A call to the G20 to focus on managing the transition off of fossil fuels

Andreas Goldthau, Nature (Science Journal) 07 June 2017 Andreas Goldthau calls for the world’s 20 largest economies to take the helm in managing the transition from fossil fuels while keeping the global economy stable. Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters Wind energy and other renewables will replace oil, gas and coal as countries phase out fossil fuels to meet their climate-change commitments. The world’s energy …

Workhorse hybrid pick-up truck in high demand with fleets due to reliability and cost

By Steve Hanley, Originally published on Gas2, June 2017 With all the hype and hysteria about Tesla in the news lately, it’s easy to lose sight of some of the other companies that are making progress building more sustainable vehicles that will help lower carbon emissions from the transportation sector. Cars are important, but trucks spew out more carbon emissions …

Six P’s: Michael Shuman’s pointers to a prosperous, local economy

Sustainability requires that every community meet the needs of all its members (including plants and animals), present and future, without compromising the needs of other communities meeting the needs of their members, present and future. — Michael Shuman Is neighborhood economics at a tipping point? Consciousness certainly seems to be getting there. This is a skeletal summary of some key points, plus a few …

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 …

Sacrificing black lives for the American lie

By Ibram Kendi, NYTimes, 25 June 2017 Why are police officers rarely charged for taking black lives, and when they are, why do juries rarely convict? Many Americans asked this question when a Minnesota jury decided that Philando Castile was responsible for his own death and that the officer who shot him, Jeronimo Yanez, did nothing wrong. Many Americans asked …

How P2P politics can change the world, one city at a time

By Ann Marie Utratel Commons Transition, 5 June 2017, Commons in the Time of Monsters Promotion of real, needs-oriented entrepreneurship, bolstered by explicit recognition and support of bottom-up productive infrastructures, such as Open Coops, mesh wireless networks or community renewables through public-Commons partnerships. It would allow commoners to repurpose or take over unused or underutilised public buildings for social ends …

Fossil fuel industry seeks to withdraw from Our Children’s Trust case, avoid discovery

“Trial of the century”  By Chelsea Harvey, December 1, 2016, Washington Post The U.S. Capitol Building stands past the natural-gas-and-coal-fueled Capitol Power Plant, which provides heating and cooling to Capitol Hill facilities, including House and Senate office buildings. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) A few weeks ago, a federal judge in Oregon made headlines when she ruled that a groundbreaking climate lawsuit will proceed to …