Forest buildings cost 5% more, remove CO2 and provide more livability and green space

These Boeri-Designed Vertical Forests Are Helping Milan To Breathe.  August 16th, 2017 by The Beam, Jonny Tiernan How do you combat air pollution in one of the most polluted cities in Europe? By building vertical forests of trees and plants attached to apartment tower blocks, of course. Now, while this might not be the first solution that springs to mind, and it does …

‘Shit Is Hitting the Fan,’ Climate Scientists Warn

By Andrea Germano The “shit is hitting is the fan,” said noted climate scientist James Hansen, countering “this narrative out there…that we have turned the corner on dealing with the climate problem.” Hansen is lead author of a new study that warns that there “is no time to delay” on climate change efforts and argues that they must go beyond just slashing emissions of CO2—”the dominant …

Increasing droughts, lower crop yields (just 40% already in Utah and forecast to go to 10%), and increased stress and conflict

A new study by MIT climate scientists, economists, and agriculture experts finds that certain hotspots in the country will experience severe reductions in crop yields by 2050, due to climate change’s impact on irrigation. The most adversely affected region, according to the researchers, will be the Southwest. Already a water-stressed part of the country, this region is projected to experience …

Air pollution and dust can cut solar panel performance by 20-25%

By James Ayre, Clean Technica, 28 June 2017 A new study has now quantified the solar cell energy output loss occurring around the world as a result of air pollution and dust — bringing one of the most serious limitations of solar photovoltaic reliance in the more polluted parts of the world to the forefront, and giving us a better …

Per mile road pricing and ban on new parking under consideration in London

Gwyn Topham, The Guardian, 20 June 2017 London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to cut 3m car journeys a day and encourage cycling and walking in effort to reduce congestion and air pollution Queuing traffic in London, where the mayor wants to ensure 80% of journeys in future are made by public transport, walking or cycling. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA London is …

The Environmental and Public Health Benefits of Achieving High Penetrations of Solar Energy

By David Roberts, excerpt from Vox.com, 2 July 2017 “The Environmental and Public Health Benefits of Achieving High Penetrations of Solar Energy in the United States.” It’s by a team drawn from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The researchers asked three simple questions. First, what are the cumulative environmental and public health benefits …

The shift is happening! Volvo announces ‘historic end’ to combustion engines – all cars will have electric engines starting in 2019 Hydrogen impractical. Lyft is committed to 100% renewably powered AV/EV rides

The Financial Times reports that every model produced by carmarker Volvo will have an electric motor from 2019. The firm is the first traditional carmaker to call time on vehicles solely power by combustion engines. Future models will include pure electric, plug-in hybrids and battery vehicles with gas petrol back-up engines on some models.  Volvo, which was bought by Chinese …

2 Out of 3 Doctors Say Climate Change Is Making Us Sick

By Reynard Loki, EcoWatch, 9 June 2017 The Earth’s rapidly changing climate due to human activity has ravaged the planet in numerous ways, causing melting glaciers and ice sheets, heat waves, droughts, wildfires, deadly hurricanes, species extinction and ecosystem losses. But climate change may also be impacting us on a very personal level that many of us don’t even realize: …