Free EV Safety Training

Green Living Guy

Empire Clean Cities is hosting a FREE one-hour electric vehicle safety training for first responders on January 26th at 12pm EST. The training will be virtual and the facilitator is an in-service firefighter. The post Free EV Safety Training appeared first on Green Living Guy.

Potty-trained cows: A new approach to reduce emissions

Inhabitant

In a recent study, scientists "potty-trained" cows in an attempt to reduce the animals' greenhouse gas emissions. The study, published in Current Biology, included 16 calves trained to defecate in one spot

Reply to "Reply to Whitehead" by Desvousges, Mathews and Train (an introduction)

Environmental Economics

Desvousges, Mathews and Train ( Land Economics, 2015 ) use the contingent valuation method (CVM) to conduct an adding-up test (i.e.,   Desvousges, Mathews and Train ( Ecological Economics, forthcoming ) have now replied to my comment by describing 12 mistakes (12!)

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Potty-trained cows: A new approach to reduce emissions

AGreenLiving

In a recent study, scientists “potty-trained” cows in an attempt to reduce the animals’ greenhouse gas emissions. The study, published in Current Biology , included 16 calves trained to defecate in one spot. After several weeks of training, 11 out of 16 calves successfully learned to use the spot. Researchers suggested the calves that didn’t pick up the habit may just need more training to master the process.

Reply to "Reply to Whitehead" by Desvousges, Mathews and Train (the correction)

Environmental Economics

As described in the introduction of my (draft) "Reply to 'Reply to Whitehead'" , I suspect that I have used the incorrect confidence intervals when analyzing the Desvousges, Mathews and Train (2015) data.

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Setting the Record Straight on Oil Trains

Sightline Daily

Oil trains in the railyards, Everett, WA (10). Anderson (Used with permission) Editor’s note: The Seattle Times recently published a guest opinion regarding oil trains. On September 13, the Seattle Times published an opinion piece by Richard Berkowitz attacking, among other things, advocacy groups, communities worried about oil trains, and research published by Sightline Institute. That’s why some have taken to calling them “bomb trains.”.

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Reply to "Reply to Whitehead" by Desvousges, Mathews and Train: (2) What is the effect of negative WTP?

Environmental Economics

When dichotomous choice CVM data is of low quality, the measure of central tendancy is sensitive to assumptions. As I showed in a paper presented earlier this year (Landry and Whitehed 2020), with the highest quality data it makes no difference the WTP estimator that is used.

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Reply to "Reply to Whitehead" by Desvousges, Mathews and Train: (1) Is the log-linear model meaningless?

Environmental Economics

  Desvousges, Mathews and Train (2020) rightly argue that (1) the sum of medians is not equal to the median of the sums and (2) the mean WTP estimates for each of their five scenarios are basically infinity (or in the millions of dollars when the data are estimated with a log-linear probit).

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1 Million Barrels a Day, 100 Trains a Week

Sightline Daily

It’s the most comprehensive regional analysis of plans to ship crude oil by train. This update includes important new information showing far greater increases in oil train transport than previously thought. If all of the projects were built and operated at full capacity, they would require more than 100 loaded mile-long trains per week to traverse the Northwest’s railway system. Climate & Energy Longview Oil Trains Portland Vancouver WA

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Comment on Desvousges, Mathews and Train (2015) continued: cognitive burden

Environmental Economics

Desvousges, Mathews and Train (2015)  [DMT] find that their contingent valuation method (CVM) survey does not pass the adding up test. 20, 2016) I examined the data used by Desvousges, Mathews and Train (2015) and find that "it is. Note: [1] Desvousges, Mathews and Train's (2012) interpretation of Chapman et al. Desvousges, William, Kristy Mathews, and Kenneth Train. "Adequate Desvousges, William, Kristy Mathews, and Kenneth Train. “An

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Comment on Desvousges, Mathews and Train (2015) continued: cost

Environmental Economics

Desvousges, Mathews and Train (2015)  [DMT] find that their contingent valuation method (CVM) survey does not pass the adding up test. 20, 2016) I examined the data used by Desvousges, Mathews and Train (2015) and find that "it is. Desvousges, William, Kristy Mathews, and Kenneth Train. “An In a previous post (Whitehead, Sept. not clear if [the data] passes the most basic validity test in contingent valuation over 89% of the range of bids."

