08 July 2017

New Book: Climate of Hope - How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens CAN SAVE THE PLANET by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope


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Smart Tech News recommends you read this new book and NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Climate of Hope - How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens CAN SAVE THE PLANET by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former head of the Sierra Club Carl Pope show how the benefits of taking action on climate change are concrete, immediate, and immense. They explore climate change solutions that will make the world healthier and more prosperous, aiming to begin a new type of conversation on the issue that will spur bolder action by cities, businesses, and citizens―and even, someday, by Washington.
In Climate of Hope, Bloomberg and Pope offer an optimistic look at the challenge of climate change, the solutions they believe hold the greatest promise, and the practical steps that are necessary to achieve them. Writing from their own experiences, and sharing their own stories from government, business, and advocacy, Bloomberg and Pope provide a road map for tackling the most complicated challenge the world has ever faced. Along the way, they turn the usual way of thinking about climate change on its head: from top down to bottom up, from partisan to pragmatic, from costs to benefits, from tomorrow to today, and from fear to hope.

Recommendations include:
"Thanks in no small part to Michael Bloomberg, mayors around the world are proving day after day that cities can tackle climate change. There are three things we need to do: act, act, and act again. This is the first book that explains how." Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris
"Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope show that cities demonstrate how a bottom-up approach to climate action is not only possible, but also necessary -- and how all of us have a role to play." Carol Browner, Former EPA Administrator and White House Climate Advisor

"Climate of Hope is an inspiring must read." ―Former Vice President Al Gore, Chairman of The Climate Reality Project
“Meeting our world’s growing energy demands will require contributions from science, business and government. As Climate of Hope shows, Michael Bloomberg has a unique understanding of the importance of this collaborative approach. Michael’s leadership and optimism remind us that by working together, we can develop breakthrough innovations to reduce the cost and increase the reliability of clean energy technology.” ―Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & and Melinda Gates Foundation
“Climate change threatens to reshape the future of our world's population centers. Bloomberg and Pope have been leaders on fortifying our cities against this threat, and their book proves that victory is possible―and imperative.” ―Leonardo DiCaprio

07 June 2017

SPECIAL UPDATE: An Inconvenient Sequel - Truth to Power

Grateful to have been invited to a prescreening of An Inconvenient Sequel - Truth to Power last night in San Francisco. We also met Director Jon Shenk who did a Q&A after the movie. The official Movie Site is here, and in theaters July 28
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Due to the very unfortunate news of Trump withdrawing the U..S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, Paramount Pictures decided to have a pre-release showing to Al Gore Climate Reality Trainees. The film is also being updated now with this unfortunate news IN ADDITION to the Grassroots Efforts being done to address this. 
Jon Shenk

Many of you know MANY efforts are being done NOW. As of last night, many US States, City Mayors, Businesses, Universities and Investors have Committed to the Goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.
SEE THE NEWS HERE, http://www.wearestillin.com

Make sure your organization has signed on, and spread the news to all your Networks TODAY.
Every day counts now. 
http://www.wearestillin.com #wearestillin

01 June 2017

CA Governor Brown, NY Governor Cuomo and WA Governor Inslee Announce Formation of U.S. Climate Alliance

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CA Governor Brown, NY Governor Cuomo and WA Governor Inslee Announce Formation of U.S. Climate Alliance

Brown, Cuomo and Inslee Will Serve as Co-Chairs, Urge Other States to Join Alliance

SACRAMENTO – In response to President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Washington State Governor Jay Inslee today announced the formation of the United States Climate Alliance, a coalition that will convene U.S. states committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement and taking aggressive action on climate change.

“The President has already said climate change is a hoax, which is the exact opposite of virtually all scientific and worldwide opinion,” said Governor Brown. “I don't believe fighting reality is a good strategy – not for America, not for anybody. If the President is going to be AWOL in this profoundly important human endeavor, then California and other states will step up.”

California, New York and Washington, representing over one-fifth of U.S. Gross Domestic Product, are committed to achieving the U.S. goal of reducing emissions 26-28 percent from 2005 levels and meeting or exceeding the targets of the federal Clean Power Plan.

“The White House’s reckless decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement has devastating repercussions not only for the United States, but for our planet. This administration is abdicating its leadership and taking a backseat to other countries in the global fight against climate change,” said Governor Cuomo. “New York State is committed to meeting the standards set forth in the Paris Accord regardless of Washington’s irresponsible actions. We will not ignore the science and reality of climate change which is why I am also signing an Executive Order confirming New York’s leadership role in protecting our citizens, our environment, and our planet.”

“I am proud to stand with other governors as we make sure that the inaction in D.C. is met by an equal force of action from the states,” said Governor Inslee. “Today’s announcement by the president leaves the full responsibility of climate action on states and cities throughout our nation. While the president’s actions are a shameful rebuke to the work needed to protect our planet for our children and grandchildren, states have been and will continue to step up.”

Together, California, New York and Washington represent approximately 68 million people – nearly one-in-five Americans – and the states account for at least 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. California will continue to work closely together with other states  to help fill the void left by the federal government.

