“100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything”

Professor Mark Z. Jacobson’s new book will be published on Sept. 25, 2020.September 8, 2020  CEE Prof. Mark Z. Jacobson’s book called “100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything” will be published by Cambridge University Press on September 25, 2020. This book examines the science, engineering, economic, social, and political aspects of transitioning towns, cities, states, countries, businesses, and …

Key determinants of health relate to chronic stress embedded in the social fabric, our lives and relationships with one another, especially the damaging effects of low social status, quality of care in early childhood, and the protective effects of friendship and social integration

Excerpt from Richard Wilkinson in The Guardian, August 2020 40 years on, we know that it is chronic stress that lies at the heart of our vulnerability to poor health; stress is related to such a wide range of diseases that its effects look like more rapid ageing. We also now know that the most potent generators of chronic stress …

German UBI experiment

Starting this week, 120 Germans will receive a form of universal basic income every month for three years. The volunteers will get monthly payments of €1,200, or about $1,400, as part of a study testing a universal basic income. The study will compare the experiences of the 120 volunteers with 1,380 people who do not receive the payments. Supporters say …

Lessons in the Decline of Democracy From the Ruined Roman Republic: violent rhetoric and disregard for political norms was the beginning of Rome’s end

Smithsonian Magazine Jason Daley, August 2020 Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus. Credit: Jean-Baptiste Claude Eugène Guillaume / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain. The U.S. Constitution owes a huge debt to ancient Rome. The Founding Fathers were well-versed in Greek and Roman History. Leaders like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison read the historian Polybius, who laid out one of the clearest descriptions …

How a Plan to Save the Power System Disappeared

A federal lab found a way to modernize the grid, reduce reliance on coal, and save consumers billions. Then Trump appointees blocked it. How a federal lab’s study outlining the massive potential benefits of stronger connections between regional power grids ignited a political firestorm within the Trump administration, which prohibited the authors from presenting or even discussing their work outside …

A useful education today must instruct us in our creativity so that we do not turn it over to others and so that we use it for purposes that are life-giving and life-affirming (biophilia) rather than destructive or death-affirming (necrophilia)

By Matthew Fox, Aug 23, 2030 A useful education today must instruct us in our creativity so that we do not turn it over to others and so that we use it for purposes that are life-giving and life-affirming (biophilia) rather than destructive or death-affirming (necrophilia) When Hildegard of Bingen was very sick, she had an overwhelming experience of a …

Direct Action Injustice

Over 60 People Have Driven Their Cars Into Protesters Since May By Ray Levy-Uyeda, Mic.com. At least 68 people have driven their cars into Black Lives Matter protesters since May 25. The incidents, most incited by civilians and some by police, represent an alarming trend in counter-protest violence against those marching in the streets. On foot, protesters are often defenseless against attacks …

Denver City Council approves 0.25% sales tax increase, sending it to November ballot Cash from the increase would, if approved by voters, be dedicated to Denver’s renewable energy goals over the coming decades By CONRAD SWANSON | cswanson@denverpost.com | The Denver Post August 3, 2020 Denver City Council passed a measure to the November ballot Monday which would increase the city’s sales tax rate …

Dropping battery costs

From Climate Home News, 30 July 2020 – The model developed by Viswanathan and his colleagues shows that battery packs are on track to cost less than $80 per kilowatt-hour by 2025, a projection in line with leading forecasts, like that from BloombergNEF (You can read more about their model in a 2017 journal article and in a recent post …