Another reason we need fewer, smaller and lighter cars: Tire, brake and road wear is proportional to the weight of vehicles. Brake, tire and road surface wear are 60% of emissions for particles 2.5 mm diameter, and 73% of 10 mm particles

When measured by volume of emission, tire, brake and road wear from vehicles is the second largest contributor to microplastic pollution worldwide. The tires on your car are made from a complex blend of different materials and chemicals including several types of plastic in addition to their rubber base. As vehicles are driven, the friction, pressure and heat caused from …

Burlington’s Climate Emergency Declaration Calls for Shift to Naturalized Gardens instead of Mowed Lawns and GHG-emitting Tools

By Doreen Nicoll, Rabble.CA.August 18, 2019 | RESIST! On April 23, Burlington City Council unanimously passed Ward 3 Councillor Rory Nisan’s motion to declare a climate emergency. “By declaring a climate emergency, Burlington City Council is recognizing the magnitude of the challenge we face in combatting climate change,” Nisan said in a press release. “But it is only one step. Through the declaration, we …

Tri-State attempts to evade PUC oversight for facility planning and state law requiring reduction of GHGs by 90% by 2050

Colorado Sun, August 2019 excerpt The FERC bid also came as Colorado adopted laws giving the PUC more oversight of Tri-State’s facility planning and also requiring utilities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 90% from 2005 levels by 2050. Tri-State gets almost half its electricity by burning coal. “The PUC wants to make sure that Tri-State isn’t trying to go around …

Cooperative organic ag

Vía Orgánica has developed a model that has enabled them to have a substantial impact in the region. Through establishing a restaurant, a store and a weekly street market, and sponsoring a series of classes and workshops, they’ve been able to hire 60 full-time staff and provide a decent living for more than 200 growers who are part of their …

A household-scale virtual power plant has arrived

Aiming for 70% clean energy by 2030, Colorado’s Holy Cross Energy is piloting a household-scale virtual power plant technology that will help integrate more rooftop solar and storage. A device in each home optimizes provision of power to the grid, as well as grid services. Four Colorado homes with solar plus storage are now operating as virtual power plants.  In …

The Next Step Is Turning The City Council’s Resolution Into Pro-Climate Policies And Finding Ways To Pay For Them. Seattle Has A Few Big Ideas

Ed note: A new study assesses how cities in California are contributing to meeting the statewide goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. Researchers analysed more than “150 city climate action plans (CAPs) in California and examined their reduction goals”. The researchers identify five sets of factors that can …

White people cause the most pollution, but people of color suffer the most from it

Poor air quality contributes to 63% of all deaths caused by environmental factors. In a newly released study, they show that in the U.S., fine particulate matter air pollution “is disproportionately caused by consumption of goods and services mainly by the non-Hispanic white majority, but disproportionately inhaled by black and Hispanic minorities.” White people in America, on average, breathe in around …

Shifting the balance of forces through sanctions against Trump and US carbon capital

Boycott Divestment Sanctions” (BDS) movements have been effective against Israeli apartheid and during 1985-94, splitting white business from the South African apartheid regime. BDS against the US could succeed if US progressives are motivated to call for a world boycott of the US government plus key Trump-related corporations. “Trump is known to like walls. Maybe a wall of carbon tariffs …

Prefab affordable housing for backyards

Excerpt from Quartz, Aug 2019 Seattle-based startup Node sees an urban future for housing built in a factory. Node wants to be the Ikea of the home industry. The modular homes it is making can be flat-packed—the ultra-efficient technique popularized by the Swedish retailer—and then assembled in a matter of days on site. Shingles fasten into place. Walls snap together in metal …

Depression, bipolar, and schizophrenia are higher in areas with worse air quality

With more specific Danish data, the team found early childhood exposures correlated even more strongly with major depression (a 50 percent increase); with schizophrenia (a 148 percent increase); and with personality disorders (a 162 percent increase) over individuals who grew up in areas with the highest quality air. In research on animals exposed to pollution, the animals show signs of …