Officials in Oakland, California, effectively ended proposals to open a new coal export terminal by voting to ban the transport and storage of the fossil fuel within city limits.The Oakland City Council announced its 7-0 decision on Monday as hundreds of anti-coal protestors descended on City Hall. The vote, which must be reconfirmed before it’s made official, came after Mayor Libby Schaaf and council member Dan Kalb argued that a coal export terminal would pollute the area, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.Environmentalists, who had ardently opposed such a project, hailed the decision
A new report on the business implications of 2015 Paris Climate Agreement from Business for Social Responsibility, a nonprofit that works with companies to develop sustainable business strategies, takes a look at where clean energy investment is globally today and where it is expected to be over the next two decades. International plans to curb climate change should increase the share of renewable energy generated to 32 percent of global energy supply by 2030, according to the report. According to the global energy policy group REN21, renewables accounted for about 24 percent of electricity generation at the end of 2015.Business for Social Responsibility also noted that “collectively, the national climate plans under the Paris Agreement represent at least a $13.5 trillion market for the energy sector alone.”BSR sees annual investment growing to just over $225 billion between 2026 and 2040, up from about $200 billion annually over the next decade. Perhaps more interesting, it sees some geographic shift in investment, with proportionally more money coming from the European Union, Africa, India, and the Middle East in the coming decades. Meanwhile, China’s investment is expected to slow somewhat, while the investment U.S. will stagnate.
What is Urban Resilience?Urban Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.CHRONIC STRESSESStresses weaken the fabric of a city on a daily or cyclical basis.Examples include:high unemploymentovertaxed or inefficient public transportation systemendemic violencechronic food and water shortages.ACUTE SHOCKSAcute shocks are sudden, sharp events that threaten a city.Examples include:earthquakesfloodsdisease outbreaksterrorist attacks
Miami-Dade County, and the cities of Miami and Miami Beach, collectively as Greater Miami and the Beaches, have joined the final cohort in The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities group.
The Non-Environmental Reasons for a Massive Switch to Electric CarsThere are several practical reasons people will soon be switching to plugin electrical vehicles. Judging from past examples, the shift in consumer preference will be swift and decisive, catching car manufacturers by surprise.June 4, 2016, 9am PDT | wadams92101 Share Tweet LINKEDIN EMAIL COMMENTSFaceMePLSFlickrThe everyday practical reasons to choose a plugin electric car over a gas powered car are already here. However, consumer demand for them have been underwhelming. Consumer awareness of electric vehicle advantages lags, believes San Diego land use attorney Bill Adams, using his own learning curve as an example. Much of the public is still under the impression that owning an electric vehicle is an exercise in paying more and getting less to save the climate. He predicts that consumer knowledge about the practical non-environmental advantages of purchasing an electric car will soon result in a swift and massive switch in consumer preference from gas to electric vehicles. Practical benefits include: