About Carolyn Fortuna

Carolyn Fortuna Carolyn writes from her home in Chepachet, RI, where she advocates with her lake association for chemical-free solutions to eradicate invasive species. She’s an organic gardener, nature lover, and vegetarian (no red meat since 1980) who draws upon digital media literacy and learning to spread the word about sustainability issues. Please follow me on Twitter and Facebook and Google+

Author Archives: Carolyn Fortuna

Berlin’s Exciting Formula E Double Header

June 16th, 2017 | by Carolyn Fortuna

The Formula E double header weekend in Berlin seemed to be a pendulum swinging back and forth for Felix Rosenqvist and Sébastien Buemi. Rosenqvist took the win on Saturday and seemed as if he'd duplicated his success on Sunday, only to be slapped with a 10-second time penalty from stewards for an unsafe release from the pits

Divestment Momentum In May

June 1st, 2017 | by Carolyn Fortuna

Stories from May, 2017 point to the power of joining together against the fossil fuel industry through divestment

Tesla Model 3 Spy Shot & Windshield Discussions

May 1st, 2017 | by Carolyn Fortuna

The Tesla Model 3, the most anticipated all-electric vehicle from the visionary Silicon Valley automaker, was spotted again, this time by a determined fan. On Saturday, a Model 3 sighting occurred with a fan's peek through a chain-link fence. The amateur photographer "decided to take a nice Saturday drive to the Tesla Fremont factory [and] found the test track."

Climate Change Facts & Perceptions

April 28th, 2017 | by Carolyn Fortuna

A new survey reveals that a majority of polled U.S. citizens are skeptical about the Trump administration's approach to climate action, and those polled continue to support the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP). Intended to deter anthropogenic climate change, the CPP would reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electrical power generation by 32 percent within 25 years relative to 2005 levels. It is also destined for elimination, as President Donald Trump signed an executive order on March 28, 2017, that mandated the EPA to review the CPP. Review will serve as the first step to dismantling the

Renault ZOE Writes Fanfiction … On The Road

April 22nd, 2017 | by Carolyn Fortuna

Using live driving data and artificial intelligence, ZOE, an all-electric Renault, is writing a tribute to Jack Kerouac novel On the Road. The reason? Many people have range anxiety, right? So, according to Renault, people who follow this ZOE in prose form as it travels around 250 miles, or 400 km, on one charge will learn to lessen their range anxiety. The project has been authorized by the Kerouac estate, partially in celebration of the novel’s 60th anniversary here in

When Self-Driving Cars Must Make Ethical Decisions

March 22nd, 2017 | by Carolyn Fortuna

Self-driving cars that kill to save? This is an ethical dilemma known as the “trolley problem.” A runaway trolley will kill people on either of two tracks. Which lever will you choose: the one that kills more people or fewer people? In either case, people will be killed, and you make the choice who lives and who dies

Trump Administration Spurs Solidarity Wake-Up Call In US & Abroad

February 2nd, 2017 | by Carolyn Fortuna

In ways large and small, people around the world have risen up against newly-elected Donald Trump's hate-filled policies and appointments. Former President Barack Obama had been silent since leaving office but spoke up on Monday, January 30, praising the surge of activism against his successor and opposing religious tests.

Breitbart “News” Network — #1 Anti-Human, Anti-Science, Anti-Climate Website?

January 2nd, 2017 | by Carolyn Fortuna

The far-right website, Breitbart News Network, is the most viewed U.S. conservative news, opinion, and commentary website. Its vertical integration emphasizes three prominent areas: Big Government, Big Journalism, and Big Hollywood. Breitbart's executive chairman, Steve Bannon, aligned the site so specifically toward a Trump vision of the world during the 2016 Presidential election that employees began to raise concerns about it being little more than a "fan club" for Trump. Moreover, the right-wing outlet has been accused by some as being a hate site. Now that Bannon has been announced as Trump’s chief strategist, there are fears this U.S. conservative news venue will be little more than a mouthpiece for Trump's policies, including those detrimental to climate change actions within the Paris Agreement

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