Transport, the Environment and Security

Transport, the Environment and Security

Making the Connection

Rae Zimmerman

From a primarily urban perspective, the author illustrates that the fields of transportation, environment (with an emphasis on climate change) and security (for both natural hazards and terrorism) and their interconnections remain robust areas for policy and planning. Synthesizing existing data, new analyses, and a rich set of case studies, the book uses transportation networks as a framework to explore transportation in conjunction with environment, security, and interdependencies with other infrastructure sectors. The US rail transit system, ecological corridors, cyber security, planning mechanisms and the effectiveness of technologies are among the topics explored in detail. Case studies of severe and potential impacts of natural hazards, accidents, and security breaches on transportation are presented. These cases support the analyses of the forces on transportation, land use and patterns of population change that connect, disconnect and reconnect people from their environment and security.

Chapter 3: The Climate Connection

Rae Zimmerman

Subjects: business and management, management and sustainability, economics and finance, environmental economics, transport, environment, climate change, environmental economics, environmental management, transport, politics and public policy, public policy, terrorism and security, urban and regional studies, transport


INTRODUCTION Transportation networks evolve over time as new public concerns and preferences emerge. They both shape and are shaped by social, political, economic and environmental issues. Public health, land use, air and water quality and other environmental conditions have dominated and continue to dominate transportation debates. Beginning in the latter part of the 20th century, global climate change  and resource use, particularly energy use, that affects climate change, became one of the most critical environmental issues. It shaped  what, where, when and how transportation is used. The triangulation of transportation, energy, and climate is a common basic framework for understanding the problem. Approaches based on that framework are presented here for the US including selected international comparisons. First, the interrelationships among transportation, energy, and climate change underscore the influence of the transportation sector on energy consumption and climate change (for example, Transportation Research Board 2008; Sperling and Cannon 2009; Gilbert and Perl 2008; Kahn Ribeiro et al. 2007; US Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Information Administration (EIA) 2010; US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2010; Davis et al. 2010, 2011; and Mehrotra et al. 2011). One can envision energy use at the top of the pyramid with climate change and transportation at its base. That is, energy is a major factor in the relationship between transportation and climate change, with greenhouse gas (GHG) as an intermediary. Note that transportation affects climate change in ways other than by its contributions to GHG emissions. For example, the vast network of roadways use surfacing...

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