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A Sustainability Hero’s meditation on airplanes

photo courtesy of Natural Couriosities
photo courtesy of Natural Couriosities

Ben Blonder, the author of Natural Curiosities is a sustainability hero. He really is – one of fourteen Next Generation of Environmental Conservationists Champions of Change named by U.S. President Obama.

And he “walks the walk”. Good science researchers work hard! I feel hopeful about the future of the planet Continue reading A Sustainability Hero’s meditation on airplanes

A little less traffic = big improvements in Paris & Hong Kong

photo courtesy of PBS.org
photo courtesy of PBS.org

Paris banned cars on some of its streets for a day and its quality of life improved significantly. On September 27 the City of Light held its first “car-free day” (well sort of car-free day) as part of the worldwide car-free movement that began in the 1990s. Continue reading A little less traffic = big improvements in Paris & Hong Kong

VW’s dark cloud of fraud may have a silver lining

photo courtesy of Daniel Uebrick via Facebook
photo courtesy of Daniel Uebrick via Facebook

Noted by Dr. Noh Mann-Greenbaum

GN4N relies on me to carve out the humor in environmental events. Usually all the task requires is a blunt knife. We all grin and bear the U.S. presidential campaign. Same with world celebration of celebrity over substance. But I can’t find anything funny about Volkswagen’s fraud in intentionally hiding the emissions produced by its “clean diesel” engines. However, maybe there can be a silver lining to the cloud of dark smoke that their cars are producing. Continue reading VW’s dark cloud of fraud may have a silver lining

NYC bike share system doubling to 12,000 bikes

map courtesy of CitiBike
map courtesy of CitiBike

CitiBike, New York City’s bike share system, has opened over 90 new stations so far this year and plans to double its bikes, and more than double its stations, by the end of 2017. On the other U.S. coast, San Francisco’s Bay Area Bike Share is growing from 700 to 7,000 bicycles. Continue reading NYC bike share system doubling to 12,000 bikes

World’s largest oil & gas companies commit to reducing methane

photo courtesy of news.sciencemag.org
photo courtesy of news.sciencemag.org

Five of the 25-largest oil and gas companies in the world have committed to work to reduce methane emissions and share the lessons that they learn while doing so. They, along with the fifth largest U.S. natural gas producer and one of largest suppliers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) imported by the U.S., are members of the United Nation’s Climate & Clean Air Coalition Oil & Gas Methane Partnership (CCAP OGMP). Continue reading World’s largest oil & gas companies commit to reducing methane