Can Parks Make Kids Better at Math?

By RACHEL DOVEY, in NextCity, Sept 11, 2018 Central Park in New York City. (Credit: Library of Congress) Kids need parks — from obesity and asthma rates to psychological indicators, research repeatedly shows that green space has a tremendous impact on children’s health.  But could trees, swings and bike paths also make kids good at math? A study published this month in the British Journal of …

The future of healthcare isn’t possible without rural high-speed Interne

The Hitch in Kentucky’s Plan to Build High-Speed Internet for All FEB 1, 2018 KRISTON CAPPS Why the Internet Should Be Part of Trump’s Infrastructure Plan APR 12, 2017 KRISHNA JAYAKAR Community Broadband Media Roundup – August 27 Indiana Electric Coop “Concern for Community” Means Building a High-speed Fiber Network Colorado The future of healthcare isn’t possible without rural high-speed Internet by Brandon S. Thompson, Western Slope …

Clean Heating and Cooling: Ground Source and Air Source Heat Pumps

Ground-Source Heat Pump Ground-source heat pump  (GSHP) — also referred to as geothermal heat pump — systems provide space heating and cooling, and, in some cases, hot water for residential and commercial buildings. The technology uses an indoor heat pump unit and a heat exchanging ground loop buried underground (or underwater) to transfer thermal energy between and among the ground …

Climate Change Will Lock Us Into a Feedback Loop of Stupidity: The more the world heats up, the less we’ll be able to understand it.

By Tom Whyman on VIce.com Aug 15 2018 Saddleworth moorland fire from Glossop (Christian Heintzen / Alamy Stock Photo) What a gorgeous summer it’s been! What lovely, pleasant weather we’ve had! Normally the UK is – aha – wet and overcast, so it’s a lovely change that this summer will be remembered for… horrible sickly yellow red beating down on you, stopping you from …

We’re in a new age of obesity. How did it happen? You’d be surprised. It’s not that we’re eating more, that we exercise less, or that we lack willpower.

By George Monbiot in the Guardian.  The shaming of overweight people has to stop Wed 15 Aug   Illustration by Nicola Jennings When I saw the photograph I could scarcely believe it was the same country. A picture of Brighton beach in 1976, featured in the Guardian a few weeks ago, appeared to show an alien race. Almost everyone was slim. I mentioned it on social media, …

Young children are far more vulnerable to climate-related disasters and the onus is on adults to provide the protection and care that children need

Science Daily, Aug 2018 Young children are far more vulnerable to climate-related disasters and the onus is on adults to provide the protection and care that children need. In a paper published in PLoS Medicine, researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University Irving Medical Center set out some specific challenges associated with the impacts of climate …

How inequality creates the social and political divisions that isolate us from each other, eroding our mental health

By Kate Pickett, Richard Wilkinson on Common Dreams and OpenDemocracy.net, 14 Aug 2018 We’ve known for a long time that inequality causes a wide range of health and social problems, including everything from reduced life expectancy and higher infant mortality to poor educational attainment, lower social mobility and increased levels of violence.(Photo: Flickr/mSeattle. CC BY 2.0.) When people are asked what matters most for their …

3M Knew! Toxic Teflon Cover-Up Was Decades Long

Source: Sharon Lerner and The Intercept  Toxic Teflon? You mean that set of cooking pans my parents swore by as state-of-the-art was, actually, transferring toxins to our family? And it’s much more than Teflon that’s now known to be toxic — it’s fabric protectors and firefighting foam, among other common items. A lawsuit filed by Minnesota against 3M, the company that first …

Most Republicans now support a policy of Medicare for All too

‘Medicare for All’ vs. the European way By SUSAN CORNWELL in Washington, MICHAEL NIENABER in Berlin, COSTAS PITAS in London and RICHARD LOUGH in Paris A movement among left-wing Democrats in the United States has pushed the party toward wider support of a universal government healthcare program, similar to systems in several European countries. What left-wing Democrats want: “Medicare for …