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Did Metro build a perpetual motion machine?

Posted May 6, 2014 by | 7 Comments | ]
Metro's turbine installation. Courtesy of LA Metro

As Deputy Executive Officer for Environmental Compliance Services for Metro, Cris Liban’s job is to find ways to save energy in the subway. “My staff and I were standing one day on the platform and somebody lost his toupee,” he explained. “We realized the wind in the subway is strong. Maybe we can harness it.”
His colleagues decided to test a wind turbine—a device that …

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What does California’s high-speed rail mean for Central Valley farmers?

Posted August 12, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
California's High Speed Rail project will slice through a section of Brad Johns's Central Valley tomato farm

California’s high speed rail project was supposed to break ground this fall, but the project is on hold again. Even before any trains run, the project will impact farmers like Brad Johns, who grows tomatoes. His farm is 200 miles north of Los Angeles.
One summer afternoon, he walked gently on a canopy of brown vines, stopped, and picked a bright red fruit. “That is an …

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Los Angeles bike enthusiasts look to Rotterdam for inspiration

Posted April 18, 2013 by | 7 Comments | ]
Rotterdam Bike Lane with protective buffer

Meredith Glaser is a svelte 31-year-old from Long Beach. A couple of years ago she found a job as an urban planner in Rotterdam, the second-largest city in the Netherlands. She’s learned to tolerate the wind and snow. And she’s fond of riding her bike on Rotterdam’s impressive bicycle infrastructure.
Before the second world war, Rotterdam had narrow streets and typical Dutch row houses. But …

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