Shuttles find niche in Austin’s ride-hailing market 

Capital MetroA Capital Metro “Pickup” driver helps a passenger out of the Pickup shuttle. CapMetro’s ride-hailing pilot Pickup has seen growth since beginning operations in June. By Sebastian Herrera Austin Statesman,  sherrera@statesman.com Nov 2017  On a recent morning at the Mueller Market District in North Austin, Lynda Williams’ sky blue shuttle rolled to a stop in front of the H-E-B store, parking among the …

Median wealth of world’s adults down by 30% since 2007 as “chains of poverty being wrapped around more and more human beings”

Extreme Poverty Has INCREASED, in Terms of Wealth  According to the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Databook 2016, the median wealth of the world’s adults is $2,222, down from $3,248 at the end of 2007. While the rich people of the world have taken more than their share of the $35 trillion wealth gain since the recession, the world median has dropped by over $1,000!  …

High temperatures have caused the global labor capacity to decrease by approximately 5.3% from 2000 to 2016, with sharper increases recently

The health impacts of global warming could ruin the economy; Climate inaction risks “irreversible and unacceptable cost to human health,” warns medical journal. by JOE ROMM 31 Oct 2017 WORKERS GATHER AT A NEW HOME SITE AT SUNRISE TO BEAT DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURES IN ARIZONA EXCEEDING 110 F, JUNE 27, 2013. CREDIT: AP/MATT YORK  Climate change is already seriously harming both public …

CDOT crunches the numbers to bring Hyperloop to Colorado

State officials take first steps toward realizing the high-tech transportation system. It sounds as far-fetched as flying cars.  Imagine zipping across Colorado in a levitating pod that can reach speeds of 700 mph. You could travel from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs in less than 20 minutes and be at the airport in no time.  The reality is closer than …

Great Reads for Organizers!

Great how-to classics on organizing – books that all organizers might find useful – and recent releases having to do more explicitly with online organizing. Got a book to recommend? Let us know. (We’ll credit you if we post it.) And please vote and comment about books you’ve read to help fellow organizers find their way to good reads. This is also …

Uberization of transit

Public transit on demand…excerpt, Houston Chronicle, Nov 2017 Why the ‘Uberization’ of public transit is good for cities by Junfeng Jiao, Juan Miró, Nicole McGrath, University of Texas at Austin, 3 November 2017 In fact, public transit “Uberization” has already begun. Many U.S. cities are teaming up with ride-hailing companies to provide on-demand public transit, as well as so-called first- and last-mile connections …

In the Growing Wave of Climate Litigation, Could the Automobile Industry Be Next?

October 19, 2017 by Martin Olszynski, The Energy Collective  The oil industry is increasingly the focus of climate change litigation, writes Martin Olszynski, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Calgary. Carmakers have so far not been targeted, but Olszynski thinks that could change – especially if they continue to urge lawmakers to relax environmental standards and promote …

Will All New Vehicles Be Electric By 2030?

One Expert Says Yes — Episode 46 Of Local Energy Rules Podcast 6 Nov 2017 by John Farrell. Originally published at ilsr.org. Is the US on the cusp of a clean energy revolution that will fundamentally change how we live, work, and get around? That’s exactly what entrepreneur and lecturer Tony Seba argues in his book, Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation. His multi-pronged …

Local Governments Lead on Electric Vehicle Fleets

3 Nov 2017 by Rachel Engel Fleet Carma Image: Flickr From police vehicles to utility trucks, local governments are staying ahead of the curve when it comes to electric vehicle fleets. Of the top four uses for electric vehicle fleets, three are utilized by local governments and municipalities, according to the experts at Fleetcarma. Local government electric vehicle fleets are helping to lead the …

Employee-Ownership Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Employee-owners are more confident about their financial security.  Marjorie Kelly At a time of growing anxiety around economic issues for many workers, recent news indicates that employee owners are experiencing significantly less stress. According to a recent Forbes piece, employee owners have far fewer worries about paying their monthly bills than workers at other firms. While 38 percent of workers not in …