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Comparative Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Conventional and Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles (EVs) coupled with low-carbon electricity sources offer the potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and exposure to tailpipe emissions from personal transportation. In considering these benefits, it is important to address concerns of problem-shifting. In addition, while many studies have focused on the use phase in comparing transportation options, vehicle production is also significant when comparing conventional and EVs. We develop and provide a transparent life cycle inventory of conventional and electric vehicles and apply our inventory to assess conventional and EVs over a range of impact categories. Read More

Environmental Politics and Law (Yale Open Courseware)

Can law change human behavior to be less environmentally damaging? Law will be examined through case histories including: environmental effects of national security, pesticides, air pollution, consumer products, plastics, parks and protected area management, land use, urban growth and sprawl, public/private transit, drinking water standards, food safety, and hazardous site restoration in this free online class. In each case we will review the structure of law and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses. Read More

Transport Processes in the Environment (MIT Open Courseware)

This class serves as an introduction to mass transport in environmental flows, with emphasis given to river and lake systems. The class will cover the derivation and solutions to the differential form of mass conservation equations. Class topics to be covered will include: molecular and turbulent diffusion, boundary layers, dissolution, bed-water exchange, air-water exchange and particle transport. Read More

EPA Guide Sustainable Transportation Performance Measures

This document describes opportunities to incorporate environmental, economic, and social sustainability into transportation decision-making through the use of performance measures. Performance measures allow decision-makers to quickly observe the effects of a proposed transportation plan or project or to monitor trends in transportation system performance over time. Read More

Green Car Congress

The path to sustainable mobility is complex, with numerous competing and complementary approaches to alternative energy sources, production, distribution and applications; fuel and power-train options; materials; safety, economic and environmental considerations and trade-offs; policy issues; and different timelines for research, development and deployment. Green Car Congress’ mission is to provide timely, high-quality editorial about the full spectrum of energy options, technologies, products, issues and policies related to sustainable mobility. Goals: 1) To provide timely and accurate reporting and analysis of relevant developments around the world. 2) To take the panoptic view, providing comprehensive coverage and the context critical to understanding and evaluating emerging energy options. Read More

Global Warning: Vehicle Solutions

U.S. passenger vehicles are one of the largest contributors to global warming pollution, responsible for roughly a quarter of annual U.S. energy-related emissions of CO2. Better transportation choices can have an enormous impact on climate change. With our members’ support, UCS spearheads research that finds new and better ways to reduce harmful vehicle emissions. Read More

STEM: Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Integrated Projects

Select project title to view project materials in math, science, or all STEM topics Read More

Space Weather

In the future, aerospace engineers will need to know what the weather conditions are like in space while planning trips to the Moon, Mars and beyond. This movie takes you behind-the-scenes with the agency that monitors and predicts space weather. Running time 1:56 minutes. Read More

Intercontinental Transport of Air Pollution: Relationship to North American Air Quality. A Review of Federal Resarch and Future Needs

This government report describes pollutants which are carried between continents by air currents. The report also addresses current and future research to better understand how these pollutants are transported. Read More

Heading for 100 % Renewable Urban Transport: Policy Recommendations

The brochure promotes urban transportation policy to increase the use of renewable energy to 100%. Seen globally, transport is one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Yet fossil fuels are becoming scarce, will become increasingly expensive and will eventually stop being viable as transport fuels. Before this happens, climate change will have begun to have a serious impact on human lives. The authors believe that it is crucial to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy as soon as possible, especially in the transport sector. Making urban transport independent of fossil fuel is a great challenge, but the authors cite growing evidence that it can be achieved. Read More


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