Robin Chase, transportation entrepreneur, on opportunities fighting climate change through mobility

November 6, 2018 by  
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Robin Chase believes that “transportation is the center of our universe.”Founder and former CEO of ZipCar, one of the pioneering companies of the sharing economy, as well as tech startup Veniam (and VERGE Vanguard winner), Chase knows that there are major opportunities to cut carbon and enact systems changes through the transportation sector.”It’s a moment — can we capture the momentum and anxiety and deliver cities that are sustainable and livable?” she asked.

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5 Ways To Reduce Waste at Your Child’s Next Birthday Party

September 20, 2018 by  
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If, like me, you have the exquisite joy of sharing … The post 5 Ways To Reduce Waste at Your Child’s Next Birthday Party appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Paris opens first section of a 28-mile bicycle superhighway

July 6, 2016 by  
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Paris just inaugurated its very first all-bike superhighway . So far, the thoroughfare consists of a half-mile stretch of pavement that runs along the Bassin de l’Arsenal, but by 2020 it will be just one small part of a 28-mile bicycle highway network, called the Réseau express vélo (“REVe”) , planned across the city. Rather than simply placing bike lanes on already-busy streets, the city has opted to build dedicated bike paths free of motorized vehicles — a move that’s certainly sure to encourage those too timid to travel in urban traffic. As more people bike to work each day, the hope is that the city’s notorious air pollution will be lessened. In 2015, Paris officials voted to set aside €150 million ($164.5 million) to expand and improve the city’s biking infrastructure , including REVe. The city created new traffic regulations that are more friendly to cyclists, such as allowing them to turn at some intersections without waiting for green lights. The city also plans to build new bike stands, two-way bike lanes on one-way streets, and smart traffic lights that give priority to cyclists. When you look at the numbers, it’s not surprising that city officials sought to make biking more attractive to residents. A 2014 study showed that bikes made up only 5% of the city’s daily traffic, accounting for 225,000 trips. While that may seem like a high number, it barely registers compared to the 15.5 million daily car trips made within the city. These numbers are positively dismal when compared to other European cities like Copenhagen (where cyclists account for 55% of traffic) or Amsterdam (a close second at 43%). Related: France is Paying Commuters to Bike to Work! There is one factor that helps account for the disparity here: cyclists in Paris claim they simply don’t feel safe competing with motorized vehicles on the road. While most roads in the city have bike lanes, cyclists report being pushed out of them by other vehicles using them as lanes. The new bike highways solve this problem by eliminating shared bike lanes altogether — and the city hopes that cyclists will creep up to 15% of daily traffic by 2020. Via CityLab Images via Wikimedia Commons and The Mayor of Paris

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NASA’s giant helium research balloon set new world record after 46 days in flight

July 6, 2016 by  
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Helium balloons are much more than notorious party accessories, as evidenced by this piece of news:  NASA is celebrating a new flight record for its Super Pressure Balloon (SPB) after the helium-filled research balloon touched down safely at the end of a 46-day test flight. The balloon, which had been on one previous test flight, had been launched on May 16 from New Zealand and spent a total of 46 days, 20 hours, and 19 minutes aloft before landing on Saturday, July 2 in Peru. The achievement secured the new world record for a mid-latitude flight of a large scientific research balloon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKGaDCA9yyc NASA’s Balloon Program Office —yes, you read that correctly—is thrilled with the success of the SPB’s second test flight. Unlike most helium balloons at birthday parties, the SPB didn’t simply drift back down to Earth on its own, though. NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas sent flight termination commands at 3:14 p.m. EDT, July 2, ordering the 18.8-million-cubic-foot balloon to separate from its payload and deflate rapidly. The payload then floated safely to the ground in a mountainous area about 20 miles north of Camana, Peru. Official in Peru agreed to help prior to the landing, and coordinated the recovery of the payload and balloon, which are now in progress. Related: Bloon: Zero2Infinity Proposes Eco Friendly Near-Space Travel With a Helium Filled Balloon The SPB test flight marked a series of “first ever” events in addition to its flight duration record. This flight was the first time SPD carried a science payload—the Compton Spectrometer and Imager (COSI)—during a mid-latitude flight. The balloon is also the first to complete a mid-latitude circumnavigation, doing so in just 14 days, 13 hours, and 42 minutes. “We’re extremely pleased with the flight time we achieved with this mission, far and away the longest mid-latitude flight of a NASA heavy-lift balloon to date,” said Debbie Fairbrother, NASA’s Balloon Program Office chief. “We’ll continue to strive for even longer duration flight, 100 days or more, and what we learn from this year’s mission will help take us there.” Via NASA Images via NASA  

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Finnish pavilion sparks debate about the surge of asylum seekers in Europe

