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  • This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries -- a potential source of lead pollution -- into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power.

    Science Daily
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti led a group of California mayors on a trip to Sacramento to push for legislation on a number of issues that impact cities before the final, frantic weeks of August that mark the end of the legislative session. On their agenda was getting assurance that cap-and-trade funds would be available to help cities reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years.

    Streetsblog SF
  • Cincinnati will launch a bike-share system using the B-Cycle platform in the next few weeks, reports Randy Simes at Urban Cincy. The city recently cleared some of the final hurdles, and the initial batch of stations is on the way...

    Streetsblog NYC
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    ...California’s average temperature from January through July was 60.9 degrees — 4.6 degrees above the 20th century average. This beat the previous year-to-date record by an astonishing 1.4 degrees. It might not seem like much, but on multiple month time scales, fractions of a degree can make all the difference in record-setting, and California is going off the charts. Prior to this record, California’s warmest January to July period was in 1934, when the average temperature was 59.5 degrees. 1934 also holds the record for warmest calendar year overall, though 2014 appears determined to beat it.

    Washington Post
  • To fight its stubborn pollution problem, China is asking its citizens to walk or bike instead of driving, to use less air conditioning, and limit the use of outdoor barbecues—and to turn in neighbors who waste electricity or pollute the environment.

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    ...Unless a transit agency has enough money to invest in more frequent service, options for reducing those frustrating waits are limited. Fortunately, one of the newest tools at their disposal is proving to be an extremely effective one. Real-time transit data—and the mobile applications that use it to tell riders where a bus is at any given moment—is changing the waiting game in ways that experts are only starting to measure in hard numbers.

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    The local industry has been reeling for years as venture capital-backed ride services like Uber and Lyft have proliferated and taxi companies' calls to The City to level the playing field have done little to help. On Wednesday, cab drivers voted to initiate the San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance, an affiliate of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) -- marking the first time cabdrivers will be unionized in The City in more than four decades.

    SF Examiner
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    After getting an earful from frustrated fans during the opening Levi's Stadium event two weeks ago, the 49ers and their partners are rolling out a new-and-improved plan to accommodate even bigger crowds during the first Niners game in Santa Clara on Sunday. It will be a crucial test for the team and local officials who are looking -- before the regular season starts next month -- to ease the traffic jams, parking confusion and hour-plus waits for trains that many fans endured during the $1.3 billion stadium's debut before a smaller soccer crowd.

    Mercury News
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    ...According to Gawker’s ValleyWag, some customers in San Francisco paid the equivalent of a flight to the East Coast to take the Uber car service after the city’s big music festival Outside Lands, in Golden Gate Park. Some customers tweeted they were charged from $290 to as much as $470 to go from Golden Gate Park to other destinations in the city, thanks to Uber’s “surge pricing,” which customers must agree to accept, based on an increase in demand.

  • During the past two years, a firestorm of criticism has enveloped Caltrans for its shoddy work on the new Bay Bridge. Just last week, the California Highway Patrol announced that it had launched an official investigation, following revelations by a state Senate panel that Caltrans retaliated against whistleblowers who had raised serious concerns about the $6.3 billion eastern span. But while the news media and politicians have focused on Caltrans's scandals in the Bay Area, many environmentalists have grown increasingly alarmed about the agency's actions a few hundred miles away, along the state's pristine North Coast.

    East Bay Expresss