Scientists call for halving fossil fuel use/emissions every 10 years

Scientists Propose “Carbon Law” Based On Computing’s “Moore’s Law” , for example, doubling renewable energy capacity every 5 to 7 years. By Joshua Hill, in Clean Technica, 28 March 2017  An international team of researchers writing in the journal Science have proposed a solution for encouraging the global economy to transition to a low-carbon economy, a “carbon law” which works much the same …

Seeing Wetiko

Excerpt from Seeing Wetiko.  Also see: Three ways mass poverty has been created, starting with closing off the commons We did not think of the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills, and the winding streams with tangled growth as “wild.” Only to the White man was nature a “wilderness” and only to him was the land infested by “wild” animals …

Health and wellbeing, economy and society, infrastructure and ecosystems, affordability of transport, amount of green space add up to resilience in 156 questions

By Nick Van Mead, Originally posted in The Guardian The Rockefeller Foundation launched the City Resilience Index (CRI) today, by engineering consultancy Arup.  For example, “Concepción had done all the things you’d expect an earthquake-prone city to do in terms of building codes and emergency management, but the weakness that emerged [from the CRI assessment] was that their telecommunications systems were all …

Where the jobs are declining (fossil fuels) and increasing (renewables). Also, new solar farm with nearly 300 Tesla Powerpack batteries powers Kauai at night

9 Mar 2017, Climate Nexus  Tesla unveiled a new 13MW solar farm on the Hawaiian island of Kauai Wednesday, bringing the state closer to its ambitious goal of sourcing 100 percent renewables by 2045.  The farm includes nearly 300 Tesla Powerpack batteries, which provide 52 MWh of capacity and will allow the farm to sell stored power during the evening. The …

Breathe less … or ban cars: cities have radically different responses to pollution

By Beth Gardiner, 15 December 2016 in The Guardian When a thick cloud of air pollution settled in over London last week, experts warned those with health problems to avoid strenuous exercise. The advice to Londoners essentially boiled down to this: breathe less. Meanwhile, as Paris suffered a similar pollution episode – its worst in a decade – officials swung into …

Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, first solar farm on tribal land, is now online

Originally published on Solar Love and in the Santa Fe New Mexican, 22 March 2017 On March 16th, the first solar farm on tribal land in the US was activated. The 250 megawatt Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, located on the 112 square mile Moapa River Indian Reservation about 30 miles north of Las Vegas, contains more than 3.2 million solar panels covering …

Steps toward bikes not cars

By Nick Van Mead 11 August 2016, originally posted at The Guardian Rush-hour bike jams, speeding scooters, ignorant tourists … Amsterdam may be the world’s busiest cycling capital but it is no two-wheeled paradise. ‘Bicycle mayor’ Anna Luten is working to smooth conflict and export the lessons learned. Anna Luten – the world’s first ‘bicycle mayor’. Photograph: Nick Van Mead …