How climate change creates a ‘new abnormal’ for the real estate market

A report from the San Francisco Federal Reserve underscores how climate shifts create big investment and economic risksBy Patrick Sisson  Oct 29, 2019. Property Lines is a column by Curbed senior reporter Patrick Sisson that spotlights real estate trends and hot housing markets across the country. Comments, tips, and suggestions on where Property Lines should head next are welcome at patrick@curbed.com. The publication …

Massive Investment is Accelerating the Era of Clean Electrification

October 29, 2019  |  By  Charlie Bloch James Newcomb Samhita Shiledar Madeline Tyson The age of affordable battery technology is coming faster than experts previously thought possible. Thanks to massive investment, rapid performance improvements, and falling prices, breakthrough battery technologies are poised to revolutionize the way we power our lives and organize energy systems as early as 2030. In the first …

Rural dialogues

Farmers and farm guests partake in field walks and discussions at Willow Lake Farm Agroecology Summit in Windom Minnesota. Anna ClaussenGIT ALONG DIALOGUES Think rural America doesn’t care about the climate? Think again. By Scott Shigeoka on Oct 29, 2019  The world of the possible Subscribe To Shift Happens Anna Claussen grew up on a family farm 20 miles outside of Benson, Minnesota, a town …

5 Things Great Speakers Always Do, and Don’t

1. Always earn the gift of the audience’s time and attention. Make eye contact. Smile. Captivate by having confidence. (Which comes from relentless rehearsing.) Let your ideas flow through you. Focus on earning the gift of the audience’s time and attention and they’ll want to earn yours. And then you both win. 2. Always find a idea you’re passionate about …

Captured by Coal

Coal companies are required to restore land used for coal mining to the shape it was in before they started digging it up. It’s federal law — mandating that what was once pastureland, for instance, could again be suitable for grazing livestock after being mined. But as the coal industry struggles to stay afloat amid cutthroat competition from wind and …

ADUs: How some cities are looking to in-law units to ease the housing crunch and build more diverse neighborhoods

By Cindy Landrum on Shareable.net|October 23, 2019 HOUSING|ZONING After Jeni Nunn’s parents couldn’t find a condominium they could afford in the San Francisco Bay Area, she didn’t have to go far to find a solution. Using the proceeds from the sale of her parents’ condo in Washington D.C., Nunn built a 640-square-foot, wheelchair-accessible, one-bedroom accessory dwelling unit for them in …

BNEF: Plummeting renewables costs give solar and wind cost parity in key markets

James Murray, Business Green, 29 October 2019 Analyst confirms new wind and solar plants now at cost parity with wholesale prices in California, China, and parts of Europe New wind and solar plants are now cheaper than new coal and gas plants in countries than cover two thirds of the global population and are capable of undercutting wholesale power prices …

Car-free zones could be the future of cities + the story of two city transit upgrades

San Francisco and New York City are limiting cars on certain streets to prioritize other modes of transit.By Terry Nguyenterry. nguyen@voxmedia.com  Oct 28, 2019, 8:30am EDT In her 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, urbanist writer Jane Jacobs posed a prescient concern. She forecasted one of two possible outcomes for our urban future: “erosion of cities by automobiles, or attrition …

The foxes are writing building codes for henhouses

Lloyd Alterlloydalter October 28, 2019 A secret deal lets the homebuilders dominate the committees that write the building codes for housing. Building Codes have been around since the time of Hammurabi and Deuteronomy, and have always been contentious, but became particularly so when they moved from being just about not killing people, about safety standards, to having other goals, like …

Plan, Mood, Battlefield – Reflections on the Green New Deal

Thea Riofrancos May 16, 2019 Plan, Mood, Battlefield – Reflections on the Green New DealPDF Climate scientists are beginning to sound like radicals. The 2018 IPCC report concluded that “unprecedented changes across all aspects of society” would be needed to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. In its devastating report on the dire state of the planet’s ecosystems, the UN’s panel on Biodiversity …