US to Fail Paris Emissions Pledge Without ‘Fundamental Change’: Report

‘This is a call to action to ensure we close the remaining gap’ By Nadia Prupis, staff writer on Common Dreams The country is so far behind in emissions slashing that even if it implemented a slew of new clean energy programs now, it could still miss its 2025 target by nearly 1 billion tons. (Photo: Ian Britton/flickr/cc) The U.S. is on …

New e-bus gets 350 miles on a charge

 PROTERRA IN THE WORLD of electric vehicles, Tesla gets most of the love. Over 100,000 of Elon Musk’s big, bad autos are zooming around the world, gasoline-free. But how many of those can claim to take an additional 40-odd cars off the road—each? That’s the promise of the Catalyst E2 Series, a new electricbus debuting today that’s aimed squarely at city …

Heat has demonstrable effects on performance and productivity

Excerpted from Nick Kristoff, NYTimes A new working paper by Jisung Park, a Ph.D. student in economics at Harvard, compared the performances of New York City students on 4.6 million exams with the day’s temperature. He found that students taking a New York State Regents exam on a 90-degree day have a 12 percent greater chance of failing than when …

50 Mind-Blowing Implications of Self-Driving Cars (and Trucks)

Geoff Nesnow reflects after an MIT presentation by Ryan Chin, CEO of Optimus Rides  As Uber rolls out its first self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh, Tesla and Mercedes roll out limited self-driving capabilities and cities around the world negotiate with companies who want to bring self-driving cars and trucks to their cities, I thought it might be interesting to think through the implications of …

“Our most important infrastructure hasn’t been built yet”

By Theo Anderson, cross-posted from In These Times …Clinton is calling for $275 billionin new spending over five years and Trump mocking her plan as too small. He told Fox Business Network in August that Clinton’s number was “a fraction of what we’re talking about.” Trump offered few specifics of his own but did say that he would double Clinton’s proposal, “and …

US position and interventions in the Mid-East, to protect oil interests, laid the groundwork of today’s problems. Here’s how

By Robert Kennedy Jr., excerpt cross-posted from Politico …America’s unsavory record of violent interventions in Syria — little-known to the American people yet well-known to Syrians — sowed fertile ground for the violent Islamic jihadism that now complicates any effective response by our government to address the challenge of ISIL. So long as the American public and policymakers are unaware …

Introducing Ford’s Mobility Solutions for 21st Century Cities

Ford CEO Mark Fields introduces Ford bikes and shuttle service in San Francisco, expanding to five other cities. This is a critical moment in our shared history. We are facing a transportation crisis. It’s pretty clear that the transportation systems we developed in the last century are at a breaking point. Let me give you some context. During the next …

Costa Rica, UK, Germany, Portugal setting new records for renewables, and China has a plan to reduce meat consumption by 50%

Cross-posted from Energy Voice Costa Rica generated 97% of its electricity from renewable sources in the first three months of this year.  The UK, Germany and Portugal are also setting new records for renewables, while China’s government has outlined a plan to reduce its citizens’ meat consumption by 50%, which could cut the emissions from the livestock industry by a …

2017 Chevy Bolt EV has achieved a federally tested range of 238 miles per charge, ~$30K

General Motors subsidiary announced Tuesday that its 2017 Bolt EV has achieved a federally tested range of 238 miles per charge.  “This is the game-changer,” said Kelley Blue Book senior analyst Karl Brauer, who has followed the electric vehicle market closely. “This is the reason people will finally say electric vehicles are ready for prime time.” The EPA rated the …