When the travel bug hits, it’s important to make sure that you are exploring the world with the lightest environmental and socio-cultural footprint possible to maintain or improve conditions in any community you come across. For instance, which method of travel is ideal for getting to your destination, and how do you pack in order to make the least impact? Whether your headed for a year across the world or a hike in your own backyard, this infographic from marine biologist Andrea Moore will give you all the details you need on making your trip as green as possible for you, your host and the environment. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Tips for making sure your next trip is a green one

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Futuristic body gravity board lets you glide effortlessly to your destination

July 13, 2015 by  
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Meet RevoBot , an innovative body gravity board made of carbon fiber that lets you glide effortlessly. Using a gyroscope to self-balance, the lightweight RevoBot is easy steer and accelerate with your feet and can reach speeds of 7 miles per hour. Built-in Bluetooth speakers allow you to listen to your music on the go, and front-facing LEDs are equipped for safety. To get your hands on a RevoBot, head over to their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign where they’re currently priced at $665. + RevoBot The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bluetooth speakers , body gravity board , IndieGoGo , reader submitted content , Revobot

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Will 3D Printers Make Baggage Fees and Lost Luggage Obsolete?

June 1, 2014 by  
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Although the prospect of traveling is always exciting, packing everything is a drag. First there’s the worry of forgetting something, then there’s the task of cramming everything you need into the available baggage. Then comes the fateful moment that you arrive at the check-in counter and put the luggage on the scale. And even if you clock in under the acceptable weight limit, you’ve still got to fork over the baggage fee and pray that it arrives at the same place you do. A new art exhibit called  Lost Luggage   imagines a future where this entire process is digitized, so packing for a trip is as easy as sending an email to a 3D printer at your destination. Follow the link below to learn how it may work. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printers , 3Dprinting , baggage fees , ecouterre , Janne Kyttanan , luggage , traveling

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Imposing Communist-Era Television Tower Offers a Unique Hotel Destination in Prague

March 26, 2014 by  
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Droog Hotel: Droog’s Plug-N-Play Amsterdam Oasis Rejuvenates Your Body And Mind

September 27, 2012 by  
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September 27, 2012 by  
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Future Perfect: Driverless electric taxis for clean and safe highways

July 30, 2011 by  
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Rajeev Kumar: ATNMBL The all-wheel drive car, known as ATNMBL, will generate power from roof-mounted solar panels What’s happening right now: As the cities of the world are rapidly transforming into congested spaces, the future of the world would significantly depend on how they deal with issues of congestion and provide a sustainable living experience to the people. According to a World Bank study, the urban population is expanding at more than six percent in most of the rapidly developing countries. It is expected that megacities of the world would more than double within a generation. The urban planners are, thus investing into the concepts that would enable them to deal with the twin problem. Driverless electric taxis, or the personal rapid transit system (PRT), are seen by many as a possible solution to problems discussed here. Trends: 1) OPTI Concept: OPTI Concept Designer Paul Piliste has conceptualized the OPTI, an ecofriendly driverless taxi for London, which could hit the street with sheer style and smartness in the year 2025. The OPTI concept has been developed by designer Paul Piliste as an eco-friendly driverless taxi for the city of London. The lithium-ion batteries will enable it to travel for 50 miles when fully recharged and, moreover, it can be recharged wirelessly. It will be equipped with satellite navigation system, parking sensors and proximity lasers. The users will have to hire this taxi from various hiring points in the city. Then they can select their destination on a touch screen and the taxi will automatically navigate them to that place. It is expected to be launched in London by 2025. 2) AXI Robot Taxi: AXI Robot Taxi AXI Robot Taxi designed by Kubik Peter has two seats and a small luggage space. The AXI Robot taxi has been designed by Kubik Peter. It will run on battery-powered electric motors attached to the rear wheels of the taxi. Built from lightweight materials, this robot taxi can run for upto 20 miles on a single recharge at the speed of upto 90 miles per hour. It has been primarily designed for congested urban spaces. Two persons with minimum luggage can enjoy a ride on this evironment friendly driverless taxi. 3) Heathrow Taxi pod Heathrow Taxi pod The idea is you’d swipe an access card, be greeted by name, and then be silently whisked away to your destination — or close to it, at least. The four-seater Heathrow Taxi pod has been designed by Professor Martin Lowson as the first PRT of the world. It is currently used at the Heathrow airport for taking passengers from Terminal 5 to the parking lot of the airport. This bubble-shaped vehicle runs on battery and can reach the speed of upto 25 miles per hour. Passengers have to select their destination on a touch screen inside the pods while the sensors buried under the surface of road direct it towards the destination. 4) ATNMBL ATNMBL The all-wheel drive car, known as ATNMBL, will generate power from roof-mounted solar panels The ATNMBL has been designed as autonomous taxis which passengers can hire through phone calls. This taxi features modular-seating that includes a couch, side chair and a table for giving the passengers a feel of their living room. The electric motors of this vehicle will be powered by solar-panels mounted the roof. The Concept: The driverless, compact and eco-friendly taxis are expected to be a defining feature of the congested roads in 21st century. These taxis will run within within the pedestrian zones and will be equipped with modern technologies for accident-free navigation. They will be controlled from a common station and can be availed by the passengers through phone calls. The proposed advantages include: 1. Increase in the capacity of existing roads. 2. Allowing passengers to use their travel time for other fruitful purposes, without worrying for driving and navigating chores. 3. Lesser road accidents 4. Better management of traffic flow 5. Providing an environmentally friendly alternative to existing transport systems. 6. Decrease in the number of personal vehicles and control over rising fuel prices. The impact: The driverless electric taxis can change the way we commute. Countries like Germany, UAE and UK have begun experimenting this futuristic, eco-friendly system in small measures. However, the real impact could be judged only after testing in a real congested city. Also, it may not be a completely ‘green’ alternative as the developers would have to worry about the sources for recharging batteries and meeting demands of a megacity.

