No place like home for the holidays – ’tis the season

As to how many Americans have traveled, are or will be traveling throughout the holiday and dare I call it the end-of-year crush, I haven’t a clue. I’ve heard reports – I mean, who hasn’t? One-hundred-million; 105 million; 110 million; a-hundred-fifteen million, really it’s anyone’s guess. So, picture if you can 110 million traveling Americans. … Read more

Electric vehicles seeing increasing market share of all new vehicles sold

In 2016, the transportation sector for the first time since 1978 contributed the most emissions. So, in terms of new vehicle purchases, how is the world responding? In America as of Oct. 2018, the number of electric vehicles purchased reached 1 million, according to the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA). “In less than a decade, … Read more

Buildings, carbon neutrality, a changing climate and one European response

So, I wanted to get a feel for what the tenor toward climate change in the European Union (EU) is. Important and integral to the discussion on climate change and global warming are not just the terms greenhouse gas and the greenhouse effect but when it was that those terms were first introduced into the … Read more

Approved housing project in habitat-sensitive, L.A. County wilderness area a mystery

Some things defy logic. They’re inexplicable! How a 19,000+ home housing project to be built on 42 of 420 square miles in what is considered a wilderness region in the Tehachapi Mountains along the Interstate 5 corridor some 65 miles from downtown Los Angeles that was granted approval by 4 of 5 L.A. County Supervisors, … Read more

Ride-hailing, emerging technologies, AVs, can play greater role in transit-commuting lifestyle, APTA finds

The below Dec. 13, 2018 press release is from the American Public Transportation Association. With innovations in public transportation and new service providers, reliance on car ownership is no longer the only way to be mobile. Nearly 80 percent (77 percent) of commuters see public transit as the backbone of a lifestyle that includes current … Read more

Electric buses the clearer, cleaner choice, now more affordable, too

Now that electrics have arrived bus-riding has never been better. Not only has travel this way improved, but with electric buses transiting up and down municipal thoroughfares, be they school or commuter, there is none of that typical engine noise so common with and prominent in diesel versions, and the black smoke that can often … Read more

Where climate’s concerned, it’s simple math: 2 + 2 = 400

Carbon capture, fossil fuel, greenhouse gas, these are some of the latest and more common catch-phrases used when it comes to the conversation of climate change. Mention any one or all of these alliterative word-groupings and nowadays that’s guaranteed to move or stir the emotions which brings me to my next point. Two and two … Read more

Hitting 2030 GHG-mark harder with California driving-miles rising – 2

Greenhouse gas emissions in California must be at a level of 250 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) units. That’s the target for year 20301 as prescribed by Executive Order B-30-15 and California Senate Bill 322 and which amounts to a 181 MMTCO2e-reduction below the 431 MMTCO2e-figure, the goal established for 2020 or … Read more

Hitting 2030 GHG-mark harder with California driving-miles rising – 1

The California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board (ARB) in its latest report suggests that without a significant change in the way Californians move about the state, greenhouse gas emissions will climb and reaching the 2030 GHG target – a level of 40 percent below that which was present in 1990 – won’t happen. A … Read more