Tackling the climate crisis and pollution; Creating good, high-paying jobs; and Counteracting racial and economic inequity

By Ben Beachy January 1, 2019, the Sierra Club From kitchen tables to the halls of Congress, talk of a Green New Deal continues to grow. In the past year of writing and speaking about this bold plan to tackle climate change and inequality, we’ve covered Green New Deal goals, local policy wins that offer tangible Green New Deal models, and the recent surge in Green New Deal momentum. …

Report Commissioned By Pentagon Says A Combination Of Global Starvation, War, Disease, Drought, And A Fragile Power Grid Could Have Cascading, Devastating Effects. And over 600 million people live at sea level.

According to a new U.S. Army report, Americans could face a horrifically grim future from climate change involving blackouts, disease, thirst, starvation and war. The study found that the US military itself might also collapse. This could all happen over the next two decades, the report notes. The senior US government officials who wrote the report are from several key …

Honolulu, NYC lead clean energy resilience plans

Katie Pyzyk@_PyintheSky Jan. 31, 2020, Smart Cities Dive Honolulu and New York City are top-scoring U.S. cities for incorporating energy efficiency and renewable power policies into resilience plans, according to a study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). They ranked “exemplary,” while Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, DC followed close behind. The study concluded that many cities are taking steps toward …

Fossil Gas Has No Future in Low-Carbon Buildings

January 6, 2020  |  By Mark Silberg, RMI States and cities across the country are beginning to grapple with a persistent source of carbon emissions that has largely gone ignored: burning fossil fuels in buildings. While the electric power sector nationally has reduced emissions more than 25 percent, there has been no change in carbon emissions from direct fossil fuel use in …

If we want smarter, safer cities, we need to double down on rail transit

A robust, rail-centric network should remain the backbone into which other transportation modes, like autonomous shuttles, ride-sharing and scooters, can feed. Marc Buncher, Feb. 3, 2020, Smart Cities Dive There’s a lot of discussion and excitement these days about the concept of “smart cities.” While the prospect of having more technology infused in a city’s operations could be very exciting, the …

Can we imagine a world where all belong and get to participate?

Belonging is based on the recognition of our full humanity without having to become something different or pretend we’re all the same. We have to construct stories that allow space for others. Our story cannot just be about us in the narrowest way, nor can it reproduce othering by consigning an other to be just a villain in our story. …

Reimagining the grid: How utilities are prepping for transportation electrification: Key is incentivized charging times

A key component will be making sure vehicles are incentivized to charge at times that make the most sense, he added. Kavya Balaraman@kavya_balaraman Feb. 5, 2020, Smart Cities Dive As California and Oregon work toward their transportation electrification goals, utilities are beefing up infrastructure and engaging with customers to cope with the anticipated increase in load — and, in some cases, …

Mobile voting pilot in Denver ‘clearly demonstrates the effectiveness and convenience of secure ballot delivery and return.’

Katie Pyzyk@_PyintheSky Jan. 24, 2020 Citizens in King County, WA, which includes Seattle, are now able to submit votes by mobile device for the King Conservation District (KCD) board of supervisors election on February 11, NPR first reported. Voting began Wednesday and runs through election day; an estimated 500 ballots were submitted via mobile devices during the first 24 hours, Bea Covington, …

Without reductions in smoking, there would have been virtually no reduction in overall cancer mortality in either men or women since the early ’90s

Excerpt from Scientific American, Feb 2020 by John Horgan. Horgan directs the Center for Science Writings at the Stevens Institute of Technology. The best way to measure progress against cancer is to look at mortality rates, the number of people who succumb to cancer per unit of population per year. The risk of cancer grows with age. (Although childhood cancer …