$33/year for electric bike use in Stockholm

Derek Markham (@derekmarkham), Clean Technica and Treehugger, 17 Oct 2017 CC BY 2.0 Eurist EV (from 2009) The new City Bike program will also feature a ‘bring your own battery’ scheme, leaving the charging to the rider. Stockholm’s bike sharing program, which currently offers some 1200 bicycles, will be upgraded next year to a fleet of 5000 electric bikes due to increased …

City framework for deep decarbonization. How much do 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

USDN and Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance Framework for Long-Term Deep Carbon Reduction Planning A core function of CNCA is to facilitate other cities’ understanding of how leading-edge cities are planning for long-term deep carbon reductions, and enable cities to take a more robust, consistent, equitable and comprehensive approach to carbon neutral planning and implementation. In 2015, we developed a streamlined Deep Carbon …

Interpreting 1.5C

In addition to climate finance, the Paris Agreement also committed signatories to the aspirational target of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C. However, the text does not explicitly spell out how the limit should be interpreted – potentially creating confusion when communicating how achievable 1.5C is and the mitigation effort required. In a guest post, Dr Joeri Rogelj, from the …

Rep Tulsi Gabbard’s OFF Act is a Game Changer – Here’s Why

The Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act could not be more needed or timely — it details how we ethically get to 100% renewable energy by 2035. By Mark Schlosberg In September, Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) introduced the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (OFF Act). This visionary bill comes as the nation bears witness to the …

Land use change in cities with AVs, new tech and TNCs. The importance of names for small neighborhoods, and more

In Futurism, The Conversation, 16 Oct 2017 by Tan Yigitcantar et al.  Smart City Solutions The convergence of technology and the city is seen as a possible remedy for the challenging issues of urbanisation. Autonomous vehicles are among the most popular of many smart city solutions. Also known as driverless car technology, it could reshape our cities. One recent prediction is that by 2040 these vehicles …

Increasing street-level tree canopy and reducing parking lots and setbacks are ways that the urban built environment can be modified to support walking, especially in areas with high Walk Score and low walking rates

The Missing Middle: Filling the Gap Between Walkability and Observed Walking Behavior, https://doi.org/10.3141/2661-12 Many fields of study recognize the interdependent health, environmental, and economic benefits of walking. To promote walking in entire populations, measures such as Walk Score have been developed to classify the walking friendliness or walkability of places. Yet high walkability is not always equated with increased walking. This …

IEA: Universal energy access by 2030 compatible with meeting global climate goals

October 20th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica, International Energy Agency (IEA) published its new Energy Access Outlook: from Poverty to Prosperity  A new analysis from the International Energy Agency has found that the most cost-effective strategy for bringing universal energy access to developing countries is also compatible with meeting global climate goals. The International Energy Agency (IEA) published its new Energy Access Outlook: …

Seattle uses tax on biggest businesses to fund program to curb homelessness. How Nashville is funding a $5.2bn transit upgrade

By Katie Pyzyk@_PyintheSky, 16 Oct 2017 Smart City Dive Two Seattle councilmembers have proposed a business tax that could generate up to $24 million a year to fund the H.O.M.E.S (Housing, Outreach, and Mass-Entry Shelter) program, developed to alleviate the city’s homelessness crisis, according to GeekWire and others. The tax would be imposed upon the city’s highest-grossing businesses, which are those with at …

Loss of democracy in the US

 On Common Dreams, 20 Oct 2017 Republicans lawmakers in U.S. Congress pose for a group photo. Assertions made by the contemporary GOP, writes Atcheson, “are bald-faced lies, knowingly told, and meant to hide the fact that they are paid servants of the oligarchy. And that’s the real story here.” (Photo: U.S. House) It’s not news to most people that the …

Daimler self-driving snow removal trucks built for plowing at airports initially

October 19th, 2017 by James Ayre on Clean Technica As part of its embrace of self-driving vehicle tech, and following earlier demonstrations of self-driving semi trucks, Daimler has now demonstrated fully self-driving snow removal trucks on the site of the former Pferdsfeld airbase. The demonstration follows a specific customer request for self-driving snow removal trucks to be used for the clearance of airfields …