‘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 …

Medicare for All vs. All the Healthcare That Each Can Afford

By  National Nurses United and The Sanders Institute *To download the full report click Medicare for All vs. All the Healthcare That Each Can Afford We stand at the crossroads between guaranteeing healthcare to everyone through an improved and expanded Medicare program and leaving increasingly more people at the mercy of the market with legislation such as the American Health Care …

Easy energy use cuts of 29% available for US commercial and government buildings

June 26th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill  A new report by the US Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has concluded that widespread use of building controls across the country could cut energy consumption by an average of 29%, or the equivalent electricity used by 12 to 15 million Americans. US Energy Department’s (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) investigated …

Lighting/Lumens as a Service – can it help unlock investment in building energy efficiency retrofits?

RMI, May 2017 Lighting represents about 10 percent of commercial electricity consumption, as reported by the U.S. Energy Information Administration in 2016. A 2012 report by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Deutsche Bank Group found that $279 billion of investment in building energy-efficiency retrofits could yield more than $1 trillion of energy savings over 10 years, not to mention an …

Transforming the economy

By Hunter Lovins – May 2017 The Regenerative Future Summit and the Leading for Well-Being Consortium are working on a regenerative path to an economy in service to life:  a world that works for 100% of humanity.  The doors have been thrown open to anyone who wants to participate, starting tomorrow.  The meeting will be 15 – 17 May 2017 in Boulder, …

Analyzing Bike Collisions Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story – you need near misses too

By Kelsey Thomas, Next City, 9 May 2017 City planners often decide which intersections and roads get safety improvements based on analysis of crash data, but according to a new study, that method may be missing something. A look at “near-miss incidents” by Houston-based Kinder Institute for Urban Research reveals that some streets in critical need of improvement could be …

Our average electricity in the US is 12 cents per kilowatt-hour, whereas new low prices for utility-scale renewables are 2.91 cents per kWh

By Joe Romm, April 6, 2017.  Stunning drops in solar and wind costs turn global power market upside down:  The world built more renewables for far less money last year, report UN and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Last year, solar in Chile set a record low global price for unsubsidized electricity by any technology. CREDIT: ACERA. Stunning drops in the cost of wind …

Inequality and economics: Tony Atkinson’s enduring lessons

By Andrea Brandolini, Bank of Italy2 LIS Newsletter, Issue No. 1 (March 2017) – Inequality Matters  Tony Atkinson died of multiple myeloma in January 2017. Developing an idea originated by Hugh Dalton (1920), Tony viewed income inequality as the loss of social welfare associated with an uneven distribution of incomes. This focus on social welfare allowed him to derive three important …

Who should own and benefit from our country’s infrastructure?

Who should own and benefit from our country’s infrastructure? What is really being lost here is the public interest. Infrastructure should primarily serve public needs, not generate profits for enterprises owned and controlled by companies that care far more about their own bottom lines than the common good. That’s not to say that private interests can never build roads or bridges …

MnDOT measures financial return on taxpayers’ investment in biking infrastructure

Cycling in Minnesota creates thousands of jobs and cuts health-care spending, state report concludes By Josephine Marcotty, Star Tribune, 28 March 2017 . For many Minnesotans cycling is nothing more than a Sunday frolic, but a new report finds that the state’s bike industry produces $780 million in annual economic activity, 5,519 jobs and millions of dollars in health care savings …