I’m Dreaming About a Modern World That Doesn’t Erase Its Indigenous Intelligence

The Disruption of White Supremacy: Why Colonialism is Failing Right on Time By Mark Trahant, YES! Magazine, Feb 2018 Melba Appawara from the Northern Ute Tribe, born in 1932, is grandma to many beautiful bear dancers. PHOTO BY MATIKA WILBUR FOR PROJECT 562 IMAGINE THE END OF THE UNITED STATES. It could happen like this: California secedes over a Trump-era order that is …

The town that’s found a potent cure for illness – community

By George Monbiot in The Guardian Wed 21 Feb 2018  Frome in Somerset has seen a dramatic fall in emergency hospital admissions since it began a collective project to combat isolation. There are lessons for the rest of the country  ‘Frome has a buzz of sociability, a sense of common purpose and a creative, exciting atmosphere that make it feel quite different from …

Benefits of transit access often don’t accrue to low-income riders but provisions for affordable housing nearby can help, and some agencies are taking action

From Transit Center Feb 06, 2018 Affordable Housing: A Next Frontier for Transit? Putting people near transit (and vice-versa) boosts ridership, and many transit agencies talk about transit-oriented development. But in growing recognition that the benefits of transit access often don’t accrue to low-income riders, two agencies are testing strategies to encourage affordable development near transit. Last year, Metro Los Angeles assumed the role …

Trump says fund infrastructure from a new mileage tax

Supporters say a vehicle miles traveled tax is more fair than increasing the gasoline tax because it would apply to electric and hybrid vehicles. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) The Trump administration suggested Wednesday it could support a tax on drivers for the amount of miles they drive, as a revenue source to pay for its $200 billion infrastructure investment plan. …

Black lung uprise is one of the worst industrial workplace disasters in American history: In just three clinics in southwestern Virginia, there are four times as many cases as thought nationally

In a study released this month by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), federal researchers identified more than 400 cases of complicated black lung in three clinics in southwestern Virginia between 2013 and 2017—the largest cluster ever reported. However, the actual number of cases is likely much, much higher as the government analysis relied on self-reporting. An ongoing investigation from NPR has counted …

Valuing resilience and reduced load with solar plus storage

Utility Dive, 15 Feb 2018 As Hurricane Irma receded last September, thousands of Floridians sheltered in 115 well-lit schools, drinking hot coffee and communicating with the world through cell phones charged by solar-plus-storage systems. Funded by a $9.8 million 2009 Recovery Act grant, the solar-plus-storage systems powered the schools despite the overcast weather, while 6.7 million utility customers had no electricity. Like last year’s hurricanes …

Reducing transmission grid congestion with solar

RMI.org 22 Feb 2018 Distribution-scale solar avoids using the transmission grid because electricity is produced close to load. There is basically no use of transmission or transmission-level generation capacity. It’s like renting office space close to home, so that you can skip use of toll-road highways and limit yourself to local roads. You don’t use the toll road, and thus …

Streets are some of the most ubiquitous and valuable public spaces that a city has and cities are showing new ways to use them

From 2007 to 2013, Sadik-Khan was the commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation and today she continues working as a sustainable transportation consultant with Bloomberg Associates. During her six years in New York she showed her city—and the country—what can be accomplished when we put people first in transportation planning. Perhaps most famously, Sadik-Khan closed five blocks to cars on …

Exxon tries to sink democracy, sue 30 people associated with climate change lawsuits, alleging conspiracy

Note:  A nationally and internationally known attorney on one of the climate suits in the US says this does not have much chance in court.  It is just designed to intimidate and waste time and resources. Reprinted from Clean Technica, February 22nd, 2018 by James Ayre As a result of numerous organizations filing lawsuits against Exxon in recent times in relation to anthropogenic …