Communication for the Commons: 5 Shapes for Training Without Being the Boss

By Drew Hornbein, Medium and Enspiral  I want to talk to you about an event Nati and Rich of the Loomio Cooperative/Enspiral Network from New Zealand facilitated in Asheville North Carolina. If you put on events I think you’ll find some juicy ideas that will take your work to the next level… but first a story about a garden in …

 ‘All Resistance Is Local’: A Plan of Progressive Action for the Trump Years

Here’s how states and cities can lead the fight against the Trump administration—and build a new political order. By Heather Gerken, David Bollier, Gary Gerstle and Gar Alperovitz The Nation, NOVEMBER 29, 2016 Demonstrators gather at the Utah State Capitol building to protest the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States in Salt Lake City, November 12, 2016. (Reuters / …

EV ownership savings, emission reductions and community benefits

By John Farrell  7 June 2017 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website  The U.S. vehicle market will undergo a massive technology disruption from electric vehicles in the coming decades. Many analysts see the potential for surging sales of these efficient vehicles to enable smart grid management, but few have explored the local impact of …

Tokyo plans to serve the 2020 Olympics with self-driving cars

By Cynthia Shahan, Clean Technica, 25 June 2017 The 2020 Olympics are around the corner and the Tokyo Olympics organizers plan to service the crowds and athletes with driverless cab service — full robot, no driver at all. “Japanese robotics maker ZMP Inc has partnered with a taxi operator in Tokyo, as part of its plans to launch a self-driving …

Monterey signs on to clean energy initiative

By Carly Mayberry, Monterey Herald, 7 June 2017 Despite last week’s decision made in Washington to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, the city of Monterey has publicly affirmed its commitment to 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2040. At Tuesday’s council meeting, city officials signed on to participate in the Sierra Club’s “Mayor for 100 Percent Clean …

South Australia , already at 57% wind and solar in 2016/17, meets 2025 goal of 50% over 9 years early

By Giles Parkinson on Renew Economy, 6 June 2017 The South Australian government’s official target for renewable energy is 50 per cent of local demand by 2025. According to the Australian Energy Regulator, it didn’t just reach that target in 2016/17, eight years early, it is literally blowing past it. Data released in the AER’s state of the energy market report released last …

Indian firms boosting local parts manufacturing as part of plans to expand EV capacity 10 fold in 2 to 3 years

Bloomberg, June 2017 Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., India’s only manufacturer of electric passenger cars, said costs to produce the vehicles need to come down by about 20 percent to make prices attractive as the government looks to encourage adoption with favorable tax treatment. The government needs to support research and development activities of suppliers to localize component manufacturing, Mahindra’s Managing …

Self-sufficiency, cost-savings, and frugal innovation are more appealing than “climate” and “justice” to rural residents in US and India

Indians want ‘jugaad’ not ‘climate justice’, study shows, 26 June 2017 The language of self-sufficiency chimes better with Indian citizens than blaming the rich world for global warming, workshops by Climate Outreach find A solar engineering trainer: describing renewable energy as “jugaad” or frugal innovation, played well with an Indian audience (Pic: UN Women/Gaganjit Singh) By Kavitha Rao Dirty energy. …

CO2 rising even as emissions stabilize, and sea level rise is happening much faster than expected too. Greenland ice sheet contribution to SLR was 25% by 2014

By Justin Gillis, 25 June 2017, excerpt from the NYTimes.com  If the amount of the gas that people are putting out has stopped rising, how can the amount that stays in the air be going up faster than ever? Does it mean the natural sponges that have been absorbing carbon dioxide are now changing? “To me, it’s a warning,” said …