With input from all participants, the U.S. Climate Alliance will also act as a forum to sustain and strengthen existing climate programs, promote the sharing of information and best practices, and implement new programs to reduce carbon emissions from all sectors of the economy.

California's Leadership on Climate Change

Today’s announcement complements the Under2 Coalition – an international pact among cities, states and countries to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius, the level of potentially catastrophic consequences – formed in 2015 by California and Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany in the lead up to COP21. The growing coalition now includes 170 jurisdictions on six continents that collectively represent more than 1.18 billion people and $27.5 trillion GDP – equivalent to 16 percent of the global population and 37 percent of the global economy. 

Eighteen U.S. jurisdictions, including climate alliance co-chairs New York and Washington State, have joined the Under2 Coalition, representing 89 million people and 28 percent of the U.S. population. The Governor’s upcoming trip to China includes meetings in Sichuan and Jiangsu, the first Chinese provinces to join the Under2 Coalition.

Building on the global momentum to combat climate change and continuing California’s leading role in broadening collaboration amongst subnational leaders, Governor Brown will travel to China tomorrow to strengthen California's long-standing climate, clean energy and economic ties with the nation. The Governor will also attend the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany to represent subnational jurisdictions that remain committed to climate action.  

Earlier today, Governor Brown issued a statement reaffirming California's ongoing commitment to aggressive action on climate change and last month called on the administration to keep the United States in the Paris Climate Agreement. 

California, the sixth-largest economy in the world, has advanced its nation-leading climate goals while also growing the economy. In the last seven years, California has created 2.3 million new jobs – outpacing most of the United States – cut its unemployment rate in half, eliminated a $27 billion budget deficit and has seen its credit rating rise to the highest level in more than a decade. 

In March, Governor Brown reaffirmed California's commitment to exceed the targets of the Clean Power Plan and the state's efforts to curb carbon pollution, which include establishing the most ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in North America and the nation's toughest restrictions on destructive super pollutants. The Governor has also signed legislation that directs cap-and-trade funds to greenhouse gas reducing programs which benefit disadvantaged communities, support clean transportation and protect natural ecosystems. 

This action builds on landmark legislation the Governor signed in October 2015 to generate half of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and double the rate of energy efficiency savings in California buildings. Governor Brown has also committed to reducing today's petroleum use in cars and trucks by up to 50 percent within the next 15 years; make heating fuels cleaner; and manage farm and rangelands, forests and wetlands so they can store carbon.

The Governor has traveled to the United Nations headquarters in New York, the Vatican in Italy and the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto, Canada to call on other leaders to join California in the fight against climate change. These efforts build on a number of other international climate change agreements with leaders from the Czech Republic, the NetherlandsMexicoChinaNorth AmericaJapanIsraelPeruChileAustralia ,Scotland and Sweden and Governor Brown's efforts to gather hundreds of world-renowned researchers and scientists around a groundbreaking call to action - called the consensus statement - which translates key scientific climate findings from disparate fields into one unified document. 

30 May 2017

IoT World May 2017 Silicon Valley Recap

At IoT World Silicon Valley 2017, over 100 startups in Startup City were showcased and competed to win the highly-coveted Innovation of Things Award. Reality AI won the grand prize, with their AI software that can be embedded into hardware for real-time edge intelligence.

AI/Machine Learning
Interested in what Danny Lange VP AI Machine Learning Unity had to say? Check out our Smart Tech News video here

Fast IoT Prototyping
We also met with Breadware who just launched their debut product –– Bread™B-Line, a comprehensive platform that delivers all the capabilities needed for entrepreneurs to prototype end-to-end IoT products within a day. Bread™B-Line includes hardware, software, firmware, cloud services and mobile app development. All of these components together solve a real pain point of being able to move an idea to production and consolidating all elements into one simple product for prototyping.

Connected Vehicles and Autonomous Driving
We also met with Frans de Rooij, TomTom Automotive Director at the show. For over two decades TomTom has had access to aggregated anonymised data about how people drive on different roads, in diverse situations across multiple countries. Nvidia and TomTom are developing a mapping system for self-driving cars. Volvo selected TomTom’s HD Map to power the first phase of the Volvo Drive Me programme. Drive Me is Volvo’s groundbreaking research project into autonomous driving wherein real drivers will integrate autonomous driving into their daily lives on public roads. The first group of drivers will be recruited in Gothenburg, Sweden, with further pilot schemes organized in London, the UK and China.

Security
We met with Gemalto a global leader in digital security and IoT technology and discussed solutions for Emerging connectivity technologies including LPWAN, 5G and MTC, IoT security including methods for securing LoRa networks, blockchain and more, Agile IoT monetization , Connected cars, smart cities and new mobility services. Check out their Global case studies and stories.

23 May 2017

Renewable Energy Employs 9.8 million People Worldwide, New IRENA Report Finds

More than 9.8 million people were employed in the renewable energy sector in 2016, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017, released at IRENA’s 13th Council meeting, provides the latest employment figures of the renewable energy sector and insight into the factors affecting the renewable labour market.
See the report here

27 February 2017

Edward Snowden San Francisco

Edward Snowden appeared on video in San Francisco and here are his Closing Remarks.