May 30, 2016 by  
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Curated by Marco Steinberg, the Finnish Pavilion takes on a simple and pragmatic boxy shape painted with a blue-white color scheme reminiscent of the country’s flag colors. The pavilion opened its doors last week with conversations that delved into current issues, housing solutions , and pathways to integration. Related: “Refugees Welcome” is the sharing economy’s response to the crisis in Europe “Today, Europe’s challenge is less about building new cities than about transforming existing ones to create a more balanced and inclusive society,” said Steinberg. “In this context, architecture must regain its capacity to shape not just the design of buildings, but also the design of social solutions. By combining these two capacities, architecture can help crystallize the principles of better housing.” The Finnish Pavilion’s competition exhibition will be supported by a series of events held throughout the Biennale. + Museum of Finnish Architecture Images via Museum of Finnish Architecture , © ALT architects

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Montreal aiming for new electric vehicle sharing program with 1,000 cars by 2020

April 20, 2015 by  
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In Montreal, green transportation is a big deal, and the city is embarking on a plan to make it even bigger. Mayor Denis Coderre is pushing for an electric vehicle sharing program to be launched in the city of 1.6 million, with a goal of 250 cars in the following year and up to 1,000 by the year 2020. The mayor’s new plan is part of a larger effort to cut the city’s greenhouse gas emissions over the next five years. Read the rest of Montreal aiming for new electric vehicle sharing program with 1,000 cars by 2020 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Car Sharing , car sharing programs , communauto , communauto car sharing , electric cars , electric vehicles , ev charging stations , ev sharing , green technology , Montreal , montreal green city

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Man lists Tesla Model S for $85 a night on Airbnb

January 30, 2015 by  
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Generally speaking, if you’re sleeping in a car, you’re down on your luck, drunk and risking arrest, or very, very tired. What you are almost certainly not is on vacation—unless for some bizarre reason you’ve rented a Tesla Model S from Steve, of Phoenix, Arizona on Airbnb . Yes, for $85 a night you can enjoy the comforts of an airbed in the back of his luxury electric sedan. For an extra fee, you can even take it for a ride. Read the rest of Man lists Tesla Model S for $85 a night on Airbnb Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air matress , Airbnb , apartment rental , Arizona , car rental , Car Sharing , electric car , sharing economy , tesla , tiny houses

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6 Ways for You to Give Back This Thanksgiving and Beyond

November 26, 2014 by  
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Thanksgiving is a time of plenty, and of appreciation. It’s a holiday in which we’ll get together with friends and family to celebrate the bounty of the autumn harvest, to share food and drink, and spend time with people we love. Those of us whose celebrations will consist of ample food and a warm place in which to eat it are among the very privileged; there are millions who won’t be so fortunate, unless we reach out and offer a helping hand. This year, please consider helping  others in need via one of the methods mentioned below. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of 6 Ways for You to Give Back This Thanksgiving and Beyond Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alone , animal shelter , birds , charitable , Charity , clothing donation , dinner , dinner party , donate , donate to charity , donation , Elderly , farm sanctuary , food bank , give back , give forward , giving back , giving forward , hats , homeless , humane society , invite , lonely , mittens , need , needy , People in Need , poor , recipe , recipes , s.a.d , scarf , scarves , scraps , SHARE , sharing , soup kitchen , SPCA , squirrels , supper , sweater , sweaters , thanksgiving , Thanksgiving dinner , volunteer , volunteering , volunteerism , warm clothes , warm clothing donation , wild animals

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Survey Shows Many Americans Would Rather Adapt to Climate Change than Do Something About It

November 26, 2014 by  
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Survey results published in the journal Nature Climate Change  this week have proven dumbfounding, to say the least. The results suggested that for Americans “ personal experience with weather or climate variability may help cultivate support for adaptive measures, but it may not increase support for mitigation policies.” In other words, while people generally recognized that change was happening, many would rather deal with the fallout later than make any lifestyle changes now that would involve curbing climate change-inducing greenhouse gas emissions. Read the rest of Survey Shows Many Americans Would Rather Adapt to Climate Change than Do Something About It Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aaron McCright , attitudes to climate change , Climate Change , global warming , Michigan State University , perception of risk , political beliefs influence climate change beliefs , politics , republicans , survey

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Vukee Car Launches the World’s First Tesla Car Sharing Program

January 22, 2014 by  
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There are several car sharing services like Zipcar that offer access to electric vehicles, but vukee Car just announced the world’s first car sharing service to offer the Tesla Model S ! This spring the Palo Alto-based company is set to launch the first Tesla car sharing service in the U.S. Read the rest of Vukee Car Launches the World’s First Tesla Car Sharing Program Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Car Sharing , electric car , electric car sharing , green car , green transportation , tesla , tesla model-s , vukee car , Zipcar        

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