Captured by Coal

Coal companies are required to restore land used for coal mining to the shape it was in before they started digging it up. It’s federal law — mandating that what was once pastureland, for instance, could again be suitable for grazing livestock after being mined. But as the coal industry struggles to stay afloat amid cutthroat competition from wind and …

ADUs: How some cities are looking to in-law units to ease the housing crunch and build more diverse neighborhoods

By Cindy Landrum on Shareable.net|October 23, 2019 HOUSING|ZONING After Jeni Nunn’s parents couldn’t find a condominium they could afford in the San Francisco Bay Area, she didn’t have to go far to find a solution. Using the proceeds from the sale of her parents’ condo in Washington D.C., Nunn built a 640-square-foot, wheelchair-accessible, one-bedroom accessory dwelling unit for them in …

BNEF: Plummeting renewables costs give solar and wind cost parity in key markets

James Murray, Business Green, 29 October 2019 Analyst confirms new wind and solar plants now at cost parity with wholesale prices in California, China, and parts of Europe New wind and solar plants are now cheaper than new coal and gas plants in countries than cover two thirds of the global population and are capable of undercutting wholesale power prices …

Car-free zones could be the future of cities + the story of two city transit upgrades

San Francisco and New York City are limiting cars on certain streets to prioritize other modes of transit.By Terry Nguyenterry. nguyen@voxmedia.com  Oct 28, 2019, 8:30am EDT In her 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, urbanist writer Jane Jacobs posed a prescient concern. She forecasted one of two possible outcomes for our urban future: “erosion of cities by automobiles, or attrition …

The foxes are writing building codes for henhouses

Lloyd Alterlloydalter October 28, 2019 A secret deal lets the homebuilders dominate the committees that write the building codes for housing. Building Codes have been around since the time of Hammurabi and Deuteronomy, and have always been contentious, but became particularly so when they moved from being just about not killing people, about safety standards, to having other goals, like …

Plan, Mood, Battlefield – Reflections on the Green New Deal

Thea Riofrancos May 16, 2019 Plan, Mood, Battlefield – Reflections on the Green New DealPDF Climate scientists are beginning to sound like radicals. The 2018 IPCC report concluded that “unprecedented changes across all aspects of society” would be needed to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. In its devastating report on the dire state of the planet’s ecosystems, the UN’s panel on Biodiversity …

ZNE from scratch? Renovation or demolition? The question gets tougher every day

Lloyd AlterlloydalterOctober 28, 2019, Treehugger Sometimes we have to decide between “neighborhood character” or carbon emissions and density. A new Passive House in Vancouver is a good example. For years, this TreeHugger has been a proponent of preservation and renovation rather than demolition and replacement. But over the years I have renovated my own house twice, added a bit of …

‘Potentially Seismic for Control of Congress’: Court Strikes Down North Carolina GOP’s Gerrymandered Map

“This is huge: NC is one of the most gerrymandered states in the country.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams October 29, 2019 Protesters attends a rally for “Fair Maps” on March 26, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) In a ruling that could have major implications for next year’s congressional elections, a North Carolina court late Monday struck …

Poll Sponsored by Anti-Communists Discovers 70% of US Millennials Ready to Ditch Capitalism for Socialism

October 28, 2019 byJulia Conley, staff writer Common Dreams Critics blame poll results on ‘historical amnesia,’ while progressive observers say millennials associate socialism with strong social welfare systems Participants hold a “Kill Capitalism” banner while marching through Central Park in New York City. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) A survey released Monday revealed that 70 percent of U.S. millennials—those …

Mark Jacobson’s new book: 100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything

Welcome to the website for the book,100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything by Mark Z. Jacobson, to be published by Cambridge University Press in early 2020. If you would like to order the book in advance, please contact Matt Lloyd mlloyd@cambridge.org at Cambridge University Press. The book will be used during Spring, 2019 for a Stanford University course of the …