Housing First plus a “strict housing mix to limit social segregation: 25% social housing, 30% subsidised purchase, and 45% private sector. Helsinki also insists on no visible external differences between private and public housing stock”

In each new district, the city maintains a strict housing mix to limit social segregation: 25% social housing, 30% subsidised purchase, and 45% private sector. Helsinki also insists on no visible external differences between private and public housing stock, and sets no maximum income ceiling on its social housing tenants. It has invested heavily, too, in homelessness prevention, setting up …

Re-thinking curtailment: “There are many promises for 100 percent renewables in the next 25 to 30 years. We’re creating a realistic, a cost-effective solution to get us there,” Perez said.

Solar energy expert shares blueprint for a carbon-free future in PV-tech power by University at Albany Credit: CC0 Public Domain Last year, California set the nation’s most ambitious energy goal—deriving 100 percent of its electrical power from renewable sources by 2045. Many other states have since joined with similar goals, including New York, with Gov. Cuomo’s “Green New Deal” calling for …

Fossil fuels and polar melting are changing the jet stream and the weather

Midnight sun in Greenland (stock image). Atmospheric researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) have now developed a climate model that can accurately depict the frequently observed winding course of the jet stream, a major air current over the Northern Hemisphere. The breakthrough came when the scientists combined their global climate model with …

Lyft Offers Portland Drivers Free EV Charging

June 2nd, 2019 by Steve Hanley  Until Lyft and Uber can replace all of their drivers with robotaxis, both are encouraging their employees independent contractors to drive plug-in hybrid or battery electric cars. According to Mashable, starting in July, Lyft drivers in Portland, Oregon, will be able to recharge their plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or fully electric (BEV) cars for free. There are currently five EV charging …

How Monsanto manipulates journalists and academics

Carey Gillam, Clean Technica, Sun 2 Jun 2019 59 Monsanto’s own emails and documents reveal a disinformation campaign to hide its weedkiller’s possible links to cancer  Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup, one of the world’s most popular herbicides, may cause cancer. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters Over the past year, evidence of Monsanto’s deceptive efforts to defend the safety of its top-selling Roundup herbicide have been …

A quarter of American workers are now gig workers. In NYC half of Uber drivers are supporting families with children, 40% are on Medicaid

The gig is up: America’s booming economy is built on hollow promises Robert Reich Contract workers prop up big earners but under Trump’s anti-labor administration are ruthlessly exploited themselves Sun 2 Jun 2019, The Guardian  Uber just filed its first quarterly report as a publicly traded company. Although it lost $1bn, investors may still do well because the losses appear to …

Chris Hedges: Integrity forged in cages

If truth is to be heard, as Theodor Adorno wrote, suffering must be allowed to speak. Flannery O’Connor recognized that the moral life always entails confrontation with the world. By Chris Hedges, Truthdig.com May 31, 2019 | EDUCATE!  Chris Hedges gave this talk to 27 graduating students who were formerly incarcerated—several of whom he taught in prison—and their families at Rutgers University on Friday. The ceremony …

The Key Themes of Collaboration

May 20, 2019  No Comment  The Open Coop  Cross-posted from The Open Coop and written by Oliver Sylvester-Bradley. Having re-watched the webinar on Catalysing Collaboration at Scale I wondered if it might be possible to identify some of the key themes of collaboration. Truly effective, synergistic, collaboration is an elusive beast at the best of times and the idea of making it work at scale, for …

All the reasons why gas isn’t a good idea: More natural gas isn’t a “middle ground” — it’s a climate disaster.

To tackle climate change, natural gas has got to go By David Roberts @vox.com  May 30, 2019 SHARE A liquid natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal.  Shutterstock Expert opinion on climate change policy has been evolving quickly. The opinion of policymakers has not always kept up. One area where this split is particularly notable is around the role of natural gas in a clean energy future. For …