New Cleveland Fund Will Acquire Businesses and Sell Them Back to Workers + Cook County Coop Resolution Passes Unanimously

BY ZOE SULLIVAN | NOVEMBER 13, 2018, NextCity.org Cleveland’s Evergreen network of cooperative businesses today announced a new fund to buy-out retiring small business owners and transfer their businesses into employee-ownership. (Credit: Democracy Collaborative/John Duda) Tameka Thomas had returned to society after a five-year prison sentence, and a month after her release, she landed a job with Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland with help from …

What to do with your wealth

By Chuck Collins in CommonDreams.org …It’s true that a $30 trillion intergenerational transfer is in the works, as the baby boomer generation exits the stage, passing on their accumulated treasure to their children. But in a time of gargantuan inequality, most of this wealth transfer will take place in the upper canopy of the wealth forest—what we could safely call “dynastic wealth” transmissions …

Fossil Fuel Companies Kill With Impunity. Why Are Their Leaders Not In Jail?

November 23rd, 2018 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica  Over the course of 2018, I have started emphasizing how the extraction and sale of fossil fuels is like a neighbor who pumps the contents of his septic system onto your front lawn and expects you to pay to clean up his mess. Only under the most absurd economic theory could such antisocial and irresponsible …

Latest discussion on carbon taxes

https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/416067-gas-at-240-per-gallon-ipcc-report-lays-out-high-cost-of-carbon The IPCC claims in its latest report that action must be taken to avert global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century — a benchmark it says comes with costly climate consequences. Its recommendation: a carbon tax of as much as $200 per ton of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 to an astonishing $27,000 per ton by 2100.  For American …

Bill McKibben’s new book reviews where we have been and how we got here

By Bill McKibben in The New Yorker, Nov 2018 Thirty years ago, this magazine published “The End of Nature,” a long article about what we then called the greenhouse effect. I was in my twenties when I wrote it, and out on an intellectual limb: climate science was still young. But the data were persuasive, and freighted with sadness. We …

An ensemble of biochemical processes may finally account for how placebos work and why they are more effective for some people

Sunday NYTimes, 13 Nov 2018 …Aided by functional magnetic resonance imaging (f.M.R.I.) and other precise surveillance techniques, Kaptchuk and his colleagues have begun to elucidate an ensemble of biochemical processes that may finally account for how placebos work and why they are more effective for some people, and some disorders, than others. The molecules, in other words, appear to be …

What exactly is the ‘Green New Deal’?

Hannah Northey, E&E News, Greenwire: Friday, November 16, 2018 President Franklin Roosevelt signs the TVA Act into law in 1933 as part of the New Deal. Tennessee Valley Authority In a Democratic clash on Capitol Hill, progressives are pushing an ambitious plan to wean the U.S. off fossil fuels, boost renewables and build a “smart” grid. Meet the “Green New Deal.” The …

Energy suppliers need to triple smart meter installation rates to complete a national rollout by 2020, according to the consumer champion Which?

Smart meter installations ‘need to hit 30 a minute’; Energy firms set to miss government deadline for rollout, Mon 19 Nov 2018, in The Guardian  Smart meters savings are expected to fall from £26 to £1. Photograph: Hugh Nutt/Alamy Energy suppliers need to triple smart meter installation rates to complete a national rollout by 2020, according to the consumer champion Which? Large suppliers …

G20 emissions needed to start declining in the next two years and halve by 2030 if the world were to avoid more than 1.5C of warming

Coal, oil and gas subsidies risking rise in global temperatures to 3.2C, well beyond agreed Paris goal By Jonathan Watts in The Guardian, Thu 15 Nov 2018   Of the G20 nations 15 reported emissions rises in 2017, finds Climate Transparency. Only India was on course to stay below the 2C warming limit. Photograph: Mia Hoogenboom/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef …