Viewing Victoria’s Passive Houses

August 31st, 2017 by Roy L Hales Originally published on the ECOreport. When I first interviewed Rob Bernhardt in 2014, you could count the number of British Columbia’s passive houses on your fingers. The Bernhardts built the first certified passive house in the Victoria region. Rob went on to become the CEO of Passive House Canada. I recently interviewed him again, during a quick peek at …

Growing cycling and walking adds to Vancouver’s downtown and business income

By Roy L Hales, on the ECOreport. 26 June 2017 Contrary to what some urban business owners expected, the global shift to alternate transportation has not adversely effected their revenue streams. A study from Portland, Oregon, found that “cyclists spent less than drivers on grocery trips, but more at restaurants, bars, and convenience stores.” The average pedestrian or cyclist in Manhattan’s East Village spends …

Will the US miss out on a trillion dollar deal?

December 20th, 2016 by Roy L Hales  Originally published on the ECOreport. The incoming President boasts about his ability to recognize and make deals. But does Donald Trump recognize the value of initiatives like fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks, appliance standards, and the Clean Power Plan? Will Trump miss out on a trillion dollar deal? The United States is already recouping about $30 billion a …

Fast charging (by solar and wind) rolls out in The Hague, Netherlands

December 2nd, 2016 by Roy L Hales Originally published on the ECOreport. Billions of euros are being invested into Europe’s EV market. Most of the industry’s best known vehicles are available. The race to build the infrastructure, which can help make them the vehicle of choice, lags behind. Ford, Volkswagen Group, BMW Group, and Daimlerare entering into the race with joint plans to develop 400 sites …

Modelling the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Hamburg

September 30th, 2016 by Roy L Hales. Originally published on the ECOreport. Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein have achieved Germany’s renewable target for 2025. They already obtain 40% of their energy from renewables on an annual basis. A technological breakthrough, the digitization of industry, will be required to go further. This region of 4.5 million people expects to obtain 70% of its energy from renewables by 2025 and …

The World’s first “100% renewable” grid

Originally published by the ECOreport.  March 15th, 2016 by Roy L Hales Younicos has just announced that construction of the world’s first “100% renewable” grid is underway. The battery storage comes from Leclanché’s lithium-ion technology and manufacturing plant in Germany. According to Leclanché CEO Anil Srivastava, this will be the first time “a one megawatt-scale power system is being stabilized using batteries – without …

Highlights from The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future, by Kevin Kelly

References below to The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly are from the Kindle edition At the center of every significant change in our lives today is a technology of some sort. Technology is humanity’s accelerant. Because of technology everything we make is always in the process of becoming.110 Constant flux means more than …

Lobbying kids with a pipeline to the classroom: how big oil promotes fossil fuels to America’s children

By Jie Jenny Zou This story was a collaboration between the Center for Public Integrity and StateImpact Oklahoma, a reporting project of NPR member stations in Oklahoma.  Oklahoma legislators have also championed bills requiring educators teach “both sides” of those scientific concepts.  Documents show how tightly woven group of pro-industry organizations target impressionable schoolchildren and teachers desperate for resources, preying …

Exxon and fossil fuel industry try to hide deception, minimize liability

May 31st, 2017 by Steve Hanley, Source: Think Progress, Fossil Fuel Groups Attempt To Flee Our Children’s Trust Lawsuit “API and its members will not come clean on the facts of climate change because they know it exposes them to liability for the damage they too have caused to the global climate system,” Julia Olson, co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit and …