All these subnational jurisdictions, for all their differences, used the same simple trick to achieve policy success

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  May 15, 2019, SHARE Federal climate politics in the US remains as gridlocked as ever, but the past few years have seen a remarkable flourishing of climate and clean energy policy at the subnational level, in states and cities across the country. This has given rise to all sorts of deep analysis — about the potential and limitations of states …

Yet more evidence: “If you build it they will drive”

Posted on May 20th, 2019 by Eric Sundquist, SSTI, Yet more evidence: “If you build it they will drive” Tags: California, induced traffic There’s new evidence, from academia and a prominent real-world case, that ever-expanding highway capacity is a futile strategy for reducing congestion. First, the specific example: Eight years ago Southern Californians famously endured “Carmageddon,” a temporary closure on Interstate 405 in the Sepulveda …

Science highlights May 2019: Antarctica’s Ice Is Melting 5 Times Faster Than in the 90s, phytoplankton

In Antarctica, for example, recent detailed satellite data analyses suggest that warming ocean water is influencing East Antarctic glaciers more than in the past and that they have been losing ice faster over the past decade. In West Antarctica, research published last week found nearly a quarter of that region’s ice is now thinning and the largest glaciers, Pine Island and Thwaites, are losing …

Indiana utilities no longer hold a monopoly on energy generation in the state.

Emily Hopkins and Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, May 20, 2019  Indiana utilities are in midst of identity crisis as customers take power into own hands The changes came slowly, then seemingly all at once. Next door, your neighbor installed solar panels. You started seeing more and more electric vehicles. When you drove north on I-65, you hit a patch of farmland dotted with …

44% of voters plan to go electric when they replace their wheels in the next 5 years, including over half of Democrats

Axios, May 2019 A newly released poll shows partisan differences over electric vehicles but nonetheless has bullish data for those excited about rapid expansion of what’s still a niche market. Data: Climate Nexus poll conducted April 16-17, 2019 among 1,939 registered U.S. voters; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios By the numbers: 44% of voters plan to go electric when they replace their wheels in the next 5 years, including over …

New sonnenCommunity Pairs Passive House Design With Intelligent Energy Storage 

May 23rd, 2019 by Kyle Field in Clean Technica, New sonnenCommunity Pairs Passive House Design With Intelligent Energy Storage  sonnen has partnered with Chicago area developer Evolutionary Home Builders to design and build a new community comprised of some of the most sustainable passive homes in the United States. Collectively, the new sonnenCommunity will be net energy positive, setting an impressively responsible high bar …

Making communities more livable through transit-oriented development: Top 10 “must do’s”

Third in a series being published in advance of State-City Collaboration on Clean Energy Transformations, taking place from May 29–30, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia in parallel with Clean Energy Ministerial 2019. Written by Mike McKeever, a Senior Advisor and former Chief of Staff to Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is an essential component in any sustainable …

Native Renewables brings power to Hopi and Navajo nations, trains a local workforce to build, maintain and manage renewable energy system

By Tara Lohan, The Revelator. Originally posted on The Revelator. Native Renewables help bring power to homes on the Hopi reservation and the Navajo Nation. The project also works to train a local workforce to build, maintain and manage renewable energy systems. May 17, 2019  Share There’s something amiss in the Southwest. The region has the best solar potential in the country, yet thousands still …

Sustainable Low Carbon Transport Partnership releases report + ITF’s Decarbonising Transport (DT) initiative has a 30% GHG reduction by 2030 scenario

May 2019, OECD ITF The ITF’s Decarbonising Transport (DT) initiative is a global, data-driven, multi-stakeholder initiative with over 70 key stakeholders. It aims to support the transition to carbon neutral transport. It is the ITF’s major contribution to improving understanding of how to ensure a low-carbon future for transport. The initiative aims to build capacity to help close the gaps …