Methane is more dangerous than carbon dioxide — the gas index can help

Gas-burning stoves and ovens create indoor air pollution, with nitrogen dioxide — a toxic gas — rising to dangerous levels, three times what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved for outdoor air. And as Rocky Mountain Institute researchers documented, indoor air pollution from gas stoves is particularly detrimental to children, leading to learning deficits, increased risk of asthma, aggravated respiratory systems, increased susceptibility …

Great ideas…

Great ideas: Rights of streams, nature, all… Universal health care and right to healthy food…Universal Child Care: The Scandinavian country was one of the first to adopt the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and it now offers universal child care to all families with children from ages 1–12. Subsidized in part by national and municipal taxes, …

How our online life is affecting the human mind

Nicholas Carr’s book The Shallows examines the effect Internet technology is having on the human mind. In the digital age, we are overwhelmed with stimuli. Our computers, phones and digital tools allow us constant access to seemingly infinite information and give us a sense of connectivity. We are more socially focused and efficient than ever before––but these benefits come at a price. …

LA County launches new Dept of Youth Development, looks into transfer of youth supervision from the Probation Department to therapeutic alternatives in the community over the next five years

Dec 2020, excerpt from the LA Progressive – LA is transfering $75 million in Probation Department funds to launch a new county Department of Youth Development. It will also research what statewide legislative and penal code changes might be required to transfer youth supervision from the Probation Department to therapeutic alternatives in the community over the next five years. Co-authored …

Electric School Bus Fleets Test the US V2G Proposition: Projects envision parked bus batteries as grid-balancing, revenue-generating resources

Coast-to-coast projects envision parked bus batteries as grid-balancing, revenue-generating resources. Electric school buses could be the “killer V2G app,” says Electric Highland Transportation CEO Duncan McIntyre. The idea is to replace the upfront and ongoing costs of EV buses and charging infrastructure with a fixed annual fee, equal to or less than a school district’s current budget for owning, fueling …

Start-up bets on new model for putting electric school buses on the road

Sarah Shemkus November 2, 2020, US Energy News Duncan McIntyre, left, CEO Highland Electric Transportation, stands by as Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill speaks during a ceremony unveiling the first electric school bus for the Beverly school district, Thursday, Oct 8, 2020. © David Sokol / USA TODAY NETWORK Highland Electric Transportation has partnered with a Massachusetts city to provide electric …

Study Links Fracking, Flaring to 50 percent More Preterm Births: Before 37 weeks of gestation, such incomplete development raises a baby’s chance of numerous disorders, even death

Environmental Health News https://www.ehn.org/fracking-preterm-births–2646411428.html NYTimes, July 23, 2020, https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.1289/EHP6394 Pregnant women who lived near areas where flaring is common had 50 percent greater odds of giving birth prematurely than those who did not. These births occurred before 37 weeks of gestation, when incomplete development raises a baby’s chance of numerous disorders, even death. Expectant mothers who lived near flaring sites …