Faster, deeper, fairer emissions cuts

The CCC was not asked to identify how the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions could be cut as fast and as deep as possible. If they were, they may not have relied so much on the extraction and use of natural gas in electricity and hydrogen production, they would have been tougher on aviation, and they would have required a faster …

City and other plans to facilitate worker ownership. Capitalism has failed immigrants. Can cooperatives do better?

The vast majority of the estimated 2.34 million boomer-owned businesses don’t have succession plans.  U.S. cities are now facing potentially dramatic shifts in their small-business landscapes. But Berkeley has a plan. The city’s Office of Economic Development has partnered with local organizations to set up a city-funded program, believed to be one of the first of its kind in the U.S., …

The US is the all-time biggest, baddest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet. Drastic steps are needed. Cumulative emissions are the critical factor behind the warming we’re experiencing.  A large fraction, about 20 percent, lingers for millennia (over 10,000 years).

Vox excerpt, April 2019 Cumulative emissions are the critical factor behind the warming we’re experiencing.  A large fraction, about 20 percent, lingers for millennia (over 10,000 years). That means a big chunk of the greenhouse gases emitted at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution is still heating up our planet today. The “long tail” of absorption means that the mean lifetime of the …

The Empty Promise of Suicide Prevention: Antidepressants can’t supply employment or affordable housing, repair relationships with family members or bring on sobriety

In addition to direct impacts on health, depression also takes a huge indirect toll. It makes other diseases much worse. People who are depressed are more likely to get other illnesses, and less likely to be treated successfully. Depressed patients are less likely to take their medicine and are less able to support their families or take care of others, potentially leading to failure …

Sacred Headwaters: Territories for Life

In March, leaders from the two most important Amazonian Indigenous organizations of Ecuador and Peru (CONFENIAE and AIDESEP) were joined by nearly 100 indigenous representatives from the Achuar, Shuar, Wampis, Awajun and Kichwa people in a historic Sacred Headwaters summit in the town of Santa Maria de Nieva in the heart of the territories of the Awajun nation of Peru. …

Ten solutions to bridge the racial wealth divide, from affordable housing to raising the minimum wage, M4All, tax changes, baby bonds, and reparations

By Chuck Collins, Darrick Hamilton, Derrick Asante-Muhammed and Josh Hoxie, Ips-dc.org, April 19, 2019 | CREATE! The deep and persistent racial wealth divide will not close without bold, structural reform. It has been created and held in place by public policies that have evolved with time including slavery, Jim Crow, red lining, mass incarceration, among many others. The racial wealth divide is greater today …

Mexican activist shot dead before vote on power project he opposed: Activists opposing thermal-electric plant and pipeline say Samir Flores Soberanes’s murder is a ‘political crime’

20 Feb 2019 in The Guardian  Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador condemned the murder but said the referendum on the project would proceed as planned. Photograph: Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images A Mexican environmental activist has been murdered before a referendum on a controversial thermal-electric plant and pipeline that he opposed. Samir Flores Soberanes, an indigenous Náhuatl, was killed in …

A Leading Cause for Wrongful Convictions: Experts Overstating Forensic Results

These three men spent decades in prison as a result of statistical exaggerations. They were among 150 men and women released from prison after their wrongful convictions were overturned in 2018. In 1987, a forensic expert testified that there was a less than one in 10,000 chance that these hairs came from the same person. The problem? Those odds were …