European ride-sharing services have expanded much more rapidly than in the United States. Markus Barnikel says “multi-modal” transport, or linking carpools with buses, trains, and plane trips, is the future of transportation. But, linking carpools with timetable-based public transport will be problematic. Has carpooling technology been pushed as far as it can go?
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The New York Times reported this morning on a study showing that “of legislative requests presidents have made during the State of the Union address since 1965, just under half were at least partially successful.” If this would be the case with the climate and energy legislative requests President Obama made last night we’re good. Even very good.
A review of certification systems has some commentators worried that the federal government is about to weaken its green building requirements for construction and upgrades of federal buildings.
Last week, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has announced it will be seeking public input regarding the federal government’s use of third-party green building certification systems. GSA published a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comments on which green building certification schemes, if any, “are most likely to encourage a comprehensive and environmentally-sound approach to the certification of green Federal buildings.”
In advance of President Obama’s State of the Union Address, which is expected to include an urgent call for climate change action, SC Johnson has announced a new wind power initiative that expands its U.S. wind power commitments into Mexico.
Monday evening, two energy business and environmental policy heavyweights duked it out – sparring over several economic and environmental issues involving the future of energy in California and beyond.
GM achieved a milestone of 7,000 metric tons of carbon reduction as the result of their investment in IdleAir, a Knoxville, Tennessee-based company that makes an innovative Advanced Travel Center Electrification service available for long-haul truckers. IdleAir provides parking stations that provide electricity, heating and cooling, as well as Internet and Satellite TV, for long-haul truckers. Using these stations eliminates the need for truckers to idle their engines during these rest stops thereby savings thousand of pounds of carbon emissions in the process
Connecting impoverished homes with electricity and access to safe drinking water has always been a challenge in South Africa. The iShack is a low-cost housing structure that incorporates solar power for basic electricity needs.
Via Motors’ has built a cargo van for Verizon Wireless that is an electric plug-in with extended range achieved through a gasoline motor that is a generator to the van’s battery system. Think Chevy Volt for a business van that is primarily driven in a lot of stop and go urban traffic.
The French car manufacturer Peugeot Citroen is working on a new kind of hybrid car that uses both conventional internal combustion engine and compressed air.
Yesterday the Federal Trade Commission fined a home insulation marketer $350,000 for making unsubstantiated claims about the products’ green credentials.
IBM recently announced three public school initiatives as part of their Smarter Planet program which is now five years old. Through the use of IBM software and analytics, the schools are able to monitor and manage their physical assets more effectively, which results in reduced operating costs, increased returns on invested capital and reduced operating costs, leaving more precious resources available for their core educational missions. With more than 95% of all school districts across the US facing budget cuts, there could not be a better time to bring this combination of technology and know-how to bear on minimizing the peripheral costs associated with running an educational system.
The health risks of smog have convinced Shi Dinghuan, president of the Chinese Renewable Energy Society, to raise the country’s solar targets from the level set in 2011, 21 gigawatts, to 35 gigawatts by 2015.