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  • The United Nations Climate Summit taking place here in New York is, of course, a venue for important scientific releases highlighting the now well-established consensus on both the economic and social severity of inaction on global warming...While these efforts are critically needed, they are not enough.  Without greater attention to individual consumers, we are likely to continue down the ineffective path where we’ve wandered for decades. Simply put, we need to take a fresh look at how to engage a national movement around the real benefits of a secure climate for humanity.

    National Geographic
  • Winston Churchill saw the gathering storm long before the rest of the world. Europe sacrificed millions of people before it openly acknowledged and then directly confronted the crisis. Yet, even after the Allies responded, the outcome was uncertain. Only when the U.S. entered the fray could the Allies see a clear path to end the threat.

    Huffington Post
  • Bay Area public officials are challenging a state plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to fight climate change by cleaning the air in some of California's poorest and most polluted communities, most of which are in Southern California.

    LA Times
  • There is a ridesharing app with a new incentive for commuters crossing the Bay Bridge into The City, and this one encourages the actually sharing of rides.

    SF Examiner
  • An agreement between San Francisco officials and downtown developers over a proposed tax district collapsed this week, throwing into jeopardy the future of the Transbay Transit Center, the extension of Caltrain downtown and the construction of half a dozen skyscrapers, including one that’s set to be the largest on the West Coast.

    SF Chronicle
  • The Board of Supervisors is set to vote Tuesday on a deal between the city and downtown developers that backers say would head off a potential lawsuit and ensure San Francisco can pay for the $2.6 billion extension of Caltrain into the new Transbay Transit Center at First and Mission streets.

    SF Chronicle
  • In a region where imaginative planning often is constrained by fears of the unknown, it's startling to see a major city take an open-ended approach to nearly 900 acres of high-profile land. Startling, and in the case of Fremont's new plan for the district surrounding BART's next station, a long-term gamble with a real chance for success.

    SF Chronicle
  • Beginning Sept. 30, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will require companies with 50 or more full-time workers to offer a benefit rewarding employees who don't drive alone to work. Tens of thousands of workers could reap the benefits...Even in the transit-rich Bay Area, 66.7 percent of commuters drive alone and only 10.7 percent take public transit to work, according to the latest census figures.

    Contra Costa Times
  • Bicyclists have the same rights and privileges that apply to most motor vehicles, and they also are subject to the same rules of the road. State law requires a slow-moving vehicle on a two-lane highway, where passing in the opposing lane is not allowed, to pull off the road if five or more vehicles have formed a line behind it. This applies to bicyclists and motorists.

    Mercury News
  • Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed six bills he said will “strengthen California’s best-in-the-nation electric vehicle market” and help the state reach its goal of getting 1.5 million zero-emission cars on the road by 2025. Four of the the half-dozen new laws are focused around expanding clean air vehicle access to carpool lanes, including toll lanes.

    SF Chronicle