Who Will Own The Infrastructure In The Smart City? Libertarians, Cato, Competitive Enterprise Institute consider public ownership of roads or airspace to be “unwise”, “legacy”, and “prehistoric” and instead are advocating private control, ownership or divestible licensing

Libertarians, Cato, Competitive Enterprise Institute consider public ownership of roads or airspace to be “unwise”, “legacy”, and “prehistoric” and instead are advocating private control, ownership or divestible licensing JAN 11, 2018 Forbes, Who Will Own The Infrastructure In The Smart City? By Wayne Crews, VP for policy & director of technology studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute & a Cato Institute …

49% of new generating capacity and more than 94% of NET new electricity capacity in the USA from renewables in 2017 – emissions down 1%

12 Jan 2018 by John Weaver, on Elektrek.com, More than 94% of net new electricity capacity in the USA from renewables in 2017 – emissions down 1% In 2017, the United States built about 28.5GW of electricity generating infrastructure – 25GW of it utility-scale and about 3.5GW of distributed (<1MW) solar power. Wind and solar were 55.4% of the 28.5GW overall total, …

Planning for adaptation rather than mitigation of the amount of climate change in store on the current track is a fantasy

January 14th, 2018 by Zachary Shahan on Clean Technica Zachary Shahan is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill Planning Dept.  He is the editor of Clean Technica and the Director of Important Media publications  We had an article last week about the threat to the Florida real estate market that is coming our way from continued heating of the globe, rising sea levels, increased flooding, and …

Frame a takeaway in 15 words. Every talk should have a through-line, a connecting theme that ties together each narrative element. Think of the through-line as a strong cord onto which you will attach all the elements that are part of the idea you’re building

Every talk should have a through-line, a connecting theme that ties together each narrative element. Think of the through-line as a strong cord onto which you will attach all the elements that are part of the idea you’re building. A good exercise is to try to encapsulate your through-line in no more than 15 words. What is the precise idea …

Spend to avoid climate change or spend more and more on catastrophes

Governments really have two choices when it comes to managing the impact on its people from global warming: spend money on trying to reduce the problem or spend money on cleaning up the catastrophes.  The Trump administration is on the hook for the catastrophe. A report released Monday by The National Centers for Environmental Information pegged the total cost this year at …

Dutch Company Introduces Autonomous Electric Barge In Europe

January 13th, 2018 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica Cars and light trucks are sexy, but when it comes to reducing carbon and nitrogen emissions from the transportation sector, vehicles that haul freight are where the action is. Tractor trailers, urban delivery vans, and ships have long been reliant on diesel engines. They are efficient and reliable, but have a nasty habit of …

Transportation values and vision

The way we move is changing rapidly. There are so many options to get around the city and the metro area, even beyond. You can walk or bike for shorter distances. You can get on a bus, train, or light rail. You can drive your own car. You can hail a ride, reserve a car share vehicle, or join a …

“Being the Change”: daily practices of a happy, good community

In his new book, NASA climate scientist Peter Kalmus explores the daily practices that build healthy, happy, and resilient communities. Peter Kalmus posted Jan 09, 2018 It can be hard to find hope in climate change mitigation. But that’s exactly what NASA climate scientist Peter Kalmus does in Being the Change. While he’s not your typical government scientist—he commutes by bicycle, …

Regenerative Finance shows what non-extractive investing could look like

Araz Hachadourian posted Jan 10, 2018 in Yes! Magazine.  From the Winter 2018 issue on Solidarity: How to Build Joyful Economies In 2013, Kate Poole was at a conference for young people who wanted to put their vast wealth to good use. She had opportunities to invest in green technology and local food, but she felt that even well-intentioned investing often …

All Mayors Should Launch Policy Labs: By relying on evidence and rigorous research, Washington, D.C., is putting their own lab to the test to improve city operations

The City Lab’s mission is to embed the scientific method into the heart of city operations to provide decision-makers with high-quality evidence that they can use to achieve better outcomes for D.C . residents. It currently has 15 experts on the team, many with PhDs in fields such as economics, mathematics and sociology. It also works with a network of …