Highlights from Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, by James Nestor (on the kindle) – some highlights are cut off because you can only highlight so much at once and not consecutive things, generally Location: 664 To breathe is to absorb ourselves in what surrounds us, to take in little bits of life, understand them, and give pieces of ourselves …

Telehealth just needs widespread broadband

Telehealth’s future is bright. Here’s what it’ll look like in 2025: COVID-19 could prove to be telemedicine’s watershed moment. Fast Company, Dec 2020 You’re sitting at the table eating dinner when you receive a notification. A woman wearing a light blue top fills the screen of your phone with a video message. “Hello, this is Diane in Dr. Halpern’s office,” …

Walking, breathing, protein, don’t stop working out

Walking Might Be the Best Exercise There Is, The Five Things That Happen to Your Body When You Quit Working Out, Change Your Breath, Change Your Life: The Daily Routine Athletes Love – Outside Magazine At a conference in 2012, Luc van Loon was presenting some exciting data from a newly published study. After a heroic research effort that took 2.5 …

The body keeps score, with negative experiences in childhood. But even small changes can help. Trauma can be inherited. We need to understand what we’re passing on

“ACEs” referred to three specific kinds of adversity children faced in the home environment—various forms of physical and emotional abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction. The key findings of dozens of studies using the original ACEs data are: (1) ACEs are quite common, even among a middle-class population: more than two-thirds of the population report experiencing one ACE, and nearly a …

Colorado’s buildings are a 6 billion square-foot climate change problem: Gas-powered heating, cooking rivals greenhouse gas emissions from electricity and transportation

By Chase Woodruff -July 24, 2020, Colorado News Online https://coloradonewsline.com/2020/07/24/colorados-buildings-are-a-6-billion-square-foot-climate-change-problem/ Oct 2020 – Saul Griffith’s Paper: Fighting CC and saving money by electrifying America’s households: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e540e7fb9d1816038da0314/t/5f9290062226271c5b66b7d0/1603440672253/Households+Technical_White_Paper.pdf Ask your average eco-conscious Coloradan to imagine a world without fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions, and you’ll likely hear a lot about wind farms, solar panels and streets full of electric cars and buses — …

Controlling for income, education, and age, 10 more trees on a block provide a 1% increase in how healthy nearby residents felt. To get that with money, you’d have to give each household in that neighborhood $10,000 or make people seven years younger.

How Trees Calm Us Down, By Alex Hutchinson July 23, 2015 In 1984, a researcher named Roger Ulrich noticed a curious pattern among patients who were recovering from gallbladder surgery at a suburban hospital in Pennsylvania. Those who had been given rooms overlooking a small stand of deciduous trees were being discharged almost a day sooner, on average, than those in …

Utility regulators wake up to the long-term risks of gas

Mike Henchen, Utility Dive, Dec. 9, 2020 The following is a contributed article by Mike Henchen, a principal on Rocky Mountain Institute’s carbon-free buildings team. Throughout this year, a subtle but meaningful shift has occurred within utility regulatory agencies across the country. Multiple states have opened official proceedings investigating the future of gas distribution in their state. This could be …

‘She had the courage to act on her knowledge’: Civil disobedience saved Pope Francis’ life when he was young. ‘I’ll always owe them so much. They fought for me to the end…They taught me what it is to use science but also to know when to go beyond it to meet particular needs.’

Pope Francis reveals an important story from his life, in his recent piece in the NYTimes, and also shares a quote: “Where the danger is, also grows the saving power.” That’s the genius in the human story: There’s always a way to escape destruction. Where humankind has to act is precisely there, in the threat itself; that’s where the door …

Greater bird biodiversity brings greater joy to people: the happiest are those who experience numerous different bird species in their daily life or who live in near-natural surroundings home to many species

 Carly Nairn Dec. 08, 2020, EcoWatch, Study: Birds Are Linked to Happiness Levels A new study reveals that greater bird biodiversity brings greater joy to people, according to recent findings from the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research. In fact, scientists concluded that conservation is just as important for human well-being as financial security. The study, published in Ecological Economics, focused on European residents, and determined that …