Resilient infrastructure solutions for climate change

Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate; edited by J. Rolf Olsen, Ph.D.

The IPCC has warned the public time and again that the world is heading towards a warming climate with rising oceans. Current projections are between 2-4 °C provided that positive feedback loops do not lead towards uncontrollable warming.  Russian scientists are exploring the phenomenon of methane clathrates, a scenario in which methane locked in frozen solids begins to melt or […]

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D.C. Circulator #FairShot: Zero-emissions and no-cost rides

What gives?

(Washington, DC) – Since February the D.C. Circulator has been free for all riders. Partially as a response to the government shutdown, the Mayor extended the free ridership throughout the month of March. The Circulator began as a private-public bus system to fill the gap in buses traveling to popular destinations. Over the years, the shuttle bus evolved into a […]

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Shutdown part of growing assault on government solvency by conservatives

Safety compromised when DOT stays home

The 116th Congress convened in January 3, 2019, but so far there is little indication that the government shutdown is over. If anything, spending bills are continuing to be approved piecemeal. With funding for a few months at a time, negotiations are critical. On December 22, 2018, the U.S. government shutdown officially began due to failure in passage of a […]

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A Better World: The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

Community Gardens Cuba

What if the world oil supply were suddenly drastically reduced? What if due to unforseen circumstances such as foreign attack, Arab oil fields such as Ghawar Field were shut down? For Cuba, this was the impact when they were cut off from oil shipments in the 1990s. In the Soviet Union, due to Perestroika, former state companies became worthless and […]

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410 ppm carbon means global warming inescapable

June 2018 CO2 concentration in atmosphere

In Eaarth, Bill McKibbon depicts a changed planet. He describes dramatic changes taking place due to global warming. Even if a clear link to greenhouse gases is not 100% proven, the author stresses the need to recognize that our planet has changed: The planet on which our civilization evolved no longer exists. The stability that produced that civilization has vanished; […]

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Hawaii legislation and homelessness: the good, the bad, the ugly

When can these encampment be zoned safe

The State of Hawaii is paradise, if you have money to spend. The population of the state in 2017 was 1,427,538 people, but it is decreasing at the rate of 3 people per day. This is after accounting for births and new move-ins. Over a five year period an estimated 37,000 people have left, mostly for the mainland. Invisible people […]

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Sounder Transit: Will there be a Return on Investment (Part 2)

The ST2 project description includes 4.3 miles of extension from UW northwards

The ST2 project description includes 4.3 miles of extension from UW northwards Does Sound Transit 2 (ST2) need Sound Transit 3 (ST3) According to Light Rail Now (LRN) the consensus of building and home owners for the University extension portion of Phase 2 of Sound Transit (from Sea-Tac Airport to University of Washington) supported underground rail because Capitol Hill residents […]

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Sounder Transit: Will there be a Return on Investment (Part 1)

Central Link Light Rail (LLRT) arrives at Sea-Tac Airport, Seattle, WA

Sound Light Rail Transit (LLRT) long awaited Seattle, WA–In the 1980s, riding public buses as a college student, there were many times when I wondered why Seattle, so famous for its 1962 World Fair and Monorail, could be dragging its feet with regard to improving its infamously slow commutes. Beginning at 3pm, heading north towards Everett from Downtown on I-5, […]

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