Telling Is Listening: Ursula K. Le Guin on the Magic of Real Human Conversation

By Maria Popova on Brain Pickings “Words are events, they do things, change things. They transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it. They feed understanding or emotion back and forth and amplify it.” Every act of communication is an act of tremendous courage in which we give ourselves over to two parallel possibilities: the …

Egypt adds bikelanes and launches bike-sharing

Egypt Independent,  25 July 2017 In an attempt to encourage cycling culture in Egypt, Cairo’s Governor Atef Abdel Hamid signed this week a protocol with the UN Human Settlement Programme to dedicate bicycle lanes and routes all over Cairo’s heavily packed streets, in order to introduce the very first bike-sharing service in Egypt. As part of Egypt’s plan to develop …

Like Exxon, Utilities Knew about Climate Change Risks Decades Ago: A new report shows through documents and testimony how utilities researched climate change and determined in the 1970s that it could force a shift away from coal.

By John Cushman, Inside Climate News, 25 July 2017  The Electric Power Research Institute wrote publicly in 1988 about the growing consensus that the greenhouse effect is real. Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images A study issued Tuesday by an energy watchdog group offers important new insights into the fossil fuel industry’s extensive early understanding of climate change and the risks it poses. This …

Co-Creating Policy, re-writing the rules that govern economic systems from the grassroots up

Sometimes it isn’t enough to change the way you play. Sometimes you have to change the game itself, and the Localist movement is re-writing the rules that govern economic systems from the grassroots up. By drafting, advocating for and implementing policy, a broad cross-section of entrepreneurs, policymakers, economic development professionals and community members are transforming the legal structures that undergird …

Indian trains get solar panels

By Nicolas Zart on Clean Technica, 25 July 2017 Most people are not aware that the train system is one of the most efficient means of moving people and merchandise around. However, there is room for improvement and some Indian train operators are turning to solar panels on cars, as well as wind and solar energy near the tracks. Indian …

A new book argues that the Constitution’s framers believed that vast concentrations of wealth were the enemy of democracy—so what happened?

By Jedediah Purdy, The Nation, 11 July 2017 Illustration by Tim Robinson. “Aconstitution is not intended to embody a particular economic theory,” wrote Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. in 1905. Holmes was dissenting from the Court’s majority opinion in Lochner v. New York, which held that the New York State Legislature had violated the right to freedom of contract when …

WaPo: This could be the next big strategy for suing over climate change

By Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis, Washington Post, 20 July 2017  A Delta plane lands as a U.S. Airways plane waits to take off at San Francisco airport. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson) Two California coastal counties and one beach-side city touched off a possible new legal front in the climate change battle this week, suing dozens of major oil, coal, and other fossil fuel companies for the …

5 new strategies to design more effective utility DER pilots: A new RMI report uses insights from utility pilots and demonstration projects to form a roadmap for the energy transition

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, July 20, 2017 The journey through the energy transition just got a new roadmap. Regulatory disputes across the country continue to stifle innovation and impede the emergence of new utility business models. But a new paper offers best practices from a variety of utility pilot projects to help regulators and stakeholders sort through the …

Distributed energy sources can reduce cost of electricity up to 50%, study says: Traditional grids will have to change. Modeling can help find the best way forward.

By Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, 18 July 2017 Dramatic changes are coming to the old power grid. As infrastructure ages and policy dictates a move away from fossil fuels, utilities and governments are looking at Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) as potential alternatives to continually building out a centralized grid. DERs include all kinds of hardware that the utility may not necessarily own …