Children are an “indicator species” of a healthy downtown

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Jun 21, 2017Young families typically leave cities for the suburbs. Here’s how to keep them downtown. Urbanist Brent Toderian explains how Vancouver held onto its families. Elementary school and playground in downtown Vancouver. (Brent Toderian) In North America, we take it for granted: When couples have kids, they move out of the city to the suburbs. The trend has only …

Go as hard and fast as possible, and keep going. Also look at social transitions. What genuine, no-bullshit ambition on climate change would look like.

What genuine, no-bullshit ambition on climate change would look like: New scenarios show how to hit the most stringent targets, with no loopholes. By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Updated May 8, 2018 A new dawn of ambition, or something. Shutterstock What would it take to really tackle climate change? No delays, no gimmicks, no loopholes, no shirking of responsibility — the real thing. What would it look like? …

Getting ready for more variable renewable energy on the grid

Excerpt from David Roberts article Solar and wind are coming. And the power sector isn’t ready. By David Roberts  May 18 The LBNL team (Joachim Seel, Andrew Mills, and Ryan Wiser) notes that “many long-lasting decisions for supply- and demand-side electricity infrastructure and programs are based on historical observations or assume a business-as-usual future with low shares of VRE.” But what if VRE takes …

Not writing about overpopulation. Here’s why.

By the inimitable David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Updated May 14, 2018 This piece was originally published in September 2017. It has been lightly updated. I did an event with environmental journalist (and personal hero) Elizabeth Kolbert in September 2017, in which we discussed various matters related to journalism and climate change. Subsequently, one of the attendees wrote and asked why I hadn’t talked about population. Isn’t overpopulation …

Guns and fatality reduction: Americans make up less than 5% the world’s population yet have 31% of the mass shootings and own roughly 42% of all the world’s privately held firearms

Excerpt from Vox.com, May 2018 After controlling for variables such as socioeconomic factors and other crime, places with more guns have more gun deaths. A 2013 study, led by a Boston University School of Public Health researcher, found that, after controlling for multiple variables, each percentage point increase in gun ownership correlated with a roughly 0.9 percent rise in the firearm …

Emerging from the last five decades, tailspin

http://time.com/5280446/baby-boomer-generation-america-steve-brill/ May 17, 2018, Time Magazine Brill, the author of Tailspin, is the founder of Court TV and the American Lawyer ONE Lately, most Americans, regardless of their political leanings, have been asking themselves some version of the same question: How did we get here? How did the world’s greatest democracy and economy become a land of crumbling roads, galloping income …

Funny, we don’t hear about Reagan’s “War on Coal”: Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman explains why coal is not coming back

By Joe Romm on Climate Progress, May 2018 NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING ECONOMIST PAUL KRUGMAN SPEAKS IN WASHINGTON, DC ON OCTOBER 8, 2014. CREDIT: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GETTY IMAGES In an exclusive interview, Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman explained to ThinkProgress why “coal is not coming back,” despite President Trump’s promises to the contrary. Krugman described Trump’s efforts to “desperately force clean energy …

The data Google has on us

The New York Times By Brian X. Chen May 16, 2018 Google has far more data about us than Facebook. Yet unlike Mark Zuckerberg’s social networking empire, which has been under fire for improperly leaking user data, Google has sidestepped controversy. You may wonder: Why is that? After all, we turn to Google for not only our internet searches but also for …

Over the last year, almost all truck makers have either announced an electric truck program or they’ve unveiled an electric truck.

Fred Lambert, May. 16th 2018, Electrek, A look at DAF’s new all-electric truck with a 170 kWh battery pack  Over the last year, almost all truck makers have either announced an electric truck program or they’ve unveiled an electric truck. Dutch truck manufacturing company DAF is the latest to join the trend by unveiling a new all-electric truck with a 170 kWh battery …