Lack of good rural internet and the need for universal wifi

Excerpt from fivethirtyeight.com, July 2017 With clear eyes brought by 80 years of hindsight, it’s obvious that Americans should have access to electricity — the country’s economic and social well-being depends on it. Advocates of universal broadband argue the same could be said of fast internet. Already, the law says that all Americans should have access to internet services, thanks to …

Asian typhoons becoming more intense, have grown 50% stronger in the past 40 years due to warming seas

By Damian Carrington in The Guardian, 2016  On 7 July 2015, satellite images showed the Pacific Ocean with two typhoons, one tropical storm, one formation alert and one large area of increased convection. Photograph: JMA MTSAT-2/NOAA The destructive power of the typhoons that wreak havoc across China, Japan, Korea and the Philippines has intensified by 50% in the past 40 years due …

Water stress due to climate change threatens thermoelectric power stations, which use large amounts of freshwater for cooling. Solution is to go renewable

By Joshua Hill in Clean Technica, 27 July 2017  Increasing water stress caused by a global climate change will have far-ranging consequences, and according to a new study, water scarcity and warmth could begin impacting European electricity generation as soon as 2030, possibly decreasing production or ceasing production altogether. Coal power plant with direct cooling | Image Credit: iStockphoto ©Michael …

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.

Update – 27 August 2017 – ExxonMobil Lied About Climate Change For 40 Years — New Study, August 27th, 2017 by Steve Hanley, CleanTechnica.com  The Attorneys General for the states of New York and Massachusetts are on a mission. They seek to prove in court that ExxonMobil has consistently lied about what it knew about the relationship between burning the fossil fuels it supplies to …

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 …