Bicycles And Buses Will Be Future’s Dominant Modes Of Urban Mobility, Predict 346 Transport Experts

A significant new report supported by the World Economic Forum argues there must be a “transport transformation” if the planet is to benefit from the Paris Agreement’s decarbonization commitments, signed in 2016.

The Transport for Under Two Degrees project published a report on October 8 arguing that governments around the world should stop subsidizing motoring and must, instead, build cycleways and wider sidewalks to anticipate the likely future of “active transport” in cities.

Public transit use must also be boosted, urges the T4<2° project, which was commissioned by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, or Auswärtiges Amt.

The project’s report—two years in the making—is based on existing studies and new qualitative interviews with 56 international experts from the transport and

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Our Future’s Fuel – Hydrogen

This UN report tells us that nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history – and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely. Energy is both the cause and the potential cure. Some improvements have been made with solar and wind technology and with natural gas replacing oil and coal in some applications. The future will see new solar and hydrogen technologies as the main suppliers of our future energy provided it comes fast enough for us to have a future. New solar power may come from work being done at the University of Pennsylvania to mimic the actions of iridocytes but that may yet be years away from practical use, whereas…

Hydrogen is here today

I will touch on one way to invest in hydrogen – via Air Products and Chemicals (NYSE:APD) – then will highlight a

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Stocks sink, Dow futures shed 500+ points as September gloom continues

Stock futures sank Monday morning, following global equities lower and setting the three major indices up to extend last week’s sharp declines. The early moves lower came as concerns over stagnating coronavirus case improvement stoked fears of more lockdowns, and as political uncertainty nudged investors away from risk assets.

Dow futures sank more than 500 points, or 1.9%, Monday morning, adding to a cumulative more than 350-point slide in the index from Thursday to Friday last week. Futures on the S&P 500 were down more than 1.5% after ending last week at its lowest level in six weeks last week. As of Friday’s closing level, the S&P 500 was down more than 7% from its recent record high from Sept. 2.

“So far, the market has over-shot our expectations for a 4% to 6% haircut from recent highs on near-term extended valuations, as well as economic and Covid-19 risks. That

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Drone futures – thousands of exciting possibilities take to the air, but demand common sense

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The general public is most familiar with drones in two context –  hobbyists, photographers, and filmmakers using them to put cameras in the sky, and military forces embarking on missions where humans fear to tread. Some may be familiar with other exciting concepts, such as: 

  • Amazon et al planning to automate package deliveries by air – more on that in a separate report.
  • Pilotless electric air taxis from the likes of Uber, who want to redevelop brownfield sites as passenger interchanges, and create an integrated, on-demand transport system.
  • NASA exploring the surface of Mars via autonomous rotorcraft (some are en route to the red planet now).
  • Fixed-wing robots delivering medical supplies to remote areas.
  • Competitive racing drones swooping around 3D, neon-lit courses.
  • Swarms of illuminated craft presenting a 21st Century version of firework displays, with programmed animations at huge public events.

All of these applications and more are either

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