City Sustainability Directors Network and Carbon Neutral Cities show how much citizens and governments are spending on fossil fuels each year

The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA) has worked with five U.S. cities to create infographics showing how much the citizens, businesses and municipal government spend on fossil fuels every year, where it goes and what it could otherwise fund if it were instead invested in the city’s clean energy future. Boulder, CO, USA:   View full size » Cleveland, OH, USA:  View full size » …

Utilities are taking risks when they know of dangers related to fuels and emissions and continue anyway; insurers are resisting

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive, June 15, 2017 More than two dozen insurance companies who previously insured Duke Energy’s coal ash disposal operations say they are not on the hook for cleanup costs because any property damage was “caused intentionally, by or at Duke’s direction.” The 30 insurance companies say they have no liability in the matter because Duke stored …

States and industries face more climate court action, as “The delay and lethargy of the state offend the fundamental rights of citizens”

By Paul Brown, Climate News Network, 15 June 2017 Colombia’s paramos: Court action banned development and protected the right to clean water. Image: By Grupe AME CORPONOR via Wikimedia Commons Campaigners are increasingly using climate court action to press governments and corporations to fulfill their obligations to combat climate change. LONDON, 15 June, 2017 – Governments that make promises they do …

Finnish app Whim wants to be your one-stop urban mobility solution app . Driverless bus line coming to Helsinki this fall as regularly scheduled service

By Patrick SISSON on Curbed, OCT 11, 2016 A tram in Helsinki, Finland  As the CEO of a high-tech transportation startup, one that’s trying to get rid of private car ownership, Sampo Hietanen has a surprising idol: Henry Ford. “He introduced the dream of freedom of mobility,” said the Finnish entrepreneur, whose company, Maas Global (short for “mobility as a service”) is in the …

World’s largest vertical garden hosts 115,000 plants to create “living building”

By Kimberley Mok (@kimberleymok) published on Treehugger, June 8, 2017 Share on Facebook © Paisajismo Urbano Adding living greenery to our urban buildings in the form of vertical gardens not only helps to beautify the city, but also serves the more practical purpose of producing more oxygen and cleaning the air. In Bogotá, Colombia, we have the world’s largest vertical garden on …

India’s plan to transition to EVs is underway with rickshaws and buses by the end of the year: plan minimizes costs by using 40-mile swappable batteries

India has floated an audacious plan to turn every car, bus, truck, and everything in between, into an electric vehicle (EV) by 2030.  To get there, according to a recent report (PDF) by India’s NITI Aayog and the Rocky Mountain Institute in the US, between six and seven million EVs will have to ply on Indian roads by 2020. But …

7 reasons to be alarmed by record-setting levels of CO2

By Joe Romm, Climate Progress, June 2017:  Trump puts humanity back on track to CO2 levels not seen since it was 5° to 10°F warmer and seas were 75 to 120 feet higher.   Despite the best efforts of the Trump administration to ignore or contradict scientific reality, carbon dioxide levels continue to soar far outside the bounds of what Homo …

Millennials are over a quarter of the world population and 1 in 7 identify as activists and half of those say their activism is an important part of who

Excerpt from The Guardian, by Daisy Kendrick, 14 June 2017 Millennials account for 27% of the global population.  About 58 percent of global Millennials live in Asia, including a whopping 385 million in India—by far the largest domestic population of Millennials in the world, and accounting for 19 percent of the global generational cohort. The next largest regional concentration is …