Man downsizes from 250 to 54 sq. ft. ‘expandable’ mobile tiny home (Video)

Kimberley Mok kimberleymok January 29, 2018   Video screen capture Relaxshacks For most people, the idea of living in 250 square feet full-time will likely seem too cramped for comfort. Yet for Dallas, Texas-based Richard Ward of Terraform Tiny Homes, his 250-square-foot tiny home on wheels seemed like a “mansion” ever since he returned after a four-month-long road trip in a Honda Element …

The Best Climate Science Provides a Prescription for Restoring the Atmosphere, Stabilizing the Climate System, and Protecting the Oceans from Acidification and Warming

It Requires Us to Return Atmospheric CO2 Levels to Below 350 ppm by 2100 and limit warming to 1 Degree Celsius to Protect Young People and Future Generations To protect our planet’s climate system and vital natural resources on which human survival and welfare depend, and to ensure that young people’s and future generations’ fundamental and inalienable human rights are protected, …

Many ways to avoid blackouts and save money in the shift to 100% renewable, reliable energy, worldwide

Researchers propose three separate ways to avoid blackouts if the world transitions all its energy to electricity or direct heat and provides the energy with 100 percent wind, water and sunlight. The solutions reduce energy requirements, health damage and climate damage. Key elements of the solution applicable to different cases are to Produce heat directly from solar and geothermal heat …

Empowering the Powerless: Here’s How To End Energy Poverty

From The Conversation, By Jatin Nathwani, University of Waterloo, Sunday, February 4, 2018  When households switch from kerosene lamps to electric light bulbs, they gain 100 times as much light energy for reading, studying, cooking and cultural activities for the same amount of money.   Since 2010, we have witnessed dramatic declines in the cost of key energy technologies: 95 per cent for LED lighting, 60 per cent for solar PV and …

Puerto Rico’s blackout, the largest in American history, explained: More than a million Americans are still without power in part because of the botched hurricane recovery

By Umair Irfan  Feb 8, 2018  Alana Rivera, age 10, does her homework on her apartment balcony, lit by a cell phone, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in November 2017.  Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images Some 1.36 million Americans are without power right now, and it isn’t coming back any time soon. This is a national embarrassment. We’re talking about Puerto Rico, in the throes of …

Looking at Indians, white Americans see themselves: Thinking about natives in an era of nativism

Feb 10th 2018, The Economist IN EARLY 1924 the blue-bloods of Virginia found themselves with a problem. To criminalise interracial marriage, the state had drafted a law that classified anyone possessing even “one drop” of non-white blood as “coloured”. Awkwardly, that would include many of the so-called First Families of Virginia, because they traced their descent to a native American woman, Pocahontas, who had …

What Can Transit Agencies Learn from TNCs’ Late-Night Popularity?

By Colin Murphy January 25, 2018 Research, Ridesourcing, Shared-Use Mobility (Research) A new study by SUMC for the Transit Cooperative Research Program finds that peak use of transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft comes on weekends and evenings, not during rush hours when public-transit use is highest. SUMC’s findings were based on one of the first uses of origin-destination trip data provided by …

With Storytelling Night and Other Efforts, First U.S. City to Ban Fossil Fuel Expansion Offers Roadmap for Others

Portland, Ore., climate activists celebrate a win against Big Oil as city- and state-level initiatives gain momentum across the country. Kevon Paynter posted Feb 05, 2018, in Yes! Magazine On a clear July morning three years ago, dozens of environmental activists pushed their kayaks into the Willamette River in Portland while others rappelled 400 feet from the top of St. Johns …