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Electric Bus

A First in the World: Seoul’s Commercial Electric Bus

Public transportation has long been praised for cutting carbon emissions by taking more people off the road, and many new efforts, like Metro’s CNG fleet, have been applauded for making advancements to cut the emissions of the actual buses. Recently, however, engineers and public officials in Seoul, South Korea have made groundbreaking progress: commercials use of an electric bus. To its everyday users, the buses look and feel that same as their older counterparts, for the most part. While the five buses now in use have a noticeably sleeker and ‘green’ design, they fit the same overall style of older buses, following much of the same conventions in design. The […]

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Travel by Bike: The Benefits of Biking

Biking is one of the best ways of getting around; it’s good for the body, it’s good on the environment, it’s good for your wallet, and it’s quicker and more fun than walking. In fact, biking is one of the best alternative ways of traveling, and with modern public transportation accommodating the modern biker, it is shaping up to be one healthy, environmentally friendly way of getting around. We’ve identified three general benefits of biking: the benefit for the body, the benefit for the environment, and the benefit for the wallet. Let’s check each one out and see why biking may just be the best form of eco-travel. Benefits for […]

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The Ins and Outs of Biofuels

Different types of energy sources are everywhere, and for the past few weeks on Organic Soul, we have been identifying some of the potential major players in the energy game for the future. The pursuit to find new types of energy is all but over, and a source worth looking into before ending our journey is biofuels. Broadly speaking, a biofuel is any bioorganic plant or animal material that can be used as a source of energy. In fact, biofuel can be created from any carbon source that is easy to replenish, i.e. plants. Biofuels can come in solid, liquid, or gas form – while you may think of ethanol […]

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Is there a way to travel sustainably?

I’ll never forget the first thing my political theory professor shouted out to us students as we schlepped our way into class. “What the hell are you all doing here? You should be traveling the world!” Interestingly enough, the bizarre comment rang true to me, and more importantly, kept me in the class. Travel, as the professor went on to say, is something necessary in the world today. Maybe 50 or 60 years ago you could get away with never leaving your home town, but in the modern, globalized world we now live in, it’s impossible to ignore other cultures and ways of life. Besides the importance of acknowledging the […]

The Metro: A Simple, Convenient Way of Traveling with the Environment in Mind

For those of us who drive, cars are a way of life. It’s hard to imagine not using one’s vehicle, let alone taking a bus. I mean, buses aren’t that convenient and probably pollute more than a car…right? Unfortunately, for those of us who wish to rationalize car usage, no, such statements represent a widely erroneous belief. Public transit has a rich history, and more importantly, contributes greatly to the support of our environment. Those riders we see in the morning, looming on the corner, waiting for their elongated steel carrier, cut down on air pollution and lessen the already chaotic traffic situations in a tremendous way. First, let’s orient […]