Energy system modeling: Public transparency, scientific reproducibility, and open development

Author links open overlay panel RobbieMorrison https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esr.2017.12.010Get rights and contentUnder a Creative Commons license open access Highlights Growing calls for policy-based energy system models to be “opened up”. Energy system modeling projects are adopting open source development methods. Energy system database projects are co-evolving to serve datasets to open models. Source code distributed under standard copyright cannot be legally used, built, …

e-bikes will be the top selling EV in the next decade

130 million e-bikes are expected to be sold globally between 2020 and 2023By Andrew J. Hawkins@andyjayhawk  Dec 16, 2019, 48 The next decade is going to be defined by a revolution of battery-powered transportation, and the vehicle that will lead the charge won’t be the Tesla Model 3 or even the wildly polarizing Cybertruck. And it definitely won’t be an electric scooter. It …

How do the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls compare on their climate history and promises to solve the crisis?

Bernie Sanders on Climate Change: Where the Candidate Stands Marianne Lavelle, Inside Climate News AUG 24, 2019 “There is no ‘middle ground’ when it comes to climate policy.”—Bernie Sanders, May 2019 Been There Tropical Storm Irene, which in 2011 caused the deaths of six people in Vermont, forced thousands from their homes, and washed away hundreds of bridges and miles of …

History’s Largest Mining Operation Is About to Begin. It’s underwater—and the consequences are unimaginable.

Story by Wil S. Hylton, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020 ISSUE, The Atlantic, SCIENCE Like ​The Atlantic? Subscribe to ​The Atlantic Daily​, our free weekday email newsletter. Unless you are given to chronic anxiety or suffer from nihilistic despair, you probably haven’t spent much time contemplating the bottom of the ocean. Many people imagine the seabed to be a vast expanse of sand, but it’s a jagged …

Georgia purged 309,000 voters from its rolls. It’s the second state to make cuts in less than a week.

By Reis Thebault and Hannah Knowles Dec. 17, 2019, Washington Post Overnight, the number of registered voters in Georgia shrank by more than 300,000 in a contested but court-sanctioned action that could redefine the 2020 election, critics warned. State officials have downplayed the mass cancellation, arguing it is routine “list maintenance.” Others say the practice amounts to a large-scale and undemocratic voter purge, which …

Union of Concerned Scientists: Latest UN Emissions Report Shows We Are Sleepwalking Towards Climate Catastrophe, Need to Wake Up and Act

Statement by Alden Meyer, Director of Strategy and Policy Published Nov 26, 2019 WASHINGTON—The United Nations Environment Programme released its annual emissions gap report today. Below is a statement by Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists with more than 30 years of experience working on international climate and energy issues, who spoke at a …

44 percent of all workers in the United States make less than $16 per hour, not counting students living in dormitories, graduate students, as well as other sections of the workforce

This stage of capitalism has come to be known by many as neoliberalism . Under neoliberalism, the banks and monopolies rule. Neoliberalism is thus the most sophisticated yet most crisis-ridden form of imperialism to date. Automation and technological development have fueled corporate mergers and rendered large sections of the working class obsolete. Capitalists have frozen wages, plundered the public sector, and placed …

Popular Assemblies Old and New: Part of Popular Movements in Chile

 Bree Busk, Roarmag.org December 14, 2019 | RESIST! Chile has a long history of radical neighborhood organizing — a tradition that is now put at the service of drafting a new constitution for a country in turmoil. More than fifty days have passed since the Chilean uprising burst into existence. For those living it on the ground, it feels like much longer. The …

Colorado Case Study Demonstrates In-State and Rural Economic Impacts from Wind Manufacturing and Plant Construction

NREL, Sept. 16, 2019 In-state wind turbine manufacturing and installation support both short-term and long-term jobs and account for other economic impacts, according to a National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) case study of Xcel Energy’s 600-MW Rush Creek Wind Farm—Colorado’s largest wind energy project. NREL researchers who conducted the study also gained a deeper understanding of how wind plant construction …

In 2011, electric and hybrid cars only made up 2% of the US market, but now make up 10%. Tesla is most eco-friendly car brand

From ElecTrek, Dec ’19 Trucks and buses need to be EV The electrification of trucks and buses needs to be accelerated, says a new report released yesterday by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).The UCS report states that there are currently about 28 million trucks and buses in the US, or 10% of all vehicles. They are responsible for 28% of total carbon emissions …