Appalachia’s struggling coal communities find hope in transition to clean energy: Solar company founder wants to prevent migration of West Virginians in need of jobs

By Mark Hand on Clean Technica, May 11, 2018 A ENERGY TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, FORMERLY HEADQUARTERED IN CALIFORNIA, SELECTED PIKEVILLE, KENTUCKY, AS THE SITE FOR A NEW BATTERY MANUFACTURING PLANT. CREDIT: SCREENSHOT/OFFICE OF GOVERNOR OF KENTUCKY An energy technology company’s decision to open a new manufacturing facility in Pikeville, Kentucky, the heart of Appalachia coal country, has delivered a ray of hope to …

“Everything in between e-bikes and cars”: Electric Motorcycle Company Alta Motors Sets Sights On Scaling Up For Global Markets

May 13th, 2018 by Kyle Field in Clean Technica  Builder of affordable, electric motorcycles Alta Motors recently partnered with Harley Davidson to drive scale and get their motorcycles into the hands of more customers around the world. The new partnership is already starting to bear fruit as the high-tech motocross company fleshes out the benefits of having an established, high-volume cruiser builder with arguably the …

Pipistrel (a Designer for NASA and Siemens) Unveils Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing Aircraft Concept For Uber Elevate

May 13th, 2018 by Nicolas Zart  Hot on the latest Uber Elevate summit this month in Los Angeles, Pipistrel planned the unveiling of its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft concept to the public. Pipistrel eVTOL Concept — Faster & Further The race to design what could essentially transport us from place to place through the air in city limits — …

Next System Papers

This is the Wrong Time to Cut Back on Public Housing May 3, 2018 More than half a million Americans are homeless — the size of a large city. Inside “The Souls of Poor Folk” Moral Audit with Co-Author May 3, 2018 “The Poor People’s Campaign was a project first introduced by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, who was …

The Next System: The Joyful Economy, by Gus Speth

This paper by Gus Speth, published alongside three others, is one of many proposals for a systemic alternative we have published or will be publishing here at the Next System Project. You can read it below, or download thePDF. We have commissioned these papers in order to facilitate an informed and comprehensive discussion of “new systems,” and as part of this effort we …

Agroecology Is Becoming A Global Movement. But Where Does the U.S. Fit In? Movements move government policy, not the other way around.

Support farmer-to-farmer exchange that spreads agroecological practices through existing, and expanding, networks of small-scale family producers. It would entail greatly expanding the numbers of small, ecological farmers, based on the wisdom of those who already produce in this way  “Scholars interested in advancing agroecology must turn to their own institutions, see how we do and don’t work with and for …

What really helps the unemployed find full-time jobs?

To read the full article, go to: http://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/what-really-helps-the-unemployed-find-full-time-jobs-20180510 …the long-term, individualized approach to helping people with serious barriers to employment find fair-paying jobs has been proven to work. “The combination is skills training and very intensive supports,” says LaDonna Pavetti, vice president for family income support policy at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities and author of the 2016 …

It’s time for public option in pharmaceuticals

Excerpt from Dana Brown and Thomas Hanna’s article In These Times, 12 May 2018 …a 2017 study from the Institute for New Economic Thinking revealed that over the ten-year period studied, the top 18 U.S. pharmaceutical companies spent more on share buybacks and dividends than R&D. Drug marketing—which is outlawed in all but one other country in the world—also accounts for more pharmaceutical company …

Boost commitments to achieve science-based, Paris Agreement goals, say 7 EU member states

Germany, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Portugal and Luxembourg are calling for a faster transition to a clean economy. While they did not determine exactly what the target should be, they agreed it should line up with the Paris Agreement.  Sweden is one of a few jurisdictions to have already raised its ambition in response the Paris Agreement, enshrining in law a target of net zero emissions by 2045. “Science tells us we …