GHG reduction pledges are ‘staggeringly short’ of 1.5 C target

NY Times, Feb 27, 2021 The global scientific consensus is clear: Emissions of planet-warming gases must be cut by nearly half by 2030 if the world is to have a good shot at averting the worst climate catastrophes. The global political response has been underwhelming so far. New climate targets submitted by countries to the United Nations would reduce emissions by less …

How Neighborhood Infrastructure Affects Wellbeing – GESC neighborhoods in Denver

Globeville, Elyria, Swansea, and Cole residents live in the most polluted zip code in the country, according to a recent national environmental risk index. How Neighborhood Infrastructure Affects Wellbeing https://news.ucdenver.edu/on-the-street-where-you-live/ There is a reason Denver’s I-70 expansion and National Western Complex redevelopment projects cut right through the Globeville, Elyria Swansea, and Cole (GESC) neighborhoods. These communities have historically had low socio-economic …

Batteries double CO2 savings of households with PV systems: PV reduces electricity CO2 emissions by 45% and by up to 85% with batteries

FEBRUARY 26, 2021 PETRA HANNEN from pv magazine Germany Photovoltaic systems for single-family homes reduce electricity-related CO2 emissions of the households by 45%, according to EUPD Research. When a battery is added the CO2 emissions can be reduced by up to 85%. RESIDENTIAL PV GERMANY https://www.pv-magazine.com/2021/02/26/batteries-double-co2-savings-of-households-with-pv-systems/ Good for the climate: a photovoltaic system. Even better for the climate: a photovoltaic system linked …

Global Minimum Tax on Multinationals: If G20 countries agreed to impose a 25% minimum corporate tax on the global income of their multinational firms, more than 90% of worldwide profits would automatically be taxed at 25% or more.

February 26, 2021 For too long, international institutions have failed to address one of the most toxic aspects of globalization: tax avoidance and evasion by multinational corporations. By shifting their profits to tax havens, large companies deprive governments worldwide of at least $240 billion per year in fiscal revenues. This shortfall affects not only the United States, where some 50% of overseas profits …

Coal supply issue – news

Closures, more volume declines hitting Powder River Basin coal region in U.S., S&P Global Market Intelligence, February 9, 2021. Production in the country’s largest coal-producing basin fell 22 percent in 2020, and two of the region’s largest producers indicate that 2021 may not be much better. Judge orders US officials to weigh coal mine’s climate costs, AP News, February 4, …

57 GOP State and Local Officials Were at the Capitol Insurrection

57 GOP State and Local Officials Were at the Capitol Insurrection << Christopher Mathias, Reader Supported News: “At least 57 state and local Republican officials attended the Jan. 6 rally in Washington that turned into a deadly insurrection, according to an updated HuffPost tally.  Almost all of them are resisting calls to resign.” Ma Joad’s final lines from The Grapes …

Hansen’s transmission bill

ptdoe writes: what is Hansen’s bill really about?  Looks like we already have load balancing being evaluated if not fully accomplished–the thing they don’t have in the don’t-mess-with-me state.  Is giving the monopolies a free hand to build more transmission lines really a good idea if CCA is approved for use in CO?. And what about the U.S. effort to …

Opportunity amid crisis: Invest in different structures, organizing alongside or outside of the traditional unions, base-building and nonprofit organizations, enriching our movement ecosystem and augmenting our work for the multi-year struggles ahead

Crisis presents movement opportunities of which we cannot yet conceive—but we can build the scaffolding, skills, and people who are able to vision, throw down and support in these times of crisis. May we strengthen the old and build the new. BUILD NEW INFRASTRUCTURE FOR A BROADER MOVEMENT By Jeff Ordower, Organizing Upgrade, February 25, 2021 | ORGANIZE! Organizers can draw so much …

Our fragile democracy, minimum wage fight, justice system and more

Feb 2021 With Trump’s Acquittal, The Fragility Of America’s Democracy Is Even More Clear (FiveThirtyEight) — “Even if Trump himself doesn’t seek the presidency again, aspiring Republican politicians know now that the party’s base and elected officials will tolerate a lot of anti-democratic behavior. So, both Trump and Trump-style politics remain major threats to American democracy and potentially the future …