Small building rooftops – even just a quarter of the roof – could generate much more of the nation’s electricity than thought earlier

Small building rooftops could accommodate 731 GW of PV capacity and generate 926 TWh/year of PV energy, which represents approximately 65% of rooftop PV’s total technical potential.  The new report noted that although only 26% of the total rooftop area on small buildings (5,000 ft2 or smaller) was suitable for PV deployment, the significant number of buildings in this classification …

Governance: Who’s responsible for jumpstarting regenerative development: local or national government?

Who’s responsible for jumpstarting regenerative development: local or national government? This highlights a challenge to regenerative cities: governance. In the last two decades, the steering capacity of local governments has changed dramatically: Opportunities for local actors to influence urban and global decisions are increasing. There has been a renewed focus on local responses to challenges emerging from the inability of …

Oil companies assets and liabilities are being re-evaluated

Companies can only claim an oil deposit as a “reserve” if they have a reasonable likelihood of extracting the oil and selling it profitably. And in 2009, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission updated itsreporting standards to require companies to write off deposits not developed within a reasonable time frame. The collapse in prices means a lot of the reserves …

The Panama Papers are the biggest leak we’ve ever seen on how global corruption and tax evasion is facilitated

Rana Foroohar, assistant managing editor of economics and business at TIME magazine, arguedMonday that the corruption exposed in the Panama Papers will likely build on the mounting populist frustration—captured by the Occupy Wall Street movement, global anti-austerity protests, and the 2016 U.S. presidential election—and could potentially “lead to capitalism’s great crisis.”  Foroohar writes: The Panama Papers illuminate a key aspect of why the …

The next autobahn: Germany’s new bike highways

With the recent opening of a “bike highway,” Germany is taking the lead in Europe by starting to build a network of wide, dedicated bicycle thoroughfares designed to lure increasing n umbers of commuters out of their cars and onto two wheels. by Christian Schwägerl Last November, politicians, environmentalists, and bicycling enthusiasts gathered in Mülheim in Germany’s Ruhr Valley — …