Harbor Air’s Electric-Powered Commercial Airplane Takes Off, Makes History By Dan Catchpole, article in Fortune, December 10, 2019 <https://fortune.com/2019/12/10/electric-powered-commercial-airplane-makes-history/> For a sci-fi airplane, the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver looks nothing like the future: stubby wings, a burly fuselage and two fat pontoons. It first flew in 1947. Nonetheless, when a Beaver lifted off from Vancouver Harbour Tuesday morning, it signaled …

The water-energy nexus at rivers can be resolved worldwide by 2050 as a consequence of the energy transition

Water-energy nexus can be resolved for thermal power plants #100RE. 96% of global thermal PP and 330 rivers are individually traced. 98% of water consumption can be avoided Water and energy are closely related, particularly in the current electricity generation based on thermal coal, gas, oil and nuclear power. The so-called water-energy nexus is a significant sustainability concern. However, a …

6 takeaways for a new decade of people power

By Shaazka Beyerle, Nonviolent-conflict.orgDecember 12, 2019 | STRATEGIZE! What comes next? How can people power be harnessed for the long haul? How can we move from the year of protest to a new decade of transformation? What can we learn from research, the practice of strategic nonviolent action, and social movements and organized civic initiatives targeting corruption on the ground? To start the conversation, …

Problems with Western approach to climate change action, loss and compensation

By Vijay Prashad, Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.December 6, 2019 | EDUCATE! In Madrid, Spain, the 2019 UN Climate Change Conference—known as COP25—began on December 2. Representatives of the world’s countries gathered to discuss what is decidedly a serious problem for the planet; no one, except dangerous political forces in the neofascist right, denies the reality of climate change. What prevents …

Transforming Justice through Popular Control of Police

Dec 7, <https://popularresistance.org/community-control-of-police/> Cities are spending large shares of their budgets on police at the expense of social services, health care, infrastructure, and other needs. Oakland spent 41 percent of the city’s general fund on policing in 2017. Chicago spent nearly 39 percent, Minneapolis, almost 36 percent, and Houston 35 percent. A recent study documents how a living wage, access to holistic health services and treatment, …

Solidarity: secret to success for nonviolent movements for change: solidarity. Instead of “going it alone”

By Rivera Sun, Wagingnonviolence.org December 7, 2019 | STRATEGIZE! Instead of “going it alone,” movements can amplify their message, leverage collective power, and build strength by seeking solidarity from aligned organizations and groups. There’s a secret to success for nonviolent movements for change: solidarity. Instead of “going it alone,” movements can amplify their message, leverage collective power, and build strength by seeking solidarity from …

Youth international rights

“The Kids Are in Charge,” the Convention on the Rights of the Child isn’t just a legal document. It also sends kids an important message: that they matter, that their voices are important and that they deserve to be heard. When countries join this agreement, which took effect in 1990, they pledge to work toward aligning their own laws with its principles. Banning …

US spends $1.5 Trillion annually on war

By William D. Hartung and Mandy Smithberger, Tomdispatch.comNovember 2, 2019 | EDUCATE! In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak levels reached during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. And keep …

Now 38% call climate change a “crisis” and over 3 in 4 U.S. adults and teenagers alike agree that humans are influencing the climate. Most say it’s not too late for society to come up with solutions

The Washington Post | Emily Guskin, Scott Clement and Joel Achenbach Americans remain shaky on the details of climate science even as they have grown increasingly concerned about human activity warming the Earth, according to a national poll by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) that probed the public’s understanding of climate change. The rising alarm is …