Construction equipment is going electric, Volvo CE now favors electric over diesel for smaller machines

Fred Lambert, Electrek, Jan. 17th 2019 9:39 am ET Volvo CE, the Volvo Group’s construction equipment subsidiary, announced that it will stop development of diesel engine-based compact wheel loaders and compact excavators in order to sell electric versions instead. The electrification of transport is also spreading to other industries. Now construction and mining equipment are being increasingly electrified. We previously reported on a …

Losing Earth? Realign with Original Free Peoples’ Great Law and Find Her Again

By David Ratcliffe, rat haus reality press,  November 18, 2018, Essential Reading | co-globalize | rat haus | Index | Search | tree ( PDF | text only formats ) The law prevails, what we call the Great Law, the common law, the natural law. The law says if you poison your water, you’ll die. The law says that if you poison the air, you’ll suffer. The law says if you degrade where you live, you’ll suffer. The …

Why does the media not report news?

Ever since the media began, in a big way in the 1980s, to ignore actual news and go for highly dumbed-down or even salacious stories, many of us who work in the media have been astonished by this behavior by the network and cable news organizations and the major newspapers. They used to report the details of policy proposals in …

2020 Caucus reforms enable remote participation, may double or triple involvement

Monday, January 14, 2019 by Steven Rosenfeld on Common Dreams Big Changes Are Coming to Iowa’s 2020 Caucuses: Why the process could look very different next year in the key early-voting state,  The Iowa Democratic Party is preparing to implement the most sweeping and radical changes to its first-in-the-nation caucuses in 50 years, including potentially adopting online elements that could increase participation by upward of …

‘Change Is Coming!’ Congressional Dems Join Sanders in Proposing Bill to End ‘Starvation Wages,’ Ensuring $15 Per Hour for All Workers

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, Common Dreams by Julia Conley, staff writer “Every member of Congress should recognize the urgent need to raise the wage, and if they support a salary of only $15,080 per year, they should be forced to live on it.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined protesters at a Fight for $15 rally on Capitol Hill. (Photo: Getty) Denouncing the current …

New U.S. Oil And Gas Drilling To Unleash 1,000 Coal Plants’ Worth Of Pollution By 2050

Naomi Klein argued in her 2014 book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate that “our economic system and our planetary system are now at war” As US Drills ‘Towards Disaster,’ Report Warns Anything Less Than Urgent Green New Deal Will Be ‘Too Little, Too Late’ As the scientific community warns the world must dramatically and rapidly slash carbon emissions to avert global climate disaster, the …

Micromobility

From WRI, Jan 2019 Shared bikes and scooters are taking off in cities around the world. Case in point: Bird, an electric scooter rental company, is the fastest startup ever to reach “unicorn status,” a $1 billion valuation. Yet this shared micromobility revolution has a downside: Some bikes and scooters are low quality, leading to breakdowns and waste, while others pile up on …

Two Rural Electric Cooperatives Overcome Barriers To Clean, Local Energy

January 14th, 2019 by John Farrell  Originally published at ilsr.org Two Rural Electric Cooperatives Overcome Barriers To Clean, Local Energy Rural communities formed rural electric cooperatives as a way to get energy where no one else would provide it. In the 21st century, some cooperatives have found an additional economic benefit in pursuing local renewable energy. In the cases of Farmers Electric Cooperative in Iowa and Kit …

Stanford Maps 1.47 Million Solar Roofs in America, Develops Accessible Tool for Further Analysis

December 19th, 2018 by Charles W. Thurston on Clean Technica Researchers at Stanford University have managed to create a map of almost every solar rooftop in America, pulling together satellite images and extracting the information. The DeepSolar data, based on Google’s Inception V3, is the first publicly available, high-fidelity solar installation database in the contiguous United States, the researchers say. A total of 1.47 million …

What Do Companies Owe The Environment? Integrating Natural Capital in Risk Assessments: A Step-by-Step Guide

Excerpt from Clean Technica, What Do Companies Owe The Environment? Natural Capital Risk Assessment At Davos, January 16th, 2019 | by Carolyn Fortuna A week before the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, the Natural Capital Finance Alliance (NCFA) has launched the world’s first step-by-step guide to help financial institutions conduct a rapid natural capital risk assessment — “not just greenhouse gases, but also how …