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Climate Action -- Mobility Solutions: Financing Climate Neutral Cities

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Climate Action Mobility Solutions and Financing Climate Neutral Cities

The City of Palo Alto leads our state and the world in addressing climate change and local solutions.

The easy actions are being done. But some challenges are beyond any city border, and require a broader view of what’s possible.

Join us to explore two of the most vexing challenges we face in our region.

Bring your ideas, best practices, trends and technologies that will help Palo Alto, Silicon Valley and cities everywhere. ... Read more about Climate Action -- Mobility Solutions: Financing Climate Neutral Cities

Food Trade and Self-Sufficiency | Vital Signs Online

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Gary Gardner
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Imports of grain globally increased more than fivefold between 1960 and 2013 as more nations turned to international markets to help meet domestic food demand.1 (See Figure 1.) For some countries, the imported share of domestic grain consumption has risen substantially.2 In 2013, more than a third of the world’s nations—77 in all—imported at least 25 percent of the major grains they needed.3 This compares to just 49 countries in 1961, an increase of 57 percent over half a century.4  (See Table 1.) ... Read more about Food Trade and Self-Sufficiency | Vital Signs Online

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Air pollution costs trillions and holds back poor countries, says World Bank

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https://www.theguardian.com - John Vidal
 Smoke billows from industrial chimney stacks in Shanxi province, northern China. The country lost nearly 10% of its GDP to air pollution in 2013. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
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Study finds dirty air takes huge economic toll on poor countries and costs the world more than $5tn annually in lost work days and welfare costs ... Read more about Air pollution costs trillions and holds back poor countries, says World Bank

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6 Signs The Big Global Switch To Solar Has Already Begun

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http://oilprice.com - Juan Cole
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China has installed 20 gigawatts of new solar power just in the first half of this year. This achievement beats analysts’ expectations by a wide margin. China wants to add 20 GW of new solar every year for the next four, but apparently could do twice that. At the end of 2015, China had about 40 gigawatts of installed solar power, so in just six months it has added half as much again.

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Global Warming to Cost $2 Trillion in Lost Productivity by 2030

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http://www.voanews.com - Reutgers
FILE - A man cools off from a public tap after filling bottles during intense hot weather in Karachi, Pakistan, June 23, 2015.
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JAKARTA—

Rising temperatures caused by climate change may cost the world economy over $2 trillion in lost productivity by 2030 as hot weather makes it unbearable to work in some parts of the world, according to U.N. research published Tuesday.

It showed that in Southeast Asia alone, up to 20 percent of annual work hours may already be lost in jobs with exposure to extreme heat — with the figures set to double by 2050, as the effects of climate change deepen. ... Read more about Global Warming to Cost $2 Trillion in Lost Productivity by 2030

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By 2030 Electric Vehicles with a 200 mile range will be lower cost than the cheapest car sold in the US in 2015

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http://nextbigfuture.com - Ramez Naam
A few days ago Telsa claims that the cost of their battery packs is down to $190 per kwh. This should go down 30-50% when the Gigafactory reaches full production levels
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Ramez Naam has an analysis of how cheap electric cars can get

Electric Vehicles, like virtually all other manufactured goods, are likely to have a learning curve, meaning that greater production will mean reduced price. Batteries, a large fraction of the cost of EVs, appear to have a learning rate of around 21%, meaning that every doubling of scale will reduce costs by 21%.
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