Sustainable mobility indicators

ITDP has defined indicators that are actionable, scalable, and easily understood. There are many existing indicators of sustainable transit, but many of them are developed using indices that become black boxes, leaving little discernible actions to improve them. Many other existing indicators suffer from an over reliance on complexity, thus requiring a high level of technical knowledge to fully understand …

Blockchain Proof-of-Work or Proof-of-Stake both Centralize Power and Wealth

In Proof-of-Work, if you have more money to buy more computing power, then you can perform more hashes so that you earn more money than others, which lets you invest in more computing power, and so on. In Proof-of-Stake, if you have more money to put at stake for your computed answers, you win more of the stakes, which lets you invest more stake, to win …

Converging social justice issues and movements: implications for political actions and research

Converging social justice issues and movements: implications for political actions and research. Special issue, Third World Quarterly, 2018.  Guest Edited by: Tsegaye Moreda, Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Alberto Alonso-Fradejas and Zoe W.Brent.  International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Netherlands See the introductory paper by Borras, Moreda, Alonso-Fradejas & Brent where they explain: In this special issue, we argue that the multiple contemporary converging crises have significantly altered …

Should we cut way back on flying? Stop going to conferences?

Ed Note:  On the “good example” end of the spectrum is a zero carbon retreat next Monday and Tuesday that is entirely online and free: https://www.zneretreat.com/ By Lloyd Alter Should we just stop flying to conferences?  It really isn’t necessary but it sure is a lot of fun. I am conflicted. The Passivhaus movement is growing all over the world, and …

Airlines are free of fuel tax and cheap flying generates more of it

Ed Note:  On the “good example” end of the spectrum is a zero carbon retreat next Monday and Tuesday that is entirely online and free: https://www.zneretreat.com/ By Lloyd Alter Should we just stop flying to conferences?  It really isn’t necessary but it sure is a lot of fun. I am conflicted. The Passivhaus movement is growing all over the world, and …

Poverty and inequality require progressive taxation and enforcement rather than a focus on philanthropy

January 29th, Common Dreams Historian’s Advice to Davos Elite Worried About Pitchforks: ‘Stop Talking About Philanthropy’ and Start Paying Higher Taxes With Trump Seen as ‘Symptom Not a Cause,’ US Rank Plummets on Global Corruption Index Dutch historian and author Rutger Bregman told those gathered at last week’s Davos summit his advice was this: “Just stop talking about philanthropy, and …

Thin film solar market picking up, not affected by Trump tariff

Excerpt from https://cleantechnica.com/2019/01/28/price-shock-for-solar-panels-not-so-shocking-after-all-heres-why/  Another rapidly moving development involves thin film solar technology, which was not affected by the Trump tariff. The US thin film market has been picking up. Just last last fall the company First Solar announced plans for a new factory in Ohio to produce its Series 6 thin film technology. Thin film is not as efficient at solar conversion compared to …

Energy Democracy Toolkit

Category Resource (name and link) Source Description Status Challenge Tier Node? Implementation vs Knowledge Campus vs Community (if applicable) Energy Democracy Info Democratizing Our Energy Future Al Weinrub (Local Clean Enegy Alliance), and Anthony Giancatarino (Center for Social Inclusion A white paper defining energy democracy and outlinig major principles, strategies, and tools for implementing it Complete Hard No Knowledge Energy …

Dem proposals for workers

Leading Democratic 2020 contenders are finally standing against unbridled capitalism. Excerpt from Robert Reich, The Guardian, Jan 2019Ohio senator Sherrod Brown has embarked on a “dignity of work” tour of key voting states ahead of a potential run for the Democratic presidential nomination – along with a 77-page economic plan to reverse “the declining value of work” and “make life better for all …