50 Steps toward carbon-free transportation, by Tony Dutzik, Frontier Group

In 2016, transportation became the nation’s number one source of the carbon pollution that is warming the planet. With support from the Hewlett Foundation, Frontier Group led a year-long effort to envision pathways and policies to move toward zero-carbon transportation, producing two reports: A New Way Forward shows that there are multiple paths to a clean transportation future, available to …

If money is speech, can democracy work?

By Chris Gay, Occupy.com, 5 June 2017 Now that a certain sort of plutocrat sits at the apex of American power surrounded by well-to-do courtiers, this might be a good time to revive an unsettling question: Does the U.S. have a political system or a political marketplace? The Supreme Court provided its take with the 2010 Citizens United ruling, which …

How do you effectively communicate electric transport (rEVolution Summit Presentation)

By Zach Shahan, Originally published on CleanTechnica, 5 June 2017 I gave a presentation in March in Amsterdam (Holland) at EV-Box’s 1st annual rEVolution summit. When creating my presentation, I decided to dive into a theme that I’ve been increasingly compelled to focus on — how do you communicate electric transport to “outsiders” in the most effective way? Electric vehicle (EV) technology is going to …

London mayor considers pay-per-mile road pricing and ban on new parking

The Guardian Gwyn Topham Transport correspondent London is to consider pay-per-mile road pricing and banning car parking in new developments under plans to cut 3m car journeys a day in the capital. A transport strategy to be published on Wednesday by the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, will set targets to ensure 80% of journeys are made by public transport, walking …

$7,800 electric microcar? (Coming soon to Europe from China)

June 20th, 2017 by Steve Hanley, Originally published on Gas2, 20 June 2017 While Elon Musk and Tesla start the electric car revolution from the high end of the market, Chinese company CHJ Automotive plans to start from the low end. Co-founder Kevin Shen says the company plans to introduce an ultra-compact electric car starting at around $7,800 in 2018. The …

Portion of West Antarctica twice size of California partially melted in 2016

By James Ayre, Clean Technica, 21 June 2017  A portion of West Antarctica over twice the size of the US state of California partially melted in 2016 as the result of high temperatures brought by an especially pronounced El Niño, compounded by a rapidly warming climate, according to new research published in the journal Nature Communications. While it’s been clear …

New Economy Coalition

AN INTRODUCTION TO NEC We believe that all our struggles —racial, economic, and environmental— are deeply interconnected and that the most powerful solutions are those that tackle the systemic roots of our issues, rather than treat them in isolation. In 2016 we saw social movements step up to disrupt the status quo, challenge the political establishment, and demand economic, racial, …

Facebook’s role in European elections under scrutiny

By Mark Scott, NYT, 7 June 2017  Sam Jeffers, a founder of WhoTargetsMe?, in London. The group designed a tool to monitor Facebook’s role ahead of the British election. CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times Lawrence Dodd lives in one of Britain’s most fiercely fought voting districts, and he has been peppered almost daily with ads from the country’s …

Minnesota DOT to test use of autonomous bus in cold weather climate

Metro Magazine, Posted on June 13, 2017  The Minnesota Department of Transportation will begin testing the use of an autonomous bus in a cold weather climate.  “There’s not been much research done in the northern climates,” said Jay Hietpas, MnDOT state traffic engineer and director of the agency’s office of safety and technology. “Minnesota is the perfect state to test …