Abhijeet Chavan is co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of Planetizen.
Merriam-Webster Inc. announced that the word "blog" was the "most looked-up word
" [CNN] this year. The word will be a new entry in the next edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary.
A four-letter term that came to symbolize the difference between old and new media during this year's presidential campaign tops U.S. dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster's list of the 10 words of the year.
Thursday, December 2, 2004 - 2:05pm PST
The best English-language science magazine, New Scientist,
reports this week that London's congestion pricing -- 5 pounds to drive into downtown -- lowered emissions last year. The story's not online yet (next week it'll be in the archive at New Scientist.com
) but I've thoughtfully copied out the salient bits:
...nitrogen oxides and particulates fell by 16 per cent. A fall in the number of cars and an increase in speed of 4 kilometres an hour were responsible for three-quarters of this fall, with greener technology in cars making up the rest. Carbon dioxide emissions fell by 19 per cent. Even an increase in the number of buses, whose diesel engines are among the worst polluters, could not offset the drop, partly because modern buses are fitted with particulate traps.
Tuesday, November 30, 2004 - 2:04pm PST
Friday, November 26, 2004 - 6:42pm PST
Journalistic truism #539: Headlines that reference 1980s pop songs draw in readers. Proof? Well, you're here, aren't you?
Just some musings about air pollution in honor of Thanksgiving. And no, I don't really get the connection, either.
First, CNN reports
that five years
worth of negotiations between state and local agencies and airports have failed to result in emissions cutbacks for airports.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004 - 10:10am PST
Cities are planning major wireless infrastructure projects to provide city-wide wireless access. Taipei wants to build the world's largest "hotspot"
providing outdoor Internet access throughout the city. [Via Slashdot
The article quotes a Taipei city official who talks about the Wi-Fi project as not only beneficial to businesses but also to improve residents' quality of life
Friday, November 19, 2004 - 8:56am PST
I keep saying, urban life is not for the faint of heart. New article in the Journal of the American Medical Association
the abstract; fulltext is subscriber-only) says that elevated ozone events correlate to increased deaths.
They looked at 95 cities; here's the salient bit from the abstract:
A 10-ppb increase in the previous weekï¿½s ozone was associated with a 0.52% increase in daily mortality (95% posterior interval [PI], 0.27%-0.77%) and a 0.64% increase in cardiovascular and respiratory mortality (95% PI, 0.31%-0.98%).
Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - 3:44pm PST
The Sierra Club is using photomontage images online to demonstrate what "smart growth" can look like and feel like http://www.sierraclub.org/sprawl/community/transformations/index.asp
. Several photos show the difference between existing sprawl and potential smart growth solutions.
Photomontage is a visualization technique that is becoming increasingly popular as a tool to demonstrate what the future might look like under different design or build-out scenarios.
Tuesday, November 9, 2004 - 12:14pm PST
A color-coded map of how different states voted in the 2004 U.S. presidential election was probably the most common graphic used to convey the election results in a single picture by the news media. The following graphic by CNN uses color to highlight the states that "switched" parties.
CNN: 2004 Election Results by State
The New York Times had a more informative map that took into account population density.
Friday, November 5, 2004 - 8:57pm PST
Friday, November 5, 2004 - 11:04am PST
I've been talking about Democratic margins in cities, but check out this exit poll analysis from CJR Campaign Desk
[T]he category in which Bush showed the most significant gains over the year 2000 was urban voters (who made up 30 percent of all voters), among whom Bush polled 9 percentage points better than in 2000. Bush did even better among voters in the largest cities, picking up 12 points on his 2000 performance.
On the other hand, the New York Times has a bunch of maps on the back page of its special Election section today (which I can't find a link to; sorry) says that Kerry's margins in cities were actually much larger than Bush's margins in rural areas.
Thursday, November 4, 2004 - 1:09pm PST