The Public Supports Lawsuits Against Fossil Fuel Companies

CLIMATE NOTE · Jun 19, 2019 By Jennifer Marlon, Xinran Wang, Abel Gustafson, Matthew Ballew, Matthew Goldberg, Seth Rosenthal and Anthony Leiserowitz Filed under: Beliefs & Attitudes Climate science has found that the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) produced by fossil fuel companies is causing global warming. Global warming, in turn, results in more extreme weather, droughts, wildfires, and flooding from sea level rise. Such impacts …

Neurophilosopher Patricia Churchland explains her theory of how we evolved a conscience.

By Sigal Samuel  Jul 8, 2019, Vox.com Patricia Churchland is a neurophilosopher. That’s a fancy way of saying she studies new brain science, old philosophical questions, and how they shed light on each other. For years, she’s been bothered by one question in particular: How did humans come to feel empathy and other moral intuitions? What’s the origin of that nagging little …

Once every 12 minutes. 47,173 Americans killed themselves in 2017, nearly 7x greater than the number of American soldiers killed in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars between 2001 and 2018.

Suicides now claim two-and-a-half times as many lives in this country as do homicides, even though the murder rate gets so much more attention. According to a 2018 Centers for Disease Control study, between 1999 and 2016, the suicide rate increased in every state in the union except Nevada, which already had a remarkably high rate.  In 30 states, it jumped by …

How Do Green Buildings Attract, Engage, & Retain Talent?

July 3rd, 2019 by The Beam  For many in the investment industry, the term ‘green’ has long been synonymous with money —  that is until recently. In today’s lexicon, ‘green’ has also become synonymous with environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Photo: Bentall Kennedy The dual interpretations of the word green need not be understood as mutually exclusive, though. Business leaders today are …

Shareable, June 2019 Happy City’s Thriving Places Index measures wellbeing on the basis of social needs Image screenshot from Thriving Places IndexCasey O’Brien|June 20, 2019 A famous management thinker, Peter Drucker, is often quoted as saying “You can’t manage what you don’t measure” — meaning that without tracking success and failure, we can’t improve. With social issues, measurement can be …

White men are 70 percent of all suicides, an epidemic fueled by guns, poverty and isolation has swept across the West, with middle-aged men dying in record numbers

“Many of society’s plagues strike heavier at women and minorities, but suicide in America is dominated by white men, who account for 70 percent of all cases. Middle-aged men walk the point. Men in the United States average 22 suicides per 100,000 people, with those ages 45 to 64 representing the fastest-growing group, up from 20.8 per 100,000 in 1999 …

Video Gaming Can Be a Mental Disorder: World Health Organization

PUBLIC HEALTH Sam Nickerson May. 29, 2019 10:51AM ESTHEALTH + WELLNESS The World Health Organization’s manual of disease classifications has officially designated video game addiction as a mental health disorder. The WHO approved the eleventh revision of its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) this past week, including “gaming disorder” under a section of disorders due to addictive behaviors, which also includes …

How our housing choices make adult friendships more difficult: We can refuse to accept the status quo of default isolation.

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Updated Dec 27, 2018 SHARE Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2015. I often think about a piece I read in the Atlantic, by Julie Beck, called “How Friendships Change in Adulthood.” I suspect it will ring true for Vox readers of, uh, a certain age. Like my age, for instance. Old, is what I’m saying. I do think, however, that …