10 year study documents that air pollution thickens blood and hardens arteries, causing cardiovascular problems like heart attacks and strokes, at levels below regulatory standards

Air pollution has been linked to heart disease for years, prompting concern as well as some skepticism, as the physiological steps showing a cause-and-effect have gone less understood. But now, a multi-year study has for the first time documented that air pollution thickens blood and hardens arteries, a condition that causes cardiovascular problems like heart attacks and strokes. “What’s new …

#ReadyFor100?

The READY FOR 100 campaign is challenging 100 cities across the United States to set a target of 100% clean energy. The move to 100% clean energy in the United States must begin in cities. Twelve cities and counting, including San Francisco and San Diego, have already adopted ambitious 100% clean energy goals, and four cities in the U.S.–Aspen CO, …

Localism TED Talks

Localism TED Talks Browse the full playlist on YouTube or choose one below: How I Became a Localist:  Deborah Frieze at TEDxJamaicaPlain, 12 minutes Don’t Ask Where I’m From, Ask Where I’m a Local: Taiye Selasi at TED, 16 minutes A Journey of Mortality, Renewal & Ethical Investment: Joel Solomon at TEDxVancouver, 17 minutes Capitalism Will Eat Democracy – Unless …

Texas’ first city-owned utility to run on 100% renewable energy

Georgetown, Texas, is home to the oldest university in the Lone Star State and is affectionately called the “red poppy capital” of Texas. It will soon add another accolade to the mix: the state’s first city-owned utility to run on 100 percent renewable energy.  Last month the city announced a 25-year contract with SunEdison to buy 150 megawatts of solar …

Utility gears up to fight San Diego on shift to clean energy by 2035, CCA

San Diego says it can hit a target in tackling climate change that would make it a national leader: switching entirely to clean electricity by 2035. The city approved the goal in December as part of its Climate Action Plan, a road map to cut greenhouse gas pollution in half by that same year. San Diego’s time frame for eliminating …

Sea level rise could be limited to 5-6 ft this century if we keep temp increases below 2°C – transition needed in next decade or two to save east coast cities

From Joe Romm/Climate Progress, 31 Mar 2016 — We still could limit sea level rise to two feet this century if we keep total warming below 2°C, according to new analysis. Otherwise, we should be anticipating five to six feet of sea level rise by 2100 — which would generate hundreds of millions of refugees. That isn’t even the worst-case scenario.  This latest …

Governance: Who’s responsible for jumpstarting regenerative development: local or national government?

Who’s responsible for jumpstarting regenerative development: local or national government? This highlights a challenge to regenerative cities: governance. In the last two decades, the steering capacity of local governments has changed dramatically: Opportunities for local actors to influence urban and global decisions are increasing. There has been a renewed focus on local responses to challenges emerging from the inability of …

First peer-to-peer solar network forms in Brooklyn, NY

Cross-posted from SustainableBusiness.com  Have you ever thought of this possibility? You have too much shade on your roof for solar panels, but your neighbors have plenty of sun, producing more than they need.  Why not buy electricity from their solar arrays instead of from the grid? A new microgrid network in Brooklyn, New York is doing exactly that, developing a …

Eliminating truck emissions with more efficient, electric transportation

Los Angeles Is Building an e-Highway. The road would eliminate truck emissions, and is being tested in a corridor that connects the port to downtown.  Cross-posted from http://www.citylab.com/tech/2014/09/los-angeles-is-building-an-e-highway/380914/   The neighboring ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach bring in roughly 40 percent of the goods shipped to the United States. Once there, the first leg of their journey to warehouses and …