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    Municipal Transportation Agency directors told their staff Tuesday to do everything they can to make the abandoned Pagoda Palace Theater the place where the Central Subway's tunnel-boring machines are pulled from the ground. Moving the extraction site from the middle of Columbus Avenue to the former theater at the corner of Columbus and Powell Street could help eliminate two problems...

    SF Chronicle
  • FAA and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Monday announced the activation of new NextGen technology that will help pilots address inclement weather around Montrose Regional Airport in western Colorado. The technology, known as Wide Area Multilateration (WAM), improves safety and efficiency by allowing air traffic controllers to track aircraft in mountainous areas that are outside radar coverage. 

    Aviation News
  • ...Daniel Kammen, the former World Bank Renewable Energy Czar and now a distinguished professor at UC Berkeley, says he is not yet willing to endorse the World Bank as the chair of the GCF (Green Climate Fund). To play that key role, Kammen says, "The World Bank Group needs to embrace 'rigor without mortis': develop and utilize a clear and transparent carbon accounting methodology, apply it to all projects and remain a thought leader as environmental accounting needs to extend to other issues needing metrics, [such as] particulate emissions, water pollution, biodiversity and community sustainability."

    The Nation
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    ...As Randall Stross of the New York Times reports, car insurance companies are offering customers a trade: less privacy for lower premiums. Drivers who install a monitoring device that records when, how far, and how fast they drive -- but not where -- are eligible for discounts of up to 30 percent....Car insurers have an incentive to charge people more who drive more, since those drivers are more likely to make a claim. In other words, insurers want to put a price on driving....Ask not what car insurance can do for you. Ask what it can do for the country and the climate. A lot, it turns out.

    Atlantic Cities
  • ... this hypnotic, high-speed video of airplanes landing at London's Heathrow Airport, courtesy of YouTube user Cargospotter, reveals that the queue to touch down is both real and highly efficient. Air traffic control has never looked so good.

    Atlantic Cities
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    As... Richard Florida pointed out in a series of posts last spring, airports play a "substantial role" in the economic growth of American cities. Their ability to facilitate the movement of goods and people may influence urban development as much as highways, railroads, and seaports did in previous centuries. They may also rival nearby central cities as anchors of employment, according to new research.

    Atlantic Cities
  • A new study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), sponsored by Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan shows that teen drivers do a lot more texting behind the wheel than their parents think they do. The study found that 26 percent of teen drivers surveyed said they read or sent a text message from a smartphone at least one time every time they drive

    Washington Post
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    ...The US Department of Defense is the largest user of petroleum in the world. In fiscal year 2011, it used 117 million barrels of oil – almost 5 billion gallons of petroleum products in one year. This amounts to about 2 percent of the total usage of the country. This all came at a cost of $17.3 billion in 2011. This adds up to about 80 percent of the government's total energy consumption.


    Christian Science Monitor
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    ...Air traffic is the biggest source of pollution in the Arctic. Ever since cross-polar flights became commonplace in the late 1990s, flights crossing the Arctic Circle have risen steadily, surpassing 50,000 in 2010. While cross-polar flights account for only a tiny percent of total global emissions from aviation, the standard cruising altitude for commercial planes in the Arctic is the stratosphere, an extremely stable layer of the atmosphere. Black carbon and other emissions get trapped in this layer and as a result remain in the atmosphere longer, causing far more damage than emissions from flights at lower latitudes, scientists say.

    New York Times
  •  The snow came down hard on Friday, more than two feet in places, the first big storm of the year here. But in Russia, where the winters are long and hard, it was nothing out of the ordinary, it seemed....The ensuing traffic jam — 100 miles long by some estimates and involving 10,000 vehicles — trapped some motorists for three days and forced senior Russian officials to go on television on Monday to mollify the thousands of angry drivers.

    New York Times