14 Jun '11, 3pm

How to design communities that don't require cars. #oil

With enough willpower, many of us could abandon the family car for a bicycle, a sturdy pair of walking shoes, or public transit. But the effort is made much easier (and safer) if our communities lay the groundwork. Here are a few ways that cities, towns, and even rural areas can reduce our dependence on automobiles and their polluting fossil fuels. HIGH-SPEED RAIL Sleek trains that race between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Tampa and Orlando, and Milwaukee and Madison remain paper dreams, buffeted by reactionary politics and budgetary woes: $2.5 billion for high-speed rail was recently axed from the federal budget. But these energy-efficient substitutes for private vehicles and short-haul jets remain a great investment for the planet. California's proposed high-speed trains could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 12 billion pounds per year by 2030. LOCAL TRANSIT SYSTEMS ...

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"The EPA is slow to move on pesticide blamed in...

sierraclub.org 18 Jun '11, 5pm

Ten years after the French ban, Jeffery Pettis, the leading bee researcher for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, showed ...

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sierraclub.org 08 Jun '11, 6pm

sierraclub.org - sierra magazine - july/august 2011 - refusing to bend Refusing to Bend Threatened by pesticides in the fi...

Who is cuter, Yoda Bat or Blobfish

Who is cuter, Yoda Bat or Blobfish

sierraclub.org 23 Jun '11, 7pm

Blobfish have the misfortune to share their neighborhood with the equally pejoratively named slimehead (Hoplostethus atlan...