Developing rural mini grids across Africa: how networks can thrive

Crossboundary offers up its mini grids business model for African peers to benefit: The Kenyan financial services business has been developing rural mini grids across Africa and has announced plans to show its rivals how such networks can thrive, in a bid to accelerate access to electricity on the continent. Dec 17, 2020 COSMAS MWIRIGI In May 2019, Unilever Tea Kenya, …

Updating the social cost of carbon

The “social cost of carbon” – the dollar value the U.S. government ascribes to the damage stemming from one ton of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere – informs decisions ranging from whether to permit a new oil well to what sort of mileage goals U.S. autos should meet. The Trump administration has minimized this accounting tool and estimates global warming damages …

Climate president and stimulus needed

By Mark Dunlea, GELFNY.org. January 15, 2021 | CREATE! Climate change poses an existential threat to humanity, not only from global warming and extreme weather but from its role in the sixth mass extinction of species in the planet’s history. We need Joe Biden to be the Climate President, especially after the four lost years with climate denier Trump. This begins with Biden …

41 CA cities have adopted gas connection prohibitions or strong discouragements, expanded electric vehicle charging, and even cement reduction mandates

It is key to California’s regulatory compliance and good governance that CalGreen includes at least one Decarbonized Tier.  With 41 cities having adopted gas connection prohibitions and/or strong discouragements, expanded electric vehicle charging, and even cement reduction mandates to address cement’s contribution of 6% of global greenhouse gas emissions, it is time for DGS to standardize one or more Decarbonized …

How to Stop Giving Parking Developers A Free Ride: Parking facilities are the dark matter of the urban universe

https://www.planetizen.com/blogs/111790-housing-first-cars-last“Parking facilities are the dark matter of the urban universe; they represent a major portion of total urban land and affect virtually every aspect of urban life including development patterns, housing costs, travel activity, walkability, environmental quality, and aesthetics. Yet, to most people, parking is virtually invisible, a huge and costly resource that they only notice when they have trouble …

Colorado’s Final GHG Roadmap Falls Far Short

Colorado unveils climate plan to cut heat-trapping air pollution by 90%: Two years after lawmakers ordered action, “roadmap” sets path away from fossil fuels toward clean energy. Key steps include: shifting more off coal in favor of renewable wind and solar electricity, reducing methane pollution by the oil and gas industry, faster shifting to electric cars, buses and trucks, encouraging …

To End Impunity for ‘Deliberate Destruction’ of Planet, International Lawyers Drafting Plan to Criminalize Ecocide

The effort aims to hold governments and corporations accountable for the “mass, systematic, or widespread destruction” of the world’s ecosystems by Kenny Stancil, November 30, 2020 by Common Dreams Aerial photograph taken on August 7,2020 of a deforested area in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. (Photo: Florian Plaucheur/AFP via Getty Images) An expert panel of top international and environmental …

Earthobservations.org Indigenous Summit 2020

“Many of the same Black and Latino neighborhoods in cities across the nation have been disproportionately affected by both epidemics.” America’s other epidemic, gun violence, killed 41,000 people this year. And : Overdose deaths far outpace COVID-19 deaths in San Francisco. EarthObservations.org http://www.earthobservations.org/indigenoussummit2020.php Terrastories: mapping indigenous place-based oral historiesRudo Kemper, Digital Democracy Making Culture Visible and Tracking the Exchange of …

Anatomy Of A Bicycle Crash: Thousands Of Colorado Riders Injured In A Decade

KUNC | By Michael de Yoanna, December 22, 2020 https://www.kunc.org/news/2020-12-22/anatomy-of-a-bicycle-crash-thousands-of-colorado-riders-injured-in-a-decade Jeb Smith was on his after-work bicycle ride, crossing the road to get to a park, when he was hit. “The truck came out of nowhere taking this left turn and barreled into me,” Smith said. “I was thrown up onto the car and then they backed off and I kind …