New bridge linking Japan and Russia could enable 8400-mile rail trip from London to Tokyo

September 8, 2017 by  
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The Trans-Siberian railway could stretch over to Japan under a proposal from the Russian government. The two countries are reportedly having serious discussions to build a 28-mile bridge that would connect them for train travel. If the bridge is built, you’d be able to journey from Tokyo to London by train across 8,400 miles. Russian president Vladimir Putin reportedly aims to increase investment in the country’s eastern areas. He recently hosted Russia’s Eastern Economic Forum, where the plans for the connection were revealed. The move could be a big step for the two countries: they never signed a formal peace agreement after WWII, so the proposal has been termed a bridge across history. Related: China takes on the Hyperloop with a supersonic ‘flying train’ The Siberian Times quoted first vice-premier Igor Shuvalov: “We are seriously offering Japanese partners to consider the construction of a mixed road and railway passage from Hokkaido to southern part of Sakhalin.” The Trans-Siberian line ends right now in Vladivostok, but under the new proposal the line would lengthen to the Russian island of Sakhalin, and then to Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost main island. From there, travelers could connect to Japan’s rail network to make their way to Tokyo. The 28-mile bridge would stretch between Cape Crillon on Sakhalin and Cape Soya on Hokkaido. According to Shuvalov, the line would allow Japan to become a continental state. “Given modern technologies , it is not even that expensive,” he said. Sergei Ivanov, Putin’s environmental advisor, said a connection between Japan and Sakhalin is a long-held dream. He also said the line would benefit oil and gas production in Russia. Travelers right now typically travel from London to Moscow by train to connect to the Trans-Siberian railway. Via The Independent , The Times , and The Siberian Times Images via Boccaccio1 on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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Germany unveils worlds first zero-emissions hydrogen-powered passenger train

September 21, 2016 by  
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French company Alstom unveiled the first-ever passenger train powered completely by hydrogen at this week’s Berlin InnoTrans trade show . The hydrogen train or “hydrail” will be put into service on Germany’s Buxtehude-Bremervörde-Bremerhaven-Cuxhaven line in Lower Saxony by December 2017. After two years in development, the “Coradia iLint” train offers a zero-emissions alternative to Germany’s existing fleet of diesel trains, thanks to a roof-mounted tank of hydrogen fuel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3bUE9uHkqM The hydrail is an electric train operating with a hydrogen fuel tank on its roof that powers a fuel cell to generate electricity. This train, and others like it to come in the future, are part of a big push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. The Coradia iLint will be the first of its kind to carry passengers along the railway, as most other innovations in hydrail technology have been focused on cargo transport. Related: China develops first fuel cell light rail locomotive “Alstom is proud to launch a breakthrough innovation in the field of clean transportation which will complete its Coradia range of regional trains,” said Alstom chairman and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge, in a statement. “It shows our ability to work in close collaboration with our customers and develop a train in only two years.” Due to its electric engine, the Coradia iLint is much quieter than traditional diesel trains. In fact, even at its top speed of 87 miles per hour (140 km/h), the only sound passengers will hear comes from the motion of the wheels and air resistance. Although the hydrail trains are reportedly more expensive than existing diesel models, officials in other parts of Germany, as well as in the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway, are interested in bringing the clean running trains to their regular rail services as well. Via The Local Images via Alstom

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California Breaks Ground on the First High-Speed Railway in the United States

October 21, 2013 by  
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Construction on America’s first high-speed rail system just officially began in Fresno, California! The nation’s most expensive public infrastructure project (estimated to cost $68 billion) is predicted to cut pollution, reduce traffic congestion and improve access to jobs – but not all California business owners and residents are supportive. Although the new bullet trains will transport passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles in only two hours and 40 minutes (compared to six hours by car), critics warn that the costs outweigh the benefits. Read the rest of California Breaks Ground on the First High-Speed Railway in the United States Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bullet trains , California bullet trains , California High-Speed Rail Line funding , California High-Speed Rail Line inhabitat , Fresno high-speed rail , green transportation , high-speed rail California , US green infrastructure , us high speed rail , US infrastructure project        

