Transportation headlines, Wednesday, Sept. 1

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the library’s blog.

When it comes to walking, L.A. is more deadly than other cities (LAist)

Writing off a post at GOOD, LAist points out that the rate of pedestrian deaths in L.A. is higher here than in other cities and is double the average across North America. LAist ponders whether speed limits — being raised in some parts of our area — are a contributing factor.

Changes in El Nino (NOAA)

A new type of El Nino is emerging, with ocean temperatures rising in the central Pacific instead of the eastern Pacific, according to a new study by NOAA and NASA. Why’s that important? El Nino is sometimes responsible for very wet winters here in Southern California and the new type of El Nino will likely make it harder to make long-term weather forecasts. Is global warming responsible? Andrew Revkin at the NYT’s Dot Earth tackles that question. Reminder: taking mass transit instead of driving alone is one easy way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

It’s time to waste a little time, meaning it’s time for today’s musical interlude, “The Metro” by Berlin. The lady in the red dress sure looks like she’s having one bad train ride…

Goodbye white bark pine trees? Goodbye species that depend on it? (New West)

Whitebark pine trees, which live at high elevations in the Rocky Mountains, are getting hammered by bark beetles and many are dying. Warmer temperatures — thanks, it seems, to global warming, allow the beetles to thrive. In the meantime, conservationists fret about all the species that depend on whitebarks, including the grizzly bear.