More killer hail coming unless we curb global warming

Carbon Brief and New Scientist, 26 June 2017   Damaging large hail “events” may become more common across the central and central-western parts of North America, concludes a new study published in Nature Climate Change.  The paper also finds that a warming climate will reduce the number of small hailstorms, as more hail melts prior to hitting the surface. However, the …

2 Out of 3 Doctors Say Climate Change Is Making Us Sick

By Reynard Loki, EcoWatch, 9 June 2017 The Earth’s rapidly changing climate due to human activity has ravaged the planet in numerous ways, causing melting glaciers and ice sheets, heat waves, droughts, wildfires, deadly hurricanes, species extinction and ecosystem losses. But climate change may also be impacting us on a very personal level that many of us don’t even realize: …

Top global banks still lend billions to extract fossil fuels

Analysis of world’s lenders reveals many claim green credentials while still financing fuels like tar sands, oil and coal By Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent, The Guardian, 21 June 2017 Some of the world’s top banks are continuing to lend tens of billions for extracting the most carbon-intensive fossil fuels, according to a report of top lenders. Finance provided for these fossil …

LibreTaxi’s Roman Pushkin on why he made a free, open-source alternative to Uber and Lyft

On Shareable and P2P Foundation Blog, 25 June 2017 Nithin Coca: With all the controversy engulfing the global ride-hailing giant Uber, there is more attention on alternative platforms that meet people’s transportation needs and don’t have the company’s ethical baggage. One of the newest and most promising alternatives is LibreTaxi, founded by Roman Pushkin, a San Francisco-based developer and architect with a decade …

Test-driving AV features of a Tesla Model S with Hardware 1.0 package, on curvy California roads, by the ocean, and with bicyclists

Heather Knight, Computer Science Professor at Oregon State University, 27 May 2017 Tesla Autopilot Review: Bikers will die, Heather Knight, Roboticist on Medium.com My colleague and I got to take a TESLA Autopilot test drive on highways, curvy California roads, and by the ocean. In case you don’t live in Palo Alto (where the Whole Foods parking lot is full of these …

Co-working, sharing space offering new communities to meet workers’ needs

In a fractured world of work, new communities form to meet workers’ needs. By Rachel Sanders 22 Jun 2017 | TheTyee.caRachel Sanders is a Vancouver journalist, editor and photographer. Her work has been broadcast on CBC Radio and has appeared in the Toronto Star, The Georgia Straight, and the Victoria Times Colonist. Find her on Twitter here. 125SHARES JOIN 1 Comment The benefits …

A third of the world now faces deadly heatwaves as result of climate change. Deaths up in the UK too, study shows public is not aware

23 June 2017.  The Guardian.  Study shows risks have climbed steadily since 1980, and the number of people in danger will grow to 48% by 2100 even if emissions are drastically reduced ‘For heatwaves, our options are now between bad or terrible,’ says the lead researcher behind the new study. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images Nearly a third of the world’s …