06 September 2014

Air Quality Standards? Nah. Smog in India Damaged Enough Crops to Feed 94 Million

Mumbai Smog at Dawn (Credit)Tawheed Manzoor)
According to a study reported by Yale Environment 360, smog in India damaged enough crops to feed 94 million, That's shocking enough, but consider that the country has no air quality standards.

Would it help if Indian-made cars were made to be sold in countries with air quality standards? Trickle-down air quality?

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Sustainability, One VW at a Time

VW Golf GTI (Credit Car and Driver)
The New York Times reviewer was unequivocal in this weekend's review of the 2015 Volkswagen GTI:

With no hyperbole, I can say that this GTI is quite likely the best all-around automobile for less than $30,000. Forget the VW badge for a moment, and whatever associations it may hold for you, good or bad. Consider this GTI a luxurious Audit in Wolfsburg clothing.

On the eve of the climate change march (yes, this blogger will be there in Manhattan), we would do well to remember the fossil fuel not burned by improving fuel economy. The GTI doesn't match the Golf TDI, in which the same reviewer eked out 60 mpg in a mileage-preserving drive on the Jersey shore, but as this writer saw on a recent visit to Switzerland and Italy, the smaller, often diesel-based cars in Europe are doing just fine in the marketplace.

There are practical tradeoffs to be made while the waiting goes on for renewables to take hold. In my neighborhood, SUV sales remain brisk, but at least there are well-engineered alternatives for the sustainability-minded.

29 August 2013

What City of the Size of Hartford CT Didn't Exist in June 2012?

This photo was published in the 26 August 2013 issue of the New Yorker. The population of the Za'atari refugee camp in Syria is 120,000 persons -- the population of Hartford, CT. 

Photo credit: Moises Saman (credit on p. 49).