A new Dutch study reports that smokers and the obese actually cost less over their lifetimes than healthy people. This somewhat discredits the commonly bandied-about assertion that active, healthy people reduce a nation’s medical costs because they stay out of the hospital.
Two British bishops are preaching the gospel of environmentalism and are urging parishioners to give up carbon emissions—and their cars—for Lent. With divine guidance and the help of Tearfund, a Christian relief and development organization, Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London, and James Jones, the Bishop of Liverpool, are leading a forty-day Carbon Fast.
In late 2007, President Bush and Congress agreed to raise CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards for the first time in 20 years. The legislation mandates that any car manufacturer’s fleet must average 35 mpg.
Unfortunately, the key acronym in this debate may not be CAFE, but rather “VMT.” VMT, or Vehicle Miles Traveled, has consistently been on the rise both in the US and throughout the world. According to the Wall Street Journal, the annual number of miles driven by Americans has risen by 151% from 1977 to 2001. This rate is five times faster than the population growth.
According to the Portland, Oregon-based C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change Thru Live Exchange), Barack Obama is the only Democratic candidate who has explicitly encouraged bicycle transportation during the lead-up to the election. He’s also looking to improve the nation’s mass transit systems.
The Tindo bus is the stuff of car-free, green, geeky dreams: It epitomizes efficient urban transportation and energy use, and to top it all off, it’s free. The world’s first solar-powered, electric bus hit the streets of Adelaide, Australia and has been catching rays—and kudos—ever since. (Tindo, an apropo name for the solar bus, is an Aboriginal word for “sun.”)
In an effort to make the streets of Amsterdam, commonly regarded as the preeminent bike city, even more bike-friendly, the city is timing traffic lights along the Raadhuisstraat to better suit the speed of bike commuters. Traffic engineers will program the lights so that a cyclist traveling between 15 and 18 kph (about 10 or 11 mph) will breeze right through intersections, hitting green lights all the way.
As we continue to further pollute our world, clean drinking water is quickly becoming our most precious resource. More and more people are turning to bottled water to keep themselves hydrated. Carectomy patients, who get more exercise than the car-laden masses, need more water in their daily lives. Pure Water 2 Go’s lineup of filtering bottles is an economical way to get quality drinking water when out-and-about, away from home. Plus, they represent a way to decrease your waste stream.
Organizations such as the Streetpanthers are fed up with the “cars rule” mentality in Athens. Since they feel that the authorities only care to protect the interests of motorists, they’re taking matters into their own hands and issuing a mild form of street justice.
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