University of Minnesota research shows how roads can be greener with driverless vehicles

Univ. of Minnesota research envisions major changes as cities adapt to autonomous vehicles. By Nicole Norfleet Star Tribune  6 Oct 2018 MINNESOTA DESIGN CENTER Streets will be transformed by autonomous vehicles. Urban design experts at the University of Minnesota are redrawing what city blocks could look like in a world of driverless vehicles. Roads of the future will likely be narrower, greener and …

Forbes: Electric Cars = The Future, Gasmobile Killers

September 28th, 2018 by Matt Pressman Originally published on EVANNEX. Are the days of the gas guzzler numbered? Tom Raftery (via Forbes) says there are “seven reasons why the internal combustion engine is a dead man walking.” He explains, “Electric cars are the future. The transition has just begun, but the move from ICE vehicles to electric will happen sooner and more quickly than most people suspect.” …

Rapid Electrification Together With Wind & Solar Will Drive Massive Grid Expansion

By Joshua Hill on Clean Technica 15 Sept 2018 Ongoing and rapid electrification of global energy demand and the increase of wind and solar sources in the energy mix is expected to lead to massive growth of the world’s electricity transmission and distribution systems, according to global quality assurance and risk management company DNV GL. DNV GL published its new Energy Transition …

Parallel to ActivateCO – Solidarity to Solutions and Climate Justice Alliance, Grassroots Global Justice, Indigenous Environmental Network, Right to the City Alliance and It Takes Roots – at GCAS

Last week, the Climate Justice Alliance, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Indigenous Environmental Network, and Right to the City Alliance, which together form the It Takes Roots Coalition travelled from the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Mozambique, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Switzerland, Germany, Uruguay, Switzerland, Nigeria, and more to gather in Occupied Ohlone Territory- the San Francisco Bay Area- for the …

How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them (and normalization)

An Italian Fascist poster depicting Mussolini in 1935.CreditCreditAlamy  By Peter Beinart Sept. 11, 2018  HOW FASCISM WORKS The Politics of Us and Them By Jason Stanley 218 pp. Random House. $26. The list of Trump-era jeremiads keeps growing: “The Road to Unfreedom,” “Can It Happen Here?,” “Fascism: A Warning” and now “How Fascism Works,” a slim volume by the Yale philosophy professor Jason …

Global carbon prices too low to combat climate change: OECD

LONDON (Reuters) – Carbon prices in major advanced economies are too low to cut greenhouse gas emissions and stave off the worst effects of climate change, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said on Tuesday. Carbon pricing, via taxes or emissions trading schemes, is used by many governments to make energy consumers pay for the costs of pollution, …

A Market Worth Billions Nobody Seems To Have Noticed (Yet)

September 14th, 2018 by George Harvey on Clean Technica The CleanTechnica article, “‘Bold’ Climate Action Could Deliver $26 Trillion In Economic Benefits Through 2030,” speaks to the enormous potential for dealing with climate change. It covers a report published by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate (GCEC), “Unlocking the Inclusive Growth Story of the 21st Century.” Image: fenixinternational.com The GCEC report makes it clear …

Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.

By James Clear, jamesclear.com View Original  October 28th, 2013 We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives — getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, writing a best-selling book, winning a championship, and so on. And for most of us, the path to those things starts by setting a specific and actionable goal. At …

Housing and transportation upsets on the way with aging boomers. Empty nesters in some areas could have trouble selling.

By EMILY BADGER, City Lab, MAR 5, 2013 What will happen to empty-nesters when no one wants their nests? Demographers often describe the baby boom generation as if it were an indigestible mammal – maybe a pig, or a rabbit, or a really big rat– slowly moving through the python that is America’s population. As this generation has aged, the baby boom bulge has remade society in …

Ending SLAPP lawsuits

Ending this threat requires cooperation across the political spectrum and across different sectors. Free speech is not a luxury to be controlled by the powerful few. By bullying and intimidating those who speak out, the powerful are putting their own interests above the broader interests of our democracy. We won’t allow legal bullies to make “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation” …