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Oil Train Derails in Seattle

Sightline Daily

Multiple news accounts just now that a loaded oil train derailed under the Magnolia Bridge, about a mile north of downtown Seattle. Here are some important resources on oil trains: Sightline has written extensively about the Northwest’s oil-by-rail industry. Here’s our primer on oil train developments. Loaded oil trains have derailed and exploded catastrophically no fewer than five times in the last year.

Oil Train Explosions: A Timeline in Pictures

Sightline Daily

At 7:15 this morning, yet another crude oil train erupted into an inferno, this time near a small town in central North Dakota. As these wildly dangerous trains continue to explode—at least 10 in the last two years—it’s become challenging to keep track of them all. So, for the record, we’ve assembled here a pictorial timeline of North America’s bomb trains. The regulations also substantially reduce public oversight of train movements and industry behavior.

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My comment on the Desvousges, Mathews and Train (2015) adding-up test article has been published at Ecological Economics

Environmental Economics

I first wrote about this in September 2016. I then submitted the comment to Land Economics. The editor sent me the results of an internal review and I revised it accordingly. Then he sent it out for external review and it received a favorable review in February 2017.

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Transformer train station built to withstand rockets!

Green Prophet

The Israeli town Sderot that borders the Gaza Strip has just got its first train station, linking them in a sustainable way to the center of the country. The “mad” upside to this train station is that it’s been built with security in mind, and comes equipped with a dual functioning “armour” to protect locals from the regular barrage of rockets flying overhead. For the next three months, residents of the city will get to use the train for free. .

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Comment on Desvousges, Mathews and Train (2015) continued: WTP Estimates

Environmental Economics

Desvousges, Mathews and Train (2015)  [DMT] find that their contingent valuation method (CVM) survey does not pass the adding up test. 20, 2016) I examined the data used by Desvousges, Mathews and Train (2015) and find that "it is. A nonparametric estimator is needed since the DMT data exhibits relatively low internal consistency over the bid range and fat tails (Desvousges, Mathews and Train 2015, Parsons and Myers 2016, Appendix A).

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Comment on Desvousges, Mathews and Train (2015) continued: theory

Environmental Economics

Desvousges, Mathews and Train (2015)  [DMT] find that their contingent valuation method (CVM) survey does not pass the adding up test. 20, 2016) I examined the data used by Desvousges, Mathews and Train (2015) and find that "it is. Desvousges, William, Kristy Mathews, and Kenneth Train. “An In a previous post (Whitehead, Sept. not clear if [the data] passes the most basic validity test in contingent valuation over 89% of the range of bids."

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Israel’s boring company plans 90 miles of underground trains

Green Prophet

The Israeli system won’t be tunnels for your cars, but rather an underground train system like in New York City. This new subway or underground train will complement the light rail train currently being built throughout Tel Aviv and Jaffa.

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Exploring Prague and Berlin by Train

Green Prophet

While there are many ways to move from one of the state to the next, taking a train is the most recommendable and convenient means. The trains are loved for being luxurious and comfortable. The journey between Prague and Berlin takes approximately 4 hours and 40 minutes by train. Every day, there are six train departures from the central station in Prague. The best way to travel from Prague to Berlin is by high-speed Railjet trains. Berlin to Prague Train.

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Free training for Levantine green entrepreneurs

Green Prophet

A new entrepreneurship program is seeking participants from Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan for their November training event. Training will be available in Arabic, French, English and Hebrew. Are you a green entrepreneur ? Need to grow a business model that creates environmental and social value? Want to launch your new green service or product but don’t know where to begin?

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Event: Oil Trains in Anacortes

Sightline Daily

In the past several months alone, North America has seen five major oil train derailments and explosions. Communities across the country, including along the West Coast, are scrambling to cope with the threats these “bomb trains” pose—from their radically under-insured collision and damage risks to the delays they cause for local traffic to, of course, their potential to violently explode along tracks running past schools, downtowns, homes, and local businesses.

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MAD unveils solar-powered "Train Station in the Forest"

AGreenLiving

Designed by international design firm MAD Architects , the 35.4-hectare project will feature a new Jiaxing Train Station topped with solar panels, a pair of plazas, a commercial zone, a transit hub and a renovation of the adjacent People’s Park. The main transportation and commercial functions will be tucked underground while an expansive green roof surrounded by trees will grow atop to create a “train station in the forest.”

