The real problem with the NTSB’s mandatory bike helmet recommendation

Lloyd Alter lloydalterNovember 15, 2019 We covered this subject before but I got it wrong. Peter Flax of Bicycling Magazine got it right. After a woman in Ottawa was crushed to death during a right-hook by a concrete truck a few years ago, I was outraged by the spate of articles suggesting that maybe bike helmets should be made mandatory, as if …

Publicly Owned Utilities Could Help Fight the Climate Crisis

Transitioning utilities to public ownership could help lay the groundwork for a renewable, just future. BY GRETA MORAN OCTOBER 25, 2019, TeenVogue Earlier this month, Pacific Gas & Electric, the investor-owned utility company that supplies power to much of California, cut off electricity to over 700,000 customers. The company argued that such a drastic measure — the largest planned power outage in …

Humor is useful for engaging the public about climate change

By Lakshmi Magon This year, three studies showed that humor is useful for engaging the public about climate change. The studies, published in The Journal of Science Communication, Comedy Studies and Science Communication, added to the growing wave of scientists, entertainers and politicians who agree. In March 2017, the American Psychological Association published a report defining eco-anxiety as “chronic fear of environmental doom.” The report referred to literature that …

Cities worldwide are reimagining their relationship with cars

The New York Times | Somini Sengupta, Nadja Popovich, and Tim Peacock Cities worldwide are reimagining their relationship with cars At a time when most of humanity lives in cities, where do cars belong — especially the old, polluting ones that make city air foul for people to breathe? That question has vexed city officials across the world. Many are …

Why your next car is a bike

14 Nov 2019, WEF, Carlo RattiDirector, SENSEable City Lab, MIT and Ida Auken, Member of Parliament, Parliament of Denmark (Folketinget)  Predictions for 2030: What if we get things right?Read the seriesMost PopularHow to stay fit in your 60s and beyondJulie Broderick · The Conversation 14 Nov 20193 reasons why Singapore is the smartest city in the worldSharmishta Sivaramakrishnan 14 Nov 2019Alibaba hits …

How Reparations to Descendants of Slavery Can Heal a Nation

To truly understand the debt this country owes to Black people is to be liberated from the bondage of miseducation that we’ve remained shackled to in the so-called land of the free. Zenobia Jeffries Warfield posted Nov 13, 2019, Yes Magazine On a spring day, I stood at the corner of Madison and Pennsylvania avenues in the nation’s capital, transfixed on …

The End of Neoliberalism and Rebirth of History

By Joseph E. Stiglitz, Project-syndicate.org November 14, 2019 | CREATE! For 40 years, elites in rich and poor countries alike promised that neoliberal policies would lead to faster economic growth, and that the benefits would trickle down so that everyone, including the poorest, would be better off. Now that the evidence is in, is it any wonder that trust in elites and confidence …

UN Treat Guarantees Youth Rights Everywhere Except US

By Jessica Taft, Theconversation.comOctober 21, 2019 | CREATE! Fifteen kids from a dozen countries, including Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, recently brought a formal complaint to the United Nations. They’re arguing that climate change violates children’s rights as guaranteed by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a global agreement. By petitioning the U.N. on behalf of the world’s children, their action made history. But it’s not the …

Only Bridging Can Heal a World of Breaking

Meaningful bridging—like real integration—must acknowledge, respect, and appreciate difference as a starting point. John a. powell posted Nov 12, 2019 At a time of heightened polarization and intense inequality in the United States and around the world, social differences run the risk of being turned into fault lines, and exploited for divide-and-conquer politics. As political scientists Rose McDermott and Peter K. …