Hydropower “Not Necessary” To Meet Global Climate & Energy Goals, Says WWF & Nature Conservancy

By Joshua S Hill Clean Technica, Hydropower “Not Necessary” To Meet Global Climate & Energy Goals, Says WWF & Nature Conservancy, May 23rd, 2019  A report published by WWF and The Nature Conservancy earlier this month claims that hydropower is unnecessary for meeting global climate change and clean energy goals thanks to the dramatic cost decreases seen in the solar, wind, and storage sectors. …

New Zealand’s world-first ‘wellbeing’ budget to focus on poverty and mental health: Country claims to be the first to measure success by people’s wellbeing

Eleanor Ainge Roy in Dunedin Tue 14 May 2019   While New Zealand’s economy is thriving, many people have been left behind. Photograph: Murdo Macleod/The Guardian Child poverty, domestic violence and mental health will be the priorities in New Zealand’s “wellbeing budget”, the finance minister has announced, with the nation declaring itself the first in the world to measure success by its people’s …

Hawaii aims to increase food self-sufficiency to 30% by 2020. Indigenous agriculture can help.

In order to meet Aichi Target 15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity on restoring 15% of globally degraded ecosystems there is a need to increase the participation of indigenous peoples and local communities in ecological restoration activities. Indigenous agriculture has potential to contribute to food needs under climate change, February 26, 2019  The study highlights the relevance of restoring …

A living wage is an antidepressant, a sleep aid, a diet, a stress reliever, a contraceptive, preventing teenage pregnancy. It prevents premature death. It shields children from neglect.

Some of the biggest beneficiaries of minimum wage increases are children. A 2017 study co-authored by Lindsey Bullinger, an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology, found that raising the minimum wage by $1 would reduce child-neglect reports by almost 10 percent. Higher wages allow parents working in the low-wage labor market to keep the lights …

Land trusts fight displacement: Subsidy at the front end provides affordable housing in the long run. Community land trusts take housing and land off the market

“By sharing land, the city can retain its identity by becoming a more economically sustainable place to live” Some Groups In L.A. Are Turning To Community Land Trusts For Affordable Housing, on NPR.org, All Things Considered, by JESSE HARDMAN, 4 Feb 2019 A one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles is unaffordable for many residents. Some community groups are trying an approach they say …

A vision of a just society and collective well-being over individual benefit: Ongoing lessons of the Zapatista revolution

A Spark of Hope: The ongoing lessons of the Zapatista revolution, by Hilary Klein, Portside.org February 19, 2019  In 1998, Zapatista women in Amador Hernadez demanded daily that the Mexican military leave the village communal landholdings, Tim Russo What are the lessons of the EZLN’s revolutionary struggle for Indigenous autonomy, a quarter-century after declaring war on Mexico and global capitalism? January 1, …

Understanding how cities can make the brain more susceptible to mental-health conditions, notably depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia, and what to do about it – Greening!

https://cities-today.com/industry/how-do-we-design-smart-cities-to-ensure-the-health-of-its-citizens/ Cities may make the brain more susceptible to mental-health conditions, notably depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia.  A study from 2011, published in the magazine Nature, shows that city inhabitants have a stronger reaction to stressors than those living elsewhere. The study shows that the agitation that city-dwellers experience can be linked to public transportation delays and traffic jams. It also shows …

Happy Planet Index vs. Regime Change

Why Costa Rica Tops the Happiness Index: How a focus on peace is helping this Central American country top the Happy Planet Index, by Lisa Gale Garrigues, February 01, 2019, YES! Magazine  The New Economics Foundation’s Happy Planet Index determined that Costa Rica is the greenest and happiest place in the world. The HPI considers three variables: happiness, ecological footprint, and life expectancy. …

Carfree and ultra low emission zones, pros and cons

London’s ultra-low emission zone: good or bad idea? Campaigners say it will cut pollution, but opponents claim it will hit poor people hardest The Guardian, Sat 5 Jan 2019 The case for: ‘Children’s lungs can’t wait’  London’s Blackwall Tunnel approach is not currently part of the congestion charge zone, but will be part of the ULEZ. Photograph: Marcin Rogozinski/Alamy “I’m …

What to do with your wealth

By Chuck Collins in CommonDreams.org …It’s true that a $30 trillion intergenerational transfer is in the works, as the baby boomer generation exits the stage, passing on their accumulated treasure to their children. But in a time of gargantuan inequality, most of this wealth transfer will take place in the upper canopy of the wealth forest—what we could safely call “dynastic wealth” transmissions …