11% of Colorado residents spend 10 to 15 percent of their income on energy, but energy retrofits and PV panels could help a lot

By Dan Gearino, InsideClimateNews The state’s energy assistance programs are solving two challenges at once: help people save money on electricity bills while expanding renewable energy. JUL 2, 2018 Low-income households in Colorado are getting a new question during visits from energy assistance agencies: Have you considered solar panels?  It’s an innovative approach to solving two challenges at once: reducing greenhouse gas …

Clothing from Ag fibers + Urban Gardening 101: How to Deal With Contaminated Soil

By Brian Barth, Modern Farmer, on EcoWatch Urban soils are particularly prone to contamination. Fifty years ago, your yard could have belonged to a farmer, who, perhaps not knowing any better, disposed of old bottles of anti-freeze or contaminated diesel in a hole out behind the tractor garage. Or perhaps the remains of a fallen down outbuilding, long ago coated …

Digital nomadism

Marx and Engels said that the bourgeoisie could not exist “without constantly revolutionising the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society;” Tony Blair told us that the world of globalisation has “no custom or practice”, and gives rewards only to those “swift to adapt, slow to complain, open, willing and able to …

Appalachia’s struggling coal communities find hope in transition to clean energy: Solar company founder wants to prevent migration of West Virginians in need of jobs

By Mark Hand on Clean Technica, May 11, 2018 A ENERGY TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, FORMERLY HEADQUARTERED IN CALIFORNIA, SELECTED PIKEVILLE, KENTUCKY, AS THE SITE FOR A NEW BATTERY MANUFACTURING PLANT. CREDIT: SCREENSHOT/OFFICE OF GOVERNOR OF KENTUCKY An energy technology company’s decision to open a new manufacturing facility in Pikeville, Kentucky, the heart of Appalachia coal country, has delivered a ray of hope to …

What really helps the unemployed find full-time jobs?

To read the full article, go to: http://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/what-really-helps-the-unemployed-find-full-time-jobs-20180510 …the long-term, individualized approach to helping people with serious barriers to employment find fair-paying jobs has been proven to work. “The combination is skills training and very intensive supports,” says LaDonna Pavetti, vice president for family income support policy at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities and author of the 2016 …

Renewable Energy Industry Adds Half A Million Jobs In 2017, Surpasses 10 Million Worldwide

May 9th, 2018 by Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica and IRENA The renewable energy industry employed more than 10 million people in 2017, according to new figures published this week by the International Renewable Energy Agency, thereby surpassing the 10 million jobs figure for the first time thanks to an addition of more than 500,000 new jobs around the world. The International Renewable …

Guaranteeing a job and a living wage to every American: young people are frustrated by a system whose cracks were etched into place by preceding generations, but have only fully metastasized for theirs

April 23, 2018 by Common Dreams Embracing ‘the Sort of Bold Thinking We Need,’ Sanders to Introduce Plan to Guarantee Every American a Job “Proponents trace the idea back to the New Deal Era, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt pitched a ‘Second Bill of Rights’ to Congress in 1944. First on the list: the ‘right to a useful and remunerative job.’” By Jake Johnson, …

Supercapacitor-based energy storage for microgrids avoids over-sizing. Micro-grid engineering becoming a macro profession.

Supercapacitor-based energy storage, on the other hand, is much simpler. This technology stores energy on the surface of the electrolyte, which means there is no chemical reaction. “Electrical energy comes in and is stored as electrical energy. It releases electrical energy back into electricity when discharged,” Ghani explained.   Still supercapacitor-based energy storage hasn’t been used before because it has its …

Guaranteed jobs

Electric Power Board technicians work on Chattanooga’s smart grid. (AP Photo via S&C Electric Company / Christopher Berkey) Progressives have begun to dream more boldly. We have graduated from a public option to single payer. From lower sentences to eliminating cash bail. From motor-voter to automatic-voter registration. From affordable to free college. And from a $15 minimum wage to guaranteed good …

Disproportionate effects from fossil fuel pollution: African Americans asthma hospitalization rates are 3 to 5 times higher than for Whites, and asthma deaths are 2 to 3 times higher

African American communities, including workers, are most likely to be exposed to the pollution from fossil fuel based energy production through coal plants, oil and gas refineries, as well as pollution from energy production through nuclear facilities and waste incinerators.  We pay a severe price for this chronic, pervasive toxic exposure through health impacts. There are numerous examples of the health disparities. One glaring …