Poverty leads to stress and increased cortisol which increases obesity

From Science Daily, 23 Feb 2017 People who suffer long-term stress (such as those in poverty, according to epidemiologists Pickett and Wilkison) may also be more prone to obesity, according to research by scientists at UCL which involved examining hair samples for levels of cortisol, a hormone which regulates the body’s response to stress. The paper, published in the journal …

Australian consortium launches world-first digital energy marketplace for rooftop solar

Really good news, initially published in The Guardian, 22 Feb 2017.  Pilot program will allow homeowners to tap into a network of ‘virtual’ power stations made up of smart grids of rooftop solar and batteries.   Australian homeowners with solar panels and batteries could soon trade their electricity in a digital marketplace developed by a consortium of electricity providers, energy …

37% of Norway’s new cars are electric. They expect it to be 100% in just 8 years

From our fave, Joe Romm on Climate Progress, 22 Feb 2017.  He subtitles his piece:  Trump’s policies may mean U.S. workers miss out on the electric vehicle revolution.  The global electric vehicle (EV) revolution reached another milestone last month as EVs made up 37 percent share of Norway’s car market. Norway understands the future of ground transport is electric and …

Carbon taxes, cap and trade moving forward on a state level

Excerpt from piece originally published on ClimateWire | Benjamin Storrow | 22 Feb 2017 Michael Barrett, a Democratic Massachusetts state senator, reckons that few of his colleagues had ever heard of a state carbon fee when he first proposed it in 2013. Today, he has 62 co-sponsors. Not only that, Senate leadership has made the proposal a priority for the coming …

Notes from Arundhati Roy, Capitalism: A Ghost Story

Capitalism: A Ghost Story by Arundhati Roy According to the rules of the Gush-Up Gospel, the more you have, the more you can have.  99   those that have managed to muscle their way to the head of the spigot that is spewing money extracted from deep inside the earth.9 It’s a dream come true for businessmen—to be able to sell …

Democratizing Money: On Mary Mellor’s “Debt or Democracy”: Quantitative Easing for People and Investment in the Common Good

By David Bollier, 31 Mar 2016 Although it is widely assumed that governments are the source of all new money – through “printing it” – the so-called private sector is the source of most new money put into circulation.  In one of the most successful enclosures of the commons in our time, commercial finance institutions have captured the power to create …

Claiming Our Highest Aspirations: A New Social Compact

By john a. powell, originally published in the Huffington Post Our society is undergoing a profound shift. In the aftermath of the 2016 election, many of our foundational values and assumptions about our democracy are being called into question.  How shall we defend and reclaim our core institutions and norms? There are certain things that most people consider not up …

RMI: Eight Areas of Electricity Innovation to Watch in 2017

Eight Areas of Electricity Innovation to Watch in 2017, by RMI It’s 2017 and we have a lot to look forward to in the electricity sector this year. While many of us take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments of 2016, there are just as many of us who are thinking about the challenges ahead. For the past five …

Taking a “Vision Zero” approach to reducing fatalities for those walking and bicycling — speed reduction is key

BY DANIEL C. VOCK | FEBRUARY 2017 |  Originally published in Governing Magazine (David Kidd) Shirley Gonzales made no secret of her views on transportation when she ran for the San Antonio City Council in 2013. She laid them out in her answer to a questionnaire: “pedestrians first, followed by cycling, public transportation and private automobiles, in that order.” Gonzales promoted …

No Fare Transit Program in Longmont, Colorado

By Scott McCarey, Multimodal Division Manager, Boulder County Transportation, FHWA Livability Newsletter, February 2017 For many years, ridership on the four local City of Longmont transit routes was very low and Boulder County transportation staff suspected that the $2.25 fare was suppressing transit ridership. Regional Transportation District (RTD), the transit service provider for Longmont, conducted surveys revealing that 62 percent …