1967 Time Magazine article on smog, the need to phase gasoline-powered vehicles, emergence of electric vehicles and the avoidable threat of climate change

Jan. 27, 1967 Time Magazine article on smog, the need to phase gasoline-powered vehicles, emergence of electric vehicles and the avoidable threat of climate change, from pp. 51-52 To solve the dilemma, LA County Air Pollution Control Officer Louis Fuller. legal limitations may have to be placed on the movement of autos into heavily contaminated urban areas.  Frank Stead, a …

Learning from other countries, especially the margins

1. Sierra Leone’s president has committed the country to providing free health care for children under 5 and for pregnant women, including prenatal care and deliveries, although care still lags. Meanwhile, in America the issue doesn’t get such high-level attention, so American women die in childbirth at five times the rate of British women. 2. Kenya is way ahead of the U.S. …

The Ray: 18-mile stretch of road is a testbed for a “regenerative highway ecosystem” with solar road, solar-powered electric car charging, tire pressure sensors, farming the shoulders and right-of-way areas along the road with a perennial grain, planting pollinator gardens, and building bioswales to capture pollutants

By Derek Markham (@derekmarkham)   © The Ray What will the highways of the near future look like? This road project aims to create “a corridor that reconnects and restores us.” One of the pioneers in corporate sustainability, Ray C. Anderson of Interface, not only led the change to a greener way of doing business during his lifetime, but his work also continues to inspire …

Renewable energy bids in Colorado for Xcel Energy

Citizens’ input/Letter to Editor of Denver Post: Renewable Electricity Now: Good for the Environment, Good for the Ratepayers It is now clear that the costs of wind, solar and battery storage have recently dropped dramatically, and adding large amounts of these clean technologies to our electric grid can reduce costs to ratepayers.1  Yet Xcel Energy has declined to perform a …

Books

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list  After two years of careful reading, moving backwards through time, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books. Take a quick look at five centuries of great writing. Robert McCrum reflects on his 100 greatest nonfiction books list. The 100 best novels written in English: the full …

Exxon

LA Times, 2015 http://graphics.latimes.com/exxon-research/ Through much of the 1980s, Exxon earned a public reputation as a pioneer in climate change research. It sponsored workshops, funded academic research and conducted its own high-tech experiments exploring the science behind global warming. But by 1990, the company, in public, took a different posture. While still funding select research, it poured millions into a …

5 Maps Show How Important Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Are to the Environment

By Katie Reytar and Peter Veit – December 20, 2017  Indigenous groups and local communities occupy about half the world’s land, but hold legal rights to only a fraction of it. Photo by Michele Solmi/Flickr Indigenous Peoples and local communities are some of the best environmental stewards. Their livelihoods and cultures depend on forests, clean water and other natural resources, so they have strong incentives …

More than 2,500 American organizations, businesses, cities and states have demonstrated a clear commitment to meet the Paris Agreement goals, representing over half of the U.S. economy

A recent report for the America’s Pledge initiative found that more than 2,500 American organizations, businesses, cities and states have demonstrated a clear commitment to meet the Paris Agreement goals. These groups represent more than half of the U.S. economy; if they were their own country, they would be the third-largest economy in the world. ** 10 Schools of Philosophy and Why …

Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint follows aspects of Los Angeles’

Hong Kong has released its “Smart City Blueprint” to guide its leaders in achieving their vision of becoming a world-class smart city. The blueprint maps out development plans for the next five years and beyond. The plan is based on a study the government commissioned that contains short-, medium- and long-term plans in six “smart” areas: mobility, living, environment, people, government and …