Getting to 100% evaluating linear and exponential curves

Excerpt from David Roberts, July 2018 The biggest problem seems to be linear growth thinking. New better cheaper technology grows exponentially, not linearly. Yet, time after time people present plans with a certain number of GWs or GWH added per year. The utilities have had many decades of linear growth with renewable barely making a ripple. Now those ripples are …

Costa Rica is moving toward carbon neutrality faster than any other country in the world

By Umair Irfan  Jul 17, 2018 A hydroelectric dam in Cachi, Cartago, 40 kilometers west of San Jose, Costa Rica. The country is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2021. Ezequiel Becerra/AFP/Getty Images Costa Rica’s new president, 38-year-old former journalist Carlos Alvarado, recently announced a plan to make his country the first carbon-neutral nation in the world by 2021, the 200th anniversary of its …

Ranchers in Divide County, North Dakota, rely on the rain. Last year the rains and crops failed, and the temperature shot up, but Did It Change Minds on Climate Change?

July 17, 2018, By Meera Subramanian, Inside Climate News DIVIDE COUNTY, North Dakota — I walk in the front door of Byron Carter’s house as others are entering in the back, and Koda the dog can’t decide which way to direct her barking. I’m in Divide County, North Dakota, but borders seem a little meaningless here. Last summer’s drought, which was calamitous for …

Need for additional cooling is an enormous cost of climate change

By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) – More than a billion people are at risk from a lack of air conditioning and refrigeration to keep them cool and to preserve food and medicines as global warming brings more high temperatures, a study showed on Monday. More electricity demand for fridges, fans and other appliances will add to man-made climate change unless power …

Judge: Atlantic Coast pipeline failed to assess the health impacts the project would have on minorities, as required under federal law.

By Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News, May 18, 2018 A federal court has invalidated a key permit for the Atlantic Coast pipeline project that would carry natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina. Now civil rights advocates are working to build their environmental justice case in hopes of further stymying the project. Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images A federal court has invalidated a …

With the decline in car ownership for young people and the increased interest in all-electric vehicles, VW is announcing a new all-electric car-sharing platform called ‘WE’ that will launch next year.

The news was announced by the Volkswagen Brand Board Member for Sales, Jürgen Stackmann, at an event held in Berlin today that with the decline in car ownership for young people and the increased interest in all-electric vehicles, VW is announcing a new all-electric car-sharing platform called ‘WE’ that will launch next year. Stackmann said: “We are convinced that the car …

Lyft and Uber Won’t Be Happy Until They’re Your One-Stop Transit Guide

Lyft is buying the parent company of CitiBike and other bike-sharing programs.CreditGabriela Bhaskar for The New York Times By Michael J. de la Merced July 3, 2018 Uber and Lyft came to prominence with their ride-hailing services. But increasingly they’re betting on other modes of transportation — with the aim of becoming the only service people need to get around cities. Lyft …

Density: Learning from Europe: It is indeed possible to have a city full of low-rise buildings that is still compact enough for excellent transit service—but only if most side streets are used for mid-rise buildings instead of houses.

By Michael Lewyn | July 3, 2018 A.Savin Wikimedia Commons Many urbanists, especially those who dislike tall buildings, are eager to point out that a city can have dense, transit-oriented development without having lots of tall buildings. And when I visited Europe last month, I saw some excellent examples of low-rise yet compact places. Most of central Paris, for example, is dominated by four- and five-story buildings, …

Money and ethics

By Carlos Joly Money matters. Money in national budget allocations determines who gets health care, who gets educated, who gets unemployment cover, which industries and companies are favored, and whether the country goes to war. Obviously, national budget line items say much about a society’s moral beliefs, its governance and who wields real power. As the song says, money makes …

A new study suggests that diesel-powered vehicles could fall 40 percentage points to represent just 5% of the European car market by 2030.

4th July 2018 © www.motorverso.com Between 2015 and 2017, diesel-powered vehicles fell from a 52% to a 45% share of the European car market, due in part to external factors such as Volkswagen’s emissions scandal, and concerns around the emissions of particulate matter caused by diesel vehicles – despite the fact that carbon dioxide emissions from diesel cars are lower, …