Day: November 10, 2020

New homes on the range: Weary city dwellers escape to Montana, creating a property gold rush

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Montana has remained a mystery to most Americans, even though it boasts some of the most magnificent scenery in the West. But as the pandemic has taken hold across the United States, what once were rural outposts here have turned into boomtowns.

These arrivals are not just tourists visiting Yellowstone National Park or looking for a wilderness vacation. This is a stampede of transplants descending in Porsche Cayennes and Teslas with cash offers. It’s multimillionaires grabbing up luxury ranches to serve as second or third homes. It’s buyers with more modest resources looking for a way out. It’s city dwellers seeking bare land in Montana’s wilderness to serve as insurance policies for America’s uncertain future.

Nearly Half of the U.S. Is in Drought. It May Get Worse.

Read the full story in the New York Times.

The most widespread drought in the continental United States since 2013 covers more than 45 percent of the Lower 48 states, federal scientists said.

Nevada voters put renewable standards in the state constitution. What does it mean for addressing climate change?

Read the full story at The Nevada Independent.

For a second time, voters approved Question 6, a measure amending the Nevada Constitution to spell out renewable requirements for electric utilities. This was not unexpected. Under the amendment, utilities will now have a constitutional requirement to have a renewable portfolio of at least 50 percent by 2030. So what does it mean for addressing climate change in Nevada?

After voters passed Question 6 in 2018, the Legislature passed a similar requirement only a few months later. That legislation was approved unanimously by the Assembly and the Senate, and it was signed by Gov. Steve Sisolak on Earth Day. Still, Question 6 stayed on the 2020 ballot. 

Amendments to the Nevada Constitution must be passed in two elections. The second passage of Question 6 on Tuesday night will enshrine a renewable requirement in the state Constitution. 

Webinar: Navigating a Path to Net Zero

Mon, Nov 16, 2020 noon-1 pm CST
Register here.

A vision for how utilities can meet climate goals while ensuring reliability. Badar Khan, President, National Grid US, in conversation with Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., President and CEO, The Business Council of New York State

If people will believe in QAnon, why won’t they believe in climate change?

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

I can see three things the QAnon story has going for it that we need to figure out in the land of sustainability communications.

Why scaling repair is necessary right now

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

This is an excerpt from “Fixation: How to Have Stuff Without Breaking the Planet” by Sandra Goldmark. It is reprinted here with permission from the author. 

Unless we start making robots for repair, we’ll need to train a workforce if we want to expand our capacity to fix things, and to bring repair and service into a circular, sustainable economy.

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