This Is What America Could Look Like When Our Coasts Are Under Water

By Shayla Love in Vice, Jul 23 2019 HUNTER FRENCH Soldier’s Grove is a small town of fewer than 600 people located near the Kickapoo River in Wisconsin. The Kickapoo is not a genial body of water. In 1907, the river flooded, dumping record amounts of water into downtown Soldier’s Grove. Then it did so again in 1912, 1917, 1935, 1951, and 1978. The …

The climate crisis is the only truly global climate shift during the last two millennia: previous anomalies were regional

“It’s true that during the Little Ice Age it was generally colder across the whole world,” research team leader Raphael Neukom of the Oeschger Center for Climate Change Research at the University of Bern said, “but not everywhere at the same time. The peak periods of pre-industrial warm and cold periods occurred at different times in different places.” For example, …

Money in politics: how joint committees allow candidates, political party committees and candidate leadership committees to band together to raise campaign cash from the same donor pool

US Sen. Cory Gardner is banding together with Republican colleagues to raise big money for his 2020 reelection contest — expected to be among the most competitive and expensive in the nation — in a way that some say allows candidates to sidestep campaign finance limits. To raise the cash, at least one of his committees stopped through Ritz-Carlton hotels …

Environmental Damage Is a War Crime, Scientists Say

Jordan Davidson Jul. 25, 2019 Two dozen prominent scientists from around the world have asked the UN to make environmental damage in conflict zones a war crime. The scientists published their open letter in the journal Nature. The letter, titled “Stop Military Conflicts from Trashing the Environment,” asks the United Nations’ International Law Commission to adopt a Fifth Geneva Convention when it meets …

Advertising results: most people believe that recycling is the greenest and most

Our lives have been co-opted by the Convenience Industrial Complex By Lloyd Alterl July 25, 2019 Nobody ever lost money making things easier or more convenient, and our planet is paying the price. After the Second World War, the aluminum industry had a problem; there were all these dams built to make electricity and all these aluminum refineries that used …

How This Black Entrepreneur Went From Homelessness to Housing Others

With help from a business incubator, Tyrone Poole created a platform to help people on low incomes find housing. Marjorie Kelly and Ted Howard posted Jul 24, 2019 Collapse and regeneration are experiences Tyrone Poole knows intimately. There was that period back in 2006 when he was homeless—that moment when, on crutches and in excruciating pain, Poole found himself staggering into the …

Many U.S. cities cannot measure climate emissions progress

Thomas Reuters Foundation News | Sebastien Malo, July 26, 2019 Many U.S. cities cannot measure climate emissions progress American cities including Atlanta, Miami and New Orleans that set goals to slash planet-warming greenhouse emissions are lacking the data to measure their progress, scientists said in a new report. Some 40% of U.S. cities that committed to cutting emissions are unable …

New Senate Intelligence report shows ‘extensive’ Russia 2016 election interference. Hackers tried to access election systems in all 50 states

Two vital points: 1) that determined foreign actors can gain access to America’s election infrastructure, and 2) Russia is skilled and willing to meddle inside of it.” Vox: New Senate Intelligence report shows ‘extensive’ Russia 2016 election interference. The report “found that hackers likely tried to access election systems in all 50 states.” The Senate Intelligence Committee has just released …

New research finds energy storage in 2-hour, 4-hour and 6-hour durations can efficiently provide the same capacity value as power plants that run 24 hours a day

Taking Aim at PJM’s 10-Hour Duration Capacity Rule for Energy Storage in the Nation’s Biggest Capacity Market: The storage industry brings new numbers to the table in its challenge against the least-liked proposal from FERC Order 841. By Jeff St. John, GreenTechMedia, 22 July 2019 12 Over the past year and a half, the U.S. energy storage industry has been getting …