Nine-seat all-electric aircraft set for first flight

Damian Carrington  @dpcarrington 27 May 2020  Largest all-electric aircraft set for first flight The world’s largest all-electric aircraft is about to take to the skies for the first time. The Cessna Caravan, retrofitted with an electric engine, is expected to fly for 20-30 minutes over Washington state in the US on Thursday. The plane can carry nine passengers but a test …

You’ve Probably Heard Socialists Won’t Vote for Biden: We may not like him, but we don’t want Trump to win. The small but resurgent socialist movement in this country is developing a political approach that can speak to millions of alienated Americans

There is an anti-establishment mood growing in this country, and not only among socialists; millions of voters are distrustful of mainstream politicians and sick of choosing between two parties captured by the corporate elite. Bernie Sanders represented a real alternative to many of them, and Joe Biden does not. And they are frustrated by the lack of recognition: In both …

Half a century of dither and denial – a climate crisis timeline

Fossil fuel companies have been aware of their impact on the planet since at least the 1950s, by Jonathan Watts, Garry Blight, Lydia McMullan Pablo Gutiérrez in The Guardian. See: link. Wed 9 Oct 2019 07.00 EDTLast modified on Tue 7 Apr 2020  1959 The physicist Edward Teller tells the American Petroleum Institute (API) a 10% increase in CO2 will be sufficient to melt the icecap and …

In Setback to Industry, the Ninth Circuit Sends California Climate Liability Cases Back to State Courts: rulings foil oil companies’ efforts to move the lawsuits to federal jurisdiction, where they have prevailed in prior cases

David Hasemyer MAY 27, 2020, Inside Climate News A federal appeals court has delivered a one-two punch to the fossil fuel industry, knocking it back in its fight to stop a series of California lawsuits that seek to hold the industry responsible for damages associated with climate change. The industry setbacks came in two rulings handed down Tuesday by the …

Can We Survive Extreme Heat? Humans have never lived on a planet this hot, and we’re totally unprepared for what’s to come

Rolling Stone, by Jeff Goodell, May 2020 The real question is not whether superheated cities are sustainable. With enough money and engineering skill, you can sustain life on Mars. The issue is, sustainable for whom? Illustration by Sean McCabe. On a scorching day in downtown Phoenix, when the temperature soars to 115°F or higher, heat becomes a lethal force. Sunshine assaults …

Who Owns a Home in America, in 12 Charts

CityLab David Montgomery, reprint from 2018 Photo by Thomas Winz / Getty Images. America is, by and large, a nation of homeowners. Though more than 100 million Americans rent, they’re outnumbered two-to-one by Americans who own their own home, according to data from the U.S. Census. And that’s nothing new. Americans have had high rates of homeownership for a long …

Climate justice and one of the most important climate change articles: climate change that takes place due to increases in carbon dioxide concentration is largely irreversible for 1,000 years after emissions stop

The severity of damaging human-induced climate change depends not only on the magnitude of the change but also on the potential for irreversibility. This paper shows that the climate change that takes place due to increases in carbon dioxide concentration is largely irreversible for 1,000 years after emissions stop. Following cessation of emissions, removal of atmospheric carbon dioxide decreases radiative …

Africa’s coronavirus successes

Afua Hirsch in The Guardian, 21 May 2020 Examples of innovation aren’t getting the fanfare they would do if they emerged from Europe or the US Remember, early on in the Covid-19 pandemic, the speculation as to how apocalyptic it would be if this disease hit the African continent? I do. There was deep anxiety about what it would mean for …

Denver EEE (Ethics, Economics, Environment) Forum

MAY 2019:Improving Climate Change Dialogue, Part Two: Bridging the Divides through Storytelling — Maria Talero, Founder, Climate Courage, LLC APRIL 2019: Improving Climate Change Dialogue, Part One: Understanding How Worldviews Divide Us/Using Our Collective Knowledge to Map the Divides — Maria Talero, Founder, Climate Courage, LLC MARCH 2019: Regenerative Agriculture and Carbon Farming in Colorado — *Daniel Palic, Natural Resources Conservation Service—USDA and Marcus McCauley, McCauley …

Study: We’re truly focused on our work a mere six hours per week

What can you stop doing to make more time for for joy and use your time more meaningfully? The next time you set a goal or decide you want to improve upon an area of your life — or simply alleviate some of the pain that area is causing you — remember to go for subtraction instead of addition. Want …