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Photos of San Francisco’s first mustachioed cycling fanatics put today’s bike hipsters to shame

A critical mass of “bone shakers” and “high wheelers” changed transportation in 19th century California, but spurred carnage overseas<p>In November …

Cycling

Recycling Chaos In U.S. As China Bans 'Foreign Waste'

Like many Portland residents, Satish and Arlene Palshikar are serious recyclers. Their house is coated with recycled bluish-white paint. They recycle their rainwater, compost their food waste, and carefully separate the paper and plastic they toss out. But recently, after loading up their Prius and …

Recycling

Across The World, If You Eat For Your Health, You'll Help The Planet

Telling people what to eat is perilous, whether the advice is aimed at a friend or an entire country. Of course, people and governments do it anyway. Dozens of countries have come up with recommendations for the perfect, most health-promoting diet.<p>Those recommendations are aimed at improving …

Nutrition

Black Vegans Step Out, for Their Health and Other Causes

Aph Ko got tired of hearing that eating vegan was something only white people did. So in 2015, she created a list of 100 black vegans for a website. It included pioneering figures like Dick Gregory and Coretta Scott King and younger, less famous writers, filmmakers, cooks and activists.<p>“When you …

Recipes

To Save Water, Should You Wash Your Hands Of Hand Washing Dishes?

When I was a kid, my mom always told me to rinse the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. This was especially true for dishware with tacky residue. Peanut butter, cream cheese, frosting — these adversaries were simply too powerful for the dishwasher's meek cleanse. Today, still harboring a …

NRDC

China's Bike-Sharing Bust

A great capitalist innovation may need some socialist help.<p>During its first six months of existence, Bluegogo, China's third-largest bike-sharing firm, dumped 600,000 bicycles into Chinese cities. Twenty million people signed up to use them; investors showered the company with $58 million in funds. …

China

Faith group turns trash into cash with broader message about waste

<b>MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) -</b> With the holidays coming up, you're probably going to be doing a lot more shopping, buying food and gifts. But have you ever …

Recycling

Get ready for the next generation of electric vehicles

Electric vehicles (EVs) are approaching a tipping point, as a wave of new cars are matching the cost and performance of traditional petrol cars. …

Electric Vehicles

Meet Mr. Bicycle, who’s helped fix thousands of bikes in Pennsylvania

Ross Willard’s all-volunteer nonprofit in Harrisburg, Pa., took shape after he noticed that children were riding bicycles with brakes that didn’t …

Cycling

UK will back total ban on bee-harming pesticides, Michael Gove reveals

Exclusive: Research leads environment secretary to overturn government’s previous opposition, making total EU ban much more likely<p>The UK will back a total ban on insect-harming pesticides in fields across Europe, the environment secretary, Michael Gove, has revealed.<p>The decision reverses the …

Bees

Amsterdam vs Copenhagen (part 1)

Despite the provocative title this blog post will have a relatively technical focus – comparing some features of infrastructure found in the …

DOE: EV charging typically consumes less energy than water heating

Charging an EV consumes less energy than several common household appliances, according to data compiled by the DOE.<p>For the typical US household, …

Energy

5 Reasons Why Amsterdam Works So Well for Bikes

Skip or short-change any one of them and your city of bikes won’t work as well.<p>People unfamiliar with the idea of the bicycle as real transportation sometimes see Amsterdam—the famously bike-friendly Dutch capital—as a fantasyland that has very little to do with the grown-up transportation world of …

Cycling

Six Reasons Your Next Car Should Be Electric

<i>From ILSR’s newest report on electric vehicles, here are six reasons your next car should be electric:</i>1. Fun: Electric vehicle motors provide more …

Electric Vehicles

Hunting Conservation Group Objects To Arby's Venison

At a ranch house in rural Montana, Rick White peels the bun off Arby's new venison sandwich.<p>"It looks like deer," he says. "Venison."<p>His dog, Finn, stares at the sandwich and whines.<p>"It's a gray meat," he says. "It doesn't look like a ground patty. It looks more like McDonald's style, but …

Hunting

China Shuts Down Tens Of Thousands Of Factories In Unprecedented Pollution Crackdown

In the gritty industrial town of Yiwu, workers prepare jeans to be dyed in a vivid range of colors.<p>Two months ago, this factory — and this entire city, located in China's eastern province of Zhejiang — was a much quieter place. Inspection crews from the environmental bureau had shut businesses …

China

When it comes to beef, there’s no such thing as a “carbon-free lunch”

Most climate-savvy people have heard by now that agriculture — especially the production of meat and dairy — is a big part of the climate change …

Agriculture

Good Vegan, Bad Vegan

I have no argument with people who adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet for health, religious, environmental or ethical reasons. But I object vehemently to proselytizers who distort science or the support for dietary advice offered to the more than 90 percent of us who choose to consume animal foods, …

Nutrition

Can Hollywood Movies About Climate Change Make a Difference?

How do you tell a story about the destruction of the world?<p>Movie- and TV-makers know how to do it with aliens, of course, or suggest it with invented political intrigue and rogue leaders. But capturing the real global threat of climate change is far harder than filming any spaceship landing. Just …

Climate

G.M. and Ford Lay Out Plans to Expand Electric Models

DETROIT — China has said it will eventually ban gasoline-powered cars. California may be moving in the same direction. That pressure has set off a scramble by the world’s car companies to embrace electric vehicles.<p>On Monday, General Motors, America’s largest automaker, staked its claim to …

Electric Vehicles

Cows, coal and cars: Ireland’s energy transition challenge

Ireland has set some important emissions reductions goals for 2050 – but greenhouse gases from agriculture remain a stumbling block. In addition, …

Climate

Is Climate-Themed Fiction All Too Real? We Asked the Experts

Some works of apocalyptic fiction are starting to feel too close for comfort. We chose seven of them and asked: How likely are they to come true?

Chose

What happens if you turn off the traffic lights?

When Amsterdam removed signals from a busy junction, it made journeys faster and interactions more pleasant. Now the approach is being copied across the city<p>On a foggy Monday morning in May 2016, 14 Amsterdam officials, engineers and civil servants gathered nervously at Alexanderplein – a busy …

Cycling

Germany and the diesel dilemma

Transport policy, the “diesel scandal” and the interests of the German automotive industry is a hot topic of debate that is dominating the German election campaign.<p>We are in Stuttgart, meeting Manfred Niess protesting together with neighbours against air pollution. The retired teacher lives close …

Our analysis of the electricity intensity of networks was published last month (Aug 2017)

Our previous work on trends in the efficiency of computing showed that computations per kWh at peak output doubled every 1.6 years from the mid 1940s …

Research

World's largest bicycle parking garage opens in Utrecht

Ector Hoogstad Architecten has completed the first stage of the world's largest bicycle parking facility, in Utrecht's Central Station area in the …

Cycling

Can Anyone, Even Walmart, Stem The Heat-Trapping Flood Of Nitrogen On Farms?

The Environmental Defense Fund opened an office near Walmart's headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., 10 years ago. It was part of a carefully plotted strategy to persuade the giant retailer that going green could be good for business. If it worked, it certainly could be good for the planet — Walmart's …

Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals

Stop obsessing with how personally green you live – and start collectively taking on corporate power<p>Would you advise someone to flap towels in a burning house? To bring a flyswatter to a gunfight? Yet the counsel we hear on climate change could scarcely be more out of sync with the nature of the …

Climate