Cars Will Cook the Planet Absent Shift to Public Transportation – By making it easier to walk, cycle or take the bus, the world cut pollution by 40 percent (Julia Pyper, ClimateWire, Sep. 17, 2014)
Today we review a paper that examines the trend toward increased urban car use, the consequences in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, and the opportunities that exist to reduce these emissions. Under the “high shift” scenario, urban transportation emissions could be reduced by 40% world-wide with savings of $100 trillion in operating and infrastructure costs. Putting more funding into public transit is not necessarily the best way to make these savings, but rather investments to promote cycling and walking.
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