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New transit system powered by magnets underground

An amusement park in South Korea recently unveiled a new transit system that powers itself via electricity transferred from subterranean magnetic strips. This is very cool. Electric buses are not particularly new, but there's something novel and fun about a transit system that recharges itself off magnetic strips hidden underground. Aside from reducing the ungainly system of overhead electric lines… read more →

Bill Gates is pretty much right

For my valedictory post, it’s tempting to engage in a little big-picture think. I’m also still mulling the general reaction to Bill Gates’ TED talk, which seemed to me both entirely too hostile and also reflective of some of the lingering pathologies in the environmental movement. So, yeah, this is going to be a bit of a ramble. Let’s start… read more →

Plan B for cap and trade

David Roberts has a good one: > Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) appear set to introduce a draft of their new climate/energy legislation this week. Graham says they are trying to hash out a moderate bill that can draw broad public support and pick up a few Republican votes. > Now, as it happens,… read more →

Changes to The TerraPass Footprint

  • March 1, 2010
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Some news on the blog front: starting with the next edition of the newsletter, we’ll be moving from a weekly to a less frequent format. The change reflects a planned slowdown in our posting schedule, but otherwise expect the content to remain pretty much what you’re used to. As always, if you want to get updates as soon as new… read more →

Warmest January, ever

Europe is freezing and the Eastern U.S. just experienced a snow-pocolypse, so surely the whole global warming thing must be wrong, right? Sorry, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), but global warming is still happening, even though it snowed in January (of all things). According to the latest satellite data analyzed by climate scientist and IPCC member Neville Nicholls, this last January… read more →

Losing the messaging battle

If you've been paying any attention to the news, you know that there's been a dispiritingly high level of nonsense permeating the recent discussion of climate change. Of course, there's always a high level of nonsense attending any public discussion of climate change. But many of us have been taken aback by the amount of traction that various anti-scientific arguments… read more →

Electric bikes on the rise

Can you stand one more post about electric bikes? The New York Times ran a follow-up recently, and it's worth revisiting the topic. First, the comment thread to the previous post about electric bikes has an interesting diversity of opinions, but to my mind pretty strongly underscores the potential value of this technology. Many everyday commuters and older riders find… read more →

How Bill Gates can end climate change

In response to Bill Gates recent speech calling climate change the most urgent threat to humankind, I somewhat sourly wrote: "The fate of the planet continues to reside in the entirely dysfunctional U.S. Senate, and not even the world's richest man can change that fact." But of course that's not even remotely true. As the world's richest man, Bill Gates… read more →

Bill Gates says we need to get to zero emissions

Bill Gates, world's most successful businessman, has been highlighting the danger of climate change and the need for an energy transformation, earning some praise from environmentalists -- and a surprising amount of backlash. Gates recently gave a TED talk in which he pushed a vision of a world in which population and wealth have increased, even as carbon emissions drop… read more →

Opponents of California’s climate law face challenges

Backers of a voter initiative that would suspend California’s landmark climate law (AB 32) have delayed the launch of their signature-gathering campaign, raising questions about whether their proposal will qualify for the state ballot in November. The promoters of the ballot measure – Republican Assemblyman Dan Logue, Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA), and taxpayer association director Ted Costa – also face… read more →
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