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No Doubt About It, New Study Shows High Speed Rail Reduces Emissions
Posted By Kristine Lofgren On August 31, 2012 @ 4:13 pm In Environment,global warming,Green Transportation,Innovation | 1 Comment
Researchers have (unsurprisingly) found that high-speed rail in California  is definitely green. Opponents  have held that the high-speed rail, with its 68 billion dollar price tag, may not be worth the trouble, but in a recent study researchers show that the rail project will be a positive investment, reducing emissions and easing travel congestion.
According to the researchers, future automobiles with higher fuel standards, air travel and new train designs must be considered when developing impact assessments. The two-year study  by UC Berkley professor Arpad Horvath and Arizona State University’s School of Sustainable Engineering and The Built Environment  professor Mikhail Chester shows that a high speed rail system will in fact consume less fuel and emit less pollution  than air and car travel.
Although rail travel is certainly not carbon-neutral (since creating electricity still produces greenhouse gas emissions ), the study shows a definite, if slight, environmental impact. Hard numbers are not available yet, according to the researchers, but with the increasing number of renewable energy plants, the environmental benefit will also increase, making high speed rail an attractive option that will only get better with time.
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 two-year study: http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/7/3/034012
 School of Sustainable Engineering and The Built Environment: http://ssebe.engineering.asu.edu/
 emit less pollution: http://inhabitat.com/los-angeles-cuts-vehicle-pollution-by-a-massive-98-since-1960/
 greenhouse gas emissions: http://inhabitat.com/fedex-announces-plan-to-increase-emissions-reduction-goal-by-50/
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 East Bay Express: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/ebx/high-speed-rail-is-definitely-green/Content?oid=3324388
 Mike Quinn: http://www.geograph.org.uk/profile/12735
 David Anstiss: http://www.geograph.org.uk/profile/29880
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