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 …

Methane uptake from forest soils has ‘fallen by 77% in three decades’

By Daisy Dunne, 06.08.2018 | PLANTS AND FORESTS, Carbon Brief The amount of methane absorbed by forest soils has fallen by an average of 77% in the northern hemisphere over the past 27 years, a new study finds. The research, which analysed soil data taken from more than 300 studies, suggests that the world is currently “overestimating the role that forest soils …

More Recycling Won’t Solve Plastic Pollution: It’s a lie that wasteful consumers cause the problem and that changing our individual habits can fix it

By Matt Wilkins on July 6, 2018, Scientific American Credit: Dave and Les Jacobs Getty Images The only thing worse than being lied to is not knowing you’re being lied to. It’s true that plastic pollution is a huge problem, of planetary proportions. And it’s true we could all do more to reduce our plastic footprint. The lie is that blame for the plastic problem …

Housing For All: A Real Solution for America’s Housing Crisis

Kaniela Ing, Democrat for Congress (HI-01). Father, state legislator, proud progressive. I fight for working families, because I come from one. Jul 24, 2018 on Medium.com  Generations ago, Americans were promised dignified healthcare, retirement, and housing among other basic rights. Congress boldly enacted Medicare and Social Security, socialized programs that remain incredibly popular today, but its approach to universal housing never …