Students disappeared from classes when they lost internet. A rural Colorado school district’s creativity got them back online. Alamosa School District saw no end to the growing digital divide, as parents lost jobs. Then the community came together for a temporary solution. by Tamara Chuang, Colorado Sun, Jan 7, 2021 Marsha Cody calls it a “Christmas miracle.” Two days before …

The unstoppable trajectory of photovoltaic water pumps

Scientists in Russia have analyzed the most important technological advances achieved for solar water pumps over the past decades and have indicated the roadmap that future research should follow to expand their use and application. DECEMBER 2, 2020 EMILIANO BELLINI PV Mag A solar-powered water pump in the United States. Image: US Department of Agriculture A group of scientists from Russia’s …

Land is Life

Our work is practical: All of our programs are designed by Indigenous peoples themselves. Decisions are made by consensus, arrived at through a process of open dialogue and mutual understanding amongst our partner organizations. GUIDING PRINCIPLES 1. Indigenous peoples have the rights of self-determination and collective ownership of their lands, territories, resources and knowledge. 2. Supporting Indigenous women is the …

Effectively Getting a New Start

January 2021 https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/jan/08/i-teach-a-course-on-happiness-at-yale-this-is-how-to-make-the-most-of-your-resolutions Whether it’s a birthday, the first day of school or even a Monday morning, fresh start moments give us a boost of motivation by focusing our attention on the big picture and what we really want out of life. They make us feel less weighed down by past mistakes, as if we’ve been given a blank slate.   Our …

Scientists demand stricter combined policy measures to mitigate CO2 from road transport

August 25, 2020, Fraunhofer ISI, Article in “Nature Climate Change”: Crafting strong, integrated policy mixes for deep CO2 mitigation in road transport and Policy Brief: Much stronger policies are needed for CO2 mitigation in road transport [ PDF  0.2 MB ]  Despite new technologies and national and international target-setting, the global emissions of CO2 from road transport continue to increase. In a …

Interstate coordination and an expansion of the nation’s transmission system could lower the cost of fully decarbonizing the electrical grid by 2040 by 46%, relative to an approach where states pursue individual goals

Utility Dive, Jan 2021 MIT research, The Value of Inter-Regional Coordination and Transmission in Decarbonizing the US Electricity System A December study by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology concludes the United States can fully decarbonize its power sector through the use of existing technologies — and that tackling decarbonization through a federal policy framework, rather than individual states setting clean …

Scientists Warn Humanity in Denial of Looming ‘Collapse of Civilization as We Know It’

 Common Dreams Jan. 13, 2021 Correspondence: Corey J. A. Bradshaw, corey.bradshaw@flinders.edu.au; Paul R. Ehrlich, pre@stanford.edu; Daniel T. Blumstein, marmots@ucla.edu In an example to the rest of the scientific community and an effort to wake up people — particularly policymakers — worldwide, 17 scientists penned a comprehensive assessment of the current state of the planet and what the future could hold due to biodiversity loss, climate disruption, human …

Street Moves initiative allows local communities to become co-architects of their own streets’ layouts, space used for parking and other public uses

January 2021 – The Street Moves initiative allows local communities to become co-architects of their own streets’ layouts. Via workshops and consultations, residents can control how much street space is used for parking, or for other public uses. It’s already rolled out experimentally at four sites in Stockholm, with three more cities about to join up. The ultimate goal is hugely ambitious: a …

The Day the Confederate Flag Flew in the United States Capitol

January 13, 2021 by Common Dreams The Day the Confederate Flag Flew in the United States Capitol. What happened in the 1850s and what happened in the present are very similar in a number of ways, though the symbol of the insurrectionist Confederate army never flew in that nation’s capitol—not once—until January 6, 2021. By Bill Moyers, Heather Cox Richardson Supporters …