Check out the Metropolitan Chicago Accessibility Explorer

Check out the Metropolitan Chicago Accessibility Explorer http://urbanaccessibility.com/accessibility/ This site gives you the ability to look at the number of jobs, parks, schools, groceries and other opportunities which can be reached from different neighborhoods in the city of Chicago or broader metro area within certain travel time thresholds by different modes. Use the menu at the top to choose the accessibility …

Strategic action to deliver green, efficient and inclusive transport

Even conferences, academics and government staff are saying it:  action is now the priority. Much has been said, many studies have been launched, and numerous potential pathways have been identified. Now is the time for acting on what can make a difference in improving equitable and sustainable accessibility. This will require bold but straightforward decisions: for instance, if cities want …

Time-shift Your excess solar with ice storage

November 25th, 2016 by Susan Kraemer cross-posted from Clean Technica Ice Energy has announced a new model of its thermal energy storage in ice, designed purely with the solar homeowner in mind. The Ice Cub lets a homeowner time-shift their own excess solar generation by storing solar generated at midday for use in their own air conditioning system. In the system, refrigerant used in …

3 studies pursuing hopeful trajectories with carbon capture

Nov. 25, 2017.  Originally published on Nexus Media. By Jeremy Deaton City sidewalks and brick buildings look a little greener today, thanks to new research showing that cement can soak up CO2. That’s not the only good news to come out this week. A team of German scientists engineered photosynthesis to be faster and more efficient. And a team of Americans buried …

Renewable electricity grew to 16.7% of total installed capacity, driven by increases in wind and solar

New figures from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory show that US renewable electricity grew to 16.7% of total installed capacity and 13.8% of total electricity generation during 2015. The new numbers come by way of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book (PDF) which was published this week on behalf of the US Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency …

Electric pickup truck to be unveiled in May 2017, by the Workhorse Group

November 25th, 2016 by James Ayre on Clean Technica We recently provided some exclusive reporting (specs and renderings) on a plug-in electric pickup truck concept being put together by Workhorse Group — one that the company apparently intends to be the “most economical, safest and lowest emissions pickup truck in America.” Following that news, the company has now revealed that it will be …

Possible Arctic tipping points piling up

Published on Friday, November 25, 2016 by Common Dreams, by Jon Queally The village of Kulusuk in Greenland. (Photo: Ville Miettinen/flickr/cc) What is happening in the Arctic will not stay in the Arctic.  In an ominous (though not hopeless) report published Friday, researchers warn that as many as 19 various ‘tipping points’ could be triggered by the increasingly warm temperatures in the world’s …

What can we learn for rapid shift from digital transformations?

Posted on 7 October 2016 by Nathan Oxley and Adrian Smith With climate change, inequality, and injustice putting pressure on societies around the world, it often seems that incremental change towards sustainable development is not enough. A growing number and variety of alliances between organisations across civil society, business, politicians and states are calling for something more transformational. So are there …

Are conditions approaching for a rapid economic shift?

Cross-posted from the New Weather Institute Blog  Prof Richard Murphy of City University thinks out loud about the prospect of a rapid transition in economic thinking and practise, in conversation with New Weather Institute’s Andrew Simms at the Hay Festival  By Richard Murphy Andrew Simms and I had a lot of fun talking at the Hay Festival on 1st June. I …