Economic impacts, job losses with hurricanes

As Economic Policy Institute Senior Economist Elise Gould wrote, the drop-off in unemployment “was almost certainly due to Hurricane Irma, which struck smack in the middle of the reference period, and the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.” Over the phone, she told The Intercept that the storms had “a larger effect than I would have expected.” While drawing direct correlations between warming …

Coal Will Not Bring Appalachia Back to Life, But Tech and Government Jobs Could

By  The Climate Reality Project, Oct. 04, 2017, Ecowatch It was supposed to be all about jobs. When the president announced his intent to abandon the Clean Power Plan this spring and then withdraw from the Paris agreement this summer, one of the biggest reasons cited was to protect the coal jobs sustaining communities in places like Appalachia. There’s just one problem. Whatever the White House says, …

Why ubiquitous broadband and green ICT go hand-in-hand

Utility/Smart City Dive, By Charles Despins, 15 Aug 2017 Editor’s Note: This piece was written by Charles Despins, co-chair of IEEE Green ICT Initiative. The opinions represented in this piece are independent of Smart Cities Dive’s views. Today, efforts to create “smart communities” bring critical trends, too often considered as unrelated, into sharper focus. However, the solutions to all of these trends – including …

8 Bright Ideas for Driverless Cities

By Laura Bliss, 12 May 2017, City Lab Could self-driving cars bring on more affordable housing? Should car companies slap a “warning label” on private autos? At a national summit of mobility leaders, some big thoughts came up. It’s not easy to plan for a world-changing technology that’s both 4 and 40 years away.  But that was the charge to the …

Learning from Germany’s “soft and just transition” for coal workers

Excerpt from Scientific America, Sept. 2017 …Overall it “was really a soft and just transition,” says Stefanie Groll, head of Environmental Policy and Sustainability at the Heinrich Boll Foundation in Berlin. “In the Ruhr area, union representatives and local politicians worked out a plan to compensate and requalify people who worked in the coal industry,” she says. For families like …

Juliet Schor on the Striking Differences Between Nonprofit and For-profit Sharing Enterprises

P2P August 20, 2017  Shareable  Kevin Stark: It’s easy to group all enterprises that promote “sharing” into a single category. New technology has made it much easier for people to share almost everything — cars, houses, work spaces, just to name a few. There’s really no shortage of ways that people can pool resources. But there’s a huge difference in the goals between for-profit sharing …

How Tennessee’s Taken the Politics Out of Renewable Energy: Energy costs are one of the highest expenses schools face today. To offset them, some Tennessee schools are installing solar arrays and geothermal heating and cooling systems

BY ELIZABETH DAIGNEAU | Sept 2017 in Governing Magazine When it comes to a particular renewable energy program in Tennessee, it doesn’t matter whether you believe in climate change or not, are a Republican or Democrat, live in a big city or small rural town. The program in question is even neutral on specific technologies, which means it’s up to you whether …

Millvale’s success came from demanding equal footing with new stakeholders. Resolving the imbalances embedded into the fossil fuel system is paramount to a genuine transition. There are no easy solutions, neither energy nor home ownership have ever been equitable in this country. But, a neighborhood under transition should educate and encourage neighborhood education, demand communities well as commercial investment, and …

On Labor Day, it’s worth considering where all of our labor and the benefit from that are going? Half a century ago, the anthropologist Marshall Sahlins caused a stir by suggesting that people in hunter-gatherer societies aren’t ceaselessly struggling for survival; on the contrary, they’d built “the original affluent society”, by keeping their needs low, then meeting them. Crunching numbers from …

Bad jobs up, good jobs down: Our key metric of labour market success, the unemployment figure, actually obscures reality — an insecure and underpaid workforce close to breaking point.

Look at recent unemployment figures, and you may think all is plain sailing in the world of work. But look a little closer and the reality starts to come into focus. Two in every five people employed in the UK are in ‘bad jobs’ — work which doesn’t provide a secure, living wage.  And the jobs of more than half of …