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Around the world, cities are preparing for a smarter, healthier and more efficient transportation system than traveling by car. It reduces your carbon print and is also a way to stay active and healthy! Here are some of the cities that encourage this green mode of transportation:
Copenhagen: In Copenhagen, more than 62% of its citizens cycle to work in one of the most biking-friendly cities in the world. The city has more than 242 miles of designated bike lanes and even features a “cycle super highway’ which connects to the town of Albertslund.
Amsterdam: The Netherlands capital has over 800,000 bicycles and its flat streets make it easier to use them to go to work, for grocery shopping or for exercise. Tourists are also encouraged to ride a bike, with several bike rentals available throughout the city.
Portland: The Portland Bureau of Transportation is trying its best to match the bicycle culture of European cities, and it has made a fantastic job so far. There are free printed city and neighborhood maps for cyclists and the public bike rental system is one of the greenest in the world.
Montreal: The Canadian city has over 373 miles of bike paths featuring food and drink stands along the cycling paths. The city also hosts a bike festival that welcomes bikers of all ages to take a tour around town.
Tokyo: Given how Tokyo’s population is, imagine if we told you that 14% of all its commuters are bikers. That means almost 2 million people going to work by bicycle every day! The city also has ample bicycle parking and amazing bike paths around the city.
What could you do to help make your city go bike green?
From this month on, state agencies of California will no longer buy vehicles from automakers that have not agreed to follow the state’s clean car rules. California has implemented its own strict regulations for the auto industry, banning most gas-powered only sedans from General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and any other company that doesn’t follow the regulations.
This recent change rose as a way to counter climate change and high levels of pollution caused by car emissions. California used to produce around 361.4 metric tons of carbon dioxide in a year, only the second most polluting state after Texas, and is now looking to make a move away from internal combustion engine sedans.
The Californian directive is set to give a boost to electric vehicle sales for government fleets, standing up against companies who are not putting an effort to reverse at least some of the damage done to our planet for several decades, and to those who put short-term profits ahead of our health and future.
As of now, four major automakers including Ford, Honda, BMW and Volkswagen have accepted to follow the state’s rules and will probably be rewarded with millions of dollars, as current fleets will replace all of their vehicles provided by the banned companies. For example, as of now, Chevrolet will lose around $27 million in purchases, Fiat Chrysler $11 million and Toyota will lose $3.6 million.
California’s government actions towards air pollution will prove as inspiration for other states to follow them, and hopefully will make buyers think twice about buying a gas-powered vehicle and invest in electric cars instead
It sounds like California is heading in the right air direction, doesn’t it?
Science can do great things in the fight against climate change, and with the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning, climate scientists can understand better its impact and how to stop it. AI can strengthen climate predictions, find ways to assign renewable energy and identify vulnerabilities and risk zones for our environment.
Thanks to Big-Data, machines can gather and analyze data from environmental data sources such as NASA to develop better solutions alongside researchers on how to reduce global emissions and suggest actions to industrial companies and governments.
Machine-learning algorithms can also predict extreme weather events like hurricanes, and tell us its severity and length. By being able to review dozens of data points at once, machines can warn governments and its citizens earlier than ever before, allowing everyone to prepare for an event with more time.
There is an issue, though, and it’s that AI uses a lot of energy. Like, a lot. Think HUGE amounts. In order to maintain the data processing flowing, massive data centers with rows and rows of computers need to be kept running - and that uses up a lot of energy. Some experts even compare it with the energy that a small city consumes. Wowza!
Even though AI has been around for some decades, the question on its environmental impact is only arising. It’s time for scientists to start doing AI in a more environmentally friendly way - even if it means focusing efforts on it.
What can you do to help? Start with digging deeper into climate change, try to discover new materials for your everyday stuff, plant your own food. We have to start somewhere!
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