A good job is socially useful, it provides material security, it is varied and creative, and it offers us a degree of autonomy

Sociologists and psychologists have developed various frameworks to explain what makes a job good or bad. And we’ve identified a few common factors. A good job is socially useful, it provides material security, it is varied and creative, and it offers us a degree of autonomy. A shit job does nothing for society, fails to help us meet our material needs, is repetitive and …

Men are 3x more at risk for deadly self-destruction than women. Middle-agers 3x more so than teenagers. White people more than 2x as much as people of color. Rural and small-town residents nearly 2x as much as residents of large cities

Meanwhile, INEQUALITY IS LITERALLY KILLING US By Sam Pizzigati, Otherwords.org October 12, 2019 | EDUCATE! Again and again, studies show that the richer wealthy Americans become, the shorter the rest of us live. What do the folks at the U.S. Census Bureau do between the census they run every 10 years? All sorts of annual surveys, on everything from housing costs to retail sales.  …

Boston zero net new buildings requirement applies only to new city construction

Boston updated its Climate Action Plan this week to require all new city buildings have a carbon neutral design, and Chicago recently launched an Energy Rating System to rate and display the energy efficiency of large buildings. Boston to require carbon neutral design for new city buildings Jason Plautz@Jason_Plautz Oct. 9, 2019, Smart Cities Dive Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has updated the city’s Climate Action …

Exposure to air pollution increases violent crime rates, study finds

2 Oct, 2019 By Anne Manning Breathing dirty air can make you sick. But according to new research, it can also make you more aggressive. That’s the conclusion from a set of studies recently authored by Colorado State University researchers in economics, atmospheric science and statistics. Together, the team found strong links between short-term exposure to air pollution and aggressive behavior, …

Where Does Creativity Come From? Everything has within itself the power of creativity, the power of giving birth, the power of surprising us, the emergence of beauty

By Matthew Fox, October 9 2019  Today’s science is finding that the whole universe is permeated with the power of creativity.  Physicist Brian Swimme puts it this way: “If you let hydrogen gas alone for 13 billion years it will become giraffes, rose bushes and humans.”   This is another way of saying that everything has within itself the power of creativity, the …

Flash drought: ‘Really wet to really dry, really fast’, and even as the amount of damage increases, governments and residents have less time to repair before the next storm hits

Luebehusen plotted what experts call a “flash drought.” While not fully understood, these quick-developing droughts might be another signature of climate change. Experts say a flash drought often begins as a pin-sized swelter in one county, then expands like an amoeba across the landscape. The droughts are often accompanied by erratic precipitation over sharply defined geographic areas. The downpours can …

Designing a Climate-Positive Future with Zero-Energy Districts

September 23, 2019  |  By Victor Olgyay RMI The environmental impact of buildings is clear. Over the last 30 years the green building industry has emerged in full regalia, with products, rating systems, building science, and architectural élan. Our design and technology have jumped from making buildings perform “better than code” to “zero-energy” or even “net-positive-energy” construction. Today’s high-performance buildings have a …

Performance-Based Regulation: Getting Down to Business Model Reform in Colorado

September 18, 2019  |  By Cory Felder and Dan Cross-Call RMI This Spring, Colorado ascended to the top tier of state-led clean energy policy in the United States. In the final days of May, Governor Jared Polis signed 11 bills ushering in a wave of key policy changes to advance decarbonization and clean energy in the state. The legislature codified an electricity sector greenhouse gas (GHG) …

How Will the Growing Popularity of Telecommuting Impact Public Transit?

With more people working remotely, some experts speculate that transportation systems could feel the effects.BY MIKE MACIAG, GOVERNING / NOVEMBER 1, 2017 SHUTTERSTOCK Americans haven’t really altered their commuting habits all that much recently, at least not nationally. The Census Bureau’s latest estimates find that the vast majority of workers — 76 percent — drove alone to work last year, the same …