Restoring unity, order, smarts, meaning, sanity and balance in the space we call travel – 1: High-speed rail

From the time transportation first entered the automation age until this day in 2018, the science, platform and industry regarding such have indeed come far. When that happened, what began was a revolution and that same revolution continues today. There have been so many field-related developments that to try to name them all in this … Read more

Dirty air and disasters sending kids to the ER for asthma

by Harriet Rowan Children in some California counties visited emergency rooms for asthma at nearly twice the statewide rate, according to the latest data — a phenomenon that experts blame largely on dangerous air pollution. While children in some of these counties struggle with consistent, long-term exposure to bad air, experts also point to the … Read more

Restoring unity, order, smarts, meaning, saneness and balance in the space we call travel

Most everyone and their brother it seems, views the world of travel through rose-colored glasses. I couldn’t be more serious. The realm is as unsustainable as it is unhinged – nary is there any doubt. To help lend credence, in 2016, for instance, for pollutant-emissions output transportation had reclaimed the lead; that position held by the … Read more

A 1.5°C vs 2°C world-temp rise could mean fewer health, ecosystem effects, new report finds

There is a new report out from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The in-depth report’s title: Global Warming of 1.5°C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat … Read more

Drilling down on fossil-fuel burning and its connection to carbon, carbon dioxide in air

So, fossil fuels: what are they? Fossil fuels get their name from substances created from the process of anaerobic decomposition of dead, buried-in-the-ground organisms (matter) that provide energy when burned, according to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. Secondly, with the igniting of fossil fuels and with the quantities burned, the thinking is, such has contributed to … Read more

Clean Air Day, good; clean-air year, best!

October 3, 2018 marks the observance of California Clean Air Day. To learn more, visit the California Clean Air Day Web site here. This, by the way, is the very first year this event is to take place. Here’s to many more such events to follow. Businesses, educational institutions, individuals, industrial concerns, health facilities, utilities, … Read more

Where the highway’s cleaner, greener future lies?

If you’ve driven the gamut of highways like I have – everything from those having multilayered or multi-tiered interchanges to those less traveled (combination 50/6 in Nevada and Utah would exemplify such) – then you, like I, highway-wise, have seen it all. Along with this I’ve seen a variety of technology applied or adapted to the … Read more

Brightline acquires XpressWest: Plans to offer Vegas-to-Victorville electrified train service in 2022

One-hundred and eighty-five miles is the distance by road, presumably, from Las Vegas in Nevada to Victorville in California. We know for sure that that is the railway mileage between those two southwestern U.S. communities. This, according to Brightline in its Sept. 18, 2018 “Brightline to Build Express Intercity Passenger Rail Connecting Southern California and … Read more

All of California’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2045

Great news! Via the signing of California Senate Bill 100 (SB 100) by Governor Jerry Brown on Sept. 10th California is now charged with getting 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045. California is an energy leader and this particular move in the Golden State substantiates that. But, the move goes beyond … Read more