Mobile analytics company Streetlight Data released this week its first annual U.S. Transportation Climate Impact Index, a ranking of how carbon friendly the country’s 100 largest metro areas are on several factors: total vehicle miles traveled (VMT), how much people are biking and walking, transit usage, population density, and circuity, which is basically the difference between how far two destinations may be as the crow flies and the route it actually takes to travel that distance by car. “If you have a messy urban road design, you might have people who, because they’d rather get on the highway than drive through town, drive way more miles then they need to to get from one place to another,” says Streetlight Data CEO Laura Schewel. “And that’s another place where you have a lot of potential for improvement.” … [Read more...] about Which U.S. cities’ transportation networks are doing the best for the climate?
4. Put a pause on email Just when you think you’ve managed to carve out an hour or so to get some actual work done, here comes a flood of email. Keep it out of your inbox for a set period of time with the descriptively named Free Pause Gmail (Chrome). Compatible with Gmail and Google’s Chrome web browser, the free extension adds a big, red Pause Inbox button to the Gmail interface that, when pressed, lets you stop the flow of email in increments between five minutes and 24 hours. Click the button again to manually unpause your email or wait for your timer to expire, then batten down the hatches as it all comes roaring in at once. No judgment if you decide to pause it again a few more times. … [Read more...] about These five free apps let you manage your time to perfection