Key graphs on US wind and solar + new hope in NM

CleanTechnica’s Joshua Hill recently informed us about a 2.2 gigawatt wind farm that was recently approved in New Mexico, which will have a $3.8 billion economic impact, and Jake Richardson recently reported that New Mexico solar jobs are anticipated to increase from 2,500 to 6,800 by 2030. It will be interesting to see how much that figure could grow if Grisham is successful in attaining …

NYC to offer financing for co-living developments

Katie Pyzyk, Smart Cities Dive, Nov. 5, 2018 New York City has launched the ShareNYC initiative, a pilot program to help finance the creation of affordable shared housing developments. The shared housing concept, also called co-living, involves at least two people leasing small, individual sleeping quarters and sharing common living spaces such as a kitchens and bathrooms with other renters. The …

What a Rural Maine House Race Can Teach the Left

November 02, 2018 by The Nation Chloe Maxmin could be the first Democrat ever to win Maine House District 88 in a place deep in the state where one thing is clear: The left abandoned rural America y Chloe Maxmin, Canyon Woodward Chloe Maxmin (standing, fourth from right) at a volunteer-training event in May 2018. (Photo: Mattea Mrkusic) Far from the bright lights of …

Voter suppression nationwide + the chilling tricks Georgia is using to disqualify voters: We are in a fight for the soul of our democracy

In Wisconsin, 1.47% of the electorate cannot vote because they are felons. That seems like a small number. But it adds up to 65,606 voters. In 2016, Donald Trump took the state by just 22,748 votes. Gerrymandering is openly employed here, in effect allowing parties to choose the voters they need to keep them in power. On Tuesday there will be elections …

Boosting Ag decarbonization and sequestration

The damages to agriculture from climate change are already happening and getting worse; and the latest science suggests they will be much more costly than previously thought. One study found that uncontrolled warming could cut the United States corn crop nearly in half. A landmark United Nations report issued in October included agriculture in its urgent call for “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” …

Monbiot finds no scientific evidence for Allan Savory’s claims that increasing livestock can reduce desertification and reverse climate change

By George Monbiot, Guardian, Mon 4 Aug 2014   Cattle walk an arid landscape in Texas. ‘Holistic management’ claims to halt desertification while allowing the continued consumption of meat. Photograph: D.J. PETERS/AP It doesn’t matter how often miracles are disproved; our willingness to believe in them remains undiminished. Miracle cures, miracle crops, miracle fuels, miracle financial instruments, miracle profits: the continued …

Trump on lying: “Billy, look, look — you just tell them, and they believe it. That’s it. You just tell them, and they believe it.”

November 1st, 2018 by Zachary Shahan, Clean Technica Let’s start off with a few things everyone can agree on (I think). Donald Trump frequently attacks investigators — at the FBI, in Robert Mueller’s special Department of Justice investigation team, and in the media. He has also routinely disagreed with confirmed climate science and has repeatedly claimed it’s a Chinese climate hoax (which, …