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Retrofitting Suburbia: Communities Innovate Their Way Out of Sprawl 27.4.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Erin Sagen

The suburbs have lost a lot of luster in the past 70 years. What was once hailed as a refreshing alternative to the grittiness of city living has been tugged and pulled and paved into a series of brownfields and vacant parking lots that stretch for miles and miles. Public planners have been predicting “the end of suburbia” for at least a decade now, saying that peak oil will starve out those towns and subdivisions that subsist on sprawl.

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The Commons Collaborative Economy Explodes in Barcelona 24.4.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Cities have personalities -- they're often described as we would people. They can be dry, manic, laid-back, iconic. Barcelona is what you might call a tonic. Always known as a vivid and creative city, Barcelona is taking the lead as an exemplary change agent on the European stage. Its DIY vigor and urgent form of citizen-level democracy are palpable, contagious, and best of all, effective. This is a city that has been reinvented by activism. A formidable woman by the name of Ada Colau , herself a longtime front-line activist for housing rights, is now the mayor. As a woman, as an activist, as a mayor, she's a good stand-in for the city itself and the radical positive changes it's making. But that's not to say that Ada Colau is responsible for all the whirlwind political and civic change. Barcelona is not a city in reform from the top down; it's a city in transformation from the bottom up, and up, and up . It's taking on the challenges of economic and civic change from an inclusive and deliberate ...
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Business Highlights 23.4.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

___ Bad week for German automakers: Huge costs, new probe WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — It’s been a bad week for German automakers. Volkswagen said Friday that a diesel emissions-cheating scandal would cost it an astounding $18.2 billion just for 2015, while Daimler revealed that U.S. authorities are sniffing around its tailpipes. Most Read StoriesSheriff: Prince […]
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New ridesharing service will offer an Uber alternative for women 16.4.2016 TreeHugger
Women drivers, and only women and children passengers, is the name of the game for Chariot For Women.
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'This is a threat. This is not a report.' Critics call blackout warnings a scare tactic to keep Aliso Canyon open 12.4.2016 LA Times: Business

If energy agencies and utilities ever want to scare consumers, they need say little more than "blackouts."

Those rolling power outages, well remembered from the state's energy crisis of 2000-01, sit at the heart of the case California energy officials are making to keep the troubled Aliso Canyon...

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Blackout warnings are a scare tactic to keep Aliso Canyon open, critics say 12.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

If energy agencies and utilities ever want to scare consumers, they need say little more than "blackouts."

Those rolling power outages, well remembered from the state's energy crisis of 2000-01, sit at the heart of the case California energy officials are making to keep the troubled Aliso Canyon...

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Local Briefs 11.4.2016 Durango Herald
Public meetings to address city’s Multi Modal planThe city of Durango’s Multi Modal Division is updating the Multi Modal Transportation Master Plan to reflect the current needs of the community, including a parking analysis, and show completed projects since the original plan was approved in 2012.
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Sanders and Clinton Back Bioenergy, but Activists Say It's the Wrong Alternative 7.4.2016 Truthout - All Articles
For more original Truthout election coverage, check out our election section, "Beyond the Sound Bites: Election 2016." The number one form of "renewable" energy in the United States is bioenergy, an energy source derived from burning trees, crops, manure, trash or waste for electricity and/or heat, or converting transportation fuels. According to the Energy Information Administration, 49.6 percent of renewable energy in the US in 2014 came from bioenergy; 18 percent, from wind; and 4.4 percent, from solar photovoltaics. With 82 percent of US energy generated from fossil fuels , barring a reduction in energy consumption, policies facilitating the transition away from oil, gas and coal will likely continue to rely, in large part, on bioenergy.  Bioenergy poses risks because of its carbon emissions, contributions to air pollution and freshwater demand. Bioenergy's main selling point is that, unlike foreign oil, it's a locally sourced feedstock, which means more money stays in local economies. Industry and ...
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What regime change means in Budget 2016 31.3.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
The first Liberal budget in a decade is an artful document. In some ways it does signal a profound regime change; in other ways it's designed to signal there's not much to get fussed ...
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How GE is using 3D printing to unleash the biggest revolution in large-scale manufacturing in over a century 25.3.2016 Technology

How GE is using 3D printing to unleash the biggest revolution in large-scale manufacturing in over a centuryIn 2015, GE inaugurated a new, Multi-Modal manufacturing facility in Chakan, India. If the company's ambitions for the space are realized, it could drive a massive change in global manufacturing.


