The Case for the EU Cutting Off Its Russian Gas Supply Now: Instead of waiting until 2030, Europe might as well rip the Band-Aid off

By Gernot Wagner February 25, 2022 The Case for the EU Cutting Off Its Russian Gas Supply Now: Instead of waiting until 2030, Europe might as well rip the Band-Aid off.  The European Union is poised to announce a strategy of weaning itself off Russian gas, part of an ambitious energy plan that includes cutting overall fossil-fuel use 40% by 2030. But …

Free fares are bringing riders back quicker

Feb 2022 https://gothamist.com/news/free-fares-could-bring-riders-back-mta-quicker-what-cost NY’s MTA is still suffering from low ridership during the weekdays due to the pandemic changing commuting patterns. It is relying on $16 billion in federal funding to balance its budget in the coming years, due to fare revenue shortfalls. But as the agency tries to bring ridership back to pre-pandemic levels, one idea we wanted to explore is what it …

Democracy Depends on Promoting the Common Good: In a democracy, it is everyone or no one

February 5, 2018 | Psychology Today, Reviewed by Ekua Hagan, Share, Tweet, Email Have Americans lost their commitment to the common good? Have they ceased to feel responsible for the wellbeing of all the members of their community? Have they lost their commitment to ensuring that disadvantaged groups or individuals share in the benefits of our society? Are they waiting to rediscover …

Public support for climate and clean energy policies has increased

As Congress considers President Biden’s ”Build Back Better” bill, we are pleased to release a new report “Politics & Global Warming” based on our latest national survey, conducted in September 2021. Overall, we find that public support for climate and clean energy policies has increased since our last study in March. Large majorities of registered voters, including many Republicans, support …

Climate change since 1980 is nearly twice as bad as previously calculated. Here’s why.

Measuring climate change: It’s not just heat, it’s humidity, Seth Borenstein, AP, January 31, 2022 When it comes to measuring global warming, humidity, not just heat, matters in generating dangerous climate extremes, a new study finds. Researchers say temperature by itself isn’t the best way to measure climate change’s weird weather and downplays impacts in the tropics. But factoring in air …

Open Mobility Foundation rolls out standards and APIs that will provide open communication about curb space

Smart Cities Dive, https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/open-mobility-foundation-rolls-out-data-standards-for-curb-space/618064/, Feb 2022 After creating the Mobility Data Specification tool, a set of data standards for cities to collect data from mobility-as-a-service companies, the nonprofit Open Mobility Foundation (OMF) is rolling out similar standards that will provide open communication about curb space.  OMF’s Curb Data Specification (CDS) is a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) for cities, delivery companies, ride-hailing companies …

API pushes for more oil & gas in the future

A recent report by the Government Accountability Office on CCS detailed the overall failures of that technology so far — and the ways in which it provides new opportunities for fossil fuel extraction. As Molly Taft wrote for Gizmodo on Wednesday: The one “successful” CCS project to come out of all that investment was the Petra Nova plant, which closed in 2021 after just four years …

Cost of solar still coming down

US utility-scale solar, storage prices drop over 12% in past year, but supply chain worries loom: NREL, 12/2/21, By Jason Plautz, Utility Dive The installed cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage systems continued to drop between 2020 and 2021 in the U.S., with utility-scale solar systems seeing a 12.3% price decline, according to a new report from the National Renewable Energy …

New DOT processes for project selection

Modern Project Prioritization for Transportation Investments https://ctedd.uta.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Noyce_ProjectPrioritization_Report_CTEDD.pdf SSTI Project prioritization among transportation agencies has always been an evolving practice. At its core, it means setting goals and aligning decision-making processes to meet those goals. This study is aimed at making that process easier. For this study, the team reviewed project prioritization programs at 21 transportation agencies, including 14 state departments …

People thought they’d prefer hybrid work from home and going into the office, but 80% are finding it exhausting

Emerging data is beginning to back up such anecdotal evidence: many workers report that hybrid is emotionally draining. In a recent global study by employee engagement platform Tinypulse, more than 80% of people leaders reported that such a set-up was exhausting for employees. Workers, too, reported hybrid was more emotionally taxing than fully remote arrangements – and, concerningly, even full-time office-based work.  …