Barry Lopez: “We’re in emergency times. We’ve created a suicidal society in order that some can buy a 70 ft yacht”

By Edward Helmore, The Guardian, Books We must learn from the wisdom of traditional societies, says the writer whose new book Horizon describes his life through his experience of six geographical regions Tue 7 May 2019   Barry Lopez: ‘We’re living in emergency times and our effort to ensure democratic forms of government are not there.’ Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images While Extinction …

The Role of Health in Climate Litigation

American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) April 2018 Sabrina McCormick PhD, Samuel J. Simmens PhD, Robert Glicksman MA, JD, LeRoy Paddock JD, Daniel Kim MPA, and Brittany Whited MPHAuthor affiliations, information, and correspondence details Published Online: April 26, 2018 Abstract, Full Text. References, Supplements, PDF, PDF Plus Objectives. To examine how the courts, which play a critical role in shaping public policy, consider public health in climate change and coal-fired power plant lawsuits. Methods. We coded US local, state, and …

Corruption and compromise in Trump administration real estate investments

Excerpts from the NYTimes.com, April 2018 From New York to Florida, Panama to Azerbaijan, we found that Trump projects have relied heavily on foreign cash — including from wealthy individuals from Russia and elsewhere with questionable, and even criminal, backgrounds. We saw money traveling through offshore shell companies, entities often used to obscure ownership. Many news organizations have since dug …

Integrated Transport and Health Impact Modelling Tool (ITHIM)

ITHIM refers to a range of related models and tools developed at CEDAR to perform integrated assessment of the health effects of transport scenarios and policies at the urban and national level. The health effects of transport policies are modelled through the changes in physical activity, road traffic injury risk, and exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution. Some …

Can the Great Lakes Become Fishable, Drinkable and Swimmable Again?

By Susan Cosier On EcoWatch Natural Resources Defense Council Jan. 30, 2018 Upper Peninsula Michigan, Lake Superior. As Mark Mattson waited to speak to Canada’s minister for the environment, Catherine McKenna, about the Great Lakes last December, he could feel the weight of the 184-page report he carried in his shoulder bag. At the Toronto meeting, McKenna asked Mattson, founder and president of the …

Oil industry in public classrooms at least since 1954

Oil’s pipeline to America’s schools: Inside the fossil-fuel industry’s not-so-subtle push into K-12 education By Jie Jenny Zou, June 15, 2017 Also see: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4335600-1954-API-PR-Classrooms.html State Rep. Tom Gann and State Sen. Marty Quinn read aloud to first graders at Jefferson Elementary School in Pryor, Oklahoma. Oklahoma Energy Resources Board Jennifer Merritt’s first-graders at Jefferson Elementary School in Pryor, Oklahoma, were in for …

What you see is not what others see. We inhabit parallel worlds of perception, bounded by our interests and experience. Our selective blindness is lethal to the living world

By George Monbiot 20 Dec ‘17, The Guardian  What you see is not what others see. We inhabit parallel worlds of perception, bounded by our interests and experience. What is obvious to some is invisible to others. I might find myself standing, transfixed, by the roadside, watching a sparrowhawk hunting among the bushes, astonished that other people could ignore it. But they might …

Highlights from The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future, by Kevin Kelly

References below to The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly are from the Kindle edition At the center of every significant change in our lives today is a technology of some sort. Technology is humanity’s accelerant. Because of technology everything we make is always in the process of becoming.110 Constant flux means more than …