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Peak Oil May Keep Catastrophic Climate Change in Check

Scientific America, 29 October 2013

Even as governments worldwide have largely failed to limit emissions of global warming gases, the decline of fossil fuel production may reduce those emissions significantly, experts said yesterday during a panel discussion at the Geological Society of America meeting. Conventional production of oil has been on a plateau since 2005, said James Murray, a professor of oceanography at the University of Washington, who chaired the panel.

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Bicycle sales overtake cars for the first time ever in Europe – and the recession is to blame

Daily Mail, 29 October 2013

With car sales dropping across Europe, the bicycle is becoming the preferred mode of transport for almost every member state, according to new research. More bikes were sold in Italy last year than cars, which is the first time that's happened since the Second World War.

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Wind Power Has Dramatically Cut Global Warming Pollution In The U.S.

Clean Technica, 28 October 2013

As required by Congress, the EPA recently released annual greenhouse gas data “detailing carbon pollution emissions and trends broken down by industrial sector, greenhouse gas, geographic region, and individual facility.” Interestingly, in 2012, coal-fired electricity generation increased while natural gas generation decreased considerably. This is counter to all the talk about the shale gas revolution (“bridge,” if you’re optimistic), including a line right in the first paragraph of the EPA press release — “The data, required to be collected annually by Congress, highlight a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions as more utilities switch to cleaner burning natural gas.”

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Jeff Speck’s Walkable City TED Talk

If you haven't already read Jeff Speck's recent book Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, you really should do so. In the meantime, Speck has given a lively, insightful TED talk summarizing three arguments for building more walkable cities. http://youtu.be/Wai4ub90stQ
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Does the global warming ‘pause’ mean what you think it means?

The Guardian, 18 October 2013

In their study of media coverage of the 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, Media Matters for America found that nearly half of print media stories discussed that the warming of global surface temperatures has slowed over the past 15 years. While this factoid is true, the question is, what does it mean?

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U.S. coal-fired power plants scheduled to shut

Reuters, 22 October 2013

U.S. power companies have shut or converted about 16,000 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired power plants since 2009 and have plans to shut or convert more than 38,000 MW over the next 10 years or so.

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Why solar makes sense for Walmart and co

Climate Spectator, 18 October 2013

Everyone knows solar energy equals environmental benefits, but did you know solar also adds up to a competitive business advantage for some of America’s largest corporations? US businesses are installing solar panels at breakneck speed to cut energy costs and improve their bottom line, according to the Solar Means Business 2013 report from the Solar Energy Industries Association and Vote Solar. From 'big box' retailers to industrial manufacturers and commercial real estate developers, installing solar energy makes cents for America’s most well-known and efficiently run businesses.

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How Utah Turned Its Unpopular Public Transit System Into a Hit

The Atlantic, October 2013

It wasn't always the case that Utah was in a hurry to build public transit. In 1992, voters rejected a tax measure that would have funded a light rail line in Salt Lake Valley. In 1997, at the groundbreaking for what would become the successful TRAX system, protestors held up signs that read: "Light Rail Kills Children." Not exactly a warm welcome.

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China Smog Photos Show How Bad Its Air Pollution Problem Has Become

Huffington Post, 21 October 2013

China has a serious smog problem. So much so that the northern city of Harbin, home to about 11 million people, was forced to cancel classes, close down the airport and suspend certain bus routes Monday.

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Canada’s fuel-by-train concerns

Climate Spectator, 21 October 2013

A train carrying crude oil and liquefied petroleum gas derailed and caught fire in Western Canada on Saturday, in an accident that brought back memories of a deadly crash in Quebec this summer. But Saturday's accident, in open country just outside the tiny settlement of Gainford, Alberta, caused no injuries, and emergency services said they were opting to let the fire burn itself out rather than approach the blaze.

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