Unfortunately, not every city is bike-friendly. We’re not just talking about the number of bike paths, or the quality of the pavement; one important factor to safe urban cycling is the existence of traffic laws that protect cyclists in cases of traffic accidents. To appeal to cyclists, cities also need segregated bike lanes and plenty of accessible, safe places to lock up that bike.
Archive for the Environment Category
If you live in an area that’s being pounded with spring pollen right now, you probably have a very personal understanding of the importance of air quality. As irritating as it is, though, pollen is both temporary and natural. Artificial air contaminants are much more concerning.
Antarctica is 5.5 million square miles of frozen, inhospitable, uninhabited wasteland. The land mass is covered with a sheet of ice more than a mile deep. It’s technically owned by no one and is not open to mineral or oil exploration—at least not yet. For six months of the year, the sun doesn’t even rise [...]
After pledging to “make BP pay”, President Obama negotiated with BP back in June, getting a $20 billion compensation guarantee from the oil giant. The fund was created to provide compensation for all those Gulf residents who’ve been affected by this historic disaster. This includes thousands of business owners (hotels, restaurants, etc.), fishermen, and others [...]
Nanotechnology (“nanotech”) is the science of controlling matter on a molecular scale, usually sized between 1 and 100 nanometers. How small is that? Well, since 1 nanometer is roughly 1/50,000th the width of a human hair, maybe “mind-bogglingly tiny” is a better way of putting it. The ability to manipulate matter this minuscule has big [...]
At least 115 million animals are abused, experimented on, and killed in laboratories across the U.S. every year. Common practices in animal testing—such as pumping chemicals into rats’ stomachs, removing portions of rabbits’ skulls, cutting chunks of muscle out of dogs’ thighs, and keeping infant primates in isolation chambers—are funded by you, the American consumer. [...]
In the United States alone, there are currently 581 endangered and threatened animal species. These include mammals, corals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, clams, snails, insects, arachnids, crustaceans, and birds. Birds, by the way, have the highest number of endangered species with 76 different types of birds on the brink of extinction. The Endangered Species Act was [...]