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It's Time for Millennium Consumption Goals

I read yesterday that a Sri Lankan scientist is calling for the drafting of “Millennium Consumption Goals” to help rich countries curb their climate-damaging consumption habits. It's a fantastic idea—but what would these MCGs include?

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Tags: Consumption, Environment, Transportation

Welcome to the walking school bus

School buses...terminally unhip or ripe for a green-over? Elizabeth Wilson, a transportation researcher at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota notes there is a change in school transportation for several reasons: "a rise in car ownership; one-child families, o...

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Tags: Transportation

Dream, Explore, Bicycle: Low Cost, Low Impact, and Absolutely Inspiring

If you’re craving affordable travel, low-impact adventure, more meaningful connections with your family and friends, or simply some time to breathe, consider taking a bicycle tour! There are lots of ways to get started: plan a simple overnight adventure, map out a weekend getaway, or rally some f...

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Tags: Bicycle, Bike, Cycling, Transportation

Cash for Clunkers: Success?

This is a follow up post to the Cash for clunkers, otherwise known as Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) posted July 23,2009. Cash for clunkers program was expected to last till November 1,2009 with the $1 billion fund they received from the government. However, the program seems to have been mor...

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Tags: Bailout, Class, Economy, Emissions, Gm stakeholders, Policy, Transportation

Give GM a Piece of Your Mind--We Did.

Many of us in the US and Canada are upset over the General Motors (GM) bailout. Some wish it never happened and others are peeved by the way it was constructed. But the fact remains that the citizens in the US and Canada own 72 percent of the remaining company. While I am sure someone will be qui...

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Tags: Bail out, General motors, Gm stakeholders, Transportation

Thinking About the Future

If you have traveled lately on an airplane, one thing that you will hear is: This is the last time I am flying ever! For some of us it cost or environmental considerations. For others it might be the sheer unpleasantness of the process or delayed or cancelled flights. It simply is not fun to fly ...

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Tags: Airports, Transportation, Travel

Car Wash Techniques to Help the Environment

Though nature has been providing its own waterworks this year, one of the suburban signs of summer is the dedicated car owner, lovingly scrubbing his or her vehicle in the driveway. The sight has always seemed quaint and sort of nice to me, the way any instance of someone taking care of the mater...

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Tags: Car, Cleaner, Conserve, Maintenance, Recipe, Recycle, Reduce, Resource, Reuse, Soap, Stuff, Transportation, Water

The Flight (and Return) of the Zozos

In keeping with today's video theme, I couldn't resist posting about something No Impact Man put up yesterday: We know, of course, that the advent of the automobile in New York City caused the virtual extinction of stick-ball, neighbors sitting together on stoops, fresh air and children playing ...

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Tags: Cars, Fun, Kids, Metaphor, New york, Nyc, Transportation, Urban, Video, Zozo

Active Transportation for America

By Thomas Gotschi, PhD., Director of Research, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Several years ago when I moved to Los Angeles, I didn’t bring my bike along. Nobody bikes in L.A. Even after months of chronic back pain, it ultimately took some kids stealing my car to make me reconsider. It was then tha...

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Tags: Active transportation, Bicycling, Rails to trails, Transportation

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