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Community Energy Model Is Speeding U.S. Move To Renewables

| May 8th, 2015

Published in THE GUARDIAN

Sewage and solar power may be odd bedfellows in the race to save the climate. But in Sonoma County, one hour north of San Francisco, an experiment is underway to install the nation’s largest floating solar array on a series of wastewater treatment ponds.

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Posted in Economy. Environment. Frontpage

Kate Williams, At Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Wins 2014 Purpose Prize | October 24th, 2014

Kate Williams spent decades as a human resources professional for top pharmaceutical and technology companies in California — and as a sighted person. But in 1989, at age 47, she began to lose her vision, due to the rare degenerative disorder Pseudoxanthoma elasticum.

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Posted in Frontpage. Profiles. Society

Food, Energy, Finance: A Solutions Movement Takes Root In Northern California | May 9th, 2014

PETALUMA, Calif.—There’s a new currency here called Bay Bucks that’s helping businesses trade in services and get off the dollar. There’s a new agriculture-tech startup called CropMobster helping redistribute excess produce and cut down on food waste. And a new electricity provider, Sonoma Clean Power, just flipped on the switch May 1 to supply tens of thousands of Sonoma County residents and businesses with renewable energy.

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Posted in Economy. Environment. Frontpage

Spain’s Rebellion Moves to Print

Truthout | January 24th, 2013

La Marea, Spain’s radical new monthly magazine, operates out of a narrow, lime green-colored office space in southeastern Madrid, in the working class stronghold of Vallecas. There is a small foyer with a couch to receive visitors; some cramped desks with three second-hand computers bought at 70 euros a piece; and a back room with a tiny kitchenette and one sprawling glass-and-mosaic table where the staff holds meetings. There is no rent because the magazine’s editors worked out a deal with the small web business that agreed to share its space; La Marea covers the monthly 100 euro electricity bill, and that is all.

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Posted in Culture. Economy. Frontpage. Politics

Europe Faces a Multi-National General Strike Against Austerity

Time | November 13th, 2012

Austerity has spawned general strikes in individual countries across the troubled European Union. But this week may see something to add to the union’s tensions: a coordinated, multi-national mega-strike. Organized labor plans a general strike against the E.U.’s austerity policies, borderless and spanning the south of the continent. With more than 25 million people out of work, Europe’s biggest unions have vowed to lead marches and demonstrations on Nov. 14 that unite opposition parties, activist movements like Spain’s M15 and a growing sea of unemployed to challenge their national governments, banking leaders, the IMF and EU policymakers to abandon austerity cuts ahead of a high-stakes budgetmeeting in Brussels later this month.

image: Workers from Telefonica phone company take part in a demonstration blocking the traffic and protesting against the unjustified dismissals at their company ahead of a general strike in Barcelona, Nov. 13, 2012.

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Posted in Economy. Frontpage. Politics