America’s Missed Climate Targets Cost Global Economy $1 Trillion, Dublin-based Think Tank Finds

By Sharon Kelly • Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 15:23 Since 1992, the United States consistently has missed its targets for reducing globe-warming emissions, and a Dublin-based think tank estimates the resulting damage to the global economy has been $1 trillion. The U.S. polluted far more — 20 billion tons of CO2 worth — than American negotiators said it would during repeated rounds of global climate deals, including Rio in 1992, …

Living near safe, high-quality biking and walking facilities actually improves people’s health, according to study that found direct link between urban active transportation infrastructure and increased exercise

By Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, Mar 26, 2019  2 Study: Good Bike and Ped Infrastructure Actually Makes Neighbors Healthier.  (plus National Geographic article lower down on Ciclovia) Vancouver’s Comox-Helmcken Greenway Photo: Paul Krueger/Flickr/CC Living near safe, high-quality biking and walking facilities actually improves people’s health, according to a new study that found a direct link between urban active transportation infrastructure and increased exercise. The study, published in the journal …

Study Finds Large Potential for Solar and Community Microgrids in San Diego

Study Finds Large Potential for Solar and Community Microgrids in San Diego, Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge, January 15, 2019   San Diego — already one of California’s greenest cities — has the potential to develop 2 GW of solar, opening up new opportunity for community microgrids, according to the Clean Coalition. The non-profit organization recently completed a study of solar potential in San …

7 Lessons & 3 Big Questions for the Next 10 Years of Governance: not only making rules but also our ability to construct new social legitimacy for all and by all.

There is a growing gap between the incremental progress in practice and a rapidly accelerating set of challenge: organizations like UNDP are witnessing a growing gap between the incremental progress in practice and a rapidly accelerating set of challenges — whether rampant inequality and its impact on social cohesion, growing ranks of forcefully displaced people, the fragmentation of state agency, rapid depletion of the …

Bernie Sanders opens the door for more clean energy and justice

February 23rd, 2019 by Carolyn Fortuna Just 24 hours after announcing his presidential bid, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders raised $6 million from more than 225,000 donors. Part of his allure is his position on clean energy, as Sanders believes that, not only should the US move aggressively toward sustainability, we can achieve it while saving money for the majority of US families. Identifying …

Green New Deal must address transportation & land use. Right now, it doesn’t.

From Smart Growth America Two weeks ago, a Green New Deal resolution was unveiled to tackle climate change in a way that will create new jobs and economic opportunity. It’s just a resolution—general guiding principles for any future legislation—but even at this 10,000 foot view, there is still a gaping hole. Like most conversations about climate change, it is largely …

What Swings the Swing Voter? Today,  a similar common denominator unites every identity group with every economic populist: All have much to gain from policies that address rising inequality,

What Swings the Swing Voter? Today,  a similar common denominator unites every identity group with every economic populist: All have much to gain from policies that address rising inequality, February 13, 2019 Les Leopold, Common Dreams Progressive Populists account for 44.6 percent of the electorate according to this study. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) According to conventional wisdom, the Democrats must appeal to middle-of-the-road …

John Bellamy Foster on the ‘Green New Deal’: AOC’s resolution must be part of an ecological revolution with a broad social base.

https://climateandcapitalism.com/2019/02/12/john-bellamy-foster-on-the-green-new-deal/ US Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortez introduces Greem New Deal resolution, Feb. 8, 2019 To bring about meaningful change, the resolution proposed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez must be part of an ecological revolution with a broad social base. by Vaios Triantafyllou,  Truthout, February 9, 2019 A professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, John Bellamy Foster is also the editor of the socialist …

How the nonprofit 42 is creating a free, collaborative approach to education

By Emily Bender, Shareable.net, January 17, 2019 The nonprofit software engineering school 42 founded and funded by billionaire businessman Xavier Niel is taking a unique approach to education. The organization aims to free students from the isolation and economic burdens associated with higher education institutions in the U.S. Aspiring students participate in an intensive training called Piscine, in which they code for four weeks in collaboration with other …