These new apartments come with a shared car

By Ben SCHILLER 01.11.17 on FastCoExist.com On-demand mobility changes the game for developers trying to meet outdated parking requirements on their new buildings. Like many high-end New York apartment buildings, the new Solaire development in Lower Manhattan offers complementary access to a full gym and a 24-hour concierge. What’s different about its amenities is in the parking lot: Residents can avail themselves of …

City unveils car-share program as a cure for Tel Aviv traffic

January 17, 2017 By Naomi Zeveloff In Tel Aviv, heavy traffic and a lack of parking can add hours to commutes. Now, the city municipality has taken a small step toward alleviating the road congestion with a new car-share program that will begin in the fall. Drivers will be able to rent from a fleet of 260 automatic Hyundai cars …

A list of useful mental models

Mental models are useful to try to make sense of things and to help generate ideas. To actually be useful, however, you have to apply them in the right context at the right time. And for that to happen naturally, you have to know them well and practice using them. Therefore, here are two suggestions for using this list: For …

BMW’s ReachNow car-sharing service, transit supportive, hits 40K members, eyes self-driving car tech

By Nat LEVY on January 12, 2017, GeekWire As the headquarters for BMW’s ReachNow car-sharing service, Seattle will be one of the first places people get to try out BMW autonomous vehicles. Steve Banfield, CEO of ReachNow, said Thursday at the Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County annual Economic Forecast Conference that BMW will test out its eventual self-driving …

Energy storage set to increase by 40x in developing countries in the next 8 or 9 years

Over the next eight to nine years, energy storage capacity in developing countries is expected to skyrocket from 2 gigawatts (GW) today to more than 80GW, according to a new report by the World Bank Group.  The report, “Energy Storage Trends and Opportunities in Emerging Markets,” indicates the annual growth in energy storage capacity will exceed 40% each year over …

“Many Areas of Appalachia and Mississippi Delta Have Lower Life Expectancy Than Bangladesh” – rent-seeking is causing inequality and suffering

Posted on January 12, 2017 by Yves Smith http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/01/many-areas-appalachia-mississippi-delta-lower-life-expectancy-bangladesh.html Trump’s unexpected Presidential win appears to have delivered a wake-up call to the economics discipline. At a major industry conference, the annual Allied Social Sciences Associations meeting, a blue-chip panel of four Nobel Prize winners, Angus Deaton, Joe Stiglitz, Roger Myerson and Edmund Phelps, was in surprising agreement that capitalism had become unmoored and …

EV implementation scenario have positive social economic value based on fuel savings and jobs alone, not to mention air quality or climate change benefits

Results suggest positive total social economic value associated with increased PEV deployment, driven primarily by the private benefits of fuel savings. The net positive total social benefits for the Niche and Breakthrough scenarios are $4.7 and $9.3 billion per year by 2035, respectively. By comparison, the Aggressive and Low Cost scenarios have total social benefits estimated at $26.5 and $34.2 …

California legislation to require solar panels on new buildings

By ECT Jan 9, 2017, East County Today  California State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced he will be introducing legislation on Monday that would make California the first state in the nation to require solar panels on new buildings. According to his post on Medium: Previously, as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, I authored similar solar legislation, …

China halts over 100 coal power projects, some already in construction

Reuters GLOBAL ENERGY NEWS | Tue Jan 17, 2017 |  In latest move, China halts over 100 coal power projects China’s energy regulator has ordered 11 provinces to stop more than 100 coal-fired power projects, with a combined installed capacity of more than 100 gigawatts, its latest dramatic step to curb the use of fossil fuels in the world’s top energy …