Our Climate as an Infrastructure Asset

January 16, 2020  |  By RMI Oriana Tannenbaum and Rushad Nanavatty Our climate is getting plenty of attention, but we don’t often view it as infrastructure. We should. The global climate comprises an essential and massive part of the natural systems that form the foundation for our world and our society. Our economy is built on assumptions about climate stability. Our real …

What will it take to get people out of their cars?

Study found that people didn’t change from driving because 1) the employees got free parking, so were not paying the full cost of driving2) taking transit or carpooling is “less convenient for an individual commuter.” 3) “these approaches required changing a habitual behavior, which is notoriously difficult to change.” By Lloyd Alter, December 26, 2019 Researchers looking at the question …

Supporting an accurate value of solar

John Farrell, ILSR, Nov 2019, excerpt Minnesota’s value of solar policy had the benefit of development on the heels of successful value of solar policies in other jurisdictions, primarily Austin, Tex. The included components were written specifically into the enabling legislation based on the advice of experts from municipal utility Austin Energy, Clean Power Research, and clean energy economists. The …

The ocean has absorbed over 90% of the heat from climate change and is the conduit for roughly 30% of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions

The world’s oceans are overheating due to climate change, and their chemistry is being altered. Hundreds of millions of people who live along the coasts are now at risk, as is the entire network of systems that depend on the ocean. The ocean has absorbed over 90% of the heat from climate change and is the conduit for roughly 30% of human-caused …

National League of Cities urges cities to consider congestion charging systems

The National League of Cities (NLC) released a new guide that encourages cities to consider congestion charging systems as a potentially economical solution to build thriving communities, calm traffic and improve quality of life for residents. Congestion pricing is a type of road-user charge system in which a flat or variable rate fee is charged to vehicles that drive in a specified area …

$3.5 billion in direct fossil fuel subsidies handed out by US govt every year, not to mention billions in indirect subsidies, like allowing fossil fuel companies to freely pollute the world’s atmosphere and oceans, endangering life on Earth as we know it, without paying a dime

$3.5 billion in direct fossil fuel subsidies handed out by US govt every year, not to mention billions in indirect subsidies, like allowing fossil fuel companies to freely pollute the world’s atmosphere and oceans, endangering life on Earth as we know it, without paying a dime Who’s Behind The War On Electric Cars? May 17th, 2019 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica If you …

The Technology That Could Transform Congestion Pricing: As cities like New York move ahead with plans to charge motorists to enter certain urban areas, we need to think about the best ways to manage road tolling

Motorists entering Manhattan will soon be paying for the privilege. How should the city administer their tolls? Mary Altaffer/AP MAY 8, 2019, ROBIN CHASE, Co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, co-founder of NUMO, in City Lab Now that New York City has adopted congestion pricing in an effort to rein in traffic and raise revenue desperately needed to upgrade public transportation, other …