The meaning of home or ‘hogar’

Download “The Meaning of Home” handout in English (PDF) Download “El significado de ‘hogar’” en español (PDF) ECO MEANS HOME : ‘ECO’ COMES FROM THE GREEK WORD OIKOS, MEANING ‘HOME’ ECO SYSTEM (“home” + “system”) Ecosystem means all the relationships in a home – from microorganisms, plants, animals and people to water, soil and air. An Ecosystem includes the terrain and …

Cleaning up our power and electrification are key to reaching climate goals

By ZEKE HAUSFATHER, 31.10.2017 | GLOBAL EMISSIONS UNEP: Six crucial actions to help close the world’s ‘emissions gap’ Current pledges by nations to reduce their emissions add up to no more than a third of the reductions needed to avoid 2C of global warming, according to a new UN Environmental Program (UNEP) report. This “emissions gap” is possible to close, it says, but countries …

Amazon Is One Step Closer To Taking a Cut on Literally Every Economic Transaction

In a $5.5 billion sweetheart deal, Amazon has inserted itself between local businesses and local governments. BY David Dayen, In These Times, July 2018 The paper the forms are printed on at City Hall. The desk your child sits at in math class. The books in your local library. Amazon has begun to profit from all of these products, extending its business …

Heatwave seems to make manmade climate change real for Americans: The record-breaking high temperatures across much of North America appear to be shaping people’s thinking, a survey finds

By Oliver Milman in New York, Wed 11 Jul 2018   Two people feel the heat in a park in Montreal on 5 July. About 70 deaths have been blamed on the heatwave in and around the Canadian city. Photograph: Canadian Press/Rex/Shutterstock The warm temperatures that have scorched much of the US appear to be influencing Americans’ acceptance of climate science, with a new …

Elizabeth Denham: ‘Data crimes are real crimes’

By Carole Cadwalladr in The Observer, UK, Sun 15 Jul 2018 02.00 EDT With the publication of an interim report on her investigation into the Brexit referendum, the information commissioner has issued a strong statement of intent against the tech giants  Elizabeth Denham: ‘We still rely on journalists, on civil society, on whistleblowers bringing evidence forward, but as a regulator we need to act on it.’ …

Three big energy changes that are a surprise to most people

Since, 2007, the price of electricity has gone down, along with the price of clothing and wireless phone service.  Unsurprisingly, health care, cable TV and many other services Americans use regularly have become more expensive over the last 10 years. But that is not true of electricity — an essential service. The average retail price of electricity in the United …

More women running and using their strength, as women

Excerpt from NY Times article and study findings: Women are being themselves and sharing more about their person alive on the campaign trail.  The old advice, strategists and candidates say, didn’t really work anyway. In focus groups conducted after Mrs. Clinton’s loss in 2016, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, which works to help elect more women, found that voters want to …

Reconnecting With Rural America

BY TOM VILSACK FROM WINTER 2018, NO. 47, A JOURNAL OF IDEAS SYMPOSIUM | WHAT IS RED-STATE LIBERALISM? Photo by National Renewable Energy Lab via CC 2.0 In 2012 my wife, Christie, ran for Congress against incumbent Representative Steve King in Iowa’s 4th congressional district. The 4th congressional district was considered to be one of the top ten most conservative districts in the country in 2012. The …