County health officials recommending that households shift to electric appliances

Nov 13, 2022 https://www.opb.org/article/2022/11/13/multnomah-county-report-recommends-replacing-gas-appliances-to-reduce-health-and-climate-change-impacts/ highlights below: A new report from Multnomah County health officials recommends households transition from gas appliances to electric because research shows gas stoves release pollutants that pose high risks to human health and contribute to climate change. On Thursday, Multnomah County Health Department officials presented their findings to the board of commissioners and explained how gas stoves release …

What’s going on with particulate matter regulation?

Nov 2022 update. The World Health Organization (WHO) reduced exposure guidelines for PM 2.5 concentrations to 5 ppm in 2021. https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/detail/what-are-the-who-air-quality-guidelines The World Health Organization maintains that clean air is a basic human right. Yet, air pollution continues to pose a significant threat to people worldwide – it is the greatest environmental threat to health and a leading cause of …

Agrivoltaics preserve soil moisture and save water, reduce emissions, and even boost crop yields. Every other day watering of vegetables suffices in CO rather than twice daily

Melanie Lambrick Why Harvesting Solar Energy Is a Win for America’s Farmers: Agrivoltaics reduce emissions, save water, and may even boost crop yields, in Mother Jones, by TOM PHILPOTT, NOVEMBER+DECEMBER 2022 ISSUE America’s solar industry has boomed in recent years, and is slated for a big boost from the Democrats’ recently passed climate bill. Yet solar still only accounts for about 3 percent of electricity flowing into …

Even just one month of free fares led to a ‘fantastic’ ridership increase in metro Denver: 22% over previous month and 36% over previous August. CDOT provides just 1% of funding thus far, could do more.

Yep, RTD’s free fare August led to a ‘fantastic’ ridership increase, data shows By Nathaniel Minor· Oct. 20, 2022, CPR Passengers flocked to the Regional Transportation District’s buses and trains in the highest numbers since the beginning of the pandemic during a free fare program in August. RTD saw some 6.3 million boardings during that month’s state-sponsored “Zero Fare for Better Air” …

Would you give up your car and switch to an e-bike for $4,000?

30 August 2022 https://traveltomorrow.com/france-is-paying-car-drivers-e4000-to-switch-to-electric-bikes/ France is paying car drivers €4,000 to trade in their cars and switch to electric bikes to cut down on carbon emissions. In an effort to cut down pollution and compensate for high energy prices, France is granting up to €4,000 for people  who trade in their car for a bike. French citizens and organizations can …

Remote Work and 4 Myths About In-Person Work, Dispelled

October 5, 2022 in Remote Work by Heidi Grant and Tal Goldhamer in the Harvard Business Review https://hbr.org/2022/10/4-myths-about-in-person-work-dispelled The ability to work remotely has become more valued than ever before, and that’s not going away, particularly among younger workers. Employee engagement has reached frightening lows in just about every industry, which understandably has leaders deeply worried and looking for answers to see …

The story we have been telling ourselves about our origins is wrong, and perpetuates the idea of inevitable social inequality. David Graeber and David Wengrow ask why the myth of ‘agricultural revolution’ remains so persistent

David Graeber and David Wengrow https://www.eurozine.com/change-course-human-history/ The story we have been telling ourselves about our origins is wrong, and perpetuates the idea of inevitable social inequality. David Graeber and David Wengrow ask why the myth of ‘agricultural revolution’ remains so persistent, and argue that there is a whole lot more we can learn from our ancestors. Quite independently, archaeological evidence …

US Flood Maps Outdated Thanks to Climate Change. Also, CA faces a realistic possibility of an extreme statewide megaflood after a month of storms, some winter.

FEMA’s director says the federal government’s flood maps are outdated and don’t take into account recent rainfall trends. (Guardian) And NYTimes, August 12, 2022, California’s coming megaflood, with modeling and animation California faces the growing threat of another kind of calamity, one whose fury would be felt across the entire state. This one will come from the sky. According to new research, it …

‘Warning to humanity’ and call for urgent action to protect world’s 60,000 tree species. A third are at risk of extinction.

Half of the world’s animal and plant species rely on trees as their habitat, with forests containing about 75% of bird species, 68% of mammal species and as many as 10 million species of invertebrates. Forest-dependent species have already declined by about 53% since 1970. “When we look at extinction risks for mammals or birds, underlying that is habitat loss, and …

Corporate Hijacking of Democracy Began March Toward Fascism: Political corruption and the idea that corporations can be people are the cancer at the core of our national crisis.

THOM HARTMANN, AUG 27, 2022, Common Dreams and LA Progressive, https://www.laprogressive.com/progressive-issues/the-march-towards-us-fascism-began-with-the-corporate-hijacking-of-democracy At bottom, the Court’s opinion is thus a rejection of the common sense of the American people, who have recognized a need to prevent corporations from undermining self-government since the founding , and who have fought against the distinctive corrupting potential of corporate electioneering since the days of Theodore …