Lack of broadband puts tribal, rural areas ‘in jeopardy,’ lawmakers told

Havasupai Councilwoman Ophelia Watahomigie-Corliss said her tribe has made some progress on internet connectivity but it – like other residents of rural areas – is in danger of being left behind without broadband. (Photo by Miranda Faulkner/Cronkite News) By Miranda Faulkner | Cronkite News Thursday, July 11, 2019 WASHINGTON – The Havasupai tribe is falling behind in education, health and emergency …

Guess What’s Holding Back Wind Power in the US? No eminent domain for electricity

One man’s failed attempt to build a transmission line illustrates a unique American obstacle to clean energy.By Peter R. Orszag July 10, 2019, Bloomberg, “Guess What’s Holding Back Wind Power in the U.S. “ Peter R. Orszag is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. He is the chief executive officer of financial advisory at Lazard. He was director of the Office of Management …

The 6 most walkable urban areas

Cailin Crowe, Smart Cities, Dive, July 9, 2019 New York City, Denver, Boston, Washington, DC, the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago have been ranked the most “walkable” metro areas, according to the 2019 Foot Traffic Ahead report by The George Washington University School of Business and Smart Growth America.  Cities like Tampa, FL; Orlando, FL; and Phoenixstill have “an uphill climb to create …

Swedish university designs air pollution sensor for streetlights

Jason Plautz@Jason_Plautz Smart Cities Dive June 18, 2019 Researchers at Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology have developed an optical nano-sensor that detects low concentrations of air pollution and is small enough to be mounted on a streetlight, according to a release from the university. The device measures nitrogen dioxide pollution, which largely comes from automobile traffic or industrial activity. Breathing nitrogen dioxide …

Rapid Melting of Arctic Permafrost Shocks Scientists: Happening 70 years earlier than expected and estimated to impose costs of $70 trillion

Jordan DavidsonJun. 19, 2019 10:51AM ESTCLIMATEScientists found the most melting near Mould Bay on Prince Patrick Island, NWT, Canada. University of Alaska Fairbanks Permafrost Laboratory The Canadian Arctic is raising alarm bells for climate scientists. The permafrost there is thawing 70 years earlier than expected, a research team discovered, according to Reuters. It is the latest indication that the global climate crisis is ramping …

New Deal Infrastructure: The Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps built many of Colorado’s treasured landmarks

The height of CCC enrollment was reached in the summer of 1935 with over half a million men scattered across two 2,600 camps. Each of these camps typically housed about 200 men. Most of the recruits were assigned to the Department of Agriculture, where they were primarily engaged in protecting and enhancing forests under the direction of the US Forest Service. …

Pope Francis laments continued fossil fuel investment. ‘Startling’ inaction on climate change must end, he says

The Pope lamented continued development of and investment in fossil fuels.  “We continue along old paths because we are trapped by our faulty accounting and by the corruption of vested interests,” he said. “We still reckon as profit that which threatens our very survival.”  “It is my prayerful hope that…you will agree upon a common plan that accords with climate science, the …

Yet more evidence: “If you build it they will drive”

Posted on May 20th, 2019 by Eric Sundquist, SSTI, Yet more evidence: “If you build it they will drive” Tags: California, induced traffic There’s new evidence, from academia and a prominent real-world case, that ever-expanding highway capacity is a futile strategy for reducing congestion. First, the specific example: Eight years ago Southern Californians famously endured “Carmageddon,” a temporary closure on Interstate 405 in the Sepulveda …

Chicago transit agency expands free Wi-Fi to all downtown subway stations

Katie Pyzyk Smart Cities Dive, May 13, 2019 The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has expanded the number of subway stations offering free Wi-Fi. All downtown Red Line and Blue Line platforms now have Wi-Fi. Adding service at the 18 stations cost $1 million. CTA first added public Wi-Fi in January, at one station, with the intention for expansion throughout the year. Most of …

Affordable/Public Housing Digital Inclusion Blueprint

Thu, May 2, 2019 | Posted by Lisa Gonzalez Report: San Francisco’s Public Housing Low-Cost Gig and How They Did It With Monkeybrains Local communities continue to search for ways to tackle the digital divide and in San Francisco, the city is making strides by working with a local Internet access company. The City by the Bay and ISP Monkeybrains have adopted a …