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Essential California: Hollywood to get taller, denser 23.3.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Good morning. It is Wednesday, March 23. This intimate portrait of the late Elizabeth Taylor takes the audience right inside her longtime home. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State:

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DC’s Metro Closure Shows Why Creating Trust in Public Transit Matters 17.3.2016 THE CITY FIX
Washington, D.C., one of the most powerful cities on Earth, has been thrown off-stride by a transit crisis. Starting March 16, the U.S. capital’s Metro system, which serves more than 710,000 passengers daily, closed down for 29 hours for emergency power ...
UPS makes $100 million investment in CNG vehicles 15.3.2016 Yahoo: Business
(Reuters) - United Parcel Service Inc on Tuesday extended its commitment to compressed natural gas vehicles with a $100 million plan to build 12 fueling stations and add 380 CNG trucks to its fleet. The announcement comes as a sharp slide in the price of crude oil has hampered demand for alternative transportation fuels such as CNG. UPS said the CNG stations will be built by TruStar Energy of White Plains, New York, while the truck tractors will be supplied by Kenworth, a division of PACCAR Inc. UPS has steadily been increasing its use of alternative fuel vehicles, which now make up 6 percent of its 100,000-vehicle global ...
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Some New England lawmakers propose leaving Eastern Time 11.3.2016 Health
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As most Americans brace themselves for losing an hour of sleep this weekend, some corners of the country are considering bold alternatives to daylight saving ...
Some New England lawmakers propose leaving Eastern Time 11.3.2016 AP National
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- As most Americans brace themselves for losing an hour of sleep this weekend, some corners of the country are considering bold alternatives to daylight saving time....
Pronto alternative: bike ownership 9.3.2016 Seattle Times: Opinion

Here’s another option besides bailing out Pronto, Seattle’s failing bike-rental venture.
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The Kochs Are Plotting A Multimillion-Dollar Assault On Electric Vehicles 19.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The oil and gas industry may have thought it had killed the electric car , but sales -- boosted by generous government subsidies -- rose dramatically between 2010 and 2014, and energy giants are worried the thing may have come back to life.  Time to kill it again.  A new group that's being cobbled together with fossil fuel backing hopes to spend about $10 million dollars per year to boost petroleum-based transportation fuels and attack government subsidies for electric vehicles, according to refining industry sources familiar with the plan. A Koch Industries board member and a veteran Washington energy lobbyist are working quietly to fund and launch the new advocacy outfit. Koch Industries, the nation's second-largest privately held corporation, is an energy and industrial conglomerate with $115 billion in annual revenues that is controlled by the multibillionaire brothers -- and prolific conservative donors -- Charles and David Koch. James Mahoney, a confidante of the brothers and member of their ...
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Ten Challenges to De-Carbonizing Our Energy Supply 18.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-Authors DR. KENNETH KLEMOW is a Professor at Wilkes University, where he teaches courses in biology, botany, and energy. DR. THOMAS BALDINO is a Professor of Political Science at Wilkes University, where he teaches courses in Environmental Policy, American Government, and Energy Policy. DR. DON DUGGAN-HAAS is the Director of Teacher Programs at the Paleontological Research Institution and co-author of The Science Beneath the Surface: A Very Short Guide to the Marcellus Shale. DR. SID HALSOR is a Professor of Geology and teaches courses in physical geology, mineralogy and petrology. DR. JOSEPH HENDERSON is a Learning Scientist at the University of Delaware where he specializes in environmental science education. MR. BRIAN ORAM is a Professional Geologist and owner of B.F. Environmental Consultants Inc. DR. SIMONA L. PERRY is Research Director at c.a.s.e. Consulting Services and Vice-President of Pipeline Safety Coalition. Proponents of alternative energy were left scratching their heads last December ...
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The commute of the future? Ford is working on it 17.2.2016 Boston Globe: Latest
Ford is working with design firm Ideo to stay relevant in a future in which people may have a different relationship to ...
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Todd Litman on the Costs of Congestion, the Drivers of Sprawl and Policies for Smarter Growth 12.2.2016 THE CITY FIX
How can we tackle the challenge of traffic congestion? What is driving urban sprawl? How does public transportation relate to issues of equity? In the following interview, TheCityFix sat down with Todd Litman, Founder and Executive Director of the Victoria ...
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