Do you work more than 39 hours a week? Your job could be killing you

Desk jobs are as dangerous as smoking and should come with a health warning.  Long hours, stress and physical inactivity are bad for our wellbeing – yet we’re working harder than ever. Isn’t it time we fought back? By Peter Fleming in The Guardian Mon 15 Jan 2018. Graphics by Leon Edler   When a new group of interns recently arrived at Barclays …

Camus: “I draw from the absurd three consequences, which are my revolt, my freedom, and my passion,”

“In a world whose absurdity appears to be so impenetrable, we simply must reach a greater degree of understanding among men, a greater sincerity.” BY MARIA POPOVA What an astrophysicist might have the perspective to eulogize as “the incredibly improbable trip that we’re on” the rest of us might, and often do, experience as simply and maddeningly absurd — so uncontrollable and …

Higher Birth Weight, Lower Risk Of Premature Births After Coal Power Plant Shut Down

December 22nd, 2017 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica For decades, the Portland Generating Station, located in Pennsylvania close to the New Jersey border, spewed an average of 2,600 tons of sulfur dioxide each month into the atmosphere. Pennsylvania industry and residents got the benefit of Portland’s electricity. New Jersey residents got to choke on the pollution as it drifted eastward on the …

New Study Shows How Taxing Rich Saves Lives, While Trump’s Tax Plan… Kills — a difference of 60,000 lives a year between Trump’s and Sanders’ plans

Study found that candidate Trump’s plan would result in nearly 30,000 added deaths per year from all causes, while a plan put forth by Bernie Sanders would actually save 31,302 lives annually By Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams,  See Kim’s article is entitled “Projected impacts of federal tax policy proposals on mortality burden in the United States: A microsimulation analysis“. “The take-home message …

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 …