Saturday, August 30, 2014

Instead of #deflation, let's have #default, #degrowth, #decarbon, #decolonize

Cheap oil has peaked. Profits are no more. Degrowth will happen. Let's stop wasting money and energy on cars.

Eurozone Inflation Dips Again to Increase Pressure on E.C.B. - "With inflation creeping closer to zero, analysts consider it ever more likely that the central bank will begin large-scale asset purchases, the same kind of quantitative easing that has been used by the Federal Reserve to revive the economy in the United States."

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Global warming impacts 'severe, widespread, and irreversible', UN warns

Telegraph: "The world faces "severe, widespread and irreversible" effects of climate change unless it takes urgent action to limit global warming by cutting back on burning fossil fuels, the United Nations has warned in a leaked draft report.
Man-made global warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions is already here and its effects "might already be considered dangerous", according to the draft of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report."

Friday, August 22, 2014

Humans will cook the earth regardless of fuel used. Unless #degrowth

Free Public Transit: Exponential Economist Meets Finite Physicist | Do the Math: ""Alright, the Earth has only one mechanism for releasing heat to space, and that’s via (infrared) radiation. We understand the phenomenon perfectly well, and can predict the surface temperature of the planet as a function of how much energy the human race produces. The upshot is that at a 2.3% growth rate (conveniently chosen to represent a 10× increase every century), we would reach boiling temperature in about 400 years. [Pained expression from economist.] And this statement is independent of technology. Even if we don’t have a name for the energy source yet, as long as it obeys thermodynamics, we cook ourselves with perpetual energy increase."

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Walking, biking and taking public transit tied to lower weight

Reuters: "(Reuters Health) - People who walk, bike or take public transportation to work tend to be thinner than those who ride in their own cars, according to a new study from the UK."

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Kampanja: Besplatan Javni Prevoz - Stop Bus Plus

99% Srbije: " Zatim, Talin u Estoniji postao prva Evropska prestonica koja je uvela besplatan javni prevoz za sve građane od početka 2013. godine. Tu meru je gradska uprava Talina (posle sprovedenog referenduma) implementirala zbog pozitivnih socijalnih, ekonomskih i ekoloških rezultata koje je uvođenje besplatnog javnog prevoza u Belgiji, Holandiji, Francuskoj, Poljskoj, Mađarskoj i ostalim evropskim zemljama donelo njegovim stanovnicima i društvu."

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ireland - free August travel for child Leap Card holders "The National Transport Authority has announced free transport for all children aged between four and 18 who have a Leap Card in August.
The offer is available from now until August 24.
It includes travel on Dublin Bus, Luas, Swords Express, DART and Irish Rail in Dublin.
The move is to encourage families to use public transport in the final weeks of the school holidays."

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Osnabrück, Germany, considering free public transport

Machbarkeitsstudie für Bürgerticket: Stadt Osnabrück prüft fahrscheinlosen Nahverkehr: "Osnabrück. Busfahren ohne Ticket? Was bisher nur Schwarzfahrer wagten, könnte in Osnabrück bald jedem erlaubt sein. Die Stadt prüft die Machbarkeit eines fahrscheinlosen öffentlichen Nahverkehrs, bei dem die Kosten auf alle Einwohner umgelegt werden – egal, ob sie den Bus nutzen oder nicht. Ein weiterer Schritt auf dem Weg zum „Bürgerticket“."

Monday, August 4, 2014

Campaign to save free bus pass for seniors in UK

Kidderminster Shuttle: "ALMOST 1,000 people in Kidderminster have signed a petition to save the free bus pass for pensioners.

Wyre Forest Campaign for Better Buses, which was set up by local Green Party members, collected the signatures in protest against Government proposals to axe universal entitlement to the bus pass and, instead, introduce a means-tested system."