Ed Markey on the Green New Deal

Ed Markey When we were drafting the resolution, we looked to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1944 State of the Union address, which he delivered in the form of one of his fireside chats. He laid out his plan to guarantee the third unalienable right: the pursuit of happiness. He said that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security. So, because of …

New system should connect wind and solar supply with demand

By Leslie Glustrom, Daily Camera, 16 April 2019 on PUC Sunset/Reauthorization Bill and Reform in Colorado While the clock ticks”on climate change, Coloradans are blessed with an abundance of low-cost wind, solar and storage projects. Sadly, our current regulatory system doesn’t allow this clean energy to be delivered at high levels to the communities that want it. It is now …

Climate change is extremely costly. Banks are continuing to invest in fossil fuels. The financial sector must start to incorporate these risks

The financial sector must be at the heart of tackling climate change,Mark Carney, François Villeroy de Galhau and Frank Elderson, The Guardian, April 17, 2018 The NGFS encourages regulators to develop an adequate classification system to identify which economic activities contribute to the transition to a green and low-carbon economy. This will be particularly valuable in supporting financial actors to …

Can plants be modified to grow deeper roots and transfer more carbon to the soil?

“Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors,” but fossil fuel use rose nearly 2% last year. Each year, we produce 18 more gigatons of CO2 than the Earth can currently handle. Salk believes their solution can achieve as much as a 46% annual reduction in excess CO2 emissions produced by humans.  Dr Joanne Chory hopes that genetic modifications to enhance plants’ natural …

Youth: “We can change it all if we want it all, and we do.”

With Youth Climate Actions Backed by Leading Experts, Latest Round of Protests Highlights Call for Bold and Urgent Action: “We can change it all if we want it all, and we do.” by Andrea Germanos, on Common Dreams  April 1 Protesters hold signs at the YouthStrike4Climate student march on April 12, 2019 in London. Students are protesting across the U.K. due to the lack …

Everything you need to know about LA’s new transit-oriented development affordable housing incentives

By Lauren Herstik | November 10, 2017 12:00PM (Photo illustration. Credit: Los Angeles Metro) A new city planning initiative aims to add affordable housing development near mass transit, but some real estate insiders question whether it does enough to entice market-rate builders. The Los Angeles Department of City Planning released the official Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) Affordable Housing Incentive Program Guidelines on Sept. …

America’s Missed Climate Targets Cost Global Economy $1 Trillion, Dublin-based Think Tank Finds

By Sharon Kelly • Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 15:23 Since 1992, the United States consistently has missed its targets for reducing globe-warming emissions, and a Dublin-based think tank estimates the resulting damage to the global economy has been $1 trillion. The U.S. polluted far more — 20 billion tons of CO2 worth — than American negotiators said it would during repeated rounds of global climate deals, including Rio in 1992, …

Toxic air will shorten children’s lives by 20 months on average, and some much more, study reveals

Fiona Harvey The Guardian, 2 Apr 2019  Toxic air can cause stunted lung development in children. Photograph: VCG via Getty Images The life expectancy of children born today will be shortened by 20 months on average by breathing the toxic air that is widespread across the globe, with the greatest toll in south Asia, according to a major study. Air pollution contributed to nearly one …

How autonomous shuttles are changing city transportation: Cities are rapidly embracing the technology to provide new options for residents and visitors to get around, with many already seeing the benefits

How autonomous shuttles are changing city transportation: Cities are rapidly embracing the technology to provide new options for residents and visitors to get around, with many already seeing the benefits. Chris Teale in Smart Cities Dive, April 3, 2019  As autonomous shuttle use grows, several cities that pioneered the technology are seeing effects on transportation and public perception, and learning how factors …