Cities taking action to support co-ops

Here is an important report on pro-coop policies in 10 cities. The full report is available to download through this link. Highlighting some of the most the important findings, the article we’re sharing below was written by and originally published at Grassroots Economic Organizing. 10 Cities Investing in Healthy, Sustainable & Equitable Growth City governments are shaping up as key …

Who will be first to ban combustion cars?

Cross-posted from GTM Wood Mackensie Business by Jason Deign November 07, 2016 The surge of innovation in automated driving and electric vehicles has made the prospect of ubiquitous clean-car fleets closer than ever before. And now a number of major cities, states and countries are introducing measures to enhance vehicle electrification. Which country is likely to take the next step and become the …

Thassalia: France’s First Marine Geothermal Energy Power Plant Inaugurated

 Cross-posted from Renewable Energy World French utility Engie has inaugurated the nation’s first self-termed marine geothermal power station on France’s southern coast, in Marseille. The Thassalia power station will pump seawater from the Port of Marseille into heat exchangers and heat pumps to provide heat and refrigeration to a custom-built network integrated with the heart of Marseille’s business center. Although …

Finding new land for the next generation of farmers, and supporting the sharing economy

Cross-posted from In These Times “The local regional food economy we want, needs territory,” says farmer, activist and grassroots organizer Severine von Tscharner Fleming. “Global demands and pressures have lengthened supply chains and concentrated control—water pumped from our aquifers irrigates low-value crops destined for distant markets. Cattle raised in family operations are sold at auction to be fattened on feedlots controlled by …

Open electricity markets

Open Electricity Markets ”Open” Markets = fair, competitive, deregulated, or choice markets. Avoid “Enrons” by insuring lots of competition. A city or county chooses default suppliers. Individuals and businesses can opt-out directly to the market The Nevada Legislature to Minimize Regulations on the Energy Market and Eliminate Legal Energy Monopolies Amendment, also known as Question 3, was on the November …

Median prices in areas at high risk for flooding are still 4.4% below where they were 10 years ago

7 Dec 2016 Joe Romm wrote: Coastal property values will crash long before sea levels have actually risen a few feet. Instead, coastal property values will crash when a large fraction of the financial community, mortgage bankers and opinion-makers — along with a smaller but substantial fraction of the public — realize that it is too late for us to stop catastrophic sea level …

Environmental Research Letters: reflections and a vision for research in an era that needs action

“Achieving sustainability requires a speed of action that we have simply never seen before. This will need a fast, deep, and action-oriented dialog to vet research, and to maintain an organic and flexible ethos so that ideas can rise and new collaborations are inspired.” Daniel M Kammen, Published 6 December 2016 • © 2016 IOP Publishing Ltd, Environmental Research Letters, Volume 11, …

Ford focuses on mobility as it seeks to future-proof itself, make people’s lives better, ‘by changing the way the world moves’

Cross-posted from the Irish Times, 30 Nov 2016 The blue oval (Ford) is redefining itself for the upcoming revolution. In fact, for the upcoming generations. “Our long-term vision for Ford is not just about selling more cars,” explained chief executive Mark Fields to an audience of 2,500 in Cologne. “Now that’s still very very important, but our overall long-term vision is …

HBR: some funny stories from history on how not to regulate new transportation technology

Harvard Business Review. The Right and Wrong Ways to Regulate Self-Driving Cars  Larry Downes DECEMBER 06, 2016 Every major car manufacturer is offering prototypes or early models of cars that do most of the driving automatically, including luxury models from Tesla with a built-in “autopilot” feature. Startups and major tech companies, notably Alphabet’s Google X division, are investing heavily in smart …