Sunday, January 21, 2018

American saves USD 8,000 per year by not owning a car.

The Urbanist: "Accounting for all of this and sparing the dry calculations, at a minimum I’m saving an astounding $8,000 annually. This is remarkably consistent with the savings Zipcar reports from its membership. $8,000 is a huge a portion of my income. If I wanted to own a car but save the same amount elsewhere in the budget I’d need to string out my student loan debt many more years or cut my rent in half, which is nigh-impossible in the Seattle housing market. Owning a car would doubtlessly be a net financial loss–not to mention the effects on my carbon footprint and chance of serious injury."'

Monday, January 15, 2018

Not enough cobalt for techno dreams

bloomberg : "The projections have made the lustrous metal, a byproduct of copper and nickel mining, into one of the most coveted commodities. Its price surged 128 percent in the past 12 months, in part because hedge funds including Swiss-based Pala Investments stockpiled thousands of tonnes of the stuff, which is used to power everything from mobile phones to home electronics."

Thursday, January 11, 2018

[PyeongChang 2018] Free public transportation during Olympics season

koreaherald : "Public transportation in the Olympic cities PyeongChang and Gangneung will be free of charge during the games.

The organizing committee for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Games said there will be 700 shuttle buses for 27 routes throughout the Olympics period. Passengers without Olympic tickets can also ride the buses for free."

Traffic congestion in Bali worse for tourism than volcano

Coconuts Bali: "The chairman of the Bali Organization of Land Transportation Owners (Organda) insists something needs to be done to improve public transportation in Bali, or there will be a strong impact on tourism."

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Two ways to help the biosphere, Taiwan doing one of them

There are 1.2 million unoccupied homes in Taiwan, says Ministry of Interior | Taiwan News: "Currently the number of vacant homes in Taiwan is estimated to be about 1.2 million. That amounts to about 14 percent of 8.5 million homes nationwide being unoccupied."
The two ways to help the biosphere. Drop the birthrate. Reduce waste.

Taiwan is leading the world in falling birth rate. Now, let's make buses fare-free and put an end to cars and sprawl.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Heat vs emissions

Below 2C: "China is planning to produce 7 million electric vehicles per year by 2025. "

Here is the problem. Human activity, building, maintaining, moving... generates heat. If we stop economic growth we will still be generating the same amount of heat, no matter what fuel is used.

And if we grow the economy, which actually is the plan, we will increase the amount of heat generated, regardless of what fuel is used.

The idea of renewables is that we will reduce carbon in the atmosphere. But China's plan is to get to zero emissions in 2030. That means they will continue to ADD carbon until that time.

Only if the economy shrinks can heat and emissions both be reduced.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

New Taipei children to receive 50% discount on MRT fares

Taiwan News: "Children between 6 and 12 who reside in New Taipei City will be eligible for 50% discounts on the MRT and buses starting early in 2018"