Nafeez Ahmed: Inside the new economic science of capitalism’s slow-burn energy collapse

By Nafeez Ahmed, on Medium.com Investigative journalist, recovering academic, tracking the Crisis of Civilization patreon.com/nafeez Aug 21  Source: art by Isaac Cordal  Published by INSURGE INTELLIGENCE, a crowdfunded investigative journalism project for people and planet. Support us to keep digging where others fear to tread. New scientific research is quietly rewriting the fundamentals of economics. The new economic science shows decisively that the age of endlessly growing industrial capitalism, premised …

Listening to those at the sharp end of the debt crisis

By Sarah Lyall, NewEconomics.org, August 2017 Abdul became an Uber driver after losing his job in the financial crash. He quickly found himself in financial difficulty, as the cost of renting the car to do his job combined with an unexpected fall in the number of driving jobs he was able to take. After accepting a welcome offer of a …

Super-Colossal Wind Turbines May Be on the Horizon

Super-Colossal Wind Turbines May Be on the Horizon – Aug.03.2017 In 2000, there were just a handful of utility-scale turbines. Today, more than 52,000 generate about 6 percent of the nation’s electricity. The growth of wind power is accelerating (see graph below); it accounts for more than two-thirds of all the renewable energy capacity installed in America since 2008. And …

Collaborative mapping enables residents to own and shape the places they live. Making urban data actionable and accessible for normal citizens can trigger a creative practice of joint care of public spaces and make cities more livable

Excerpt from City as Commons from Flint to Italy, August 2017 Data needs to be broken down into digestible bits of information, and the map is a crucial tool in doing that. The mapping interface allows people to make sense of complex information, to visualize vacant lots and fruit trees in the city. It creates a new reality in our minds. …

Toward a Real Racial Justice Platform for the Political Revolution:  Nina Turner, president of Our Revolution.

On Saturday, January 14, 2017, in Washington, DC, Nina Turner, then-State Senator for Ohio, addresses the crowd at the We Shall Not Be Moved march, organized by Rev. Al Sharptons organization, National Action Network. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images) BY SARAH JAFFE It is very much a part of Our Revolution’s work to change systems that promote discrimination and …

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 …