Costa Rica joins Well-Being Alliance

Joseph Stiglitz, The country is a beacon of Enlightenment – a world leader in democratic, sustainable, and inclusive economic growth, writes Joseph Stiglitz, Wed 9 May 2018 in The Guardian2018 05.54 EDT  Supporters of Costa Rica’s governing centre-left Citizen Action party celebrate the presidential election win by its leader Carlos Alvarado. Photograph: Ezequiel Becerra/AFP/Getty Images With authoritarianism and proto-fascism on the rise in so …

German solar-powered car in pre-sale, to be in customers’ hands next year: Sono Motor’s Sion uses PV to generate clean electricity while the car is driving

By Jonny Bairstow, Wednesday 22 August 2018 Image: Sono Motors A German start-up has launched a series of trials to test its new solar-powered car. Sono Motors’ Sion is an electric vehicle (EV) with one important difference – 330 solar cells built into its doors, bonnet and roof aim to do away with the range anxiety often associated with battery-powered transport. Once fully charged it …

“Today, many researchers are concluding that ecological systems around the planet will not be able to tolerate temperature rise much beyond 1.5C”

Avoiding the climate failsafe point “Although models of climate and vegetation change are greatly improving, they remain far from perfect,” write academics Lovejoy and Hannah in an editorial for the journal Science Advances. “For example, on the one hand, recent modelling studies indicate that limiting temperature increase to 1.5C will greatly reduce the impact on the ranges of insect, vertebrate, …

A Battery of Choices

Excerpt from:  A Battery of Choices, August 15th, 2018 by The Beam By Noah Kittner and Daniel Kammen, University of California Berkeley Kittner, N., Lill, F., & Kammen, D.M. Energy storage deployment and innovation for the clean energy transition. Nature Energy 2, 17125 (2017). Paper and supplemental data are available online at: http://rael.berkeley.edu/project/innovation-in-energy-storage/ In a world where we depend on sunlight and the wind …

New Bangkok park is designed for a future of flooded cities

This new park is designed for a future of flooded cities: Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn Centennial Park can hold a million gallons of rainwater to help control the city’s increasing floods.  Fast Company, 22 Aug 2018   By ADELE PETERS Sitting on former swampland in a low-lying river delta, Bangkok has always flooded. In the 1800s, the majority of the population lived in floating homes and …

EV buses expected to be half of city fleets in the 2020s and 80% by 2040

It is true that electric buses cost more up front than their diesel-powered counterparts. However, those costs are falling, and when considering the entire life cycle of the vehicle — purchase price, fuels, operational and maintenance expenses — electric buses prove to be cheaper than their diesel counterparts. Moreover, according to BNEF, the projected decline in battery costs likely make electric …

Vienna, Austria is top of The Economist’s The Global Liveability Index

Melbourne is no longer at the top of The Economist’s The Global Liveability Index, knocked off by Vienna, the perennial runner-up. The main reason for its climb is “improvements seen in stability and safety across most regions in the past year. Whereas in the past, cities in Europe have been affected by the spreading perceived threat of terrorism in the …

Capitalism can crack climate change. But only if it takes risks

By Larry Elliott, The Guardian, Anglo-Saxon capitalism’s drive to maximise profits in the short term won’t save the planet. Perhaps the Chinese model can?, Thu 16 Aug 2018   ‘China is committed to phasing out coal.’ Photograph: Feature China/Barcroft Images This summer’s heatwave has provided a glimpse of the future, and it is not a pretty one. On current trends, the years to come will …

Climate on verge of tipping points. human-induced global warming of 2°C may trigger other Earth system processes, often called ‘feedbacks,’ that can drive further warming

Excerpt from Climate Progress:  Our current climate is near the very edge of stability, according to a major new study by 16 leading climate scientists.  We are pushing the planet toward an irreversible “Hothouse Earth” — catastrophic warming of 9°F (5°C) or more with sea level rise of up to 200 feet — the study warns. And we may be much closer to the …

EV updates June-July 2018. UPS Orders 950 American-Made Workhorse Electric Delivery Trucks, Tesla now a top 10 most popular vehicle in the US, dominates small and midsize luxury market

June-July EV highlights from Clean Technica’s Zach Shahan. Aug 2018 UPS started testing electric heavy-duty trucks from Californian startup Thor. UPS also placed an order for a whopping 950 Workhorse N-GEN electric delivery vans. I just had to double check, but that’s right — 950! Kia Niro EV now on sale in South Korea. Maybe we’ll see it in California and Alabama soon. Or …