Modelling the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Hamburg

September 30th, 2016 by Roy L Hales. Originally published on the ECOreport. Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein have achieved Germany’s renewable target for 2025. They already obtain 40% of their energy from renewables on an annual basis. A technological breakthrough, the digitization of industry, will be required to go further. This region of 4.5 million people expects to obtain 70% of its energy from renewables by 2025 and …

Utility planners are beginning to think about how distributed solar can serve system needs

Cross-posted from Utility Dive “Utilities are starting to plan for customers adding distributed solar and for procuring it themselves,” Andrew Mills, lead author of the study, told Utility Dive. “We wanted to know how they are doing it.” The report also assesses planning by five system operators, along with distribution system analysis in California, New York, Hawaii, and Massachusetts. While the …

Introduction to tiny house zoning regulations

Cross-posted from Curbed.com Despite the growing enthusiasm for tiny houses, it still isn’t easy to legally build them for full-time use. Zoning laws and building codes, by and large, require a minimum square footage for new-construction homes, and progress to reduce that square footage is slow. “There are only a handful of cities across the country that directly address tiny …

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 implications of self-driving cars and trucks, based on an MIT presentation

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 is 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, …

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 …