Renewable power to synthetic gas begins testing in the US

A new pilot combines hydrogen, microbes and biogas to perform energy storage. Photo Credit: NREL By Katie Fehrenbacher, GTM, 16 Oct 2017 Last month, a team of researchers and engineers quietly installed a first-of-its-kind energy reactor on the campus of a government lab just west of Denver, Colorado. The device — a 25-foot-tall, thin mass of industrial silver pipes and …

How to Fund a Universal Basic Income Without Increasing Taxes or Inflation

 October 19, 2017  No Comment  Ellen Brown 6 min read SHARE The policy of guaranteeing every citizen a universal basic income is gaining support around the world, as automation increasingly makes jobs obsolete. But can it be funded without raising taxes or triggering hyperinflation? In a panel I was on at the NexusEarth cryptocurrency conference in Aspen September 21-23rd, most participants said no. This is …

Bike and Ped Safety Planning

From FHWA, August 2017 The following reports, tools, and guides can serve as useful references as you develop and implement your pedestrian and bicycle safety action plans. Planning and Performance Measurement Resources Guidebook for Developing Pedestrian and Bicycle Performance Measures (FHWA) (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_ pedestrian/publications/performance_measures_guidebook/page02.cfm) Achieving Multimodal Networks: Apply Design Flexibility and Reducing Conflicts (FHWA) (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/ bicycle_pedestrian/publications/multimodal_networks/fhwahep16055.pdf) Bike Network Mapping Idea Book (FHWA) (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/bikemap_book/) …

MaaS and public transportation in rural areas in rural areas 

Also see from the US:  Public Transportation’s Impact on Rural and Small Towns: A Vital Mobility Link  And from Laura Bliss at City Lab, 10 Oct 2017: For rural Americans who don’t have access to cars, basics like grocery shopping and doctor’s appointments can turn into an arduous struggle. With few transit options at low densities, the expense and hassle …

How planners are chasing better traffic flow with design and how Oxford and Helsinki are steering residents away from driving

Kim Slowey@kimslowey Construction Dive and Smart Cities Oct 2017 Few things are more frustrating than being stuck in traffic. Yet Americans spent an average of 42 hours waiting out gridlock in 2016, costing commuters a total of $300 billion, or about $1,400 per driver, according to connected car services and analytics company Inrix. Sitting in traffic can also take a psychological toll on commuters, say researchers …

Could a Universal Basic Income Make Small Town America Great Again?

Sebastian Johnson on Medium.com Oct 2017  In the summer of 2013, I undertook a field study of sorts with my graduate school classmates in Southside, Virginia. Our hope was to see the theories we’d learned in classes on local economic development and regional economies put to practice. We spent a week roaming through towns like Floyd and Martinsville; observing business incubators in Blacksburg and Danville; …

Power lines and electrical equipment are a leading cause of California wildfires

17 Oct 2017, LA Times The deadliest wildfires in state history have raised questions about whether a repeat culprit might again be to blame for starting or spreading at least some of the Northern California blazes: utility companies and their equipment. The explosive failure of power lines and other electrical equipment has regularly ranked among the top three singular sources of …

This Blockchain-Based Energy Platform Is Building A Peer-To-Peer Grid

WePower is creating a new cryptocurrency to help facilitate a more democratic system of funding and buying renewable energy. Fast Company, Oct 2017.  “The end goal is to produce a true peer to peer energy platform, where people would sell renewable energy and also be able to get energy back from the grid.” [Photo: Sebastian Kanczok] BY BEN SCHILLER Residential solar customers are …

Design global, manufacture local: a new industrial revolution?

P2P Foundation and The Conversation, October 18, 2017  By Vasilis Kostakis  Vasilis Kostakis and Jose Ramos: What if globally designed products could radically change how we work, produce and consume? Several examples across continents show the way we are producing and consuming goods could be improved by relying on globally shared digital resources, such as design, knowledge and software. Imagine a prosthetic hand designed …

Whales and dolphins have complex relationships of working together for mutual benefit, using tools, taking care of youngsters, calling by name, and social play

Treehugger, Oct 2017 Whales and dolphins have a language of their own, and a major study, published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, reveals many other remarkable things that cetaceans have figured out as well. The research was a collaboration between scientists from The University of Manchester, The University of British Columbia, The London School of Economics and Political Science and Stanford University; …