Population considered

Yes! Magazine Infographic, Sept 2019 Panicked discussions of the climate crisis on this stressed planet are often bolstered by background debate on how fast the Earth’s population is growing, and questions of how many people the planet can support. To be sure, a sevenfold increase of the world population over two centuries has stressed the planet to its breaking point. …

The Outrage Industry (vs. who you are is defined by the values you are willing to struggle and suffer for)

How to Break the Outrage Addiction Ephrat Livni, Quartz – 2018 and 2019 reprint “Anger is a public epidemic in America; it contaminates everything from media controversy to road rage to wars to mass shootings,” according to Jean Kim, a psychiatrist for the US Department of Health and Human Services and assistant professor at George Washington University. Kim says that anger is addictive—it …

Transitions that work: The principles include strong governmental support, dedicated funding streams, strong and diverse coalitions, and economic diversification

The principles include strong governmental support, dedicated funding streams, strong and diverse coalitions, and economic diversification. The case of Tonawanda, New York, where the coal-fired power plant shut down, highlights how many of these principles work in practice. There, a diverse coalition, including the Kenmore Teachers Association, the Western New York Area Labor Federation, the United Steelworkers of America, Tonawanda, …

Why Asking for Advice Is More Effective Than Asking for Feedback

Jaewon Yoon, Hayley Blunden, Ariella Kristal, and Ashley Whillans, 20 Sept 2019, HBR.com Conventional wisdom says you should ask your colleagues for feedback. However, research suggests that feedback often has no (or even a negative) impact on our performance. This is because the feedback we receive is often too vague — it fails to highlight what we can improve on or how to improve. Our latest research suggests a better …

The deep decay that has beset the American republic and the yearning for a cult leader will not be overcome unless we succeed in overthrowing corporate power

There is no shortage of working-class Americans who feel, with justification, deeply betrayed and manipulated by ruling elites. Their ability to make a sustainable income has been destroyed. They are trapped in decaying and dead-end communities. They see no future for themselves or their children. They view the ruling elites who sold them out with deep hostility. Trump, however incompetent, …

Commuter Rail’s Potential Is Untapped

Cities looking to boost regional rail service can look to Toronto and the Bay Area as models. By Aaron Short, StreetsBlogUSA, Sep 26, 2019,  7 American commuter rail systems have long been wedded to the 9-to-5 work schedule, but as the 21st-century economy demands more flexible hours regional rail systems have not kept pace with those changes. Something has to change …

Hickenlooper presided over a 400% increase in Colorado oil production and threatened to sue any local jurisdiction that tried to stop fracking

The vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions come from burning fossil fuels. Each new well pad adds to the supply of these greenhouse gas-emitting fuels at a time the IPCC says we should be reducing their use. Hickenlooper has never apologized to the local jurisdictions that tried to stop the expansion of fracking into residential neighborhoods and were thwarted by …

‘We are called to be universe disturbers. That is what we are calling you to be.’

Global Sisters Report, Sept. 2019 It’s Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002, and Dominican Sisters Ardeth Platte, Carol Gilbert and Jackie Hudson are walking a field in Weld County, Colorado. Scattered throughout are underground silos that harbor the LGM-30G Minuteman III, an intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead that can obliterate most buildings and human beings inside a 4-mile-wide circle. More than 400 …

Green New Deal Plus Clean Energy for Developing World

Only a Global Green New Deal Can Save the Planet. And Bernie Sanders has a plan for that. By Tom Athanasiou, Sept 17, 2019, The Nation Unveiled on August 22, when his presidential campaign visited Paradise, California, the once-idyllic town incinerated by last summer’s record wildfires, Sanders’s Green New Deal envisions “a ten-year, nationwide mobilization centered around justice and equity.” …

Short version of Margaret’s ‘With a Planet on Fire, This Is What It Means to Enter Emergency Mode’

September 27, 2019 The climate crisis is an unprecedented emergency. How we react to the climate crisis will shape centuries and millennia to come. By Margaret Klein Salamon. School students, Local Citizens, Environmental Activists shout slogans as they participate in a global climate strike to protest against governmental inaction towards climate breakdown and environmental pollution, part of demonstrations being held …