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Chart of the Day: CO2 Emissions vs. Cycling Modeshare

Here’s a chart from a recent study by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), a big International thinktank, about the relationship between CO2 emissions and bicycling modeshare (i.e. the percentage of people who use one mode of travel vs. another). They ran two scenarios about how urban bicycling could affect greenhouse gas emission. […]

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Map Monday: Urban Heat islands of the U.S ranked

A doctoral student at the UGA, Neil Debbage, led a study trying to determine with urban forms affected urban heat islands the most. The study also ranked the urban heat islands of the U.S. Researchers found no one size fits all urban model where the advice to build more dense or build more sprawling would solve […]

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Map Monday: Midwestern Electricity Plants

Via the Washington Post, here’s a detail from a beautiful map of all the electricity plants in the United States, colored and sized according to type and capacity. The details for Minnesota are highlighted: I general, I guess you can say that Minnesota has a balanced energy footprint. We’re not as coal-heavy as many Midwestern states […]

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Chart of the Day: Minneapolis Electricity vs. Built Square Footage over Time

Via Brendon Slotterback’s Twitter, here’s a chart showing Minneapolis’ energy use and “built square footage” (i.e. the total amount of buildings) over time: As Slotterback says: Minneapolis’ total electricity use has declined 4% since ’06 while total square footage has increased 5.5%. At the global scale, preventing out of control climate change requires de-linking GDP […]

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Map Monday: USA Turf Grass

Next time you’re out mowing the lawn, think about this map for a second. Via (something called), here you go: The map comes from a NASA study which looks at how lawns affect the environment. Here is the key part: There is now an estimated total of 163,812 square kilometers, or more than 63,000 […]

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Chart of the Day: Minneapolis Temperature, Dew Point, Wind Direction, Precipitation Forecast

This isn’t a weather report. Well it is, but that’s not the point. Check out what MPR’s Paul Huttner’s great blog says about “climate disruption.” First your forecast: OK, that’s summer. But the real eye-raising part is Huttner’s link to the Weather Channel’s list of top 25 cities for climate disruption. For some reason, Minneapolis […]

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