The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has adopted an ambitious climate and sustainability plan that sets the county to go carbon neutral by 2050. The OurCounty plan also calls for eliminating fossil fuel production in the county and transitioning the sector’s workers to the clean energy industry.  The plan includes more than 150 strategies focused on health, including initiatives around food …

How can cities consider mental health in green space planning?

By Jason Plautz@Jason_Plautz in Smart Cities Dive, July 25, 2019 A new paper from an international team of researchers says that cities should consider mental health benefits as they plan nature spaces in cities. The paper, published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, offers a framework for cities to incorporate and measure mental health benefits from parks, tree plantings and other green spaces.  “In …

Should Electrification Strategy Emphasize Heating Over EVs?

The U.K. government is backing electric vehicles more vigorously than hybrid heat pumps. Is that the wrong approach? By JASON DEIGN JULY 05, 2019, GreenTechMedia 14 Hybrid heat pumps (HHPs) can use gas as well as electricity The focus of much attention… Moves to foster electric-vehicle adoption for energy system decarbonization in the U.K. could risk shifting the emphasis away from …

Giving fair warning: state/province/national bans on sale of gas-powered vehicles, now in BC and proposed by Senator from Oregon

British Columbia has just passed the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act (ZEVA) into law, and it could transform the Canadian province’s roads in the coming years. Under the new rules, 10 percent of all light-duty cars and trucks sold in BC by 2025 must be emission-free (electric, plug-in hybrid electric or hydrogen fuel cell) vehicles. By the time 2040 rolls around, the province will …

Why Public Transportation is Better Outside of the US

Why Public Transportation is Better Outside of the US excerpt from Jonathan English Even when the United States built expensive rail systems, it never took care of the basics. Cities rarely provided good, frequent local connections that allowed people to actually get to rail stations without walking or driving. To this day, in most parts of American cities, it is all but …

Vancouver aims for 6 big moves by 2030 to decarbonize, a five-fold increase on the current pace

Vancouver Sun, April 2019 Vancouver city staff are recommending city council respond to the world’s “climate emergency” by dramatically stepping up its green initiatives to ensure the city becomes carbon neutral before 2050. The city’s general managers of planning and engineering are recommending the city adopt six “big moves” by 2030 that would include: Aim to have 90 per cent …

Principles of Environmental Justice + Info on Environmental Justice and Racism

Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC, drafted and adopted 17 principles of Environmental Justice. Since then, The Principles have served as a defining document for the growing grassroots movement for environmental justice.(Printable PDF version) PREAMBLE WE, THE PEOPLE OF COLOR, gathered together at this multinational People of Color Environmental …

Could Walmart Be a Model for a Socialist Future? Do megacorporations—although odious—demonstrate the massive central planning we need

BY PETER FRASE  If Walmart is already more or less a planned economy…why not just nationalize it so everyone can save money and live better? Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski want you to know that their new book, The People’s Republic of Walmart, is not a socialist defense of Walmart, a company they call “execrable.” Rather, they use the megacorporation as a …

What the Climate Strikers Want

First, the Youth Climate Strike sees the Green New Deal (GND) as the pivotal mechanism to enact climate action. (If you need to refamiliarize yourself, here’s the full text of Congress’ Green New Deal Resolution, introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.) The Youth Climate Strikers want: An equitable transition for marginalized communities that will be most impacted by climate change An equitable …