Psychology of Equity

Excerpts from Elizabeth Kolbert on the Psychology of Equity, Jan 2018, New Yorker “Unlike the rigid columns of numbers that make up a bank ledger, status is always a moving target, because it is defined by ongoing comparisons to others,” Payne writes. In another study, “Feeling disadvantaged magnified their perception of racial differences,” Payne writes. “The Broken Ladder” is full of …

Renewable energy bids in Colorado for Xcel Energy

By David Roberts, vox.com, Jan 2018 This month, energy nerds are very excited about a utility bid solicitation.  Wait, hear me out. It really is exciting! Usually, when we talk about how renewable energy will evolve in the next five years, we rely on analysts and projections. This is different. When a utility puts out a request for proposals (RFP) — …

What Does the ‘Electrification of Everything’ Look Like in America? NREL Plans to Find Out

Over the next two years, NREL and its research partners will study electrification in buildings, transportation and industry. JUSTIN GERDES JANUARY 17, 2018 What will it take to electrify everything across the U.S. economy? Widespread electrification is not only coming, it is likely necessary to decarbonize the global economy. “Mounting research suggests that aggressive electrification of energy end uses — such …

The Polluted Brain: Evidence builds that dirty air causes Alzheimer’s, dementia

Particles that pollute the air — the kind that come mainly from power plants and automobiles — may greatly increase the chance of dementia, including dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease, according to USC-led research. Scientists and engineers found that older women who live in places with fine particulate matter exceeding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standard are 81 percent more at risk …

Global airfreight climbing almost 9% per year with rise of 2-day shipping. And shipping by air has 10x the carbon footprint of shipping by truck, and 66x the footprint of container ships

By Lloyd Alter, 12 Jan 2018 TreeHugger has previously looked at Why you should avoid free two-day shipping,where Katherine noted that “when people want their goods fast, it forces companies to send out delivery trucks that are not filled to capacity.” But there is a much more serious issue with a bigger carbon footprint: a dramatic increase in the amount of …

Why bikes and e-bikes will eat cars: Cities should prepare for, and encourage, an electric bike revolution

By Lloyd Alter (@lloydalter) on Treehugger.com Transportation / Bikes January 12, 2018 CC BY 2.0 Lloyd Alter/ e-bikes in Copenhagen It seems that all the news coming out of CES is about self-driving cars or autonomous vehicles (AVs), how everybody is working on them, and how they will make the world safe for them. But we have other options and other choices, and perhaps people should step …

Cornel West: America is spiritually bankrupt. We must fight back together: The undeniable collapse of integrity, honesty and decency in our public and private life has fueled racial hatred and contempt

By Cornel West, from his new 25th Anniversary introduction to Race Matters, also in The Guardian, Sun 14 Jan 2018  We live in one of the darkest moments in American history – a bleak time of spiritual blackout and imperial meltdown. Exactly 25 years ago, in my book Race Matters, I tried to lay bare the realities and challenges to American democracy in …

Transit successes: Toronto Cleared Cars Off Its Biggest Transit Street, and Ridership Soared Almost Overnight

By Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, Jan 12, 2018 article 5 Using low-cost materials like this concrete divider, Toronto set up new streetcar stops on the far side of intersections on King Street, enabling safer boarding and cutting down on time stopped at red lights. Photo: Human Transit It’s been just a few short months since Toronto cleared most of the car traffic off King Street, giving the …

Over 57 million freelance, 36 percent of all US workers, on track to be the majority by 2027. Nearly two-thirds have to dip into their savings at least once a month.

MJ Kaplan posted Jan 04, 2018 in Yes! Magazine The future of jobs, work, and workplaces is facing rampant transformation. One of the most visible changes has been the rising number of contract workers, who, according to the Freelancers’ Union, number 57.3 million people in the US. That’s 36 percent of all workers! If current trends continue, by 2027, contract workers will outnumber …

Scorching Heat Melts Highway in Australia

By Lorraine Chow, January 2018  Extreme weather is blasting opposite ends of the globe. As the northeastern U.S. faces freezing winds and record snowfall, a “catastrophic” heat wave in Australia has prompted warnings of dangerous bushfire and has literally melted part of a busy highway. According to the New York Times, triple-digit temperatures reached “life-threatening levels” over the weekend in many parts of the …