Bloomberg: Income inequality battle brewing at state level

By Sharon H. Lee, on Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs, Mar 1, 2017  In response to growing concerns over income inequality, some states are proposing legislation designed to penalize companies using pay ratio data disclosed pursuant to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s pay ratio disclosure rule. Pay Ratio The SEC’s pay ratio disclosure rule requires public companies to report the ratio …

MnDOT measures financial return on taxpayers’ investment in biking infrastructure

Cycling in Minnesota creates thousands of jobs and cuts health-care spending, state report concludes By Josephine Marcotty, Star Tribune, 28 March 2017 . For many Minnesotans cycling is nothing more than a Sunday frolic, but a new report finds that the state’s bike industry produces $780 million in annual economic activity, 5,519 jobs and millions of dollars in health care savings …

Cities outgrowing the automobile: Sharing is the new paradigm. Tomorrow, you will judge a city according to what it is adding to sharing. The more that we have people sharing transportation modes, public space, information and new services, the more attractive the city will be

By Stephen Moss, excerpt from The Guardian 28 April 2015 Lyon, France Vesco, the politician responsible for sustainable transport in Lyon, played a leading role in introducing the city’s Vélo’v bike-sharing scheme a decade ago. It has since been replicated in cities all over the world. Now, though, he is convinced that digital technology has changed the rules of the game, …

Shining a Light on Smarter Development Policies in India

A new study uses night sky satellite images to measure urban development patterns in India. The results can help guide smarter growth. By Todd Litman, Originally published on Planetizen, 6 Jan 2017 Francisco Anzola Flickr A few years ago I was commissioned by the World Resources Institute to develop a framework for measuring the costs of sprawl and, therefore, the benefits …

The World’s Oceans Are Losing Oxygen. Here’s Why That’s a Big Problem

By Melissa Chan, Originally published in Time Magazine, 17 Feb 2017 Coral reef in Seychelles that is degraded due to global warming.  RainervonBrandis—Getty Images Oceans across the globe are slowly losing oxygen, which poses a major problem for every living marine animal and underscores the serious consequences of climate change, researchers say. A new Nature study published this week found …

AI: Replacing managers with automated decision-making saves time and eliminates emotional volatility says world’s largest hedge fund

Bridgewater Associates has a team of engineers working on a project to automate decision-making to save time and eliminate human emotional volatility. See article in The Guardian, below.   This has an interesting connection to the weather and also air pollution.  The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review and medical researchers had already previous reported that air pollution from fossil fuel …

New study finds that higher temps in the Southwest since 2000 (1.6 F higher than average) is responsible for 1/6 to half of river flow reductions since 2000

New study found that the higher temperatures in the region since 2000 (1.6° Fahrenheit higher than the average since record-keeping there began) are responsible for between one-sixth to one-half of the river flow reductions seen since 2000.  By James Ayre, cross-posted from Clean Technica, 23 Feb 2017 The warming trend that has accompanied anthropogenic climate change to date has reduced …

Driving Fee Rolls Back Asthma Attacks in Stockholm

Study estimates that without new “congestion pricing” policy, kids would have suffered 45 percent more asthma attacks.  Cross-posted from Inside Science.  By Nala Rogers, 2 Feb 2017 Stockholm, Shutterstock (Inside Science) — Most people weren’t worried about air pollution in Stockholm, Sweden in 2006, according to Emilia Simeonova, an economist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The city already had …

Why we should all have a basic income

Scott Santens, originally published at WEforum.org Consider for a moment that from this day forward, on the first day of every month, around $1,000 is deposited into your bank account — because you are a citizen. This income is independent of every other source of income and guarantees you a monthly starting salary above the poverty line for the rest of your …