Driving sustainable mobility in the Philippines with hybrid cars MANILA, Philippines — According to the 2018 UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global warming is estimated to reach 1.5-degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels sometime between 2030 and 2050. Without doubt, the planet is heating up at an alarming rate. With this comes a louder and more urgent call for sustainable mobility—especially from the transport sector, which has been estimated by the Paris Agreement of 2016 to contribute to one-fifth of the world’s carbon emissions. The same is true in the Philippines. “Vehicle emission is a leading factor contributing 69% of air pollution in the country,” said Trade Undersecretary Rafaelita Aldaba at the Toyota Hybrid Electric Technology Conference. Held last May 29 at the Grand Hyatt Manila, it is the first time that Toyota Motor Philippines assembled a hybrid technology event of this scale. The conference … [Read more...] about Driving sustainable mobility in the Philippines with hybrid cars
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By Alex Ballingall Ottawa Bureau Mon., May 13, 2019 OTTAWA—Under pressure after a byelection defeat by the Green Party last week, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh backed off Monday from his previous support of liquified natural gas development in British Columbia. Singh now says projects like the Coastal GasLink pipeline and a coastal export facility don’t “satisfy” his criteria for major new developments. Earlier this year, he said he supported the projects and that consultations on the pipeline were done “in a very meaningful way.” A party spokesperson said Monday that Singh also believes now that more consultations with Indigenous peoples are needed. Liquified natural gas development was a key attack point for the Greens in last week’s byelection victory in B.C. The NDP loss sparked concern from prominent party veteran Svend Robinson, who called the Green win a “wake up call” for New Democrats to take a clearer … [Read more...] about NDP backs off support for B.C. gas development
By Alina Tugend The New York Times Sun., May 12, 2019 Maria Uriarte, a professor in the department of ecology, evolution and environmental biology at Columbia University, is trying to understand how Hurricane Maria in 2017 altered plant life in Puerto Rico. But trying to identify which species of tree survived and which was destroyed over acres of rainforests by looking at aerial photographs is a near-impossible task for the human eye. “The challenge with ecology as a field and climate change as an area is that the world is highly variable,” Uriarte said. “You can learn something about what happens in one place, but then the question is: How applicable is this in other areas that I haven’t worked at?” That is why she has turned to artificial intelligence, and machine learning in particular, which is especially good at taking in large amounts of information, then sorting through it, classifying it and “learning” to detect — … [Read more...] about How AI can help handle severe weather
BANGALORE: In Uber’s vision of the future, self-driving cars will whisk us everywhere, eliminating the need for its millions of human drivers.But as the ride-hailing giant prepares to sell as much as US$10 billion in stock to the public this week to help build those vehicles, a low-tech approach to the self-driving future is emerging in India: motorbikes that customers rent and drive themselves.Several startups - backed by big Silicon Valley venture firms and Uber’s Indian competitor, Ola - are betting that shared “two-wheelers” are better suited to wallets and transportation needs than the cars that are the heart of the ride-hailing industry.The traditional model of Uber and Ola is reaching its limits, said Vivekananda Hallekere, a co-founder and the chief executive of Bounce, which fields more than 6,000 motorbikes that people can pick up and drop off anywhere in the southern Indian city of Bangalore. The car rides are too expensive for most Indians, the … [Read more...] about Ride-sharing’s future? It may sit on electric motorbikes
By Merran Smith Opinion Dan Woynillowicz Thu., May 2, 2019 Electric cars will take over roads in Canada and around the world. This is not simply the opinion of environmentalists, but a reality echoed by most analysts and automakers. It’s why Volkswagen is betting everything on a fast-approaching electric future. It’s why Ford just dropped a cool $500 million into electric truck startup Rivian with an eye toward electrifying its F-series (the bestselling trucks in Canada). And it’s why there’s a combined US$300 billion being invested by 29 global automakers into electric vehicles. Here in Canada, sales of new electric vehicles nearly doubled last year. In Norway, there were more electric cars sold than gas ones last month. One of the more pessimistic outlooks for electric cars, courtesy of ExxonMobil, sees the number of electric cars growing from two million to around 160 million in just 20 years. But perhaps, more than any factoid, what … [Read more...] about Will Conservative climate plan embrace electric cars?