US position and interventions in the Mid-East, to protect oil interests, laid the groundwork of today’s problems. Here’s how

By Robert Kennedy Jr., excerpt cross-posted from Politico …America’s unsavory record of violent interventions in Syria — little-known to the American people yet well-known to Syrians — sowed fertile ground for the violent Islamic jihadism that now complicates any effective response by our government to address the challenge of ISIL. So long as the American public and policymakers are unaware …

Introducing Ford’s Mobility Solutions for 21st Century Cities

Ford CEO Mark Fields introduces Ford bikes and shuttle service in San Francisco, expanding to five other cities. This is a critical moment in our shared history. We are facing a transportation crisis. It’s pretty clear that the transportation systems we developed in the last century are at a breaking point. Let me give you some context. During the next …

Costa Rica, UK, Germany, Portugal setting new records for renewables, and China has a plan to reduce meat consumption by 50%

Cross-posted from Energy Voice Costa Rica generated 97% of its electricity from renewable sources in the first three months of this year.  The UK, Germany and Portugal are also setting new records for renewables, while China’s government has outlined a plan to reduce its citizens’ meat consumption by 50%, which could cut the emissions from the livestock industry by a …

2017 Chevy Bolt EV has achieved a federally tested range of 238 miles per charge, ~$30K

General Motors subsidiary announced Tuesday that its 2017 Bolt EV has achieved a federally tested range of 238 miles per charge.  “This is the game-changer,” said Kelley Blue Book senior analyst Karl Brauer, who has followed the electric vehicle market closely. “This is the reason people will finally say electric vehicles are ready for prime time.” The EPA rated the …

What is the cost of half of refugee children not being in school, when 90%+ were attending before climate, drought, famine and other disruptions in their countries?

New York Times, 16 Sept 2016 The report said only 50 percent of refugee children have access to primary education, compared with a global average of more than 90 percent. As children grow older the gap widens — 22 percent of refugee adolescents attend secondary school, compared with the global average of 84 percent. One percent of refugees attend college, …

1st Release Of US National Transit Map + Underlying Data — Remarkable Geospatial Database

Cross-posted from Clean Technica, September 9th, 2016 by Cynthia Shahan  Following the first time release of the US National Transit Map at the beginning of this September by the US Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx blogged about the new data resource underlying it. “Measuring connectivity starts with having good data about where America’s transit …

Losing health and labor due to air pollution – more than we knew

A new report from the World Bank has concluded that air pollution is the deadliest form of pollution, and the fourth leading cause of premature deaths worldwide, while costing the global economy about $225 billion in lost labor income in 2013. The new study published by the World Bank and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) this week, The …

On the incredible, shrinking cost of urban transportation

Not here yet, but venture capitalists have it in their sights.  By Alex Taussig, Partner at Lightspeed A few weeks ago, a Xoogler friend described his favorite brainstorming technique:  Take a major cost driver, and then design your product with the assumption that it goes to zero. I call this claim the “Big Ass Assumption” (BAA). The BAA that a critical cost …

Legal: Lawsuit filed for falured to set new water-quality standards to combat ocean acidification or respond to growing threats to marine life

SAN FRANCISCO – The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to set new water-quality standards to combat ocean acidification or respond to a three-year-old Center petition demanding the agency address this growing threat to marine life. Despite scientific consensus that federal water-quality standards are outdated and inadequate to protect marine life from the …

During drought, dry air can stress plants more than dry soil

Newly published research finds that low relative humidity in the atmosphere is a significant, growing and often under-appreciated cause of plant stress in hot, dry weather conditions. The finding suggests that models used to gauge the impact of drought on ecosystems should be refined to more accurately account for the role of low atmospheric humidity.The finding suggests that models used …