Report: 64% of Bottled Water Is Tap Water, Costs 2000x More

By Julia Conley on Common Dreams Feb 2018 Bottled water companies have relied on predatory marketing practices and exorbitant lobbying efforts to sell Americans on the inaccurate belief that pre-packaged water is cleaner and safer than tap water—a notion that is costing U.S. households about $16 billion per year. In a new report entitled “Take Back the Tap,” Food & Water Watch explains that 64 percent …

Every ten days another billion tons of carbon dioxide are released.  And to equilibrate to current CO2 levels the planet still needs to warm by half a degree.

Meeting in Paris in 2015, world leaders decided that the two-degree threshold was too high; the stated aim of the climate accord is to hold “the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C” and to try to limit it to 1.5°C Every ten days another billion tons of carbon dioxide are released.  And to equilibrate to current …

Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing

Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing Meeting hosted by Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice (SNEEJ), Jemez, New Mexico, Dec. 1996 Activists meet on Globalization On December 6-8, 1996, forty people of color and European-American representatives met in Jemez, New Mexico, for the “Working Group Meeting on Globalization and Trade.” The Jemez meeting was hosted by the Southwest Network for …

Renewables increased to 18 percent of energy generation in 2017—approaching nuclear’s 20% share, but natural gas is still king

GreenTechMedia, EMMA FOEHRINGER MERCHANT FEBRUARY 15, 2018 Last year, Bloomberg New Energy Finance defined renewable energy as the “new normal” in its Sustainable Energy in America Factbook. This year’s edition affirms that finding. While U.S. clean energy installations lagged, a record amount of capacity brought online in 2016 drove generation from renewables (including hydropower) in 2017 — a year of uncertainty — to …

Switching to electric cars is key to fixing America’s ‘critically insufficient’ climate policies

Dana Nuccitelli Mon 22 Jan 2018  read full GuardianUK article here Nearly 60% of US carbon pollution comes from power and transportation, and power is already decarbonizing fast To fulfill its responsibility for helping the world stay below the 2°C temperature guardrail, the transportation sector is America’s next clear big target All major automakers recognize that the shift from fossil-fueled cars to …

Towards natural capital accounting in the Netherlands

5 Jan 2018 Read the full UN Environment Program article here Companies, government officials and other stakeholders in the Netherlands are piloting approaches to more accurately measure their dependence and impact on natural capital. in 2016 they began developing a system of National Natural Capital Accounts… By Joop van Bodegraven, policy adviser on nature conservation for the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, …

Richmond, California Files Lawsuit Against Chevron, Others For Climate Damages

From DeSmogBlog By Farron Cousins • Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – 11:33  Share342  Tweet  Reddit3  Share0  Share The city of Richmond, California is the home of oil giant Chevron’s domestic headquarters. It also happen to be the ninth city in the United States to file a lawsuit against fossil fuel companies for their contributions to global climate change. The lawsuit filed by the city lists Chevron …

Abstracts of 30 Peer-Reviewed Published Journal Articles Supporting the Result That the Electric Grid can Stay Stable with Electricity Provided by 100% or Near-100% Renewable Energy

Abstracts of 30 Peer-Reviewed Published Journal Articles Supporting the Result That the Electric Grid can Stay Stable with Electricity Provided by 100% or Near-100% Renewable Energy February 10, 2018 https://web.stanford.edu/group/efmh/jacobson/Articles/I/CombiningRenew/100PercentPaperAbstracts.pdf Further… Switching to electric cars is key to fixing America’s ‘critically insufficient’ climate policies Dana Nuccitelli Mon 22 Jan 2018  read full GuardianUK article here Nearly 60% of US carbon pollution comes …

Considerations for the future of alternative welfare systems

From https://blog.p2pfoundation.net/basic-income-in-the-long-now-three-critical-considerations-for-the-futures-of-alternative-welfare-systems/2018/02/14 By imbuing the UBI debate with a more systems-oriented and commons perspective, I have argued that an important shift is made from income and work as such to deeper interrelated questions of 1.) rights, capabilities and effective access; 2.) forms of deliberation, governance, entrepreneurship, collective care and accounting; 3.) forms and scales of pooling resources and work, and; 4.) …

Germany considering free public transportation to take on air pollution

DW Feb 2018 Facing EU penalties over poor air quality, Germany has said it wants to test free public transport in five cities. Bonn and Essen are among the cities to serve as testing ground for the new project. Under pressure from the European Union to rein in air pollution, the German government said it is considering a plan that …