The US didn’t sign a global road safety pact. Now advocates are fighting back

A recent road safety conference in Stockholm seemingly lacked representation from the U.S. federal government. Young advocates were left wondering who is taking charge in eliminating road deaths. Chris Teale@chris_teale, March 24, 2020, Smart Cities Dive  POST The United States turned heads last month with its rejection of a global pledge to eliminate road deaths by 2050. Of 140 countries in attendance …

100K EV Amazon delivery trucks and 10K UPS EV vans

Jan 29, 2020, UPS Jumps Into The Future With Plan To Buy 10,000 Electric Vans And A Waymo Self-Driving Delivery Pilot, by Alan Ohnsman, Forbes Transportation UPS is making moves to create a cleaner, more high-tech fleet with plans to buy up to 10,000 electric vans from a U.K. startup that it’s investing in. It’s also launching a package pickup …

More COVID movement demands

Working People’s Demands in Response to Coronavirus PRIORITIES OF THE LABOR MOVEMENT TO ADDRESS THE CORONAVIRUS: PROTECT FRONT-LINE WORKERS Streamline approaches for allocating and distributing personal protective equipment to working people in greatest need. Issue a workplace safety standard to protect front-line workers and other at-risk workers from infectious diseases. Provide workplace controls, protocols, training and personal protective equipment. Provide …

Climate change: Masculine marketing of utility vehicles linked to rising emissions

22 March 2020, New Zealand Herald, citing New Zealand Medical Journal  Promoting hefty trucks and SUVs as macho status symbols could be linked to climate change, according to a new study about New Zealand’s rising vehicle emissions. The research paper Beasts, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal last quarter, found that light utility vehicles were both the heaviest emitters of carbon …

Reconsidering and Reconceiving Corporate Responsibility

The problem with the dominant conception today—shareholder pri­macy and wealth maximization—is that “directors are encouraged, through legal duty and self-protection, to demonstrate their allegiance to stockholder interests, which (as has been observed) is most effectively accomplished by attention to the bottom line. This behavior leads to an unremitting focus on the short term.”[120] By the turn of the twentieth cen­tury, corporations …

With current emissions heat stress from extreme heat and humidity will annually affect areas now home to 1.2 billion people by 2100

Heat stress from extreme heat and humidity will annually affect areas now home to 1.2 billion people by 2100, assuming current greenhouse gas emissions, according to a Rutgers study. That’s more than four times the number of people affected today, and more than 12 times the number who would have been affected without industrial era global warming. The research is …

Bringing about a deep institutional turn in ownership and control to democratize economic and political rights within the economy

The Democracy Collaborative and Common Wealth have begun a project that will last the course of 2020 to explore the new frontiers of public ownership in the twenty-first century, developing policy ideas in four areas where existing structures of ownership amplify corporate power, erode workers’ rights, increase inequality, and accelerate the climate crisis: digital infrastructure, IP and R&D, data and platforms, and land …

Lost time, health, stress and the other high costs of traffic

Stuck and Stressed: The High Costs of Traffic, New York Times, March 2020 According to one study, commuting is one of the least pleasant things we do. But it’s not just an annoying time waster — there’s a case that it’s a public health issue. According to analysis by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the average American commuter spends 42 hours per …

Last summer’s 600 billion tons of ice loss in Greenland raised global sea levels by nearly a 10th of an inch — or 2.2 millimeters — in two months

The Hill, March 2020. Greenland lost 600 billion tons of ice last summer due to an exceptionally warm season, according to a study released Wednesday.  The study was published Wednesday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.  The data was drawn from satellites designed to measure changes to the earth’s gravitational pull that result from changes in mass, including water.  Last summer’s …

O&G leaving a mess behind, Warren and Bruenig’s conditions for stimulus

Excerpt from NYTimes, March 2020. The $700 billion bank bailout elicited a voter backlash, which means any aid this time is likely to have large strings attached. Those could include limits on executive compensation, prohibitions on stock buybacks and, most prominent, measures to force bailed out companies to keep workers on their payrolls. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, released an …