Biggest glacier in East Antarctica is melting from above and below

By Chris Mooney December 16, cross-posted from the Washington Post online Scientists at institutions in the United States and Australia published in December 2016 a set of unprecedented ocean observations near the largest glacier of the largest ice sheet in the world: Totten glacier, East Antarctica. And the result was a troubling confirmation of what scientists already feared — Totten is melting …

First government in the world to execute all transactions on Blockchain by 2020

By Rahilla Zafar Author & Director of Strategic Research at ConsenSys, cross-posted from the Huffington Post, 28 Nov 2016 In October, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, announced on Twitter Dubai’s goal to become the first government in the world to execute all of its transaction onto a blockchain by 2020:   Such a …

Portland City Council unanimously adopts electric vehicle strategy

Cross-posted from Business Journal 14 Dec 2016 The Portland City Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted an electric vehicle strategy. The plan is nothing if not comprehensive: Its 49 action items include establishing “electric first” guidelines for city fleet purchases, prioritizing charging infrastructure in public locations and calling for “EV-ready provisions” in the city’s green building policy for affordable housing. Enlarge Among …

How the convergence of automotive and tech will create a new ecosystem

Cross-posted from McKinsey, Nov 2016, by Sven Beiker, Fredrik Hansson, Anders Suneson, and Michael Uhl As the high-tech and automotive worlds merge—with four disruptive technology trends driving change—a complex ecosystem is creating new rules for success. As four technology trends reshape the global automotive sector, customer preferences are moving away from its traditional strongholds, such as chassis and engine development. …

The Least Risky Business Case

Cross-posted from RMI.org The report highlights the importance of driving energy efficiency, switching to electrification, and finally decarbonizing the electricity supply. For the past two years, we have watched as the Risky Business Project expertly detailed the economic risks to the U.S. from unabated climate change. Now, this group, founded by co-chairs Michael R. Bloomberg, Hank Paulson, and Tom Steyer, …

Cost reductions for offshore wind: signs of progress, expectations for more

By Ryan Wiser, Joachim Seel, and Bentham Paulos, Dec. 7, 2016, cr0ss-posted from Utility Dive The following is the first of a three-part series of guest posts on the future of wind energy from Ryan Wiser, Joachim Seel, and Bentham Paulos of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. You can read the first part here. For our viewpoint guidelines, read here. …

Getting harder and harder to make it, in the US

 By David Leonhardt Dec 8, 2016, cross-posted from the NYT The phrase “American dream” was invented during the Great Depression. It comes from a popular 1931 book by the historian James Truslow Adams, who defined it as “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone.” In the decades that followed, the dream became a …

New Jersey Senate passed a bill to require 80% renewable electricity by 2050

PV Magazine This past year (March 2016) the New Jersey Senate passed a bill to require that utilities in the state source 80% of their electricity from renewable energy by 2050. Under the bill, utilities would need to get 11% of their electricity from renewables next year, and this would increase roughly 10% every five years until the 80% by …

Colorado DOT goal: build a road with a power coil to recharge electric commercial trucks

AASHTO Journal Officials at the Colorado Department of Transportation are considering locations for a new-era infrastructure pilot project – one that could lead to more use of heavy-duty trucks that generate zero emissions of their own because they would be powered by electricity. The idea: Build into a public road a power coil that specially-equipped electric vehicles could draw from …