Read The Ministry of the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson!

Go read The Ministry of the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson and tell your friends what a rollicking tale and thought-provoking read this was. I thought it was so memorable I took a lot of notes/excerpts, below. The Ministry for the Future: A Novel by Kim Stanley Robinson Location: 286 He had read that if all the sun’s energy that …

New permafrost study shows a few degrees of warming can trigger abrupt thaws of vast frozen lands, releasing huge stores of greenhouse gases and collapsing landscapes

Based on historic changes and the rate of change now, it appears likely that large-scale permafrost thawing and carbon release is going to happen again. This study suggests that abrupt permafrost thawing represents a tipping point in the climate system. The vast permafrost regions of the Arctic hold more carbon than the Earth’s atmosphere, and a rapid and a large release …

Where you live dictates how much pollution you breathe, if your kids can walk to school safely and how long you sit in traffic. People of color are more likely to die from being killed by a car and more likely to depend on transit but have to live further from it. And access to reliable transportation is one of the most important barriers to escape poverty.

Right now, where you live in Portland dictates how much pollution you breathe, whether or not your kids can walk to school safely and how long you sit in traffic. People of color are more likely to die from being killed by a car and more likely to be transit-dependent — even though they are also more likely to live far away …

Trump appointees short-circuited grid modernization to help the coal industry

This article is a collaboration between InvestigateWest and The Atlantic. PETER FAIRLEY, The Atlantic, August 20, 2020 RECOMMEND TWEET EMAIL PRINT MORE WITH THE ATLANTIC Peter Fairley/InvestigateWest Heat pours off of a solar power plant in California’s Imperial Valley as wind turbines sit idle in the distance, waiting to catch a breeze. It was Aug. 14, 2018, and Joshua Novacheck, a 30-year-old research engineer …

This is easy — new buildings should be designed for a fossil fuel-free future

It’s much cheaper to build in EV charging equipment, add expanded electrical panels, raceways, and pre-wiring during construction (about $920) rather than retrofitting all of this later, when it can cost closer to $3,550, according to one study. Home/condo/apartment charging readiness is biggest hidden roadblocks for EV adoption, according to the Alliance to Save Energy.  Range anxiety isn’t much of a concern anymore – …

Fossil Gas Has No Future in Low-Carbon Buildings

Over 20 California cities took steps to phase out fossil fuels in buildings, along with Brookline, Massachusetts. Cities in a handful of other states may follow suit next year. America has done this before: in forty years, coal went from the majority heating fuel in American homes to nearly gone in 1980. But this time, we have only thirty years, if that. January …

How the future will be better when combustion vehicles are phased out — this reality is coming to pass in CA, NJ and multiple countries

“For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe. You deserve to have a car that doesn’t give your kids asthma. Our cars shouldn’t make wildfires worse — and create more days filled with smoky air. Cars shouldn’t melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines.” – …

Know Justice Know Peace Resolution approved in Denver Public Schools calls for consistency across the district in assessing and revising curriculum to create “transformational, humanizing, anti-racist and asset-based” lessons in every school subject

Colorado Sun, Oct 22, 2020 The Denver Public Schools Board, while sporting matching T-shirts, voted unanimously Thursday night to enact a historic resolution that weaves the narratives and knowledge of Black, indigenous, Latino and other communities of color into every part of the district’s curriculum. The Know Justice Know Peace Resolution, which was first announced in September, calls for consistency across …

Dust Bowl 2.0? Rising Great Plains dust levels stir concerns

Science Magazine, October 2020, doi:10.1126/science.abf3504 Recent studies are showing how climate change is drying out the region. Greenhouse gases are making heat waves like those in the 1930s far more likely, according to a study published in May in Nature Climate Change. And in an April study in Science, researchers suggested much of the western United States is on the brink of a prolonged …

John Lewis: Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America

“You are a light. You are the light. Never let anyone—any person or any force—dampen, dim or diminish your light. Study the path of others to make your way easier and more abundant. Lean toward the whispers of your own heart, discover the universal truth, and follow its dictates. […] Release the need to hate, to harbor division, and the …