Our Thursday green news brings you the latest on green architecture, climate change, energy and communities:
- A new European green program for commuters: A new program called BiTiBi (Bike-Train-Bike) funded by the European Union aims to promote green transportation by combining bicycles with public transit to encourage urban commuting. The ultimate goal of the four pilot projects is to decrease auto transportation by several million km per year and CO2 emissions by several 100 tons per year. The pilot projects are inspired by a Dutch model, with focus on solving the typical issues of combining bike with a train ride, such as lack of bike parking, no bike-friendly access to train stations and ineffective fare integration. “This is all about constructing a seamless door-to-door transportation option that doesn’t involve a car.” The pilot projects will be implemented in the regions of Barcelona, Milan, Liverpool and Belgium, with a collaboration of several partners.
- The 2014 guide to water and beach pollution: If you are wondering or care about the water quality of your favorite beaches, check out the latest guide to water and beach pollution prepared by NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council). This report provides information on water quality at more than three thousand U.S. beaches along the shores of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Great Lakes. Since the water at some beaches might be contaminated by human or animal waste, it can make exposed swimmers sick. You can explore the interactive map and learn about bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants in the beach water of specific location, which is a valuable information especially for parents.