National Academies report: environmental resilience of transportation infrastructure should be assessed for all federally funded projects

To ensure routine and deliberate attention to resilience in transportation investments, Congress should consider requiring all projects that are candidates for federal funding undergo resilience assessments to account for natural hazards and the changing risks stemming from climate change, according to a new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies... Read more →

OpenLV project proposes opening up local electricity usage data to improve EV charging

A new initiative in the UK is proposing opening up data from local electricity substations to provide network operators with much-needed information about levels of capacity for charging EVs on local electricity networks. Currently, asserts the OpenLV project, electricity network operators don’t have enough information about how much spare capacity... Read more →

Theoretical flowchart linking SP to HREP. * Indicates motivation to act environmentally for the benefit of the valued object: other human beings (voting and political actions). Credit: ACS, Kerret and Shvartzvald. Click to enlarge. A country’s social policy (SP) plays an important role in explaining differences in the environmental performance... Read more →

World Bank report examines likely impacts and risks associated with a 4 °C global warming within this century

A new report commissioned by the World Bank, and prepared by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Climate Analytics, provides a snapshot of recent scientific literature and new analyses of likely impacts and risks that would be associated with a 4 °C global warming within this century.... Read more →

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is a member of a team that was recently awarded a $7-million contract from the US Army Corps of Engineers to demonstrate integration of electric vehicles, generators and solar arrays to supply emergency power for Fort Carson, Colo. The project is part of a Joint Capability... Read more →

NYU-BMW i report explores future urban mobility; sustainability and resilience

A new study released by BMW i and New York University (NYU) finds that, in the coming years and decades, fundamental changes in the demographic makeup of cities will profoundly alter the way people travel. This report, prepared by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at NYU’s Robert... Read more →

A schematic model showing the links between climate events and outcomes of national security concern, highlighting the roles of exposure and vulnerability. The shaded area corresponds to the event-exposure-vulnerability model form the IPCC. Source: NRC. Click to enlarge. The National Research Council of the US has released a report examining... Read more →