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Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

A New Way Forward: Envisioning a Transportation System without Carbon Pollution

Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Figure 1: Transportation Carbon Dioxide Emissions by Country

FRONTIER GROUP
By employing smart strategies to repower our vehicles with electricity, reduce growth in vehicle travel, and optimize the efficiency of our transportation network, America’s urban areas can reduce energy demand for light-duty vehicles by as much as 90 percent below anticipated levels by 2050.

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Video Series: The Disappearing West

Friday, May 20th, 2016
Video Series: The Disappearing West

Every 2.5 minutes, the American West loses a football field worth of natural area to human development. This project maps a rapidly changing landscape, explores what is being lost, and profiles a new movement for conservation that is gaining ground.

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AASHTO Video: Transportation Sustainability in Hawaii

Monday, May 9th, 2016
AASHTO Video: Transportation Sustainability in Hawaii

Transportation plays a key role in the economy and in the challenges and opportunities associated with sustainable development. Sustainable transportation addresses local, regional and national priorities and requires considerable coordination. Transportation Sustainability: Hawaii illustrates the holistic approach being taken in that island paradise to meet current and future mobility and accessibility needs while protecting environmental resources.

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CEMAC: 2015 Research Highlights

Friday, May 6th, 2016
Figure 1. Increase in global power generation, by source (1971–2013).

CLEAN ENERGY MANUFACTURING ANALYSIS CENTER
In 2015, CEMAC focused on four technologies: solar photovoltaic modules, wind turbines, automotive lithium-ion batteries, and carbon fiber. The studies on these technologies are summarized in the following section. During these more detailed analyses of our inaugural year, we gained preliminary insights into clean energy manufacturing overall; specifically related to its adaptation to global economic dynamics and the factors influencing the location of manufacturing facilities in a global world.

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The Economic Value of Quiet Recreation

Thursday, May 5th, 2016
Tent pitched on U.S. public lands

THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS
Across all lands the BLM manages throughout the U.S., the BLM calculates there were over 61 million recreational visits and over 62 million visitor days in 2014. The bulk of this visitation occurred in the western U.S. and Alaska, with over 60 million visits to these BLM lands and over 62 million visitor days in 2014…We calculate that quiet recreation visitors to these BLM lands spent approximately $1.8 billion within 50 miles of the recreation sites in 2014. These expenditures resulted in overall contributions to the U.S. economy of approximately $800 million in personal income, $1.54 billion in value-added, economic output of over $2.8 billion, and nearly 25,000 jobs.

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How Arizona DOT Mitigates its Impact on Wildlife

Monday, May 2nd, 2016
How Arizona DOT Mitigates its Impact on Wildlife

Wildlife crossings are not only for the safety of wildlife. ADOT wants to keep the driving public safe as well. A wildlife strike can be fatal and cause significant property damage. In this video, we focus on the Sonoran Desert Tortoise-and ADOT’s first-ever multi-agency Candidate Conservation Agreement.

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GOOD Magazine: What Would it Take to Power the United States with Solar Energy?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
GOOD Magazine: What Would it Take to Power the United States with Solar Energy?

We calculated the land area needed to supply the entire United States with solar power.

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The State of the Air 2016

Monday, April 25th, 2016
Figure 1: Air pollution emissions have dropped steadily since 1970 thanks to the Clean Air Act

AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION
The “State of the Air 2016” found continued improvement in air quality in 2012–2014, showing lower levels of year-round particle pollution and ozone. Still, more than half of all Americans—166 million people—live in counties where they are exposed to unhealthful levels of these pollutants.

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Oil Market Futures

Friday, April 22nd, 2016
Figure ES.1: Global oil demand from transport in 2015 and under two scenarios for 2050

CAMBRIDGE ECONOMETRICS
THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR CLEAN TRANSPORTATION
Policies to tackle climate change are likely to lead to lower oil prices, according to the results of this analysis. As governments start implementing the Paris Agreement, they will increasingly need to cut carbon emissions from transport by curbing the combustion of petroleum fuels. Lower oil prices will prevail in this lower-demand scenario, compared to a business-as-usual scenario where oil demand would rise unchecked and in line with economic growth and expanding mobility trends.

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Infographic: It Ain’t Easy Bein’ GREEN

Friday, April 22nd, 2016
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The good news is that 79% of Americans agree that they consider themselves an environmentally conscious person, and only 6% strongly disagree with that statement. But as it turns out, it ain’t easy bein’ green. Only 26% of Americans say that they actually consider the environment in their daily actions beyond recycling and turning off the lights. Moreover, people have widely varying opinions on what’s the best way to reduce their home’s carbon footprint. When they do agree, it’s not always on the highest impact methods.

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