Arlington makes it easier for teachers to stop driving to school

By Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, 22 Aug 2017 Driving to school can be a major source of traffic congestion. But while Safe Routes to School programs aim to make walking and biking to school a safer, easier option for students, getting teachers and school staff to leave their cars at home is still new terrain. Leading the way is Arlington, Virginia, which …

We are coming to understand that Earth is a living superorganism that self-organizes to create and maintain the conditions essential to its own vitality

We are coming to understand that Earth is a living superorganism that self-organizes to create and maintain the conditions essential to its own vitality—and our human existence. Human activity, however, is disrupting living Earth’s regenerative system.  Earth may now need us as much as we need her. By David Korten in Yes! Magazine, Aug 23, 2017 On July 9, New York magazine published “The Uninhabitable Earth,” a worst-case …

AV development accelerating through a combination of more than 99 percent simulation plus some carefully designed structured testing plus some on-road testing

Excerpt from The Atlantic, August 2017 – Inside Waymo’s Testing Facilities…they don’t just have to look for when the car gets stuck. They might want to look for too-long decision times or braking profiles outside the right range. Anything that engineers are working on learning or tuning, they will simulate looking for problems. Both Stout and the Waymo software lead …

Beyond denialism: neoliberalism, climate change and the left

By Philip Mirowski, Jeremy Walker and Antoinette Abboud on neoliberalism, climate change and the Left August 2017 We live in a winter of disconnect. As the permafrost melts and global warming accelerates, bringing us to the cusp of catastrophic environmental changes, governments and corporations continue their campaign of denial. Ian Plimer’s latest book, launched by John Howard at the Sydney Mining …

Tightly link actors together when there is a risk of free-riding. Those dealing with different yet interconnected parts should work together

Society’s ability to solve environmental problems is tied to how different actors collaborate and the shape and form of the networks they create, says a new study August 18, 2017 Stockholm University read full ScienceDaily article here ….The coming decade may determine whether humanity will set a course toward a more socially and ecologically sustainable society. A crucial part of …

How fast do emissions need to decline to hit targets?

An excerpt from David Roberts on Vox.com, August 2017 The world’s nations have agreed, almost unanimously, to try to limit the rise of global average temperature to 2 degrees Celsius or less over preindustrial levels. To hit our target, emissions have to decline at a faster rate than almost anyone is talking about: Glen Peters To make this work, much modeling depends …

Study: Agriculture has released almost as much carbon into the atmosphere as deforestation, has large potential to change practices

By Chelsea Harvey. Washington Post, 23 August 2017 A Case IH tractor pulls a planter through a field as corn is planted in Princeton, Ill. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News) Agriculture has historically released almost as much carbon into the atmosphere as deforestation, a new study suggests — and that’s saying something. In a paper published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, …

Reducing the use of ozone-depleting substances from 2008 to 2014 eliminated equivalent of 50% of the reductions by the US for CO2 and other GHGsover the same period

Excerpt from Science Daily Reducing the use of ozone-depleting substances from 2008 to 2014 eliminated the equivalent of 170 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. That’s roughly the equivalent of 50 percent of the reductions achieved by the U.S. for carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases over the same period. The study was published today in Geophysical Research Letters, …

Fish are expected to shrink in size by 20 to 30 per cent if ocean temperatures continue to climb due to climate change

August 21, 2017 University of British Columbia read full ScienceDaily article here …A new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia provides a deeper explanation of why fish are expected to decline in size. “Fish, as cold-blooded animals, cannot regulate their own body temperatures. When their waters get warmer, their metabolism accelerates and they need more oxygen to sustain …

Exxon spread doubt through weekly public advertorials in the New York Times while internal documents confirmed knowledge that climate change was real

Exxon spent $33 million to sow doubt and denial about the seriousness of global warming. Exxon honed the tobacco industry’s playbook with even more advanced public relations, advertising and lobbying muscle.  Corporate documents from the late 1970s stating unequivocally “there is no doubt” that CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels was a growing “problem” well understood within the company, but …