The End of War as We Know It

By Danny Sjursen, Tom Dispatch.May 27, 2020 | EDUCATE! The Coming Of A Social-Distancing Version Of War The Future of Forever War, American-Style Covid-19, an ongoing global human tragedy, may have at least one silver lining. It has led millions of people to question America’s most malignant policies at home and abroad. Regarding Washington’s war policies abroad, there’s been speculation that the coronavirus might, in …

The Collapse of Rush Hour: A Deep Dive

By Jarrett Walker, May May 27, 2020 in General 2 Covid-19 has understandably caused steep declines in public transit demand, but the pattern of that fall is important.  Peak (rush hour) demand has fallen much more than all-day demand, mirroring a change in travel demand overall. This chart is from the daily updates we’ve been getting at the Transit app website.  This chart covers …

Driving the shift to renewables in Colorado

May 18, 2020 by Allen Best Legislative mandates, plunging costs, but also consumer demand push shift The rapid shift to renewables has three, and perhaps four powerful guiding forces. First were the legislative mandates to decarbonize electrical supplies. Colorado in 2019 set targets of 50% reduction economy wide by 2030 and 90% by 2040. New Mexico, a second state where Tri-State operates, …

Nine-seat all-electric aircraft set for first flight

Damian Carrington  @dpcarrington 27 May 2020  Largest all-electric aircraft set for first flight The world’s largest all-electric aircraft is about to take to the skies for the first time. The Cessna Caravan, retrofitted with an electric engine, is expected to fly for 20-30 minutes over Washington state in the US on Thursday. The plane can carry nine passengers but a test …

You’ve Probably Heard Socialists Won’t Vote for Biden: We may not like him, but we don’t want Trump to win. The small but resurgent socialist movement in this country is developing a political approach that can speak to millions of alienated Americans

There is an anti-establishment mood growing in this country, and not only among socialists; millions of voters are distrustful of mainstream politicians and sick of choosing between two parties captured by the corporate elite. Bernie Sanders represented a real alternative to many of them, and Joe Biden does not. And they are frustrated by the lack of recognition: In both …

Half a century of dither and denial – a climate crisis timeline

Fossil fuel companies have been aware of their impact on the planet since at least the 1950s, by Jonathan Watts, Garry Blight, Lydia McMullan Pablo Gutiérrez in The Guardian. See: link. Wed 9 Oct 2019 07.00 EDTLast modified on Tue 7 Apr 2020  1959 The physicist Edward Teller tells the American Petroleum Institute (API) a 10% increase in CO2 will be sufficient to melt the icecap and …

In Setback to Industry, the Ninth Circuit Sends California Climate Liability Cases Back to State Courts: rulings foil oil companies’ efforts to move the lawsuits to federal jurisdiction, where they have prevailed in prior cases

David Hasemyer MAY 27, 2020, Inside Climate News A federal appeals court has delivered a one-two punch to the fossil fuel industry, knocking it back in its fight to stop a series of California lawsuits that seek to hold the industry responsible for damages associated with climate change. The industry setbacks came in two rulings handed down Tuesday by the …

Can We Survive Extreme Heat? Humans have never lived on a planet this hot, and we’re totally unprepared for what’s to come

Rolling Stone, by Jeff Goodell, May 2020 The real question is not whether superheated cities are sustainable. With enough money and engineering skill, you can sustain life on Mars. The issue is, sustainable for whom? Illustration by Sean McCabe. On a scorching day in downtown Phoenix, when the temperature soars to 115°F or higher, heat becomes a lethal force. Sunshine assaults …

Who Owns a Home in America, in 12 Charts

CityLab David Montgomery, reprint from 2018 Photo by Thomas Winz / Getty Images. America is, by and large, a nation of homeowners. Though more than 100 million Americans rent, they’re outnumbered two-to-one by Americans who own their own home, according to data from the U.S. Census. And that’s nothing new. Americans have had high rates of homeownership for a long …