Lessons from the international success around the ozone hole

Imagery and language matter The satellite animation of the changing atmosphere over the Antarctic first shown in 1985 appeared to show a growing “ozone hole”. This was a scientifically imprecise description of the thinning that was concentrated at both poles, but the metaphor – of the roof over our home planet being punctured – captured the public imagination and, most …

Study of Antarctic sea ice collapse warns of potential 10-foot sea rise, with rate of ocean warming up 50% since 1991.

Study of Antarctic sea ice collapse warns of potential 10-foot sea rise, by Joe Romm, Climate Progress,  Jan 15, 2019 PACK ICE MELTING IN SPRING IN ANTARCTICA’S WEDDEL SEA. CREDIT: PLANET OBSERVER/UNIVERSAL IMAGES GROUP VIA GETTY IMAGES A stunning new study on Antarctic sea ice collapse greatly raises the risk of a 10-foot sea level rise this century if President Donald …

Illinois NextGrid Roadmap to a Clean Future, Lessons for Other Stakeholder Planning and Blue Ribbon Panel Efforts

Breaking Down Illinois’ NextGrid Roadmap to a Grid Edge Future, GreenTechMedia, Jeff St. John, January 17, 2019 Last week was the close of public comments on the final draft of the NextGrid Illinois Utility of the Future Study, a report that — while not an official roadmap for modernizing Illinois’ power grid and energy regulatory framework — represents the state’s biggest effort on that …

Top regulatory developments before PUCs in 2018

INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE on GT Media: The Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2018 Advanced Energy Economy looks back at the top regulatory developments of the past year, by Coley Girouard, Jan 18, 2019, on GTM The Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2018 In July, we published a list of the top 10 utility regulation trends of 2018 — so far. With 2018 behind us, we …

Seattle moves to new transportation level of service guidelines and responsibilities for developers

By Robbie Webber, Seattle moves to new transportation level of service guidelines, January 14th, 2019 at SSTI, in land use, mitigation policy, Seattle, TDM On January 14, the Seattle Council is set to vote on new regulations for developments to support changes in adopted transportation level of service. As part of the 2016 Comprehensive Plan, LOS was redefined to reflect specific target rates for different modes in eight …

Jason Hickel: The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and Its Solutions

Today, some 4.3 billion people — more than 60 percent of the world’s population — live in debilitating poverty, struggling to survive on less than the equivalent of $5 per day (which is the mean average of all the national poverty lines in the Global South). Half do not have access to enough food. And these numbers have been growing …

2018 policy notes on jobs guarantee programs

By Matt Bruenig, People’s Policy Project, 2018 Discussion around the idea of a job guarantee has picked up of late (CBPP, The Nation, Sanders Institute I, II). As with any idea that attracts a sizable number of adherents, the term “job guarantee” means lots of different things to a lot of different people, which makes it a difficult thing to talk about in …

H.R. 1: Comprehensive democracy reform + Ralph Nader’s suggested areas of common concern for 2019

By Ralph Nader on Common Dreams, Jan 2019will get a Senator to attend; considerably fewer names a U.S. Representative. (Photo: Architect of the Capitol) Congress is the Constitutionally delegated repository of the sovereign authority of the people (the Constitution which starts with “We the People,” not “We the Congress!”). Most of the changes, reforms, and improvements desired by a majority …

Information Guides / Materials How To Implement Green Amendments At The Local Level

For more information please review the following For the Generations Documentation: The Green Amendment, Securing Our Rights to a Healthy Environment—The Book Demanding and Defending Your Rights to Clean Air, Clean Water, & a Healthy Environment How To Implement & Apply a Green Amendment Video: The Environmental Rights Amendment in the Pennsylvania Constitution Protections Offered with Trust Language in a …

The Game-Changing Promise of a Green New Deal

The Game-Changing Promise of a Green New Deal, by Naomi Klein, November 27 2018 in The Intercept  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to activists with the Sunrise Movement protesting in the offices of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in Washington D.C., on Nov. 13, 2018.  hoto: Sarah Silbiger/The New York Times via Redux LIKE SO MANY others, I’ve been energized by the bold moral leadership coming …