"The Obama administration is broadening the standards for how the U.S. government funds public transportation projects in order to disburse money quickly and improve the environment."
"China has begun operating what is, by several measures, the world's fastest rail line."
"Communities in cold climates around the USA are changing their approach to snow and ice removal from highways in an effort to reduce potential harm to wildlife and vegetation caused by road salt runoff."
Congress must once again approve a 6-year plan for transportation funding. Lobbyists on all sides of the issues have already spent about $45 million in just the first half of 2009, according to the Center for Public Integrity.
A proposed rule for control of fluid-contaminated runoff at primary commercial airports would reduce the substantial threats to drinking water, surface water, air quality, wildlife, plants, and soils at airports and the surrounding areas.
Current economic doldrums may impair the general market appeal of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles for a while, but hybrid diesel schoolbuses are one aspect pulling into high gear.
A variety of initiatives aimed at reducing shipping-related emissions are in the works.
Fuel barges on the Columbia River are having more accidents, although none so far has resulted in a known spill. The Coast Guard refuses to disclose information about the incidents, citing investigations which it has not completed in periods of up to 16 months.
"So many of us have an old bike collecting dust in the garage. More often than not, they end up in the garbage. But ...one group has found a unique way to recycle them."
When the St. Lawrence Seaway was opened 50 years ago, it promised to move the ocean 1,000 miles inland, boost commerce, and light cities. But some think it has been an environmental nightmare.