Raining on the Starman’s Parade: Why Elon Musk’s space stunt was a bad idea

February 14, 2018 by  
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The rest of the world loved the stunt by the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. But beware the new “frontier economics.”

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Georgia considers plan to build America’s first truck-only highway

February 13, 2018 by  
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Georgia is exploring the feasibility of designating an entire highway just for trucks . The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is considering the 40-mile stretch where cars wouldn’t be allowed to drive – and WABE Radio says it would be the first of its kind in America. 4,317 people perished in crashes where large trucks were involved in 2016, the most recent federal statistics ready from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to WABE Radio. A separate highway for trucks could boost safety for both regular cars and freight operators, according to GDOT’s fact sheet on what’s called the I-75 Commercial Vehicle Lanes. Related: Siemens debuts first electrified eHighway in the US The toll-free truck-only highway would stretch from Atlanta to Macron and would consist of two barrier-separated lanes. GDOT’s fact sheet says the project is “projected to reduce delay on I-75 by 40 percent in 2030” and could also lower maintenance costs on the lanes for passenger cars. It would be northbound, per WABE Radio, with its own entrances and exits. Atlanta-area truckers have shown support for the project. WABE Radio spoke to trucker Afori Pugh, who transports around 20,000 pounds of construction materials on his trips. He said it can be difficult; when drivers cut in front of a truck, they rarely realize how much danger they’re in and they don’t understand his industry. He thinks a truck-only highway could “unclog a lot of the traffic .” Georgia governor Nathan Deal also seems to support the project, saying the truck-only highway is “an important part of what our future transportation system should and will look like” in a Georgia Transportation Alliance meeting. But some people are balking at the estimated cost of $1.8 billion. U.S. Public Interest Research Group listed the state’s truck-only lanes among the worst highway projects in America in 2017, saying it “would represent a giveaway to the trucking industry, while undermining a rail -based approach to freight movement in Georgia that is intended to get trucks off the roads.” GDOT could choose a general engineering consultant by the end of this year; that person would be expected to be in charge of project development and seek public input in the environmental process. Construction could commence in 2025. Via WABE Radio Images via Rhys Moult on Unsplash and Ken Lund on Flickr

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Don’t curb your enthusiasm: A ‘radical’ way to reinvent city streets is at your feet

February 13, 2018 by  
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Whether circling the block to park or boarding a Lyft for a ride, you may have noticed this imbalance in the way cities are built. Here are 4 ways to get curbs to work better.

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Why (and how) GM is making friends with utilities

February 12, 2018 by  
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Call it enlightened self-interest, but it’s a potential win-win for both worlds.

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UPS and MIT on mobility and megacities

January 29, 2018 by  
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The best of live interviews from GreenBiz events. This episode: Mark Wallace of UPS and Matthias Winkenbach of the MIT Megacities Logistics Lab untangle urban sustainability.

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Why GM and Ford face a long road ahead in the race to low-carbon transportation

January 23, 2018 by  
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As electrification charges ahead, today’s leaders come from Germany and Japan.

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Outstanding eco-friendly resort in China is made with recycled and locally-sourced materials

January 22, 2018 by  
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The four pavilions of the Naked Gallery resort in China were built using a combination of locally available natural and recycled waste materials. Xiaohui Designer Studio designed the complex as an eco-friendly space that “includes 75% of sustainable and renewable materials , 75% recyclable materials, and 75% of work by local craftsmen.” The designers utilized locally available stones, the soil excavated from the other sites in the resort, and bamboos abundant at the foot of Mount Mogan where the resort is located. The materials of the formwork and the joists of Naked Gallery are collected from the waste materials from other structures, which helped reduce the generation of waste and alleviate the influence of the architecture on the natural environment. Related: Luscious eco-resort design in China inspired by the Silk Road The resort consists of four pavilions. Local craftsmen built the complex using traditional building techniques which helped cut construction costs and increase construction efficiency. In fact, the transportation fees and construction waste were both cut by 90% during the building process. + Xiaohui Designer Studio Via Archdaily Photos by Youkun Chen    

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Steep utility fees are killing electric-car charging stations

January 12, 2018 by  
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Sales of EVs are on a roll, but high rates are putting the brakes on fast-charging infrastructure.

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How batteries could charge up the fight against climate change

January 5, 2018 by  
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It will take systemic changes to manufacturing and mining models.

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Lessons from the auto industry’s transition to low-carbon vehicles

January 4, 2018 by  
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It takes dedicated leadership, engagement and imagination.

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