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10 extraordinary eco friendly energy generation alternatives

July 30, 2011 by  
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Babita Sajnani: energy generating system Unconventional energy generating system It is amazing to see how creative people can get with finding and discovering new concepts and ways to produce energy. Some methods are absolutely mind-boggling and force you to ponder at the practicality of such a solution. Some options might lead to some energy generation – albeit too minor to be even considered – hence, insignificant. Nevertheless, it would be worthwhile to think over such options and appreciate the creative thought process of the inventor. 1. Japanese railway stations to harness energy from passenger movements Ticket counter Ticket counter which generates energy East Japan Railway Company is researching and trying to develop eco-friendly railway stations that would be powered by human movement – an innovative idea. Hence the passengers would themselves be responsible for transporting them across – with their very own energy. This concept is based on ‘piezo’ technology as some ‘piezo’ components would be placed under the floor of the ticket gates that would generate energy from the movement of passengers walking over it. A prototype of this energy-producing device is presently under trial in Shibuya, and if all turns out well, then we would have self-sufficient railway stations in the near future. 2. Cow Poop: Methane-based green electricity in California Cow poop electricty Cow poop to generate electricity We all are aware of cow waste that is used for producing manure for farming and biogas. However, David Abers envisions biogas to be the major power source for providing electricity to a hundred households on a daily basis. His dream project – the Vintage Dairy Biogas Project –comprises a lake equal to the area of five football fields with a depth of 33 feet, filled with liquid cattle waste. However, the process of producing methane is quite different and supposedly more efficient as the liquid waste is then transferred into a covered pit which separates the solid material from the liquid. This enables the hydrogen sulfide and CO2 to be separated from the liquid excreta residue to produce pure methane gas. 3. Energy produced by bouncing breasts Bouncing breast energy Bouncing breast energy to generate electricity We do understand that energy is produced by anything that is in motion – it could be through machines or maybe through human motion – but breasts producing energy is a little bit out of context. This is precisely what Adrienne So from San Francisco claims as she believes that women having big breasts can generate energy from the bouncing motion. This energy can be tapped through special bras that have elastic material with nanowire fabric that would help in generating energy. This does seem like a far-fetched option of producing energy. 4. Sonea Energy Absorbing System captures noise and turns it into energy Sonea Energy system Sonea system which generates energy Industrial designers Jihoon Kim, Boyeon Kim, Myung-Suk Kim and Da-Woon Chun have discovered an innovative method of converting noise to generate a renewable energy alternative by devising an energy-absorbing device that utilizes all the noise in our surroundings to convert it into energy. This device called the “Sonea” has the capacity of generating approximately 30-watts of clean energy out of one decibel of sound. 5. Generating energy through a rocking chair Energy-generating chair Chair which generate Energy This way of harnessing energy is a rather relaxing way – as we tend to use our rocking chair quite often. Designed by Petr Novak , this chair can help you generate energy as you habitually sit on the rocking chair for your regular reading sessions. The energy harnessed can then be stored in batteries or can also help you read by lighting up your book through the LED lamp that is powered from under the seat. 6. Soccket: An energy-generating soccer ball Energy Generating Soccer Ball Energy Generation from Soccer Ball Many developing countries use kerosene-fueled lamps to lighten up their nights – which is actually harmful because of its dangerous fumes that result in the production of 190 million MT of carbon dioxide each year. Four Harvard engineering students have tried to find a solution for this by designing the ‘ Soccket ‘ which is a soccer ball that generates energy when kicked. It produces energy throughout daytime in order to provide light after sunset. This is a great way to keep fit by playing soccer and also to produce electricity. 7. Generating footstep energy through a special f looring system Energy from footfalls Capturing energy from footfalls The Design School in Loughborough has devised a unique flooring system that is capable of generating electricity from footsteps. This design by Pavegen Systems has even won an award in the ‘Big Idea’ category at a prestigious UK business award ceremony honoring ethical businesses. In this concept, the floor is cleverly designed to transform the kinetic energy of footsteps into electricity – a highly sustainable source of renewable energy. 8. Nanogenerator-equipped devices for harnessing running motion Energy generating system Renewable energy generating system can be attached to shoes to generate renewable energy If you’re an avid runner, then your running shoes can turn into devices for generating energy and converting your kinetic motion into electricity. This idea has been conceptualized by Lola Mensa who has invented a device which when placed in your running shoes would harness the energy of your movement in batteries. This device called the ‘ Cargador De Celular ‘ is comprised of nanogenerators that would help in producing electricity that would be stored in the batteries of the device. After your run, you can remove the device and use the energy for powering your laptop or mobile phone. 9. Fluxxlab harnesses energy from revolving doors to produce green electricity Revolving door Revolving door which generate electricity The energy generated from revolving doors can also be a potential energy source as discovered by the designers and Fluxxlan studio in New York – who believe that many buildings across the US having revolving doors can now tap this hidden source. Called the ‘Revolution Door’, this would have a turbine that would capture the kinetic energy and then transport it to an installation site. 10. Solar lingerie Energy-generating bra Bra which generates energy This bizarre concept by the Japanese has lingerie producing energy. The corset-like bra actually has solar panels fitted in to it that is capable of powering a display board. Seems like this would only work for skimpily dressed models, or for beach babes, otherwise it seems pretty impractical.

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