Expanding public transportation, walking, and biking in cities could save more than $100 trillion in public and private spending between now and 2050.
A new report shows that this shift also would result in reductions in carbon dioxide emissions reaching 1,700 megatons a year in 2050.
If governments require the strongest vehicle pollution controls and ultralow-sulfur fuels, 1.4 million early deaths associated with exposure to vehicle tailpipe emissions could be avoided each year, according to a related analysis by the International Council on Clean Transportation included in the report.
Doubling motor vehicle fuel economy could reduce CO2 emissions by an additional 700 megatons in 2050.
“The study shows that getting away from car-centric development, especially in rapidly developing economies, will cut urban CO2 dramatically and also reduce costs,” says report coauthor Lew Fulton, co-director of NextSTEPS Program at the University of California, Davis Institute of Transportation Studies.
“It is also critical to reduce the energy use and carbon emissions of all vehicles.”
In other words: “DUH”. Now let’s get moving on this. We’re overdue on a sustainable future.
Get the fuck out
oh my god
people who complain that pluto isnt considered one of our major planets anymore make me think of people in the 1500s being like “REMEMBER WHEN THE SUN USED TO REVOLVE AROUND THE EARTH WHY DOES SCIENCE HAVE TO RUIN EVERYTHING”
"Joust" by Ben Walker.
Keane Mellecker 2013
This really isn’t surprising when you consider the fact that a lot of people prefer to be entertained than be informed. Gone are the days of the real History Channel…The Learning Channel(TLC), etc. I don’t know for sure if this is an intentional “dumbing down” of the American public, or if the majority of people in this country just prefer to be fucking ignorant…I don’t know, but the crap that is on tv today is certainly a reflection of what people want to see. And it’s mainly the shit on the right, not the left.
The woes of the West
Tattoo done by Riccardo Cassese.