Instead, he says, as cities repair or replace the most dangerous pipes, “you can also start transitioning customers to nonfossil alternatives and build up programs to get entire neighborhoods to switch off gas altogether so that you’re able to start shutting down sections of the gas system. Then instead of investing all the money in replacing a pipe, you can retire it.” The shift can be challenging; in Berkeley, the California Restaurant Association sued over the new gas ban. But the change may still be likely to happen, as cities that have recently passed ambitious goals are realizing that they won’t achieve them with gas in place. “Cities and states are at the point of saying we need to actually execute on this and show how it can be done,” Henchen says. “And they’re realizing they can’t do that while burning all this natural gas in buildings.” … [Read more...] about What will it take for cities to get rid of natural gas?
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Despite of a good show in containment, there has been several instances when the response from the State has been questioned by experts. The free hand given to the police to enforce lockdown(s) and arbitrary increases in quarantine duration effected by certain district collectors drew flak in the initial phase of the response to the outbreak. When there were fears of community transmission at a coastal hamlet in Thiruvananthapuram, armed commandoes were send to ensure that people stayed indoors. Any expert in behavioural economics will tell you behaviour change through fear is not a sustainable strategy for achieving public health goals. … [Read more...] about COVID-19 and Kerala | How investment in social capital is paying off now
Tesla’s stock has been on a roller coaster this year. Back on the first trading day of 2020 (January 2), the stock opened at $424 a share. By March 18, it had fallen to $350. But by July 20, it hit an all-time high of $1,650 a share. As of the time of this writing, Tesla is at a respectable $1,461—up over 6% in premarket trading for the day. … [Read more...] about 4 things to know about Tesla’s stock split