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 …

To address health we need to address risks beyond the domain of just one actor. To create a healthy planet and people we must focus on collaborative and multi-stakeholder action

By Cat Johnson, 14 Jan 2017 What would it take to move from planetary imbalance into a state of sustained health and healing? In a recent report, Jamie Harvie, Executive Director of the Institute for a Sustainable Future and founder of the Commons Health Network, argues that we need a new health system, one based on a “profound appreciation of the complexity and …

Less CO2, more natural light and ventilation leads to 26% higher cognitive function, better sleep, more

By Joe Romm, 17 Oct 2016, Think Progress, Harvard finds certified green buildings improve both thinking and sleep:  Better indoor air and lighting likely drive gains. New research from the Harvard School of Public Health finds that workers in high-performing, green-certified buildings think and sleep better than those in similar buildings that were not green-certified. Led by Dr. Joe Allen, director of Harvard’s …

90% of Latinos in the US want climate action

Originally posted at Clean Technica, 14 Jan 2017, by Cynthia Shahan  The NRDC recently examined the relationship between work, health, climate, climate health, and Latinos. The report informs that Latinos are supportive of the renewable energy transition (just like almost everyone else), and particularly as a means to better employment and improved health conditions. Higher percentages of Latinos work outdoors. They are more …

More than one-third of schoolchildren are homeless in shadow of Silicon Valley

Tech economy is drawing new inhabitants and businesses but is contributing to dislocation, leaving families, teachers and even principals with housing woes.  Cross-posted from The Guardian, Dec 2016. In most places, the Chavez family would be an exception – but in the school district that includes East Palo Alto, their plight is not uncommon. Photograph: Alastair Gee for the Guardian …

Activists building DIY bikelanes and improving safety

Meet the shadowy group that’s arguably outpacing San Francisco when it comes to protected bike lanes.  By JOHN METCALFE cross-posted from City Lab, Dec 23, 2016SFMTrA When it comes to bike lanes in San Francisco, there’s SFMTA—the official transit agency—and then there’s the thorn in its side known as SMFTrA. Their names may look the same at first glance, but don’t be …