To Pay Attention, the Brain Uses Filters, Not a Spotlight

A brain circuit that suppresses distracting sensory information holds important clues about attention and other cognitive processes.8 Jordana Cepelewicz Staff Writer September 24, 2019 VIEW PDF/PRINT MODEBiologyCognitionNeurosciencePerception We can pick out a conversation in a loud room, amid the rise and fall of other voices or the hum of an air conditioner. We can spot a set of keys in …

Low-Carbon Cities Are a $24 Trillion Opportunity

Researchers found that investing in 16 low-carbon measures in cities could cut global urban emissions by 90% by 2050 and has a net present value of almost $24 trillion, equivalent to nearly one-third of the global GDP in 2018. This means that between now and 2050, the total benefits of these investments will exceed their total costs by almost $24 …

Minneapolis recently launched the city’s first “mobility hubs,”

Minneapolis recently launched the city’s first “mobility hubs,” spaces where citizens can access transit and other forms of non-vehicular transportation such as shared bikes and e-scooters. The hubs are intended to increase convenient access to low- or no-carbon transportation options, especially first mile/last mile options, which could cut down on automobile trips. The hubs include a bus stop, bench, designated bike-share and e-scooter parking …

How ‘organized climate change denial’ shapes public opinion on global warming

Climate communication researchers say climate skepticism is taking new form An increase in rhetoric denying that warming is happening — but he also saw evidence of an uptick in misinformation about climate change solutions over the last few years.”It tends to be much more either, ‘We can’t do anything about it’ or ‘It’s not important enough to do right away.’” …

Oxford City Council is to be the first UK local authority to establish a citizens assembly to help address the issue of climate change

The City Council will be commissioning research to develop options and timescales for carbon reduction in areas such as housing and transport, which will be put to the citizens assembly. In addition, it will hear from a range of independent contributors. The citizens assembly’s recommendations will assist the City Council in its final decisions on adoption of carbon abatement measures …

Only 16% of Americans deny that climate change is happening, a number that has barely changed over the past decade – it’s turning out people who care, that matters

As frustrating as they are, climate deniers aren’t the problem. The real trouble lies with what I call climate liars: the thousands of politicians who secretly accept climate science, but publicly deny it for political gain. If the climate movement is going to prevail, we must be crystal clear about this distinction. According to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communications, …

2050 is too late – we must drastically cut emissions much sooner

Sweden and New Zealand are aiming for 2045, Finland for 2035 and Norway for 2030 – the most ambitious of any government. Extinction Rebellion has called for the UK to eliminate all carbon emissions by 2025. Our recent working paper explores the justification for these various targets. September 15, 2019, The Conversation, Tim Jackson Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of the Centre for the Understanding …

Don’t Move People Out of Distressed Places. Instead, Revitalize Them

By Richard Florida, Sept 2019 There are significant economic and social gains to people staying in place. Moving is hard on people, especially children. Losing proximity to friends and family takes its toll on well-being and life-satisfaction. Anyone who has moved a lot (like me) knows that the communities we live in, and in which we forge social and business …

Electricity is set to become a cheaper energy carrier than combustible fuels

Dr Gunnar Luderer from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, who said the role of electrification in the future is underestimated. “Electricity is set to become a cheaper energy carrier than combustible fuels,” he noted. His team’s analysis has found that under 1.5C-consistent pathways, renewable power will be cheaper than energy from oil and gas from 2030, and they set out to find to …