World’s largest wind turbine will be as tall as a skyscraper and bend with storm winds like the palm trees that inspired them

By Annie Sneed in Scientific American, on June 26, 2017 Credit: Wolfgang Kaehler Getty Images Wind energy is soaring in the U.S.; the nation’s renewable energy capacity has more than tripled in the past nine years, and wind and solar power are largely responsible. Now businesses want to harness even more wind energy, at a cheaper price—and one of the best ways …

For investors in shale drilling, the party’s over

By Collin Eaton, Chron.com, 23 June 2017 Photo: Spencer Platt, Staff.  MENTONE, TX – FEBRUARY 05: The shadows of workers with Apache Corp. are viewed at the Patterson 298 natural gas fueled drilling rig on land in the Permian Basin on February 5, 2015 in Mentone, Texas. Wall Street appears to have lost its taste for the resurgent U.S. shale …

85% of energy from renewables in Germany as the country breaks a solar record in April and May Of Energy From Renewables

From Clean Technica On April 30th, Germany established a new national record for renewable energy use. On that day and throughout the long May 1 weekend, 85% of all the electricity consumed in Germany was produced from renewables such as wind, solar, biomass, and hydroelectric power. Patrick Graichen of Agora Energiewende Initiative says a combination of breezy and sunny weather …

Medicare for All vs. All the Healthcare That Each Can Afford

By  National Nurses United and The Sanders Institute *To download the full report click Medicare for All vs. All the Healthcare That Each Can Afford We stand at the crossroads between guaranteeing healthcare to everyone through an improved and expanded Medicare program and leaving increasingly more people at the mercy of the market with legislation such as the American Health Care …

Preparing lawyers and practicing law for people in the sharing economy

By David Bollier, book review on Fixing the Law’s Bias Against Sharing, 2014 In the quest to imagine and build a new “sharing economy,” one factor that is often overlooked is law.  What shall be the role of formal law in a world of social enterprises, shared workspaces, cohousing, car-sharing groups, tool-lending libraries, local currencies and crowdfunding?  Who has legal …

Six P’s: Michael Shuman’s pointers to a prosperous, local economy

Sustainability requires that every community meet the needs of all its members (including plants and animals), present and future, without compromising the needs of other communities meeting the needs of their members, present and future. — Michael Shuman Is neighborhood economics at a tipping point? Consciousness certainly seems to be getting there. This is a skeletal summary of some key points, plus a few …

When the trees disappear from the outskirts of the forest, it creates significant local warming and changes air circulation patterns throughout the Amazon area during the dry season leading to more loss

The ongoing deforestation around the fringes of the Amazon may have serious consequences for the untouched deeper parts of the rainforest. A new research study shows that it is not only the climate that is adversely affected by deforestation. In fact, the very stability of the ecosystem in the entire Amazon region is altered when deforestation takes place in the …

Rising seas could result in 2 billion refugees by 2100

Cornell University, 26 June 2017, Science Daily Street under flood waters, Bangkok, Thailand. In the year 2100, 2 billion people — about one-fifth of the world’s population — could become climate change refugees due to rising ocean levels. Those who once lived on coastlines will face displacement and resettlement bottlenecks as they seek habitable places inland, according to Cornell University …

Colorado’s AV testing law

Excerpt from the Denver Post, May 2017 “We were very clear in writing the law that we’re not changing any of those other laws. Obviously, seatbelts is one of them. Turning indicators, moving aside for emergency vehicles — all of those laws still have to be followed,” Hill said. “If you get into a car and don’t fasten your seatbelt, …

Ten Facts You Should Know About the Federal Estate Tax, in pictures

By CHYE-CHING HUANG AND CHLOE CHO[1],  Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 5 May 2017 The federal estate tax is a tax on property (cash, real estate, stock, or other assets) transferred from deceased persons to their heirs.  Only the wealthiest estates pay the tax because it is levied only on the portion of an estate’s value that exceeds a specified …