Processing what you read

By Tiago Forte, June 2017The real potential of a digital organizational system is to be a tool for capturing and systematically reminding you of past ideas, inspirations, insights, and connections. The heart of creativity and innovation is making spontaneous connections between seemingly unrelated things, and products like Evernote can, when used correctly, serve as a cognitive exoskeleton, not only protecting …

What is a good Anthropocene? How do people describe and what solutions are some solutions they’ve shared?

These definitions of ‘Good Anthropocenes were submitted to goodanthropocene.net in South Africa as part of their worldwide seeds effort.  Reviewing, discussing and adding your perspective is a great activity for groups of any size, down to families, households, congregations, communities and neighborhoods. Use and management of natural resources occurs at the level, and traditional knowledge on which can build on …

Heat waves and heat risk: Phoenix and Las Vegas are experiencing the kinds of risks scientists have been warning about as greenhouse gas emissions fuel climate change.

By Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News, 23 June 2017 Large parts of the U.S. Southwest have been feeling like Death Valley this week as a heat wave has boosted temperatures to 120 degrees and beyond. Credit: David McNew/AFP/Getty Images The extreme heat baking the Southwestern U.S. isn’t finished yet. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning today for …

Why I “Believe” in Climate Change (and Why it Doesn’t Matter)

One of the best summaries I’ve seen on climate science came from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the “world’s largest general scientific body.” In a pithy, easy to read report, “What We Know,” AAAS lays out 3 big conclusions: Climate scientists agree: climate change is happening here and now. We are at risk of pushing our …

Smart City projects need long term vision and to serve the people personally

By Dan Swinhoe, IDG Connect, 19 June 2017 Depending on which expert, analyst, or guidebook you read, there are more than 100 different definition of what constitutes a “Smart City” is and what it should do. Is it about local government services all being available online? Is it about implementing sensors for things such as lighting, parking, and pollution across …

Texas is too windy and sunny for old energy companies to make money

By Ryan Collins, Bloomberg, 20 June 2017 As attractive a renewable-energy concept as wind power is, it’s plagued by a fundamental flaw. It blows the most in the dead of night, precisely when there’s the least demand for electricity. That’s true for just about every wind-blown spot across the U.S., from the foothills of the Tehachapi Mountains in California to the coastal …

50 Steps toward carbon-free transportation, by Tony Dutzik, Frontier Group

In 2016, transportation became the nation’s number one source of the carbon pollution that is warming the planet. With support from the Hewlett Foundation, Frontier Group led a year-long effort to envision pathways and policies to move toward zero-carbon transportation, producing two reports: A New Way Forward shows that there are multiple paths to a clean transportation future, available to …

If money is speech, can democracy work?

By Chris Gay, Occupy.com, 5 June 2017 Now that a certain sort of plutocrat sits at the apex of American power surrounded by well-to-do courtiers, this might be a good time to revive an unsettling question: Does the U.S. have a political system or a political marketplace? The Supreme Court provided its take with the 2010 Citizens United ruling, which …

How do you effectively communicate electric transport (rEVolution Summit Presentation)

By Zach Shahan, Originally published on CleanTechnica, 5 June 2017 I gave a presentation in March in Amsterdam (Holland) at EV-Box’s 1st annual rEVolution summit. When creating my presentation, I decided to dive into a theme that I’ve been increasingly compelled to focus on — how do you communicate electric transport to “outsiders” in the most effective way? Electric vehicle (EV) technology is going to …