Facebook will be better at privacy for Europeans, but Americans, Asians, Africans and the rest of FB users are out of luck

“Just as Standard Oil once cornered 85% of the refined oil market, today Google drives 89% of internet searches, 95% of young adults on the internet use a Facebook product, Amazon accounts for 75% of ebook sales, while Google and Apple combined provide 99% of mobile operating systems” Vince Cable calls for break-up of Google, Facebook and Amazon: Recent scandals have changed …

Water Stress Threatens Nearly Half the World’s Thermal Power Plant Capacity

At the World Resources Institute, Aaron Kressig, Logan Byers, Johannes Friedrich, Tianyi Luo and Colin McCormick – April 11, 2018  Many people point to renewable energy as the greatest threat facing fossil fuel power plants. New WRI research finds that the real threat may be water. When we overlaid areas of current water scarcity with existing power plant infrastructure, we found that 47 percent of the world’s thermal power plant capacity—mostly …

Kids are suing Gov. Rick Scott to force Florida to take action on climate change

By Alex Harris, aharris@miamiherald.com, April 16, 2018 Florida Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t talk about climate change. He notoriously declared “I’m not a scientist” when asked his thoughts on humanity’s well-documented impact on the warming planet, banned the phrase in his administration (a charge he denies) and backed up President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord. On Monday, an unusual group sued Scott for ignoring the …

Agreeing on a democratic alternative, participatory planning and a democratic economy

A decentralized-planned economy or decentrally-planned economy (occasionally horizontally-planned economy) is a type of economic system based on decentralized economic planning, in which decision-making is distributed amongst various economic agents or localized within production units. Decentralized planning is held in contrast to centralized planning where economic information is aggregated and used to formulate a plan for production, investment and resource allocation by a central authority. Decentralised planning can take shape both in …

Customers are the product: At Facebook, the private data of 87 million people have been used without authorization by the micro-target marketing company Cambridge Analytica, used to target 100s of millions more ads

Excerpt from: https://www.theguardian.com/media/media-blog/2018/apr/15/why-the-politicians-must-set-their-sights-on-facebook The private data of 87 million people have been used without authorisation by the marketing company Cambridge Analytica and used to target ads to still more tens and hundreds of millions.   Cambridge Analytica, the micro-targeting firm – partly owned by the rightwing billionaire Robert Mercer and used by the Trump campaign in the 2016 election – uses psychometric data to …

Environmental issues are anything determining environmental outcomes. What is the next system, new political economy devoted to sustaining human and natural communities?

April 2nd, 2018, NextSystem.org, Ted Howard’s remarks to the Environmental Funders Network in Cambridge, England, on February 2nd, 2018. Good afternoon. I want to begin by thanking the conference organizers for extending an invitation to address you during your important annual deliberations. I come before you today not as an expert on environmental matters, but as someone who has devoted his …

After Soda Tax, Philadelphians 40 Percent Less Likely to Guzzle Sugar

By Katie O’Reilly, Apr. 12, 2018  Just two months after a tax of $0.015 per ounce of soda, energy drinks and other sugary beverages went into effect in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphians were already reaching for the sweet stuff significantly less often than their counterparts in nearby cities. A study published Thursday in the American Journal of Preventive …

25% of current warming is from man-made methane emissions, largely oil and gas

In February, EDF estimated methane emissions from Pennsylvania’s shale oil and gas sites may be more than five times higher than what oil and gas companies reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The EDF analysis estimates Pennsylvania’s oil and gas operators emit more than 520,000 tons of methane a year, primarily from leaky, outdated and malfunctioning equipment. In Pennsylvania, EDF relied …