EV buses expected to be half of city fleets in the 2020s and 80% by 2040

It is true that electric buses cost more up front than their diesel-powered counterparts. However, those costs are falling, and when considering the entire life cycle of the vehicle — purchase price, fuels, operational and maintenance expenses — electric buses prove to be cheaper than their diesel counterparts. Moreover, according to BNEF, the projected decline in battery costs likely make electric …

Vienna, Austria is top of The Economist’s The Global Liveability Index

Melbourne is no longer at the top of The Economist’s The Global Liveability Index, knocked off by Vienna, the perennial runner-up. The main reason for its climb is “improvements seen in stability and safety across most regions in the past year. Whereas in the past, cities in Europe have been affected by the spreading perceived threat of terrorism in the …

Capitalism can crack climate change. But only if it takes risks

By Larry Elliott, The Guardian, Anglo-Saxon capitalism’s drive to maximise profits in the short term won’t save the planet. Perhaps the Chinese model can?, Thu 16 Aug 2018   ‘China is committed to phasing out coal.’ Photograph: Feature China/Barcroft Images This summer’s heatwave has provided a glimpse of the future, and it is not a pretty one. On current trends, the years to come will …

Climate on verge of tipping points. human-induced global warming of 2°C may trigger other Earth system processes, often called ‘feedbacks,’ that can drive further warming

Excerpt from Climate Progress:  Our current climate is near the very edge of stability, according to a major new study by 16 leading climate scientists.  We are pushing the planet toward an irreversible “Hothouse Earth” — catastrophic warming of 9°F (5°C) or more with sea level rise of up to 200 feet — the study warns. And we may be much closer to the …

EV updates June-July 2018. UPS Orders 950 American-Made Workhorse Electric Delivery Trucks, Tesla now a top 10 most popular vehicle in the US, dominates small and midsize luxury market

June-July EV highlights from Clean Technica’s Zach Shahan. Aug 2018 UPS started testing electric heavy-duty trucks from Californian startup Thor. UPS also placed an order for a whopping 950 Workhorse N-GEN electric delivery vans. I just had to double check, but that’s right — 950! Kia Niro EV now on sale in South Korea. Maybe we’ll see it in California and Alabama soon. Or …

Our Missing $10 Trillion: Tax cuts from the Bush, Obama, and Trump years have left a massive gap in the public coffers. This hurts everyone.

July 20, 2018 | Josh Hoxie Originally in OtherWords A trillion dollars, a figure with twelve zeros after a one, is by any measure a ton of money. It’s near impossible to comprehend how much a trillion is. So, it’s admittedly hard to comprehend a new report that tallies the combined tax cuts of the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations from the …

Clean energy portfolios are economically attractive alternatives new gas-fired power plants, beating operating costs of efficient gas-fired power plants. How do we maximally use least-cost portfolios of distributed energy resources (DERs) to complement traditional electric grid infrastructure or to defer or avoid investments in it?

How do we maximally use least-cost portfolios of distributed energy resources (DERs) to complement traditional electric grid infrastructure or to defer or avoid investments in it? These combinations, also known as clean energy portfolios (CEPs), consist of resources like utility-scale and distributed wind and solar generation, battery energy storage, energy efficiency, and demand-response technologies used in place of new power …

Community Knowledge Garden from the School of Commoning

Imagine lush vegetation alternating with well-kept clearings that have benches, shades, and a web of garden paths connecting them all. The paths are well-indexed and lead to knowledge domains of interest to the visitors, domains that can be navigated by multiple methods to match their learning styles. Well, that’s the idea and we are not there yet; in fact, we …

Seven things that need to happen to keep global temperature rise below 2C

By Rosamund Pearce/Mar 21, 2017 In late 2015, the world agreed to limit the global temperature rise to “well below 2C”. Ever since the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change, scientists, think tanks and policymakers have been scrambling to define exactly what meeting this temperature limit will mean in policy and investment terms. A new report released this week by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the …

Heat has a significant impact on traffic crash fatalities, and traffic accident numbers in the U.S. are highest in the months of July, August, and September.

Climate change killing us in more ways than expected? By Saumya Jain, by SSTI, posted on August 6th, 2018 in News Tags: crash risk, research, weather While the positive relationship between traffic crashes and extreme summer conditions is certainly not unheard of, it is rarely used in practice when designing policies or issuing roadway safety warnings. A recent study in Accident Analysis and Prevention shows that heat waves have …