Massachusetts may become just the third state, after California and New York, to begin planning for a managed decline of its conventional natural gas industry and gas in new buildings

According to the petition, the DPU should examine the investment needed to ensure a safe and reliable gas system over the next 30 years, while gas demand declines. The AG’s Office also urges the DPU to examine whether there are other cost-effective alternatives to traditional gas infrastructure investment that may be better aligned with the state’s climate goals. The AG’s …

Hopi farming: a 2000-year-long agriculture experiment

by radiocafe | Jun 23, 2020 | Activism, Down to Earth, Education, Environment, Food & agriculture, Native & indigenous, Science & health Hopi farmers were practicing regenerative agriculture before it was named. Working with the soil, the weather, the water cycle, seeds, and cultural practices, they fed themselves in the dry land of northern Arizona for millennia. Now the industrial food system has challenged their way of living and farming. We …

3 ways smart cities can improve air quality

With urbanites expressing a renewed interest in air quality improvement amid the coronavirus, cities may find themselves in need of better data to base policy decisions. Grant Samms, June 25, 2020, Smart Cities Dive The collective realization about our acceptance of polluted air has been one of the most spectacular realities unveiled by the new coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). As personal vehicle miles …

Studies continue to prove that systemic racism is very real

By Lee Camp, Counterpunch. June 27, 2020 | EDUCATE! Racism is like sewage. Whether we’re currently engaging in a national dialogue about it or not, it’s still there. It runs under our streets, our buildings, our society. Millions of tons of shit. Rarely is racism truly visible to the naked eye. More often, it trickles along beneath our collective consciousness, quietly infecting everything. …

Fading Winters, Hotter Summers Make the Northeast America’s Fastest Warming Region

Fading Winters, Hotter Summers Make the Northeast America’s Fastest Warming Region Connecticut’s average temperature has risen 2 degrees Celsius since the late 19th century, double the average for the Lower 48 states. By Abby Weiss As a kid growing up in Watertown, Connecticut, Daniel Esty would create his own backyard ice skating rink and flood it with a garden hose. …

Valuing Public Transportation

Public transit is critical for efficient and equitable transportation. It is currently under threat due to fears of COVID-19 contagion. Now, more than ever, planners must communicate transit benefits and respond to inaccurate criticisms. Todd Litman, Planetizen | June 12, 2020 DargaseaWikimedia Commons Public transportation plays unique and important roles in an efficient and equitable transportation system. It provides affordable mobility for …

West’s Water Scarcity

June 6, 2020 – How Investors Are Banking on the West’s Water Scarcity. Western Colorado Water Purchases Stir Up Worries About The Future Of Farming By HEATHER SACKETT, ASPEN JOURNALISM AND LUKE RUNYON, KUNC For five years, Zay Lopez tended vegetables, hayfields and cornfields, chickens and a small flock of sheep here on the western edge of Colorado’s Grand Valley—farming …

No shortcuts – redirect power from the 1% and large firms to universal programs and well-being for all, with much determined, selfless work educating, building knowledge, and bringing about change for communities, the country and the world

Reiterated by Matthew Fox, June 28, 2020 In the US the richest 1 percent of the country own substantially more wealth than the bottom 90%;  6 in 10 Americans do not have the resources to come up with $1000 for an emergency such as a medical bill or car repair.  World over, 26 billionaires hold personal financial assets greater than …

Your Home Battery Can Be Part Of A Virtual Power Plant In California (or your school bus can in Virginia)

Electrifying Virginia’s School Bus Fleet, September 28, 2020 by EESI Virginia’s transportation sector accounts for over 40 percent of the state’s emissions and significantly contributes to air pollutants like nitrogen oxides (NOx), smog, and particulate matter. Policymakers can greatly reduce the state’s overall emissions and improve local air quality via the mass electrification of the transportation sector. Buses have recently gained traction as excellent contenders …