Huge Oil Train Explosion

Sightline Daily

Early yesterday morning an oil train in the province derailed causing an explosion with deadly results : Police spokesman Guy Lapointe said one person had died, and that toll would rise, but he declined to comment on media reports that anywhere between 40 and 80 people were missing. Sightline estimates that would require more than 10 loaded oil trains per day, roughly 72 per week, and nearly 3,800 each year. One hopes the grim news from Quebec is not a preview for the Northwest.

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Events: Oil Trains in Spokane, WA, and Sandpoint, ID

Sightline Daily

Two long oil trains, Washington state. Next week, I’ll be keynoting a pair community events in the Inland Northwest on oil trains and coal exports—a region facing an especially severe onslaught of rail traffic. What: “Coal Export, Oil Trains, and Solutions” When: Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 7:00 p.m. What: “Sandpoint Oil Train Forum” When: Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 5:30 p.m. Climate & Energy Coal export Oil Trains Sandpoint Spokane

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Steps To Creating And Implementing A Product Knowledge Training

Green Prophet

Enter product knowledge training. . Product knowledge training helps your frontline employees to understand and effectively communicate everything about your product to your customers. But before you can deploy, it is best to plan the goals and flow of your training. .

Reply to "Reply to Whitehead" by Desvousges, Mathews and Train: (4) My treatment of the weighted WTP is biased in favor of the DMT (2015) result/conclusion

Environmental Economics

DMT (2020) draw attention to my treatment of the weighted WTP estimates. The regression model for the second scenario has a negative sign for the constant and a positive sign for the slope.

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American Fined 80 Bucks For Sleeping on Dubai Train

Green Prophet

Take this: in Dubai westerners and travelers beware: you are not allowed to fall asleep on the train. But no material for travelers is posted about sleeping on the trains themselves. The newspaper also reported some inconsistencies about whether it is okay or not to sleep on the train. For my sake, I don’t think I’d enjoy riding the train in Dubai. Trains and buses are where I catch some shut eye. At least there is public transport in Dubai.

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Compassion Training

The Green Changemakers

Is it possible to train compassion? How useful is compassion training in schools, clinical settings, and end-of-life care? Can the brain be transformed through mental training? Bridging Practice and Science by Tania Singer and Matthias Bolz describes existing secular compassion training programs and empirical research as well as the experiences of practitioners. What is the difference between empathy and compassion? Can it be measured?

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Reply to "Reply to Whitehead" by Desvousges, Mathews and Train: Are the DMT (2015) data problems typical in other CVM studies?

Environmental Economics

In Whitehead (2020) I describe the problems in the DMT (2015) data. It is full of non-monotonicities, flat portions of bid curves and fat tails. A non-monotonicity is when the percentage of respondents in favor of a policy increases when the cost increases.

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Yoga teacher training in India? A great holiday for mind, body and soul

Green Prophet

One of the things I might like to do one day when my kids are older is take a yoga teacher training course in India. A teacher training class, if you do it in a place like India, can be a 4-week vacation to yourself, not from yourself or your problems. .

Oil Trains: The Industry Speaks for Itself

Sightline Daily

A year and a half after an oil train inferno ended 47 lives in Lac-Megantic, Quebec , the crude-by-rail industry rolls on, virtually unimpeded. It’s hard not to feel horrified when, one after another, we register the place names of oil train explosions— Aliceville, Alabama ; Casselton, View Post North Dakota; Lynchburg, Virginia —as grim warnings of what could happen in so many other North American communities.

Travellers want trains – but what is the Middle East doing about it?

Green Prophet

Istanbul – a major hub for train travel across the Middle East. Survey results published this week reveal that the majority of international travellers would prefer to take trains instead of aeroplanes, if they had the opportunity. The poll of 300 consumers , conducted for train technology company Silverrail , showed that 79% would choose trains over planes if high-speed rail options are available, and 61% would choose rail over air if the cost were the same or lower.

