Morgan Stanley triples estimate for pace of the EV revolution

Cross-posted from Forbes – 22 November 2016 Morgan Stanley has released a new report estimating that electric car sales will increase become 10 to 15% of the global new car market by 2025. That is three time the rate the investment banking house has projected in the past. Why the sudden shift in its thinking? While the US is conveniently …

Wind and solar can save 20% when deployed together

By Ben Jervey, Originally published on Nexus Media. What’s keeping solar and wind power from fully taking over the electric grid? For starters, the sun only shines during the day. Wind blows intermittently, is seasonally variable, and is not always blowing when the energy is needed. But what if solar and wind work together? “Wind resource tends to complement solar resource,” …

Reconnecting – an interview with John Thackara

The following is an interview with John Thackara about his last book “How to Thrive in the Next Economy”, conducted by Jonny Gordon-Farleigh: Jonny Gordon-Farleigh: Your new book, How to Thrive in the Next Economy, explores practical innovations in sustainability across the world. What stories would you pick out as the most instructive for the scale of change we need …

Canada plans to phase out coal-powered electricity by 2030, joining accelerated phase-out commitments from France, Britain, the Netherlands, Austria and Denmark

Canada has announced it will accelerate plans to phase out coal-fired electricity. An earlier goal of generating 80% of electricity from renewables and nuclear by 2030 will be upped to 90%, said environment minister Kathleen McKenna. “Taking traditional coal power out of our energy mix and replacing it with cleaner technologies will significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, improve the …

Platform cooperativism is the radical idea that the internet would do more good if its major properties were democratically owned and governed

By Richard Bartlett Platform cooperativism is the radical idea that the internet would do more good if its major properties were democratically owned and governed. The second Platform Cooperativism conference took place last week in NYC, and to coincide with the event, Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider launched a new collection of essays on the topic, called Ours To Hack …

McKinsey advice on transformation process

Cross-posted from McKinsey Companies should bear in mind four principles during the target-setting part of the transformation process. In our work with companies over the past six years, we’ve learned four key lessons about the target-setting process. 1. There’s always more money on the table than you think We recently looked back at 15 companies we’ve worked with, comparing actual …

GM Maven carsharing now in 13 cities: $8/hour for an SUV includes fuel, insurance. No application or membership fees.

GM Carsharing Service Maven Launches In Los Angeles, San Francisco, & Denver + existing Boston, Chicago, Jersey City (New Jersey), Baltimore, New York City, San Diego, Washington DC, Orlando (Florida), Detroit, and Ann Arbor (Michigan). Cross-posted from Clean Technica, November 20th, 2016 by James Ayre  GM’s carsharing service, Maven, has expanded into the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver markets in recent …

Pilot: new hub and shuttle system designed to deliver riders to their destinations in as little as half the time of the existing bus system at a lower cost

November 19th, 2016 by James Ayre, cross-posted from Clean Technica A new “hub-and-shuttle urban mobility system” test deployment will be taking place at the University of Michigan’s North Campus, according to recent reports. What that means is that there will be testing of a proposed system whereby riders would have access to a transportation network combining high-frequency buses and on-demand …

Santa Monica requires new single-family homes to be be net-zero energy

Cross-posted from Clean Technica, November 19th, 2016 by James Ayre  Following the approval of an ordinance on the matter by the Santa Monica (California) city council, new single-family houses built in the city will be required to be net-zero energy beginning in 2017. The move by the Californian city puts it on a pedestal of one, as no other cities …

Polluted city air has now been identified as a possible means of transmission for resistant bacteria

Polluted city air has now been identified as a possible means of transmission for resistant bacteria. Researchers in Gothenburg have shown that air samples from Beijing contain DNA from genes that make bacteria resistant to the most powerful antibiotics we have. “This may be a more important means of transmission than previously thought,” says Joakim Larsson, a professor at Sahlgrenska …