California Bans Climate-Warming HFCs in New Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration, including Slurpee machines, frozen yogurt dispensers and grocery store refrigerator cases

California now prohibits the use of HFCs, a potent greenhouse gas, in new refrigeration and cooling systems, including Slurpee machines, frozen yogurt dispensers and grocery store refrigerator cases. The California Air Resources Board has banned the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in new cooling equipment. The climate-warming chemicals are between 1,000 and 3,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The decision …

‘It’s the beginning of the end’ for internal combustion engines, says UPS as it updates its fleet to electric

By Fred Lambert Mar. 30th 2018  UPS, which operates one of the largest fleets of vehicles in the world, has several electrification efforts and today, it got quite excited about the prospect of going all-electric as it deployed a new smart-grid technology to support its growing EV fleet in London. So much so that it called it “breakthrough” that “signals the beginning of …

Hail problems in your area? Tesla PV roof has a lifetime guarantee

By Fred Lambert, Electrek, A first look at the ‘Tesla house of the future’ with solar roof and Powerwall batteries, 29 Mar 2018 After its acquisition of SolarCity, Tesla started building an energy product offering that covers everything from energy production, with its solar products, to energy storage, with its Powerwall, to energy consumption, with its electric vehicles. A perfect customer for the company …

The rebel bank, printing its own notes and buying back people’s debts

‘HSCB’ in Walthamstow is selling printed ‘banknotes’ to raise money to buy local debt By Anna Leach Fri 23 Mar 2018 in The Guardian  The Hoe Street Central Bank has taken over the former Co-op bank in Walthamstow. Photograph: Alicia Canter for the Guardian First there were the banks. Sending credit cards through the post, offering easy loans. They overstretched, teetered. Then …

The Global Climate Action Summit 10-14 Sept 2018 in San Francisco will showcase action and inspire deeper commitments

“Come join us – entrepreneurs, singers, musicians, mathematicians, professors, students – we need people that represent the whole world because this is about the whole world and the people who live here … It’s time to act, it’s time to join together, and that’s why at this Climate Action Summit, we’re going to get it done.” –Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., …

15th Amendment violations by Facebook, targeting African Americans to inhibit voting

Excerpt, NYTimes.com Opinion, It isn’t just our privacy that Facebook is violating… What Facebook is selling to political campaigns is the same thing Uber is selling to its drivers and customers and what YouTube is selling to advertisers who hope to reach an audience of children — namely, the right to bypass longstanding rules and regulations in order to act …

Glyphosate clouds contaminating even more distant fields now, and all popular beer and wine brands tested

By Zen Honeycutt, March 2018 The past few years have revealed some disturbing news for the alcohol industry. In 2015, CBS news broke the announcement of a lawsuit against 31 brands of wines for high levels of inorganic arsenic. In 2016, beer testing in Germany also revealed residues of glyphosate in every single sample tested, even independent beers. Moms Across America released test …

“It’s one thing to collect data, and it’s another thing to be able to target people and target people individually”

Meet the American Professor Suing Cambridge Analytica for His Psychographic Profile, 23 March 2018 David Carroll associate professor of media design at Parsons School of Design. He has filed a full disclosure claim against Cambridge Analytica in the U.K. We turn now to the burgeoning scandal around voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica. Startling revelations show the company harvested the data of more …

Judge Drops Charges Against 13 Who Argued Pipeline Civil Disobedience Action Was “Necessary” to Save Planet

Published on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Common Dreams  “We are part of the movement that’s standing up and saying, ‘We won’t let this go by on our watch.’” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer  Defendants and legal team pose for a photo after their March 27, 2018 trail on the steps of the West Roxbury, Mass. courthouse. (Photo: Peter Bowden/flickr/cc) Climate activists are …

Facebook provided access to 50 million user’s data for modelling/targeting of ads and fake news to a much larger group (200 million+?)

Series of articles in The Guardian and NYTimes.com In 2014, Facebook was revealed to have conducted a vast experiment on users, without their consent, which entailed tweaking the amount of positive and negative content appearing on their feeds to see if the tech giant could manipulate some kind of “emotional contagion”. Last year, leaked documents revealed how Facebook had told advertisers they had …