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What Oil Trains Threaten in Grays Harbor

Sightline Daily

Yet proposals for three developments to move crude oil from trains to ocean-going vessels could put it all at risk. The oil industry’s plans to build new shipping terminals on the Washington coast could jeopardize a crown jewel of the Northwest’s natural heritage.

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Waiting on a Train – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Waiting on a Train The Embattled Future of Passenger Rail Service A Year Spent Riding Across America by James McCommons 304 pages paperback 6” x 9” ISBN: 9781603580649 Published by: Chelsea Green Publishing October 20, 2009 Price: $17.95 Waiting on a Train” is a well written book in which the author, James McCommons, makes the valid call for the resurrecting the nearly dead long-distance passenger rail service in America and also for better goods trains.

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What Do Oil Train Explosions Cost?

Sightline Daily

Given the nasty tendency for oil trains to explode when they derail, it’s probably worth asking what a catastrophic accident might cost. No doubt, the thousands of communities visited daily by oil trains would like to know what sort of financial risks they are exposed to. Oil train derailment and river contamination, Aliceville, AL (2). The most direct comparison is the Lac-Mégantic accident because it was the first major oil train explosion in a populated area.

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Will Radiation Danger Spoil Israel’s Electrified Train?

Green Prophet

One important issue that is still to be decided on (and an important environmental one at that) is whether to continue to use petroleum based diesel fuel to power the train’s engines, or to convert them to run on electricity as was proposed by the management of Israel Railways and reported in Haaretz and other news media articles. Tel Aviv Light Rail Train Chugs Away, Slowly. And make it electric?

Training your brain to prefer healthy foods

Green (Living) Review

Boston researchers see benefit from behavioral weight loss program designed to curb food addiction (Press Release) It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, according to new research by scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University and at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Oil Train Explodes in Alabama

Sightline Daily

Reuters is reporting that an oil train derailed in Alabama earlier today resulting in a huge explosion that sent flames 300 feet into the sky. Oil train fires can be so dangerous that emergency responders are often unable to extinguish the blazes. Earlier this year, an oil train derailed in Quebec, killing 47 people in the resulting explosion. About two weeks ago, an oil-bearing train derailed and exploded in rural Alberta , forcing an evacuation but not claiming any lives.

The ?99% Spring? Aims to Train 100,000 Activists | PR Watch

PR Watch

The “99% Spring” Aims to Train 100,000 Activists. More than 60 progressive groups are uniting behind the effort known as "99% Spring" and are planning to train 100,000 people across the country in methods of non-violent direct action. In some areas the trainings are supported by OWS, in other areas they are not. While each training will have its own local touch, a common curriculum ties all trainings in the 99% Spring together. Skip to Main Content Area.

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The Man Behind the Exploding Trains

Sightline Daily

“Look for the UTLX logo on tank cars when you watch trains roll by. These lessors—the actual owners of the tank cars—are the ones ultimately responsible for the fact that that the vast majority of oil trains today are largely composed of older models so riddled with obvious flaws that federal safety investigators have for years urged the entire fleet be retrofitted. Oil trains, lined up, Washinton coastline. BNSF is no stranger to oil train explosions.

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Cooooooal Train!

Sightline Daily

Skip to navigation Advanced Search Document Actions Sections Front Page Daily News Daily Score Blog The Daily Score Special Series The Dirt on Coal 22 In a Series Cooooooal Train! Under Ambres plan, trains would carry over five million tons of coal each year to Longview, load it onto cargo ships, and ultimately sell it to feed Chinas skyrocketing demand for coal-fired electric power. Coal train photo courtesy of Flickr user KimonBerlin , distributed under a Creative Commons license.]

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What Railway Workers Think about Oil Trains

Sightline Daily

Sightline has cataloged a range of serious concerns about the rise of oil trains— from lax tank car safety standards to industry intransigence to severe under-insurance —but the perspective of actual rail workers is even more troubling. Oil train derailment in Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, July 24, 2014 by Fred Felleman (Used with permission.). Oil train derailment and river contamination, Aliceville, AL (2).

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Video: The Northwest’s “Bomb Trains”

Sightline Daily

I’m excited to share this just-released Vice News video piece about the threats of oil trains in the Pacific Northwest: “The Crude Gamble of Oil by Rail: Bomb Trains.” And if you have neighbors or friends who don’t know much about oil trains, please share this video with them.

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