Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Free Public Transit for whole country of Estonia

Free Public Transit: "Euronews : "Estonia is set to implement free transport for its residents across much of the country as of July 1. The free fare zone will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

No country has ever before looked to abolish fares all day, every day, across such a large area.""

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Seoul stuck in traffic hell


koreatimes : "Traffic congestion is getting worse in Seoul as the city and central governments fail to come up with effective measures."

Friday, May 18, 2018

Estonia To Become The World’s First Free Public Transport Nation

popupcity : "Tallinn, known for its digital government and successful tech startups, is often referred to as Europe’s innovation capital. Now celebrating five years of free public transport for all citizens, the government is planning to make Estonia the first free public transport nation. Allan Alaküla, Head of Tallinn European Union Office, shares some valuable insights for other cities."

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne weather: Record-breaking heatwave

news.com: "FOR some parts of Australia it has been the hottest April so far for over 100 years and, for almost all of us, the heat is not going anywhere.

Records have been tumbling every day, as the whole of Australia has been a lot warmer than expected in April, apart from the tropical Queensland coast."

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Taipei, New Taipei unveil monthly pass for MRT, city buses, Ubike

focustaiwan : "Taipei, March 12 (CNA) The mayors of Taipei and New Taipei cities on Monday unveiled a monthly pass that will give commuters unlimited use of greater Taipei's public transportation network, including the Mass Rapid Transit system and city buses, as well as free YouBike rides for the first 30 minutes. The "All Pass Ticket," valued at NT$1,280 (US$43.83), will be launched on April 16."


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

德國減排 擬年底前免費搭公共交通 - 香港文匯報

德國減排 擬年底前免費搭公共交通 - 香港文匯報: "德國政府前日致函歐盟環境專員韋拉,稱德國政府正考慮提供免費公共交通,以減少私家車數目,達致歐盟的減排目標,最遲年底在波恩和埃森等5個西部城市試行。

函件由德國環境部長亨德里克斯、農業部長施密特和聯邦總理府部長阿特麥爾聯署發出,指德政府正準備推出一系列措施,除提供免費公共交通工具外,並設立低排放區域、為採用電動車提供誘因,以及加強監管巴士和的士的廢氣排放。"

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

German cities to trial free public transport to cut pollution

The Guardian : "“We are considering public transport free of charge in order to reduce the number of private cars,” three ministers including the environment minister, Barbara Hendricks, wrote to EU environment commissioner Karmenu Vella in the letter seen by AFP Tuesday. How do you build a healthy city? Copenhagen reveals its secrets Read more “Effectively fighting air pollution without any further unnecessary delays is of the highest priority for Germany,” the ministers added."

The McPherson Paradox. Growth = heat, collapse = heat.

Climate Code Red: Do we have the capability to reverse global warming within a meaningful timeframe?: "Our dilemma is that burning fossil fuels also release a lot of nitrate and sulphate aerosols —  the starters for acid rain — which have a very short-term cooling effect, keeping the planet two-thirds of  a degree cooler than it would otherwise be."

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Wrong Solutions for Energy, Climate: Using methane hydrate for fuel a deadly mistake

via bbc: "BBC News: "Quite apart from reaching them at the bottom of deep ocean shelves, not to mention operating at low temperatures and extremely high pressure, there is the potentially serious issue of destabilising the seabed, which can lead to submarine landslides."

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Taiwan will get nothing good from racist US

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

500-year-old primeval forest at Mount Gariwang unlawfully destroyed for 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Games Monitor : "Pyeongchang2018 has completed the destruction of the primeval forest which has stood on Mount Gariwang for hundreds of years to make way for the Alpine Downhill ski event which will last for all of three days."

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Human Extinction possible by 2026

Arctic News: Extinction: "In the Arctic, vast amounts of carbon are stored in soils that are now still largely frozen. As temperatures continue to rise and soils thaw, much of this carbon will be converted by microbes into carbon dioxide or methane, adding further greenhouse gases to the atmosphere."

Monday, January 29, 2018

Want a free ride? French cities opt for free public transport

France 24 : "To fight traffic congestion, pollution and other challenges that plague modern cities, an increasing number of French towns are choosing to make their public transport networks completely free."

Taiwan needs get off oil -- refinery explodes in Taiwan

Xinhua: "TAIPEI, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- An oil refinery exploded in Taiwan's Taoyuan city at 6:42 a.m. Monday, local media reported."

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Fossil fuel demand destroying the biosphere

A costly message from the Sanchi | The Japan Times: "Of more immediate concern is the spill’s impact on maritime life where the Sanchi sank. Those waters are an important spawning ground for fish and crab, as well as a migratory pathway for marine animals, including three species of whale. This accident will further strain an area already polluted — the result of hundreds of ship collisions as well as runoff from industries on shore — and overfished as aquaculture there increased by 1,200 percent over the last three decades. With the annual fish catch in the Yellow Sea expanding from 0.2 to 2.2 million tons over 50 years, it is no surprise that 60 of 194 marine species are thought to be at risk of extinction."

Atmospheric CO2 concentration accelerating

Open Mind: "Not only is the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere on the rise, the rise itself has been getting faster — so CO2 concentration has been accelerating. "

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.