Improving Africa’s soils to cut emissions and boost food security

On Carbon Brief, 2 August 2017 Dr Keith Shepherd is a principal soil scientist at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Dr Rolf Sommer is a principal soil and climate change scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). Together they lead the Restoring Degraded Landscapesresearch theme of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). How we manage soils is crucial to tackling climate change. …

This New Simulator Helps Cities Test A Future Of On-Demand Transit

By Adele Peters Fast Company, 1 Aug 2017 TransLoc is helping cities see if a rethinking of their transit systems can make them more efficient while staying equitable–especially transit for the disabled and seniors. “It can have a significant impact on the quality of life, on economic development, on trying to bring downtowns back.” [Photo: Flickr user Jonathan Riley] If you’re commuting …

Utility monopolies holding on to their power

John Farrell at ILSR and on Common Dreams, 1 Aug 2017 If you’re reading energy news of late, you might have come across three new ways that forces are aligning against local renewable energy. State governments are increasingly pre-empting local authority on a range of issues, including energy. Utility companies are undercutting state regulation with their legislative lobbyists. And utilities …

Sanders Introduces Bill Aimed at Ending ‘Tragic’ Youth Unemployment Crisis

By Jessica Corbett, staff writer, Common Dreams, 1 Aug 2017 “Today, we spend some $80 billion a year to lock up our fellow Americans instead of investing in our young people, and in jobs and education for them,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wrote in a Mic op-ed published on Tuesday. (Photo: John Pemble/cc/flickr) “The time is long overdue for us to start …