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Smog-Sucking Electric Vacuum Cleaner Could Combat Beijing Air Pollution

October 21, 2013 by  
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Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has developed an “electronic vacuum cleaner” that could potentially suck up urban smog. The new cleaner uses copper coils to create an electrostatic field that pulls smog particles from the air. Roosegaarde is already in talks with the mayor of Beijing, who could employ the innovative solution to address the city’s air pollution issues . Read the rest of Smog-Sucking Electric Vacuum Cleaner Could Combat Beijing Air Pollution Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , air purifier , Beijing smog , chinese smog vacuum , Daan Roosegaarde , dutch vacuum cleaner cleans up china’s smog , eco design , electronic air vacuum cleaner , green design , sustainable design , vacuum cleaner sucks up chinese smog        

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Myriam Dion’s Delicate Newsprint Artwork Comments on the Fragility of the Newspaper Industry

October 21, 2013 by  
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The Folding EV ‘Hiriko’ is Slated to Become Part of Germany’s Car-Sharing Program

January 2, 2013 by  
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Germany is no stranger to car-sharing programs , but a novel new vehicle is about to join Berlin’s car-sharing network. The EV company Hiriko , originally called City Car, is planning to test run its folding car in agreement with the German railway network, Deutsche Bahn. Born from the labs of MIT in the mid-2000′s. The company name comes from the Basque word meaning “urban,” and the tiny electric vehicle is prefect for squeezing into tight spaces. With only two seats, the Hiriko has a sliding rear section onto which the front passenger section can retract. Folded, the car measures only 1.5 meters long, making it more compact than a Smart car at 2.7 meters. Click here to view the embedded video. Thanks to a partnership with Deutsche Bahn and a Basque motor consortium of corporate interests, Hiriko will be rolling out 20 if its folding cars in Germany in 2013. The agreement includes a joint development of the Hiroko project in Berlin and fine-tuning for pubic use through the sharing program eFlinkster. With an $87 million budget, the test period will run throughout the year and become official in 2014. Completely electric and compact, the car is meant to augment the railway’s main infrastructure by offering service that helps travelers complete their “extra mile home.” Powered by a lithium ion battery, the Hiriko has a range of 120 km and can be recharged in 15 minutes. Reaching speeds of around 60 km per hour, the vehicle is restricted to densely populated city centers. Its wheels are capable of rotating at a 60 degree angle, allowing it to corner and navigate winding urban streets. The Hiriko is available in the Fold, which will be used for the car share, the convertible Ialai, and miniature pickup Laga. + Hiriko Via Clean Technica

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Modern Coreten Steel Home Cuts Through a Historic Railroad Cottage In The Netherlands

September 7, 2012 by  
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6 Incredible Green Train Stations Ready For Your Departure

March 16, 2012 by  
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Cycle Chalao! Bike Sharing Comes to India

October 24, 2011 by  
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Cycle Chalao! / CC BY 1.0 Raj Janagam was growing frustrated with the lack of transportation methods in India for commuting short distances. He said 10 million people in Mumbai alone use local trains and public buses for long-distance transport, but there was no practical way for him to get from the railway station to his college. It seemed the perfect place to set up a bike share program. But since none existed, he was goi… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Soccer Moms Can Be Survivalists Too (Video)

October 24, 2011 by  
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Peak Moment TV / YouTube video Screengrab via OWOO “I was a middle-age soccer mom with a pile of kids and a mini-van. I didn’t have a retreat, and I didn’t own a gun, and I wasn’t afraid of people particularly. I didn’t expect the mutant zombie bikers to come after me. I just wanted to make sure that no matter what happened, that I could feed my kids. That I could keep them warm, that I’d have water and lights.” … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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