Communication mediated through hypernudging can gradually shift our moral values, norms and priorities

Intentional nudging using models built on our individual preferences and vulnerabilities will become much more impactful in the future. While the effectiveness of personalised propaganda such as that employed by Cambridge Analytica may still be debatable, there is no doubt long-term nudging can be powerful – if not to swing a close election, maybe to increase apathy or foment dissent …

We’re Grossly Underestimating the World’s Water Access Crisis

Jillian Du, Diana Mitlin, Victoria A. Beard and David Satterthwaite – August 13, 2019, WRI.org Print In Cape Town, South Africa, and Chennai, India, “Day Zero” events where cities run out of water have drawn global media attention. But while these catastrophes seem like rare, temporary crises caused by droughts or mismanagement, life without ample water is actually a daily reality for millions of people, even in cities …

Sixth Installment of Jay Inslee’s Climate Plan Champions Regenerative Farming and Massive Investment in Rural America

August 21, 2019 by Common Dreams While applauding much of the presidential candidate’s proposal, Friends of the Earth warned “it doesn’t do enough to stop concentrated corporate monopolies in the food and agriculture sector.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, participated in a panel discussion about the U.S. Climate Alliance during the United Nation’s Climate …

Sanders says rebuilding the trade union movement is essential to fighting soaring inequality in the US and securing economic justice for all. ‘We must come together and stand up for the working families of this country and finally create an economy and a government that works for all of us, not just the one percent’

“For 45 years there has been a war in this country waged by the corporate elite against the working class of America,” said Sanders. “And the truth of the matter—not talked about in Congress, not talked about in the media—is that as a result of that war against the working class by the corporate elite, what we have seen is …

Safety and well-being during extreme weather

From hurricanes to wildfires, extreme weather also poses health hazards. According to the Health and Climate Report, primary impacts include death, injury, or illness; worsening underlying medical conditions; and adverse effects on mental health. In a study published in 2019, Todd Pugatch, an economics professor at Oregon State University, found that tropical-storm-related deaths increase under most climate change scenarios and by as …

People in Poor Neighborhoods Breathe More Hazardous Particles

Tiny particles of air pollution contain more hazardous ingredients in nonwhite and low-income communities than in affluent white ones, a new study shows By Cheryl Katz, Environmental Health News, Scientific American, November 1, 2012 Tiny particles of air pollution contain more hazardous ingredients in non-white and low-income communities than in affluent white ones, a new study shows. The greater the concentration of Hispanics, …

Humanity’s Destruction of Oceans Nearly Doubled Over a Decade, Scientists Warn, and Could Double Again Without Urgent Action

August 13, 2019 by Common Dreams “The solutions are known and within our grasp. We just need the social and political will to take action.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer The beach at Hawaii’s Kanapou Bay collects debris from throughout the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: NOAA/Flickr/cc) Humanity’s impact on global oceans nearly doubled in a just over a decade and could double …

Oil and Gas Emissions a Major Contributor to Bad Ozone Days: Colorado’s northern Front Range focus of new study

Oil and Gas Emissions a Major Contributor to Bad Ozone Days: Colorado’s northern Front Range focus of new study FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 “The high ozone levels we observed on days when oil and gas activity was a primary contributor underscore the importance of better quantifying the contribution from oil and gas operations,” Cheadle said. “That understanding could support strategies …

IPCC visuals are largely on threats, framed as distant in time and space, with minimal attention to who was impacted or needed to take adaption actions or adopt responsibility, rather than rather than goals to be achieved

with minimal attention to who was impacted or needed to take adaption actions or adopt responsibility The visual framing of climate change impacts and adaptation in the IPCC assessment reports Climatic Change Figures and graphics in reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “(still) focus primarily on showing that climate change is real and a problem, with little …