Redlining means 45 million Americans are breathing dirtier air, 50 years after it ended

Boyle Heights, a heavily Latino area in Los Angeles, has one of the highest pollution scores in California By Darryl Fears, NYT — decades of transportation investment and funding discrimination too! Decades of federal housing discrimination did not only depress home values, lower job opportunities and spur poverty in communities deemed undesirable because of race. It’s why 45 million Americans are …

NCDOT tests tech for free universal charging at light poles

Intentional planning and streamlined review processes should help wider implementation statewide of a system that provides free EV charging for the public, takes advantage of existing infrastructure and increases accessibility editor@aashto.org March 11, 2022 Governor Roy Cooper (D) (seen above exiting vehicle) recently toured PoleVolt – a new electric vehicle charging station in Charlotte created by a partnership between the City …

Insiders, outsiders, and power – Larry Summers

https://www.yanisvaroufakis.eu/2017/06/19/looking-back-in-anger-review-of-adults-in-the-room-the-hindu-times/ It doesn’t take long for Varoufakis to realise that Greece’s creditors are not interested in serious negotiations. They want nothing short of capitulation to the terms laid out by them. When Varoufakis doesn’t surrender, they threaten Greece with a liquidity crisis. Varoufakis’ moment of reckoning arrives one spring night in April 2015, in a hotel bar in Washington DC. …

Electric Planes Are Coming Sooner Than You Think

By Elissa Garay AFAR, Mar 3, 2022 Electric Planes Are Coming Sooner Than You Think Electric aviation is no flight of fancy: Leading airlines like United and EasyJet are onboard as early adopters, with the first U.S. commercial routes slated for 2026. Photo by Nicolas J Leclercq/Unsplash What will electric aviation look like? Think smaller planes, shorter flights, and lightweight …

George Lakey, on how to build courage and cohesion. Also, the dangerous assumption that violence keeps us safe.

A series of useful and thought-provoking articles by the wonderful George Lakey… A romanticized belief in violence renders people irrational to the point of hurting ourselves, over and over again. George Lakey February 26, 2022 The dangerous assumption that violence keeps us safe, Win Without War One of the most popular — and dangerous — assumptions in the world is that violence …

Dying from COVID robbed each American of about a decade of life on average. As a whole, U.S. life expectancy fell by two years — similar to the impact of air pollution

Most of us simply don’t know how many people die of various causes—or that it’s possible for fewer to do so. Our acceptance of those deaths never accounted for alternatives. “When was I offered the choice between having a society where you’re expected to go into work when you’re ill or having fewer people die of the flu every year?” Wrigley-Field, …

A Basic Income Pilot Demonstrates the Power of Trust

A study of one of the largest U.S. pilots to provide direct cash payments finds some of its greatest benefits were intangible. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-02-25/the-benefits-of-washington-d-c-s-pandemic-ubi-program By Laura Bliss, February 25, 2022 An independent study of a basic income pilot in a disadvantaged part of Washington, D.C., adds to a growing body of researchon the benefits of direct cash transfers to communities in …

NYC’s First Net Zero Community Brings Housing to Storm-Ravaged Neighborhood

CityLab, NYC’s First Net Zero Community Brings Housing to Storm-Ravaged Neighborhood A swath of oceanfront land in the Rockaways will become a test bed for climate and economic policies, promising affordable housing and other amenities to a region hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy. By Aysha Diallo, March 4, 2022 Along 116 acres of vacant oceanfront land, development has begun on what could become …

Unleash the duplex to fix the housing crisis

State officials should look to New Jersey to see how zoning roles that allow “light touch density” can bring down housing costs — if local leaders allow it.  Emily HamiltonMarch 1, 2022, Bloomberg City Lab California’s Senate Bill 9, which took effect in January, brings new hope to California’s housing crisis. This state law circumvents local zoning rules by allowing owners of single-family homes to …

Latest on composting toilets

Boyd Williams, Natalie, et al. “Taboos, Toilets and Biogas: Socio-Technical Pathways to Acceptance of a Sustainable Household Technology.” Energy Research & Social Science, vol. 86, 2022, p. 102448., doi:10.1016/j.erss.2021.102448 We Need to Get Over Our Resistance to Recycling Poop: It could be generating valuable gas and fertilizer instead of being flushed away. By Lloyd Alter Published February 28, 2022 https://www.treehugger.com/get-over-resistance-recycling-poop-5220126 Fact …