Electric cars and cheap solar ‘could halt fossil fuel growth by 2020’

The Guardian, 17 Feb 2017:  Solar power and clean cars are ‘gamechangers’ consistently underestimated by big energy, says Imperial College and Carbon Tracker report  By 2035, electric vehicles could make up 35% of the road transport market, and two-thirds by 2050. Photograph: Miles Willis/Getty Images for Go Ultra Low Falling costs of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide …

Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation: How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030 by Tony Seba

Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation: How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030 by Tony Seba.  The following notes and references are from the kindle edition. Transitions in technology markets can be swift. It took twelve years to reach 50 million laptops, seven years to reach 50 million smartphones, but …

Les Leopold: How runaway inequality elected Trump and can also defeat him

By Les Leopold, Executive Director, The Labor Institute, Originally published on the Huffington Post, 14 Feb 2017 Over the last 37 years, America’s top 10 percent saw their incomes rise by 115 percent and the top 1 percent saw an incredible rise of 198 percent. Meanwhile, the bottom half of all American earners not only failed to see any gain at …

“Many Areas of Appalachia and Mississippi Delta Have Lower Life Expectancy Than Bangladesh” – rent-seeking is causing inequality and suffering

Posted on January 12, 2017 by Yves Smith http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/01/many-areas-appalachia-mississippi-delta-lower-life-expectancy-bangladesh.html Trump’s unexpected Presidential win appears to have delivered a wake-up call to the economics discipline. At a major industry conference, the annual Allied Social Sciences Associations meeting, a blue-chip panel of four Nobel Prize winners, Angus Deaton, Joe Stiglitz, Roger Myerson and Edmund Phelps, was in surprising agreement that capitalism had become unmoored and …

Summary highlights from Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons by David Bollier

Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons by David Bollier (2014), https://www.newsociety.com/Books/T/Think-Like-a-Commoner.  References below are from the kindle edition. This summary was produced in memory of and is dedicated to Goldman prize winner Isidro Baldenegro López and others working against illegal logging and land enclosure.  Isidro was a leader of the Tarahumara community in the country’s northern …

Alberta carbon tax kicks in on New Years Day, sets a new signal

Cross-posted from the Edmonton Journal, 1 Jan 2017 Deputy premier Sarah Hoffman wants Albertans to look at the long game when it comes to the carbon tax, which kicked in on New Years Day. The effect of the $20-per-tonne carbon pricing, introduced by government as part of its climate leadership plan, was immediately obvious on gas prices. The tax hikes …

Green infrastructure reduces flooding, increases quality of life, property values, and safety along with climate resilience

Excerpt from article at The Christian Science Monitor 20 Dec 2016 Cost-effective climate response What cities are learning is that green infrastructure could prove a low-cost approach to relieving inundated pipelines as climate change intensifies storms, all the while adding community amenities like greenspace. Heavy rainfalls are a fingerprint of climate change because a warmer atmosphere causes more evaporation and holds more …

Preliminary Analysis Reveals 4% Of Los Angeles Buildings Use 50% Of Electricity

Originally published on CleanTechnica, December 20th, 2016 by Kyle Field  A preliminary analysis by the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA and the nonprofit City Energy project revealed that half of the city’s electricity demand is consumed by just 4% of its buildings, which spurred the city council into action with a specific focus on the large, older buildings identified in the …

Climate aware economics being built from the bottom up, in five primary ways

By Steve RUSHTON, 8 December 2016, cross-posted Part I in this series explored seven ways that climate change could trigger the next financial crash. Part II looked at the ways big finance and oil use self-reinforcing mechanisms of power to remain seated atop the capitalist system. In Part III we turn our attention toward a climate-aware economics that is already being built from the …