Day: August 1, 2012

Does New York City Need More Taxis?

Read the full story at WBUR.

The City of New York is planning to add 2,000 more yellow taxi cabs onto its streets. They’ll be wheelchair accessible and raise a bunch of money for the city. The new licenses could fetch up to $1 billion at auction. And the hope is that the extra taxis will make life better for the many New Yorkers without cars.

Charles Komanoff disagrees. The transport economist has been analyzing the city’s traffic patterns for almost 40 years. He argues that putting more cabs on the streets will actually slow down traffic — so much so that it would cost travelers not just time but also money.

Culture Project’s IMPACT 2012 Festival in NYC focuses on the environment this week

This week, the Culture Project’s IMPACT 2012 Festival focuses on the corporate agenda and its effect on the environment. Most of the events are now on a pay-what-you-will system, to allow all interested the opportunity to attend the events.

You can see a full listing of this week’s events here. Please visit the IMPACT 2012 Festival page for a listing of all the upcoming events throughout the festival.

This week’s highlights include:

  • Gasland (Wednesday, August 1st at 7pm) — When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.
  • Last Call at the Oasis (Wed. Aug 1, 9:15pm) — Presents a powerful argument for why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world in this century, and also illuminates the vital role water plays in our lives, exposes the defects in the current system and depicts communities already struggling with its ill-effects.
  • Crude screening + The Story of Stuff Project (Thursday, August 2nd at 7pm) — Three years in the making, this feature from acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) is the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet. An inside look at the infamous $27 billion “Amazon Chernobyl” case, Crude is a real-life high stakes legal drama set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film subverts the conventions of advocacy filmmaking as it examines a complicated situation from all angles while bringing an important story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus. The Story of Stuff Project will lead the film screening with a few of their creative, short movies that explore some of the key features of our relationship with Stuff—including how we can make things better.
  • King Corn (Fri. Aug 3, 6pm) is a feature documentary about two friends who plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most productive, most subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat – and how we farm.

Global Warming’s Six Americas in March 2012 and November 2011

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This report extends and updates an ongoing program of research analyzing Americans’ interpretations of and responses to climate change. The research segments the American public into six audiences that range along a spectrum of concern and issue engagement from the Alarmed , who are convinced of the
reality and danger of climate change and highly supportive of personal and political actions to mitigate the threat, to the Dismissive, who are equally convinced that climate change is not occurring and that no response should be made.

The first report identifying these segments – Global Warming’s Six Americas 2009 – profiled the segments in detail. Three subsequent reports released in 2010 and 2011 tracked changes in the sizes of the segments, and described additional characteristics and beliefs of the six groups. This report is the fifth
in the series; it contains data collected in March 2012 and in Nov. 2011, and explores the groups’ beliefs about extreme weather, natural disasters, the upcoming presidential election and several other topics. Table headings indicate whether the data were collected in 2011 or 2012. All prior reports may be accessed at: http://environment.yale.edu/climate/publications/ and at http://climatechange.gmu.edu.

What brands can learn from the growing impact of climate change

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Whether it’s a drought, heat wave or hurricane, the effects of climate change are beginning to hit home on an increasing level

Tracking companies’ carbon emissions using public data

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Max Horster joined South Pole Carbon Asset Management two years ago to design climate-neutral investment portfolios. But there was a problem: Only 3,000 of the world’s 40,000 listed companies published emission figures, and most of those weren’t trustworthy.

It’s not that companies are purposely hiding the correct numbers, he said. They just don’t put much effort into it.

5 innovative ways to reinvent the strip mall

Read the full story at Mother Nature Network.

The strip mall is a ubiquitous but largely unloved featured of the modern city. In a trailblazing design competition, urban design’s brightest minds explore ways to make strip malls work better – and look good doing so.

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