Cities leading the way off cars and pollution

BY ADELE PETERS Fast Company, March 2019 In downtown Cairo, it’s not uncommon to see streets clogged with cars. But in a proposed redesign for a central thoroughfare, they’re hard to spot. Instead, in the concept illustration for what looks like the Egyptian version of Amsterdam, a two-way bike lane, a sidewalk, and a plaza filled with palm trees replace the sea of …

Energy Storage 2019

The cost of battery storage is accelerating the demand for battery storage. And that is driving a sea change in the utility industry. Unthinkable just a few years ago, building new wind and solar farms coupled with battery storage is now less expensive than constructing new generating facilities powered by natural gas. They are also less expensive that continuing to operate nuclear …

EV transition policies

March 4th, 2019 by The Beam.  It will soon be possible to get almost anywhere in the world powered entirely by the sun, the wind and the rain. This is the promise of the electric vehicle (EV) revolution now underway. In parts of China, France, Germany, Norway, as well as the US, driving an EV powered 100% by renewable energy is already …

The World’s first renewable island – when a community embraces wind power

RapidTransition.org story posted 4 February 2019. See lessons The Danish island of Samsø went from being entirely fossil fuel dependent to becoming the World’s first 100% renewable island, in under a decade. In 1997, the Danish Government launched a competition to develop a model renewable energy community, in order to prove that the country’s Kyoto climate target to reduce carbon emissions …

Even Clack’s research shows that closing Colorado’s coal plants by 2025 is economical and close to least cost pathway

Colorado could save $2.5 billion by rapidly shutting down its coal power plants: In the Centennial State, greener and cheaper are one and the same. By David Roberts,  vox.com Jan 8, 2019 Shutterstock California may get the bulk of the media attention, but when it comes to clean energy, it’s worth keeping an eye on Colorado. There’s an argument to be made that …

Transition to 100% renewable energy in Europe across power, heat, transport sectors will be economically competitive with today’s conventional fossil fuels and nuclear system

100% Renewable Energy Across Europe Is More Cost-Effective Than The Current Energy System, Clean Technica, February 8th, 2019  Excerpt…Energy Watch Group and LUT University combined their resources to work on a new research that proves the feasibility of a European energy transition to 100% renewable sources. The study has simulated a full energy transition in Europe across the power, heat, transport, …

Tailpipe pollution here is going up, not down in California: alternatives short of a combustion vehicle ban

Reuters excerpt, Feb 3 2019 …Tailpipe pollution here is going up, not down, despite billions of dollars spent by one of the most environmentally progressive governments on earth. “The strategies that we’ve used up until now just haven’t been effective,” Mary Nichols, the head of the California Air Resources Board, told Reuters. That failure has less to do with energy …

ITF work on Shared Mobility

How can cities reduce the negative impacts of car traffic without reducing the mobility of their citizens? Can air pollution, congestion, CO2 emissions or the use of public space be limited while enhancing people’s access to jobs, shops, health services or educational institutions? The ITF’s work on shared mobility explores workable answers to this question. It starts from the observation …

ITF’s Decarbonising Transport initiative

Overview Projects and Reports Policy Dialogue Modelling Framework Partners Events and Workshops The Decarbonising Transport initiative promotes carbon-neutral mobility to help stop climate change. It provides decision makers with tools to select CO2mitigation measures that deliver on their climate commitment. Climate change affects lives around the globe. Rising temperatures cause draughts, rising sea levels threaten low-lying regions, ever more extreme weather …

The ruling elite’s goal is to keep us entertained, frightened and passive while they build draconian structures of oppression

Clinging to Power by Force and Fraud: The ruling elite’s goal is to keep us entertained, frightened and passive while they build draconian structures of oppression, Chris Hedges, Truthdig , January 28, 2019 These are the last, agonizing days of the American Empire. (Photo: Mr. Fish) The ruling elites are painfully aware that the foundations of American power are rotting. The outsourcing of manufacturing …