Bertha’s woes are hogging the spotlight. But while everyone’s been looking down, something going on up in the air may prove just as important in the long run: traffic volumes on the Alaskan Way Viaduct have collapsed since the state started its construction project. Viaduct traffic fell by 48,000 trips in 3 years—a reduction many transportation planners likely would have thought unthinkable. So where did the traffic go? Clark Williams-Derry gives four likely explanations. Read more.
Sightline | Transportation
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Oil trains
Puget Sound Business Journal | Clean Energy
Fast Company | Bicycling
Fast Company | Green Building
Sightline | Polluted runoff
The Oregonian | Energy
Grist | Transportation
Crosscut | Housing
10. El Niño returns?
Los Angeles Times | Climate
More of this please, Fortune 500: Apple CEO, visibly angry, tells science-denier stockholders to sell Apple stock if they don’t believe in climate change.
In 2009, former head of the Federal Reserve Paul Volker said, “I wish someone would give me one shred of neutral evidence that financial innovation has led to economic growth—one shred of evidence.” Here are some shreds of evidence to the contrary—some charts suggesting that the enormous growth of the financial sector has been … read more »
Update: Thursday afternoon, Uber became the first Transportation Network Company to release information the city of Seattle has sought for months to inform its decision making.
The company revealed that the number of drivers currently signed up with uberX Seattle is 900—the first indication of just how popular the service has become. It also said the number of drivers active on the uberX system at any one time “regularly” exceeds 300, which is double the city’s proposed cap, and is … read more »
Polluted runoff is bad. Green stormwater infrastructure is good. But as rain gardens proliferate like frogs after a rainstorm and development continues to creep across the landscape, it’s time to flesh out those generalities with solid data. And stormwater folks in Washington state are poised to do just that with a new stormwater monitoring program.
“We have completely changed the paradigm for Clean Water Act permit monitoring,” said Karen Dinicola, the state Ecology Department staff lead for the project, called … read more »
Back by popular demand, here’s a look at the carbon dimensions of two climate change horror shows in the making: the Keystone XL Pipeline and new coal export terminals in the Northwest. From the “King Kong versus Godzilla” files, here’s my analysis of their carbon impacts.
The result surprised me: coal exports look to be an even bigger climate disaster than the pipeline. We can ill afford either one of these projects, but until we have a clear energy policy that … read more »