Transportation headlines, Friday, Feb. 11

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.

It’s Friday and it’s sunny, so we’ll go a little lighter on the brain cells today…

Urban sprawl versus nature’s crawl (NPR)

Mitch Dobrowner has a series of photographs of Los Angeles that, says NPR, “blends the man-made with the wild, making it difficult to pinpoint where cities and nature end — or meet.” Hit the link above to check out his amazing photos of the L.A. Basin. And here’s Mitch’s website if you’d like to see more of his amazing landscapes.

A review of the latest in bike snow plows (Grist)

A little — or a lot — of snow isn’t going to slow down dedicated cyclists in chillier climes. This excellent post takes a look at some of the contraptions people have hooked up to bikes to clear their biking routes. The photo gallery shows, no surprise here, that a little snow doesn’t slow down the dedicated cyclists of Copenhagen. The video below explains one bike plow intended as an alternative to noisy, smelly gasoline-powered plows.

Requim for the polar bear (New York Times Green blog)

It may be freezing in many parts of the U.S. and Europe this winte, but it’s been unusually warm in the Arctic. Some experts blame climate change and the higher than usual temps have resulted in less sea ice. That’s a problem for polar bears who use the ice to hunt for seals in the winter, which allows them to fatten up for the more difficult months of summer. Attentive readers of The Source don’t need to be told that taking mass transit is a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming that’s stressing the polar bear population.

Who needs the ‘burbs when you have a Lifepod? (inhabitat)

It’s a small, sustainable prefab that you can ship or take wherever you want and then plop down without — so they say — harming the environment. And, yes, there’s a satellite dish. Of course, you might need a monster SUV to reach the thing….but it’s Friday, so have fun checking this one out.

1 reply

  1. Re: “Some experts blame climate change”

    That would be “most” or “virtually all” experts.

    For example, “Arctic sea ice has been declining at an increasing pace since 1979 — enough data to see a strong signal of climate changes” from the National Snow and Ice Data Center at http://nsidc.org/icelights/ .