Effects Of Climate Change On Transportation Are Not Always Obvious, Immediate : NPR

Wildfire recently closed I-70 through Colorado for two weeks. It burned steep slopes above the highway, so future closures are likely due to rockfall and mudslides from climate change driven storms.



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Some of the effects of climate change are obvious and immediate – more intense wildfires, for example, which means more widespread destruction and heavier lingering smoke on the West Coast, not to mention the rest of the country. Other effects are more subtle and persistent, like an interstate highway that could see ongoing closures for years to come. Colorado Public Radio’s Dan Boyce takes us to a burned over narrow canyon now vulnerable to dangerous rockfall and mudslides.

DAN BOYCE, BYLINE: Summer 2020 was going gangbusters for Steve Nieslanik.

STEVE NIESLANIK: Prior to the canyon closing was the best five weeks we ever had.

BOYCE: He owns an Indian restaurant called Masala and Curry in the

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Bicycle-themed scavenger hunt pushes more people to pedal in Pinellas County

SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. — Why walk or drive when you can pedal, according to Forward Pinellas. The agency says the number of people bicycling in Tampa Bay has reached record numbers during the pandemic.

“Since 1890, biking has not been as popular as it is right now,” said Angela Ryan, with Forward Pinellas.

Ryan’s favorite mode of transportation involves two wheels, some spokes and a pair of handlebars.

“Bikes are a solution to cities’ traffic problems, bikes are a solution to parking issues, they are also really important for our physical health and the health of our environment,” said Ryan.

Cycling on the Pinellas Trail alone has gone up an average of 100,000 riders a month during the pandemic.

Forward Pinellas is trying to expand on this growth by creating a scavenger hunt made for pedaling.

“So we developed a two-week-long scavenger hunt with 20 different locations throughout Safety Harbor,”

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The German Car Industry Musters for a New Tech Battle

Having spent years—and tens of billions of dollars—preparing for a shift in production toward electric vehicles, German car makers are expressing a new angst: that digitally “connected cars” could prove even more disruptive to their traditional strengths. This second leg of their race against Tesla could become a fresh excuse to squander investors’ capital.

Daimler set two priorities for technological leadership in a new strategy for its

Mercedes-Benz


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brand this week: electric drive and car software. For the latter, the company is working on an entire operating system, MB.OS, that from 2024 will run not just Mercedes’s proprietary infotainment system and its mobile broadband connection but also crucial elements of the driving experience, including self-driving features and battery management.

The company will partner with technology specialists for specific applications, notably

Nvidia

for automated driving. Yet the closer the software gets to the customer experience, the more Daimler wants

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