Santiago’s subway system will soon be powered mostly by solar and wind energy

Next stop renewables. (Ariel Cruz on Wikimedia/CC-BY-2.0) Though the subway system in Chile’s capital, Santiago, has five lines and over 100 stations, it still ranks second to Mexico City’s bigger system in Latin America. In the near future, though, Metro de Santiago will have bragging rights of another sort. Soon, 60% of its power needs will be met by renewable energy …

Bicycle Network Planning & Facility Design Approaches in Netherlands and the US, Equity in Bike/Ped Planning, Case Studies in Developing Safe & Comfortable Networks, and More

This page provides links to bicycle and pedestrian program related websites, data sources, and other resources including reports and speeches from USDOT.  This past January, Secretary Foxx challenged city leaders to raise the bar for bicyclist and pedestrian safety by joining a year-long “Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets” effort. In March, the USDOT and cities from across the …

Even Governing magazine asks: Are We on the Way to 100 Percent Renewable Energy?  With the technology maturing and public support growing, it’s looking more and more realistic.

BY BOB GRAVES | MAY 24, 2016 Americans may be divided on partisan and ideological lines, but on at least one issue they agree: Support for clean renewable energy just keeps growing. In a March 2015 Gallup Poll, for example, 79 percent said they wanted the nation to use more solar energy, while 70 percent wanted to see more of …

Just 5 years left to switch off carbon if want to have a 2/3 chance of staying below 1.5 C – Carbon Brief’s formulation and 2016 update of data from 2014 IPCC synthesis report

INFOGRAPHICS | May 19. 2016. 7:00 Analysis: Only five years left before 1.5C carbon budget is blown. In its most recent synthesis report, published in early 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) laid out estimates of how much CO2 we can emit and still keep global average temperature rise to no more than 1.5C, 2C or 3C above …

Portugal hits 75% of electricity from renewables thus far in 2016, 80% in April, and 100% for 4 days last week

100% Renewable resources helped power Portugal for four days last week. According to a report from Portugal this week, hydro, wind, and solar power helped push the European country to run on 100% renewable electricity for 107 hours straight. Parque Eolico Lousa Portugal Wind Farms via Wikipedia. By CorreiaPM (Public Domain). The article said that, from May 7th at 6:45 am, to 5:45 pm …

Global destruction of Mother Earth on fast track: “It is essential to understand the pace of change” says UN assessment

A little girl searches for recyclable materials in a garbage dump with smelling gas evaporating around her in Mandalay city, Mandalay province, Myanmar. (Photo: Nyaung U/United Nations Development Programme) With no region of the Earth untouched by the ravages of environmental destruction, the state of the world’s natural resources is in a rapid downward spiral, a comprehensive assessment by the …

From the “Dirty 30” list to world’s cleanest — and 4 days of 100% renewable energy – in less than 10 years: Portugal

Last week, Portugal set a record for renewable energy use. Through a combination of hydroelectric, solar, and wind power, electricity use in the country was completely covered for four consecutive days. The news was reported by the Portuguese Renewable Energy Association (APREN) in collaboration with ZERO System Sustainable Land Association. According to their measurements, from 6:45 a.m. on Saturday, May …

Rural dialogue and problem-solving around climate change

The rural landscape is comprised of forests, farms and rangelands that can capture carbon when managed appropriately; land and resources for wind, solar and other renewable installations; and most importantly, people and ingenuity to implement the transition to a low carbon economy. While only 15 percent of U.S. residents live in nonmetropolitan counties, these counties account for 72 percent of …

Political support for the corporate order is disintegrating

David Korten, cross-posted from YES Public support for the corporate order is disintegrating. The three remaining presidential candidates are all running against the corporatist establishment. Of the three, Sanders is most credible in his anti-corporatist credentials and consequently does the best in national polls. He gives authentic voice to the hopes and aspirations of a nation betrayed, while Trump plays …

How 2°C demands an 80% cut in US and EU emissions by 2030

Below is an open letter (22nd Oct. 2014) to both the UK’s Prime Minister and the Secretary of State at the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC). The letter summarises why the IPCC’s carbon budgets for a “likely” chance of not exceeding the international community’s 2°C commitment, requires the EU to reduce the emissions from its energy system by …