Colorado and the West news August 2017

Thanks to the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization! Water and Birds in the Arid West: Habitats in Decline is intended by the Audubon Society to be the first comprehensive assessment of the complex and vital relationships that exist among birds, water management, and climate change in the Southwest, focused on two of the most imperiled and irreplaceable western ecosystems: the Colorado …

49 Questions to Ask — Instead of ‘What Do you Do?”

A writer on Medium shared how they are putting on a party that plays with the social contracts we silently obey, to create a new circumstance and awareness for human connection that reaches beyond the “what do you do” question. The new agreements are tea instead of alcohol, contribution instead of money, deep convo instead of work talk, and human …

How communities around the world are challenging mainstream energy systems

Community energy is a global phenomenon. These initiatives to supplying a local community with its renewable energy flourish all around the world. Here is the example of Pingala in Sydney, Australia.  ©Pingala 2016 — Pingala’s launch event was an equity crowd-funding event with an ac dual crowd! Community energy is a global phenomenon. Wherever we find people, we tend to find communities stepping …

Planning for separated bike lanes

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/separated_bikelane_pdg/ Separated bike lanes have existed in the United States since at least the 1970s, but only in the past several years has interest spread outside of a handful of early-adopting cities: an inventory of such facilities found that they have doubled in number since 2011 and may double again by 2016.(1) Separated bike lanes have been a fixture of bicycle …

Utilities companies won’t let you sell your own solar power. Why not?

By Kate Aronoff in The Guardian, 2 Aug 2017 The electric utility sector is broken – but the transformation we need will be virtually impossible so long as a handful of wealthy elites are calling the shots  Utilities companies have their sights on ending net-metering: your ability to sell excess power at market rates. Photograph: Rex A new report from the US-based Energy …

Improving Africa’s soils to cut emissions and boost food security

On Carbon Brief, 2 August 2017 Dr Keith Shepherd is a principal soil scientist at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Dr Rolf Sommer is a principal soil and climate change scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). Together they lead the Restoring Degraded Landscapesresearch theme of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). How we manage soils is crucial to tackling climate change. …

This New Simulator Helps Cities Test A Future Of On-Demand Transit

By Adele Peters Fast Company, 1 Aug 2017 TransLoc is helping cities see if a rethinking of their transit systems can make them more efficient while staying equitable–especially transit for the disabled and seniors. “It can have a significant impact on the quality of life, on economic development, on trying to bring downtowns back.” [Photo: Flickr user Jonathan Riley] If you’re commuting …

Utility monopolies holding on to their power

John Farrell at ILSR and on Common Dreams, 1 Aug 2017 If you’re reading energy news of late, you might have come across three new ways that forces are aligning against local renewable energy. State governments are increasingly pre-empting local authority on a range of issues, including energy. Utility companies are undercutting state regulation with their legislative lobbyists. And utilities …

Sanders Introduces Bill Aimed at Ending ‘Tragic’ Youth Unemployment Crisis

By Jessica Corbett, staff writer, Common Dreams, 1 Aug 2017 “Today, we spend some $80 billion a year to lock up our fellow Americans instead of investing in our young people, and in jobs and education for them,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wrote in a Mic op-ed published on Tuesday. (Photo: John Pemble/cc/flickr) “The time is long overdue for us to start …