County health officials recommending that households shift to electric appliances

Nov 13, 2022 https://www.opb.org/article/2022/11/13/multnomah-county-report-recommends-replacing-gas-appliances-to-reduce-health-and-climate-change-impacts/ highlights below: A new report from Multnomah County health officials recommends households transition from gas appliances to electric because research shows gas stoves release pollutants that pose high risks to human health and contribute to climate change. On Thursday, Multnomah County Health Department officials presented their findings to the board of commissioners and explained how gas stoves release …

What’s going on with particulate matter regulation?

Nov 2022 update. The World Health Organization (WHO) reduced exposure guidelines for PM 2.5 concentrations to 5 ppm in 2021. https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/detail/what-are-the-who-air-quality-guidelines The World Health Organization maintains that clean air is a basic human right. Yet, air pollution continues to pose a significant threat to people worldwide – it is the greatest environmental threat to health and a leading cause of …

‘Warning to humanity’ and call for urgent action to protect world’s 60,000 tree species. A third are at risk of extinction.

Half of the world’s animal and plant species rely on trees as their habitat, with forests containing about 75% of bird species, 68% of mammal species and as many as 10 million species of invertebrates. Forest-dependent species have already declined by about 53% since 1970. “When we look at extinction risks for mammals or birds, underlying that is habitat loss, and …

Corporate Hijacking of Democracy Began March Toward Fascism: Political corruption and the idea that corporations can be people are the cancer at the core of our national crisis.

THOM HARTMANN, AUG 27, 2022, Common Dreams and LA Progressive, https://www.laprogressive.com/progressive-issues/the-march-towards-us-fascism-began-with-the-corporate-hijacking-of-democracy At bottom, the Court’s opinion is thus a rejection of the common sense of the American people, who have recognized a need to prevent corporations from undermining self-government since the founding , and who have fought against the distinctive corrupting potential of corporate electioneering since the days of Theodore …

NYC’s First Net Zero Community Brings Housing to Storm-Ravaged Neighborhood

CityLab, NYC’s First Net Zero Community Brings Housing to Storm-Ravaged Neighborhood A swath of oceanfront land in the Rockaways will become a test bed for climate and economic policies, promising affordable housing and other amenities to a region hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy. By Aysha Diallo, March 4, 2022 Along 116 acres of vacant oceanfront land, development has begun on what could become …

Fare free or zero fare transit could address equity and ridership issues. Here’s how some cities are making it happen.

INNOVATIONS TRANSPORTATION https://www.planning.org/planning/2021/fall/can-zero-fare-transit-work/ Also: By 1980, there were more than 40,000 miles of road in the interstate system (most 90% covered by federal investment). Highway engineers have since added more than 5,000 miles aimed at speeding up traffic and easing congestion, especially for suburban commuters (with federal participation at the 80% level)…in the first 20 years of the interstate highway system, …

San Diego Decarbonizes New Building Development Starting 2023 for Residential and Commercial Development. Zurich starts in 2025.

San Diego released their draft CAP this past month.  Related to building electrification it has:  Strategy 1: Decarbonization of the Built Environment Measure 1.1: Decarbonize Existing Buildings 2030 Target: Phase out 45% of natural gas from existing buildings 2035 Target: Phase out 90% of natural gas from existing buildings Measure 1.2: Decarbonize New Building Development 2030 Target: All-electric reach code starting 2023 at new residential …

The Frustration with Productivity Culture: Why we’re so tired of optimizing our work lives, by Cal Newport

In 1999, the management theorist Peter Drucker noted that the productivity of the manual worker had grown fiftyfold during the last century. “On this achievement rest all of the economic and social gains of the 20th century,” Drucker concluded. In other words, the increase in productivity is why today most Americans own a smartphone, while a century ago they didn’t have indoor plumbing. By Cal …

Democrats Seek $500 Billion in Climate Damages From Big Polluting Companies

Under a draft plan Democrats are circulating, the Treasury Department would tax a handful of the biggest emitters of planet-warming pollution to pay for climate change. By Lisa Friedman, NYTimes, Aug. 4, 2021 WASHINGTON — Democrats in Congress want to tax Exxon, Chevron and a handful of other major oil and gas companies, saying the biggest climate polluters should pay for …