Environment

For Fuel Efficiency, Drop "MPG" For "Gallons Per 10000 Miles"

Since gas-guzzlers use a lot of gas, a small change in efficiency has a big impact. This is not clear by comparing MPG ratings. NYTimes "best of 2008" idea. http://bit.ly/7Mz1wD

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Security

Avoid the Worst Mistake a Parent Can Make

The heart-wrenching, Pulitzer Prize-winning article about parents who mistakenly leave a baby in a locked car to die (about 20 times per year in the US). Washington Post http://bit.ly/9w41Ir

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Health

Return Speed Limit to 55 MPH

The lifting of the 55 mph speed limit in 1995 has resulted in over 12,000 additional deaths - more than Iraq, Afghanistan and 9/11 combined. Higher speeds also use way more fuel. Freakonomics blog: http://nyti.ms/9NRmEq

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Environment

Roll Down Your Window Instead of AC

Rolling down your window to cool the car on a hot day uses less energy than the AC - except when driving on the highway (where wind resistance matters more). Slate http://bit.ly/d65p04

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Transportation

Don't Reduce Traffic Jams

Efforts to alleviate traffic jams only encourage more cars and create more sprawl. Traffic jams encourage ridership on more efficient mass transit. Wall Street Journal http://bit.ly/cDS0lE

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Save Gas by Driving Less Aggressively

Edmunds.com tests show that driving less aggressively is the best way to save fuel - better than driving slower, inflating tires, reducing idling, and other strategies. http://bit.ly/8Ygyoo

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Transportation

Use "Road Trains" to Save Gas

Wirelessly linking automobiles into "road trains" can save 20% of fuel. http://bit.ly/7oP5ED

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Transportation

Don't Worry About Auto Safety

Why is there so much attention about auto safety and manufacturer recalls when nearly all accidents are caused by human error? Shouldn't we worry more about that? NY Times http://nyti.ms/a5387k

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Keep Your Clunker

"Cash for Clunkers" programs can be a bad deal for the environment: they encourage producing a new vehicle, and they often don't make a big dent in fuel consumption. Washington Post: http://bit.ly/aBKMkM

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Transportation

Share Electric Cars

Paris is considering a plan which would allow citizens to share 4000 electric cars. Spiegel Online http://bit.ly/bS1lOP

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Transportation

Put Cars on a Diet

In order to meet new fuel standards, cars will need to employ more efficient engines, but will also need to be lighter. Lighter cars are more fuel efficient, can be just as safe, but cost more. Economist http://bit.ly/aaRFTR

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Ban Cul-de-Sacs

Cul-de-sacs limit neighborhood connectivity, inhibit emergency vehicles, and drive too much foot and car traffic onto major arteries. http://www.nytimes.com/projects/magazine/ideas/2009/#c

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