Safety expert says: ‘We’re doomed’: Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention

By Patrick Barkham, in The Guardian.  The 86-year-old social scientist says accepting the impending end of most life on Earth might be the very thing needed to help us prolong it.  Thu 26 Apr 2018   Dr Mayer Hillman with his bike outside his home in London. Photograph: John Alex Maguire / Rex Features “We’re doomed,” says Mayer Hillman with such a beaming smile that it …

SUVs cause nearly 3x the fatalities as other crashes with pedestrians

Almost 6,000 pedestrians were killed on American streets in 2016, an increase of nearly 50 percent since 2009. The cause of the increase, however, has stumped some safety analysts. Groups like the Governors Highway Safety Association, for example, have advanced theories on “distracted walking,” without much evidence. But a new study from a major group, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, …

Renewable Energy Industry Adds Half A Million Jobs In 2017, Surpasses 10 Million Worldwide

May 9th, 2018 by Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica and IRENA The renewable energy industry employed more than 10 million people in 2017, according to new figures published this week by the International Renewable Energy Agency, thereby surpassing the 10 million jobs figure for the first time thanks to an addition of more than 500,000 new jobs around the world. The International Renewable …

Study Uncovers Surprising New Reason to Go Local: it’s better for land and people on both ends

Eco-Watch, May 2018 There are lots of ecological reasons to buy local food, from reducing the carbon footprint of the meals you eat to preventing agribusiness‘ destruction of unique ecosystems like the Amazon rainforest. But research published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Monday uncovered another surprising benefit to local agriculture: it is also better for the environment of countries that currently import lots of food.This is …

The Fighting Has Begun Over Who Owns Land Drowned by Climate Change: America’s coastal cities are preparing for legal battles over real estate that slips into the ocean

Houses along the flood zone in Dauphin Island, Ala. PHOTOGRAPHER: NICOLE CRAINE/BLOOMBERG By Christopher Flavelle, April 25, 2018, Bloomberg One April morning in 2016, Daryl Carpenter, a charter boat captain out of Grand Isle, La., took some clients to catch redfish on a marsh pond that didn’t use to exist. Coastal erosion and rising seas are submerging a football field’s worth of Louisiana land …

Los Angeles Tests the Power of ‘Play Streets’

By Patricia Leigh Brown, 29 April 2018, LA Times Fickett Street in Boyle Heights, a neighborhood in Los Angeles transformed into a one-day “play street” as part of a design initiative to reclaim streets for civic life. It was a collaboration with residents, activists, the nonprofit Kounkuey Design Initiative and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. CreditColey Brown for The New …