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  • Researchers at the Institute of Transportation Studies University of California, Davis suggest that a number of positive trends indicate that we may be seeing the beginning of a real hydrogen transition in transportation, despite earlier starts that fizzled.

    Green Car Congress
  • The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding more than $55 million to 31 newprojects to accelerate research and development of vehicle technologies that will improve fuel efficiency and reduce costs under a program-wide funding opportunity announced in January. 

    Green Car Congress
  • As a recent report from the Obama administration warns that one in four bridges in the United States needs significant repair or cannot handle automobile traffic, Tufts University engineers are employing wireless sensors and flying robots that could have the potential to help authorities monitor the condition of bridges in real time.

    Science Daily
  • This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries -- a potential source of lead pollution -- into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power.

    Science Daily
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti led a group of California mayors on a trip to Sacramento to push for legislation on a number of issues that impact cities before the final, frantic weeks of August that mark the end of the legislative session. On their agenda was getting assurance that cap-and-trade funds would be available to help cities reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years.

    Streetsblog SF
  • Cincinnati will launch a bike-share system using the B-Cycle platform in the next few weeks, reports Randy Simes at Urban Cincy. The city recently cleared some of the final hurdles, and the initial batch of stations is on the way...

    Streetsblog NYC
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    ...California’s average temperature from January through July was 60.9 degrees — 4.6 degrees above the 20th century average. This beat the previous year-to-date record by an astonishing 1.4 degrees. It might not seem like much, but on multiple month time scales, fractions of a degree can make all the difference in record-setting, and California is going off the charts. Prior to this record, California’s warmest January to July period was in 1934, when the average temperature was 59.5 degrees. 1934 also holds the record for warmest calendar year overall, though 2014 appears determined to beat it.

    Washington Post
  • To fight its stubborn pollution problem, China is asking its citizens to walk or bike instead of driving, to use less air conditioning, and limit the use of outdoor barbecues—and to turn in neighbors who waste electricity or pollute the environment.

    CityLab
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    ...Unless a transit agency has enough money to invest in more frequent service, options for reducing those frustrating waits are limited. Fortunately, one of the newest tools at their disposal is proving to be an extremely effective one. Real-time transit data—and the mobile applications that use it to tell riders where a bus is at any given moment—is changing the waiting game in ways that experts are only starting to measure in hard numbers.

    http://www.citylab.com/commute/2014/08/3-big-time-benefits-of-real-time-transit-data/376094/
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    The local industry has been reeling for years as venture capital-backed ride services like Uber and Lyft have proliferated and taxi companies' calls to The City to level the playing field have done little to help. On Wednesday, cab drivers voted to initiate the San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance, an affiliate of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) -- marking the first time cabdrivers will be unionized in The City in more than four decades.

    SF Examiner