The data Google has on us

The New York Times By Brian X. Chen May 16, 2018 Google has far more data about us than Facebook. Yet unlike Mark Zuckerberg’s social networking empire, which has been under fire for improperly leaking user data, Google has sidestepped controversy. You may wonder: Why is that? After all, we turn to Google for not only our internet searches but also for …

Over the last year, almost all truck makers have either announced an electric truck program or they’ve unveiled an electric truck.

Fred Lambert, May. 16th 2018, Electrek, A look at DAF’s new all-electric truck with a 170 kWh battery pack  Over the last year, almost all truck makers have either announced an electric truck program or they’ve unveiled an electric truck. Dutch truck manufacturing company DAF is the latest to join the trend by unveiling a new all-electric truck with a 170 kWh battery …

Denver and Los Angeles add Teslas to police vehicle fleets. Others using Tesla Model X for an all-electric ‘rapid responder’ vehicle for an ambulance service

By Fred Lambert on Electrek, May. 16th 2018  Tesla Model X used as an all-electric ‘rapid responder’ vehicle for an ambulance service  65 Comments Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest LinkedIn Reddit Tesla vehicles are surprisingly starting to invade all segments of emergency vehicles. After police and fire departments, now an ambulance service is using a Tesla Model X as an all-electric ‘rapid responder’ vehicle. Home Solar Power …

Takings Will Coloradans vote away their peaches and plums? Their bees?

  A bee pollinating an apple blossom. Within six months, the European Union will ban all outdoor use of the class of pesticides known as neonicotiniods. Neonics (for short) have been linked to bee kills, are toxic to birds, and even threaten the health of aquatic ecosystems. While neonics are under attack from environmental activists in the US as well, anti-regulatory ideology at the Federal level …

Permitting rights on red increases pedestrian crashes by 60 percent and bike crashes by 100 percent, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found in the 1980s

By Angie Schmitt on May 15, 2018 on Streetsblog Legal right turns on red are practically a given at intersections from rural Oklahoma to urban Boston. But it wasn’t always so. It wasn’t until the 1970s that allowing drivers to turn right during the red signal phase became common across the country, says Bill Schultheiss, a civil engineer at Toole Design Group …

Getting serious about decarbonization: zero out carbon as fast as possible, to hold temperature rise as close to 1.5 degrees as possible, and, most significantly, to do so while minimizing the need for negative emissions

Excerpt from a May 2018 article by David Roberts at Vox.com …banking on negative emissions later in the century is, at the very least, an enormous, fateful gamble. It bets the lives and welfare of millions of future people on an industry that, for all intents and purposes, doesn’t yet exist.  Plenty of people reasonably conclude that’s a bad idea, but …

A limited, controlled experiment in Texas charts a path forward for AVs

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Updated May 9, 2018 HMI.  Drive.ai There’s been a string of stories in the past year or so about fatalities involving self-driving cars. The latest, from March, was about a pedestrian run down in Arizona by a self-driving Uber vehicle, which apparently saw her but deemed her a “false positive” (shudder). Of course, as fans of the technology will rush to tell you, none of the vehicles …

Almost two-thirds of the potential energy embedded in our energy sources ended up wasted in 2017. See the latest American energy use, in one diagram.

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Updated May 12, 2018 Spring brings new growth, new possibilities, and, best of all, a new spaghetti diagram from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) at the Department of Energy. Every year, LLNL produces a new energy flow chart showing the sources of US energy, what it’s used for, and how much of it is wasted. If you’ve never seen it before, it’s a bit …

Federal reserve bank finds with continued business-as-usual, rising temperatures could depress U.S. economic growth by up to a third

Climate Progress, 4 May 2018 Failure to stop business-as-usual global warming will deliver a severe economic blow to Southern states, a recent paper by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond finds. Remarkably, this ground-breaking study, “Temperature and Growth” concludes that “under the business-as-usual scenario, the projected trends in rising temperatures could depress U.S. economic growth by up to a third.” As the Wall …

Appalachia’s struggling coal communities find hope in transition to clean energy: Solar company founder wants to prevent migration of West Virginians in need of jobs

By Mark Hand on Clean Technica, May 11, 2018 A ENERGY TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, FORMERLY HEADQUARTERED IN CALIFORNIA, SELECTED PIKEVILLE, KENTUCKY, AS THE SITE FOR A NEW BATTERY MANUFACTURING PLANT. CREDIT: SCREENSHOT/OFFICE OF GOVERNOR OF KENTUCKY An energy technology company’s decision to open a new manufacturing facility in Pikeville, Kentucky, the heart of Appalachia coal country, has delivered a ray of hope to …