The World’s first “100% renewable” grid

Originally published by the ECOreport.  March 15th, 2016 by Roy L Hales Younicos has just announced that construction of the world’s first “100% renewable” grid is underway. The battery storage comes from Leclanché’s lithium-ion technology and manufacturing plant in Germany. According to Leclanché CEO Anil Srivastava, this will be the first time “a one megawatt-scale power system is being stabilized using batteries – without …

Breaking the macro-barriers to microgrids

Originally published on ilsr.org.  This article was written by Matt Grimley, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance Energy Democracy initiative’s Research Associate. He regularly publishes articles and reports on local, renewable energy solutions. A century-old style of electricity production—large, centralized power plants and far-reaching transmission—is increasingly inefficient, burning dirty fuel, and leaving customers with more outages than ever before. The solution may …

Global warming exceeds 1.5 C since pre-industrial levels

Global temperatures leapt in February, lifting warming from pre-industrial levels to beyond 1.5 degrees, and stoking concerns about a “climate emergency”.  NASA this weekend released new data which shows that February 2016 was not only the hottest in recorded history, but it soared past all previous records, prompting scientists to describe the announcement as “an ominous milestone in our march …

Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy

A study from Princeton spells bad news for American democracy—namely, that it no longer exists.  Asking “[w]ho really rules?” researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page argues that over the past few decades America’s political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power. Using data drawn from over 1,800 different policy initiatives …

Top stories and repeated breaking news on climate, despite falling coverage

A report by Media Matters for America reveals that the media are failing to inform the American public on the most important issue of our time This illustration obtained from NASA on January 20, 2016 shows that 2015 was the warmest year since modern record-keeping began in 1880. Photograph: HANDOUT/AFP/Getty Images  Media Matters for America has published a report detailing …

10 Things To Know About Nonviolent Struggle

“There is a place between passivity and violence. I’ll meet you there.” – Rivera Sun Nonviolent struggle is on the rise globally. Neither passive, nor inaction, this powerful way of working for change is proving Gandhi’s audacious claim that “nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind” to be correct. Here are ten things you should know about …

One-third of world’s imprisoned women are in U.S. jails

U.S. state and federal prison population from 1925 to 2012. (Bureau of Justice Statistics Prisoner Series via SentencingProject.org “Trends in U.S. Corrections” fact sheet) Mostly young. More than half are women of color. Most grew up poor with minimal education. Sometime in childhood or adolescence, most were sexually violated. Quite a few qualify for disability income. Deal with drug and …

San Diego goes all in on protected bike lanes, pedestrian greenways, and 5 classes of bike routes in a new $64 million network

Recently, Next City reported on San Diego, California’s $64 million plan to construct a bicycle and pedestrian transit system complete with “protected bike lanes, pedestrian greenways, curb bulb-outs, road diets and more.” The Downtown Mobility Plan, if adopted, will reinvent the way cyclists and pedestrians travel the downtown streets. “Just getting to this stage is transformative,” says Sam Ollinger, executive …

Electric buses pass 2 million service miles in CA, FL, KY, MA, NV, SC, TN, TX, and WA

Proterra’s electric buses have passed 2.2 million service miles mark in the US.  The company’s electric bus milestone was achieved thanks to the 63 Proterra buses currently in operation in the US — in the states of California, Nevada, Texas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, Washington.   To date (May 1, 2016), Proterra buses have saved transit agencies in North America …

China goes for “green dispatch”, uses only half of its coal capacity as the government redoubles its “war on coal”

Cross-posted from Joe Romm’s Climate Progress CREDIT: ANDY WONG, AP A Beijing billboard encourages people on environment protection, as the city is shrouded with pollutant haze, November 2015. Share2,664 Tweet Since China peaked its coal usage in 2013, its been waging a fierce war against the dirtiest fossil fuel. The Chinese have shut inefficient coal power plants, closed countless mines, …