Follow the money: Why the collusion story begins with money, not politics

MAY 10, 2017: Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US President Donald Trump, and Russia’s Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak (L-R) during a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House. Getty Images By Sean Illing on Vox, 18 July 2017 “To understand the roots of the collusion, set aside Putin and follow the money.” That’s what Seva Gunitsky, …

25 fossil fuel producers – over half of the pollution since 1988. 100 companies to blame for 71%

See the 2017 Carbon Majors report from the Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP. New research claims that just 100 fossil fuel producers are to blame for 71 percent of industrial greenhouse gases since 1988, the year human-induced climate change was officially recognized through the establishment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Despite the landmark establishment, the oil, coal and gas industry has expanded significantly and has …

Are Barcelona’s superblocks a radical challenge to the neoliberal city?

This post by Massimo Paolini was originally published on perspectivasanomalas.org Combining nine of the blocks proposed by Ildefons Cerdà in the 1859 plan (very different from those realised) they are meant to reduce car traffic in the streets and squares inside the superblock’s perimeter, confining it to the perimetral streets, in order to create a solution for the serious problems deriving from pollution, …

Increasing droughts, lower crop yields (just 40% already in Utah and forecast to go to 10%), and increased stress and conflict

A new study by MIT climate scientists, economists, and agriculture experts finds that certain hotspots in the country will experience severe reductions in crop yields by 2050, due to climate change’s impact on irrigation. The most adversely affected region, according to the researchers, will be the Southwest. Already a water-stressed part of the country, this region is projected to experience …

Solar’s trillion-dollar market, driven by EVs, microgrids and cost parity for storage: Solar is also becoming the preferred source of energy for net energy importing countries

By Giles Parkinson on 21 July 2017  Demand for solar is expected to surge over coming years, but its growth rate could effectively double if there is rapid uptake of electric vehicles, and as more companies turn to the technology to save energy costs, and more countries reach solar and storage “parity” with grid prices. A new report from leading solar analyst …

McKinsey on the transport transition – even low density cities will benefit from $2-3,000 per resident by making the shift

McKinsey.com, June 2017 Autonomous vehicles, electric powertrains, vehicle sharing, and other advances are transforming urban mobility. Planning ahead can help cities capture the benefits of the shift, from cleaner air to easier journeys. The way that  people get around cities is changing dramatically. Technological advances and new transportation services are making it possible for city dwellers to cross town ever more …

RMI: Understanding the Innovation Dividend of Clean Energy Investment  

By Jon Creyts and Curtis Probst, at RMI.org, July 2017 While current political discourse seems to focus on what divides us, there are many topics on which people from across the political spectrum seem to agree. One of these is the critical importance of innovation. Innovation can create jobs, bolster our economy, and improve our lives. In clean energy, regular innovations arise in electric …