Lost time, health, stress and the other high costs of traffic

Stuck and Stressed: The High Costs of Traffic, New York Times, March 2020 According to one study, commuting is one of the least pleasant things we do. But it’s not just an annoying time waster — there’s a case that it’s a public health issue. According to analysis by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the average American commuter spends 42 hours per …

Last summer’s 600 billion tons of ice loss in Greenland raised global sea levels by nearly a 10th of an inch — or 2.2 millimeters — in two months

The Hill, March 2020. Greenland lost 600 billion tons of ice last summer due to an exceptionally warm season, according to a study released Wednesday.  The study was published Wednesday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.  The data was drawn from satellites designed to measure changes to the earth’s gravitational pull that result from changes in mass, including water.  Last summer’s …

O&G leaving a mess behind, Warren and Bruenig’s conditions for stimulus

Excerpt from NYTimes, March 2020. The $700 billion bank bailout elicited a voter backlash, which means any aid this time is likely to have large strings attached. Those could include limits on executive compensation, prohibitions on stock buybacks and, most prominent, measures to force bailed out companies to keep workers on their payrolls. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, released an …

The $700 billion bank bailout elicited a voter backlash: we don’t want to bailout to well-off equity holders

We are entering a recession – but what did we learn from the last one? March 20, 2020, in The Conversation, Ken-Hou Lin, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin and Megan Neely, Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, it is abundantly clear that the global economy is entering a recession – the first we’ve …

Elizabeth Warren’s response to corona virus – the need for economic stimulus and paid sick leave

From Elizabeth Warren the US does not have particularly strong automatic economic stabilizers compared to other industrialized countries. Second, given the extremely low cost of government borrowing now, the US has the capacity to borrow and invest at a higher return. Third, history shows that it’s often hard to pass multiple stimulus packages in succession—and it’s better that the initial package is …

Check out an ebook online from your local library at no cost through systems like Hoopla, Libby, and Overdrive.

Check out an ebook online from your local library at no cost through systems like Hoopla, Libby, and Overdrive.  From What Is to What If: Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want by Rob Hopkins. The founder of the international Transition Towns movement asks why true creative, positive thinking is in decline, asserts that it’s more important now than …

How to make compost, also making good soil with cardboard

By JEANETTE MARANTOS LA Times, March 12, 2020 There’s nothing mysterious about making compost. It’s just a mixture of stuff we usually toss — banana peels, coffee grounds, eggshells, shredded newspaper, fallen leaves, grass clippings … and that bag of forgotten spinach that started dissolving in the fridge. The magic is what this motley mix becomes after just two or three …

Government interventions should be predicated upon making the urgently required transition to a post-fossil fuel economy and society. Rescued or subsidized institutions (especially oil companies, airlines, and the banks that finance them) should be put under public control as part of an emergency climate transition plan

Lessons learned from 2008 In this case, any government interventions should be predicated upon making the urgently required transition to a post-fossil fuel economy and society. Rescued or subsidized institutions (especially oil companies, airlines, and the banks that finance them) should be put under public control as part of an emergency climate transition plan. Once in public control, these institutions …

A Checkup On California’s Efforts To Combat Climate Change

March 14, 2020, NPR Download, Embed, Transcript California has some of the most aggressive climate policies in the country. The state has had both successes and challenges in meeting its ambitious climate goals. LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: A checkup now on attempts to address climate change. California is the fifth-largest economy in the world. And it has some of the most …

Post-Pandemic World and Just Transition Measures

Excerpt from Sharan Burrow, March 2020 The post-pandemic world will need Just Transition measures if people are to have hope and to trust governments can manage a future with: secure pensions income support and skills training in the face of jobs transition or displacement prevailing wage rates in new jobs investment and renewal in affected communities to secure vital jobs. …