Air pollution may be responsible for 15 percent of COVID-19 deaths globally

Denverite, by Lindsay Fendt, December 2020, Air pollution could make COVID-19 worse. That’s put Elyria-Swansea on edge. Residents of Globeville and Elyria-Swansea have long lived with lead in their soil and pollution in their air. Now they have a larger share of COVID-19 cases too. It wasn’t long after Yadira Sanchez moved to the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood 16 years ago that …

Biophilic Regenerative Design Scales Up

GG-Loop and Arup demonstrate the principles in a proposal for Amsterdam. By Lloyd AlterPublished November 19, 2020 01:00PM EST Treehugger recently showed an interesting small building in Amsterdam that was designed by Giacomo Garziano of GG-loop around principles of biophilic design. Biophilic design is a theory described by designer Neil Chambers as “a new approach to the built environment based on our instinctual passion for …

What are the most common vehicle repairs that are going away with electric vehicles?

An internal combustion engine drivetrain contains about 2,000 parts, while an electric vehicle drivetrain contains about 20.  All other things being equal, a system with fewer moving parts will be more reliable than a system with more moving parts. In 2006, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimated that the average vehicle, built solely on internal combustion engines, lasted 150,000 miles. Current …

Black Lives Matter and Gulf South for a GND

The Climate Movement’s Reckoning with Black Lives Matter: For far too long, the climate movement has ignored the needs of the people most impacted by the climate crisis. That’s changing. CAMILLE WILLIAMS NOVEMBER 24, 2020, In These Times BROOK­LYN, N.Y. — Envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice has nev­er been sep­a­rate from racial jus­tice, accord­ing to Eliz­a­beth Yeampierre, co-chair of the nation­al Cli­mate Jus­tice Alliance and exec­u­tive direc­tor of …

People’s Power: Reclaiming the Energy Commons

Richest 1% own 43% of global wealth, while billions have no wealth at all December 6, 2020, also a review of Ashley Dawson, People’s Power New research shows inequality remains stark, between rich and poor countries, and between households within countries Michael Roberts is a UK-based Marxist economist. His most recent book is Engels 200: His Contribution to Political Economy. by Michael …

Air quality in the United States has been worsening since 2016 and it’s killing people: What air pollution does to your body and brain

Air quality in the United States has been worsening since 2016 and it’s killing people. While air quality had been improving since 2009, the trend reversed in 2016. Nearly 10,000 premature deaths have been attributed to the mere increase alone, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. As of 2019, more than 141 million Americans live in places with …

The march of inequality

The Democrats claim an interest in redistributing income to alleviate the worst aspects of economic insecurity, but they resist the structural changes that gave rise to the problems in the first place. Until the precariat’s longstanding economic concerns—jobs, health, safety, pollution, government that serves the public, and above all, relative stability and employment security over long periods of time. December …

Coal news – December 2020

The Mine Safety and Health Administration should issue a temporary emergency standard to protect coal miners from the virus, instead of the weak guidance it has so far offered, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration should do the same for all frontline and essential workers. The ongoing crisis could speed up what has already been a slow-moving train wreck …

Half of US workers are living paycheck to paycheck and 1 of 4 are either unemployed or make less than $20,000 a year. 92 million Americans are uninsured or under-insured, tens of millions of people face eviction and hunger in America is exploding

AFL-CIO and 141 organizations oppose providing the kind of immunity to corporations that Republicans are seeking https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/12/08/biden-needs-go-big-rebuild-america During his first 100 days in office, FDR created the Civilian Conservation Corps, which would reinvigorate the national economy by putting millions of young men to work planting trees, conserving soil, and building parks. “In creating the CCC, we are killing two birds …

Solar park built on rough wooden structures in France

French cooperative Céléwatt and engineering company Mécojit are building a new, 250 kW solar park in southwestern France. The solar panels are installed on a raw wood structure, sourced from the surrounding forests, to promote local employment and a regional natural resource. NOVEMBER 16, 2020 GWÉNAËLLE DEBOUTTE Some 600 oak wooden structures were used in the solar plant. Image: CéléWatt Share …