Employee-Ownership Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Employee-owners are more confident about their financial security.  Marjorie Kelly At a time of growing anxiety around economic issues for many workers, recent news indicates that employee owners are experiencing significantly less stress. According to a recent Forbes piece, employee owners have far fewer worries about paying their monthly bills than workers at other firms. While 38 percent of workers not in …

Incorporating Health into Long-Range Transportation Planning

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), the metropolitan planning organization for the Dallas-Fort Worth region, has integrated health into its transportation planning process, including its most recent long-range transportation plan. By considering health in the transportation planning process, NCTCOG recognized the health benefits of initiatives it was already pursuing, such as those related to safety and air quality. …

Steps to combat climate change can lead to immediate public health benefits say doctors

The Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change has published a report titled, ‘The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: from 25 years of inaction to a global transformation for public health. The Lancet Countdown 2017 report tracks progress on the relationship between human health and climate change, and associated implications for governments’ commitments under the Paris Agreement.  The …

Monsanto’s tobacco moment: Did Monsanto Ignore Evidence Linking Its Weed Killer to Cancer?

By Rene Ebersole, The Nation, October 2017 This story was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, a nonprofit investigative-news organization. E. Franz, a 40-year-old chemist from Springfield, Illinois, hit upon a discovery that would profoundly change agriculture: a chemical that works its way into the leaves of weeds and down to their roots, eventually killing them. Franz …

Learning for all: millions attending school do not achieve proficiency in reading, writing and doing math. Education standards and methods need to improve

By Catherine Benson Wahlén, Human Development, Human Settlements and Sustainable Development (US), 28 Sep 2017, World Bank Report Warns of “Learning Crisis” The World Bank’s World Development Report 2018 finds that millions of children, particularly in low and middle-income countries, attend school but do not achieve proficiency in reading, writing and doing math. At the same time, the report stresses that, …

Potential of evaporative power? Also, cooling for all, and low-tech air conditioner that uses terracotta tubes & water to naturally cool down air

Evaporation Power Could Supply 325 Gigawatts (70%) Of US Electricity Demand September 28th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica In what is believed to be the first analysis of evaporation as a renewable energy source, researchers from Columbia University have determined that US lakes and reservoirs could generate a whopping 325 gigawatts worth of clean energy, which would account for approximately …

Exercise outside

By Lloyd Alter All of us pasty-faced bloggers in our pyjamas should take note of a new study out of the University of Essex: Just five minutes of fresh air and exercise, no matter how moderate, makes a huge difference in mood and self-esteem. If you want an even bigger effect, add water, such as a lake or river. Study …

Government’s Role in Protecting Health and Safety

By Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., Center for Disease Control N Engl J Med 2013; 368:1857-1859 May 16, 2013DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1303819 What is the appropriate role of governmental public health action? Law and public opinion recognize protection of health and safety as a core government function, but public health actions are sometimes characterized as inappropriately intrusive. Such criticism has a long history, …

Toxic Emissions From 46 Petrochemical Sites, Flooding At 14 Toxic Waste Sites, & ~100 Hazardous Substance Spills — Hurricane Harvey’s Talley To Date

September 11th, 2017 by James Ayre on Clean Technica Now that a bit of time has elapsed since Hurricane Harvey tore a path of destruction along the coast of Texas, things have begun to get clearer as regards the fate of Houston’s many petrochemical facilities. The tally on that count, as it stands right now, is: flooding and/or damage reported at 14 toxic …