Learning from “social defense” in the struggle against the authoritarian regime in Poland 40 years ago

Excerpt from In These Times The Trump era is seeing the emergence of what has been called “social self-defense,” a massive self-organization of millions of Americans to resist Trump’s agenda. It has been manifested by the millions who participated in the Women’s March, the spontaneous actions against Trump’s Muslim ban, the mass demonstrations and community meetings in cities around the …

7% fuel savings from semi-truck platooning, according to study

By James Ayre, on Clean Technica, 22 Feb 2017 I’ve read a number of pieces in recent years speculating on the potential benefits of a large-scale rollout of semi-truck platooning technologies, most of which seemed to make convincing arguments. It seems we’ll get a close look at real-world viability relatively soon, as Peloton Technology has announced that it is partnering …

Take care about moral outrage, say psychologists; it can be self-serving

A cleansing fire: Moral outrage alleviates guilt and buffers threats to one’s moral identity Zachary K. Rothschild, Email author, and Lucas A. Keefer  25 February 2017, DOI: 10.1007/s11031-017-9601-2 Rothschild, Z.K. & Keefer, L.A. Motiv Emot (2017). doi:10.1007/s11031-017-9601-2 Why do people express moral outrage? While this sentiment often stems from a perceived violation of some moral principle, we test the counter-intuitive possibility that moral outrage at third-party transgressions …

Childhood leukemia and oil and gas development are strongly associated, research finds

By James Ayre, cross-posted from Clean Technica, February 20th, 2017.  The new research is detailed in a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE.  There’s a strong association between the diagnosis of acute lymphocytic leukemia amongst children and levels of nearby oil and natural gas development, new research from the Colorado School of Public Health at CU Anschutz has found. …

The World’s Oceans Are Losing Oxygen. Here’s Why That’s a Big Problem

By Melissa Chan, Originally published in Time Magazine, 17 Feb 2017 Coral reef in Seychelles that is degraded due to global warming.  RainervonBrandis—Getty Images Oceans across the globe are slowly losing oxygen, which poses a major problem for every living marine animal and underscores the serious consequences of climate change, researchers say. A new Nature study published this week found …

AI: Replacing managers with automated decision-making saves time and eliminates emotional volatility says world’s largest hedge fund

Bridgewater Associates has a team of engineers working on a project to automate decision-making to save time and eliminate human emotional volatility. See article in The Guardian, below.   This has an interesting connection to the weather and also air pollution.  The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review and medical researchers had already previous reported that air pollution from fossil fuel …

What’s in the pipeline vs what’s been projected: improving the accuracy of energy scenarios

Excerpt from Clean Energy Action research, 5 Oct 2016 The projections published in the EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) have invariably overestimated the cost of renewable electricity generation and fallen sadly short of predicting new additions of wind and solar capacity. For example, Figure 1 shows that the projections published in the EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook repeatedly underestimated U.S. utility-scale solar photovoltaic …

We need to plan now for good employment, alternatives to declining jobs – systems for people, democracy, job creation and knowledge sharing are a path forward

Excerpt from Ross Mayfield, originally published at NewCo Shift.com …50% of the jobs will be gone in ~20 years. Not from the great sucking sound of jobs to Mexico that can be stopped with a wall. Not from moving offshore to China. From automation that is moving quickly from blue collar manufacturing to white collar information work. Second only to …

Is it worth trying to “reframe” climate change? David Roberts thinks probably not

By David Roberts for vox.com 27 Feb 2017 Climate framing.(Shutterstock) The danger of climate change does not arouse much public passion, certainly nothing like what the facts would warrant. This drives climate campaigners crazy. Always has. So how to get people’s attention? One strategy might be to talk about climate change differently — to “frame” it differently, in the current …