Fossil Gas Has No Future in Low-Carbon Buildings

January 6, 2020  |  By Mark Silberg, RMI States and cities across the country are beginning to grapple with a persistent source of carbon emissions that has largely gone ignored: burning fossil fuels in buildings. While the electric power sector nationally has reduced emissions more than 25 percent, there has been no change in carbon emissions from direct fossil fuel use in …

If we want smarter, safer cities, we need to double down on rail transit

A robust, rail-centric network should remain the backbone into which other transportation modes, like autonomous shuttles, ride-sharing and scooters, can feed. Marc Buncher, Feb. 3, 2020, Smart Cities Dive There’s a lot of discussion and excitement these days about the concept of “smart cities.” While the prospect of having more technology infused in a city’s operations could be very exciting, the …

Can we imagine a world where all belong and get to participate?

Belonging is based on the recognition of our full humanity without having to become something different or pretend we’re all the same. We have to construct stories that allow space for others. Our story cannot just be about us in the narrowest way, nor can it reproduce othering by consigning an other to be just a villain in our story. …

Reimagining the grid: How utilities are prepping for transportation electrification: Key is incentivized charging times

A key component will be making sure vehicles are incentivized to charge at times that make the most sense, he added. Kavya Balaraman@kavya_balaraman Feb. 5, 2020, Smart Cities Dive As California and Oregon work toward their transportation electrification goals, utilities are beefing up infrastructure and engaging with customers to cope with the anticipated increase in load — and, in some cases, …

Mobile voting pilot in Denver ‘clearly demonstrates the effectiveness and convenience of secure ballot delivery and return.’

Katie Pyzyk@_PyintheSky Jan. 24, 2020 Citizens in King County, WA, which includes Seattle, are now able to submit votes by mobile device for the King Conservation District (KCD) board of supervisors election on February 11, NPR first reported. Voting began Wednesday and runs through election day; an estimated 500 ballots were submitted via mobile devices during the first 24 hours, Bea Covington, …

Without reductions in smoking, there would have been virtually no reduction in overall cancer mortality in either men or women since the early ’90s

Excerpt from Scientific American, Feb 2020 by John Horgan. Horgan directs the Center for Science Writings at the Stevens Institute of Technology. The best way to measure progress against cancer is to look at mortality rates, the number of people who succumb to cancer per unit of population per year. The risk of cancer grows with age. (Although childhood cancer …

In 2017 alone, Americans experienced 158,000 deaths of despair, ‘the equivalent of three fully loaded Boeing 737 MAX jets falling out of the sky every day for a year.’

By Sam Pizzigati, Inequality.org February 14, 2020 | EDUCATE! LIVING IN INEQUALITY, DYING IN DESPAIR: US Still Lags Well Behind The Developed World’s Life Expectancy Norm. As The World’s Most Unequal Developed Nation, We Shouldn’t Be Surprised. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released some welcome news late last month: Americans are living a tiny bit longer. In 2018, the federal health …

Molecular ‘switch’ reverses chronic inflammation and aging

In the study, Chen and her team show that a bulky collection of immune proteins called the NLRP3 inflammasome — responsible for sensing potential threats to the body and launching an inflammation response — can be essentially switched off by removing a small bit of molecular matter in a process called deacetylation. Overactivation of the NLRP3 inflammasome has been linked …

Benzene Emissions on the Perimeters of Ten Refineries Exceed EPA Limits

The refineries, six of which are in Texas, are required under an EPA rule to find and fix leaks of the known carcinogen to protect nearby communities. Neela Banerjee. Inside Climate News, FEB 6, 2020 An analysis of newly-available federal data measuring benzene emissions at the perimeter of oil refineries found that ten facilities far exceeded limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency …