US citizens would gain 3.7 years in life expectancy if social spending was raised to equal other rich countries (subsidized housing, transit, child care)

The US needs to increase social spending. And that money should come from decreasing the income gap through taxation. Elizabeth Bradley at Yale was the first to compare social spending and medical-care spending among countries. And what you see is the healthier countries prioritize social spending, whereas we in the US focus on medical-care spending. The reason the other countries are healthier is …

Just a few (incomplete) benefits from replacing existing diesel buses with electric school buses

This report summarizes analysis conducted by VEIC on Denver Public School’s bus fleet and the suitability of replacing existing diesel buses with electric school buses. Colorado is undertaking efforts to reduce harmful emissions from diesel engines as part of a legal settlement with Volkswagen Group of America. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (DPHE) is administering over $68.7 …

Slow streets are the path to a better city: “overnight, transformed our family life and the lives of our neighbors”

Overnight, slow streets transformed our neighborhood. Everyone should have access to the same opportunity. By Courtney E. Martin in Curbed, May 19, 2020 The first time you watch your kid pedal away from you on two wheels, your hand free from her seat, her wobble small and her confidence grand, is one of those high moments that make all the low moments of parenting …

Experts throw support behind newest Juliana push

Experts throw support behind newest Juliana push E&E News | Jennifer Hijazi Law professors, environmental advocates and public health experts said yesterday that a federal appeals court got it wrong when it dismissed the so-called kids’ climate case. While the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals strongly acknowledged the gravity of climate change in its Juliana v. United States opinion, …

Number of Homeless Students in the US Surges 15%, Now Topping 1.5 Million

By the National Center for Homeless Education.March 8, 2020 | EDUCATE! Above photo: From ChangingtheNarratives.com. The National Center for Homeless Education recently released its report on homeless students in the United States. Download the report here. Each year, states submit data on the demographics and academic performance of students experiencing homelessness to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) through the EDFacts Submission System. This …

Kids Ask Full 9th Circ. To Give Them A Shot At Climate Trial

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez Law360 (March 3, 2020, 3:50 PM EST) — Kids claiming the federal government is endangering their futures by not acting to curb climate change have asked the Ninth Circuit for en banc review of a panel decision they say wrongly denied them their right to a trial. The youths said Monday that the two judges on …

Over half of nation’s children are at serious risk from the economic impacts of coronavirus on their families. 135-140 million people in the US were poor or low-income in 2018 and 40 million are children, facing hunger, homelessness, and more unless protective economic measures are taken immediately

Marketwatch, March 2020 Is coronavirus dangerous for kids? Yes — but not for the reasons you may think. Youth appears to be a protective factor from the coronavirus. Although younger folks can still transmit it to older people, symptoms are milder to nonexistent in young people who contract the disease. But that doesn’t mean the disease isn’t a huge threat to children and …

Pro-life: There is nothing especially mysterious about Finland, Sweden, or Norway that allows them to have such low child poverty rates — they choose to funnel their resources into preventing economic stress on parents and children

A 2013 study featured in the journal BMC Women’s Health found that financial reasons were the primary motive for 40 percent of women who sought abortions. In fact, financial concerns were the “most frequently mentioned theme” in women’s explanations of why they needed an abortion. Other concerns included a lack of insurance, a lack of adequate housing, and a lack of stable …

Financial Times: “most participants in the climate debate ‘pretend to care, pretend to act, or both’ with the result that ‘despite decades of talk, trends in emissions remain in the wrong direction’”

Last chance for the climate transition by Martin Wolf, Financial Times, Feb 19 2020 The FT’s chief economics commentator, Martin Wolf, offers his view on what is required to cut emissions from the global economy by 2050. He says most participants in the climate debate “pretend to care, pretend to act, or both” with the result that “despite decades of …

The world is failing to ensure children have a ‘liveable planet’, report finds

By Saeed Kamali Dehghan, The Guardian, 19 Feb 2020. A new report compiled by 40 international child-health experts has warned that every nation on the planet is failing to defend children from “intensifying ecological degradation, climate change and exploitative marketing practices”, the Guardian reports. The commission, which the paper notes was convened by the World Health Organization (WHO), Unicef and …