JinkoSolar releases its RE100 roadmap committing to be 100% renewable powered by 2025

SHANGHAI, Aug. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (“JinkoSolar” or the “Company”) (NYSE: JKS), one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, today unveils its RE100 roadmap by providing detail on its approach to achieve 100% powered by renewables by 2025. This roadmap depicts a series of innovative actions to lower emission caused by its operation, …

Deliberate decline focuses on the deep shifts in established systems that are necessary to realize decarbonization

Daniel Rosenbloom and Adrian Rinscheid, 26 July 2020 https://doi.org/10.1002/wcc.669 Promoting low‐carbon innovation has long been a central preoccupation within both the practice and theory of climate change mitigation. However, deep lock‐ins indicate that existing carbon‐intensive systems will not be displaced or reconfigured by innovation alone. A growing number of studies and practical initiatives suggest that mitigation efforts will need to engage …

Electricity, cars, and buildings make up close to two-thirds of US emissions. We can drive fossil fuels out of the US economy, quickly by electrifying everything

In a nutshell, he has shown that it’s possible to eliminate 70 percent to 80 percent of US carbon emissions by 2035 through rapid deployment of existing electrification technologies, with little-to-no carbon capture and sequestration. Doing so would slash US energy demand by around half, save consumers money, and keep the country on a 1.5° pathway without requiring particular behavior …

The Invention of the Police: Why did American policing get so big, so fast? The answer, mainly, is slavery.

July 20, 2020 Issue, by Jill LeporeJuly 13, 2020 The Chinatown Squad, a notoriously harsh police unit in San Francisco, in 1905.Photograph courtesy Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley To police is to maintain law and order, but the word derives from polis—the Greek for “city,” or “polity”—by way of politia, the Latin for “citizenship,” and it entered English from the Middle French police, …

Human memory: How we make, remember, and forget memories

FROM THE MOMENT we are born, our brains are bombarded by an immense amount of information about ourselves and the world around us. So, how do we hold on to everything we’ve learned and experienced? Memories. Human memory happens in many parts of the brain at once, and some types of memories stick around longer than others. By MICHAEL GRESHKO, National …

Bill of Rights for Detroiters could be first change to city charter in 8 years

Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press July 29, 2020 Two Detroit City Council members and a coalition of community organizations on Wednesday announced a package of policy recommendations they call the Detroiters’ Bill of Rights, and want to see the provisions in the city’s charter.  Council President Pro Tempore Mary Sheffield and Councilwoman  Raquel Castañeda-López held a news conference Wednesday alongside representatives from community …

Solving America’s Big Green Mortgage Dilemma: A $1 million investment in PACE upgrades can avoid the equivalent of 1,400 metric tons of CO2 emissions, about the same amount of carbon 300 passenger cars emit in one year

Lenders are finding that residential mortgages are often one of the biggest line items on their books when it comes to carbon. By Emily Chasan, Bloomberg, August 5, 2020 Sign up to receive the Green Daily newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Green mortgages are one of the great mysteries of green finance. For years, there has been an expectation that markets …

Rhode Island has embarked on its goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2030

July 27, 2020, EVwind.es Rhode Island has embarked on its goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. Getting there is a work in progress, but the target will likely be reached without doing much outside of existing renewable-energy initiatives and hoping that offshore wind development reaches critical mass. Based on an Office of Energy Resources PowerPoint presentation given at a …

Delayism is replacing climate denialism

By Joseph Winters on Jul 28, 2020, Grist.com Ever wonder why Americans have been so slow to support climate action? A new study lays some of the blame on media bias —for 30 years, three of the country’s most influential sources of news gave too much credence to arguments that the world shouldn’t take decisive action to mitigate climate change. “Opponents of …

The Portland Urban Data Lake (PUDL) pilot will collect, store integrate, and analyze data from a variety of sources to provide a foundation for data-driven decision making

The Portland Urban Data Lake (PUDL) pilot will collect, store integrate, and analyze data from a variety of sources — including the Traffic Safety Sensor Pilot — to provide a foundation for data-driven decision making for the City of Portland, helping to harness the power of the City’s data. Data does not stop at the City of Portland border. The City has …