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Obama calls for clean energy and high-speed rail in State of the Union

In his State of the Union, Obama called for 80% of electricity to come from clean sources by 2035, and 80% of Americans to have access to high-speed rail within 25 years.

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If you're so happy in your car, why are you so mad at the people walking?

Next time you're driving, remember that pedestrians aren't trying to annoy you. They're trying to get across the street without getting killed -- and a lot of the time, the street isn't designed for them.

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Making iPad music from the New York City subway map

Musician and programmer Alexander Chen wants to turn the New York subway system into a user-driven iPad musical instrument.

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New report quantifies just how much a car commute crushes your soul

The Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University has released its annual Urban Mobility Report, which includes data on how much time, money, and mental health urban-area car commuters lose to congestion every year. Spoiler alert: Car commuting is expensive, …

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China's biggest cities grow its greenest citizens

People in large Chinese cities are more environmentally aware -- and more likely to act on that awareness -- than those in smaller cities.

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Six reasons free parking is the dumbest thing you didn't know you were subsidizing

The U.S. has as many as eight parking spaces per car. That's more than a billion parking spaces, or one for every person in China, should they need them once they're done buying all our post-crash assets for jiǎos on …

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Time to ruggedize: We should talk more about preparing for climate change

It used to be conventional wisdom among greenies that it's best not to talk much about adapting to climate change. But adaptation may be the most approach to climate change.

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Smaller SUVs are safer than bigger ones, but walkability trumps all

If you want to be safe, buying a big SUV won't do it. But living in a place where you don't have to drive so much is a sure bet.

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What does it mean to ride a bicycle responsibly?

There has never been a unified code of behavior for bicycling, so people have been left to hash it out on the street. With more people riding all the time, that's becoming an issue. So who is really responsible?