Home Energy Demand Increased 22% Since Covid-19, Driving up Utility Bills, and Most People Decided to Stay Home Before Government Mandates

Sense, May 20, 2020, https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sense-data-shows-that-home-energy-demand-increased-22-since-covid-19-driving-up-utility-bills-and-most-people-decided-to-stay-home-before-government-mandates-301062944.html CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Based on an analysis of changes in home energy trends across the country since Covid-19, Sense (sense.com) found that the average home electrical usage increased 22% compared to 2019, a reflection of people using more electricity while they stayed home. With this increase, most consumers will pay 22% more on …

Living affordability is a major and growing concern. Recent Census survey says about 44 percent and 41 percent of adult Latino and black renters, respectively, said they had no or slight confidence they could pay their rent next month

Living affordability is a major and growing concern. With rising unemployment, housing experts are predicting that 20 percent of all renters will be at risk of eviction by early fall. As with other aspects of the pandemic, Black and Latino people will be hurt the most. As reported in the Washington Post, a recent Census survey found that “about 44 percent and 41 percent …

Land loss has plagued Black America since Emancipation

By Julian Agyeman and Kofi Boone, The Conversation.July 20, 2020 | STRATEGIZE! Above: A group of escaped slaves that gathered on the former plantation of Confederate General Thomas Drayton. After Federal troops occupied the plantation these former slaves began to harvest and gin cotton for their own profit. Corbis via Getty Images. Is It Time To Look Again At ‘Black Commons’ And Collective Ownership? Underlying the …

Essential workers use transit to get to their jobs

T4AMERICA BLOG News, press releases and other updates 2.8 million essential workers use transit to get to their jobs 27 Mar 2020 | Posted by Emily Mangan | 7 Comments | COVID-19, transit A new report from TransitCenter finds that 2.8 million transit riders are considered “essential workers” during the COVID-19 emergency, underscoring just how essential it is to keep transit running. Under normal circumstances, they account for more …

Public transit ridership and revenues have dropped like a rock during the COVID-19 public health crisis: how can we avoid a transit death spiral?

Written by Howard Learner, May 29, 2020 Found in Crains Chicago Business Public transit ridership and revenues have dropped like a rock during the COVID-19 public health crisis. In Chicago, CTA bus and train ridership is down by 80%, and Metra commuter rail ridership is down by a staggering 97%. In Minneapolis-St. Paul, Metro Transit has 75% less riders. The same …

US communities facing increasing flooding and need for managed retreat with sea level rise

July 2020, Georgetown Climate Center Communities across the U.S. are facing urgent challenges from sea-level rise and climate impacts; a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration documented the increasing frequency of “sunny-day” flooding in coastal areas, and recent analysis by the First Street Foundation suggests that millions more U.S. homes are at risk of catastrophic flooding than …

Why fossil fuel companies are still betting on gas

Bill McKibben and Sammy Roth, July 2020 The fallout from last week’s epic pipeline defeats continues. Activists celebrated when the Secretary of Energy blamed them for the fossil-fuel industry’s recent losses; a writer in the Financial Times used the three reversals as an opportunity to ask, “Is the party finally over for US oil and gas?” (His answer: yes, and …

Decarbonizing New York City Buildings through Better Controls

July 16, 2020  |  By Connor Usry and Alicia Noriega Building decarbonization is a critical thread to reduce the impacts of climate change. Buildings are the single largest contributor of emissions globally and their operations alone account for 28 percent of global energy-related annual CO2 emissions as of 2018. To affect operations and contribute to the decarbonization of the built environment, building owners and operators …

Leaked documents show police knew far-right extremists have been the real threat

Ryan Devereaux, The Intercept, July 15 2020 AS PROTESTS AGAINST police violence spread to every state in the U.S. and dramatic images flooded in from cities across the country, President Donald Trump and his attorney general spun an ominous story of opportunistic leftists exploiting a national trauma to sow chaos and disorder. They were the anti-fascists known as “antifa,” and according …

8 cities share how racial justice is embedded into their climate plans

By Jesse Klein, Green Biz, July 20, 2020 As COVID-19 rampages through vulnerable minority populations with tragic consequences, and protests for racial justice surge among a similar demographic, city climate planners see a renewed focus on climate justice. The pandemic, in some ways, has been a trial run for the anticipated coming impacts of climate change — a not-so-distant future in …