Wind and solar cheaper, employ more – see where and how

We already published a great article from Nexus Media regarding Lazard’s new report showing the extremely low (and falling) costs of solar power and wind power. However, I’ve been wanting to highlight these awesome new findings since Larmion shared the updated report with us earlier this month, and I want to break out the amazing news in 5 specific ways. These are …

Sims that took a year to run show US current path risks five-fold jump in extreme rainfall, intensity increases of 70%, so a storm dropping 5 cm of water today would likely dump 9 cm by 2100

“Think about the most intense thunderstorm last summer. In the future climate in some places in the United States, you’ll get as many as five of those [each summer],” says lead study author Andreas Prein, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. This pattern follows the increasing storm frequency and severity that scientists have seen …

Big 3 pharmaceuticals shipped 433 pain pills for every man, woman, and child in West Virginia, for a profit of $17 billion and a cost of 1, 728 lives/overdoses

Sanders Calls for Investigation of Big Pharma Drug Pushers Over Shocking New Report December 20, 2016 by Common Dreams  by Lauren McCauley Unfettered shipments of opioids “amount to 433 pain pills for every man, woman and child in West Virginia,” notes Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter Eric Eyre. (Photo: Melanie Tata/cc/flickr) Drug-pushing, multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies should be “investigated and prosecuted,” declared Sen. Bernie …

Green infrastructure reduces flooding, increases quality of life, property values, and safety along with climate resilience

Excerpt from article at The Christian Science Monitor 20 Dec 2016 Cost-effective climate response What cities are learning is that green infrastructure could prove a low-cost approach to relieving inundated pipelines as climate change intensifies storms, all the while adding community amenities like greenspace. Heavy rainfalls are a fingerprint of climate change because a warmer atmosphere causes more evaporation and holds more …

Transparency in reporting is essential for energy companies but not happening yet

See InsideClimateNews.org for complete article on climate risk in business reporting, 9 Dec 2016 Among the issues being investigated by the attorney general of New York, Eric Schneiderman, in his continuing probe of Exxon, is whether the company has adequately disclosed to investors all that it knows about the risks it faces from climate change. In another development showing how …

Median prices in areas at high risk for flooding are still 4.4% below where they were 10 years ago

7 Dec 2016 Joe Romm wrote: Coastal property values will crash long before sea levels have actually risen a few feet. Instead, coastal property values will crash when a large fraction of the financial community, mortgage bankers and opinion-makers — along with a smaller but substantial fraction of the public — realize that it is too late for us to stop catastrophic sea level …

Picking up the tab: average citizens and small businesses pay the price for offshore tax shelters

Phineas Baxandall, PhD from MIT and former professor at Harvard produced this great report up through 2014 Picking Up the Tab:  Average Citizens and Small Businesses Pay the Price for Offshore Tax Shelters RELEASED BY: U.S. PIRG, RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014, READ NEWS RELEASE, DOWNLOAD REPORT (PDF) Every year, corporations and wealthy individuals use complicated gimmicks to shift U.S. earnings …

Navigating innovation in the public sector

Cross-posted from Workz.dk By Kit Lykketoft | Oct 31st, 2016 | Culture and behaviour| Customer focus and service design| Gamification| Innovation and strategy development Innovative approaches in the public sector are growing in numbers. But when is service-design the right choice and how does that differ from positive deviance? How can we use open data and what is behavioural insights? …

Heat has demonstrable effects on performance and productivity

Excerpted from Nick Kristoff, NYTimes A new working paper by Jisung Park, a Ph.D. student in economics at Harvard, compared the performances of New York City students on 4.6 million exams with the day’s temperature. He found that students taking a New York State Regents exam on a 90-degree day have a 12 percent greater chance of failing than when …