Drugs ‘R’ Us: Opioid Markets After the Jobs Disappear

Alcabes’ article, entitled “Drugs ‘R’ Us: Opioid Markets After the Jobs Disappear,” cites several recent studies on the issue. The article considers some of the prominent narratives on opioid use in America, framing the on-going crisis in a socio-political context.  Read the full article at LA Review of Books’ website. OCTOBER 6, 2018 FOR MILLENNIA, humans have been using the alkaloids from …

2018 Lancet report on health and climate: India’s workforce output loses 75 billion man hours (7% decline) due to heatwave conditions.

LaCroix, Dec 2018 Climate change hits Indian farmers, Caritas helps the most vulnerable face challenges such as higher temperatures, drought and unseasonal rains Umar Manzoor Shah, Srinagar, India, December 18, 2018 A farmer in Kerala, India. (Photo from Pixabay) It was mid-April when Ishwar Ram decided to end his life. He swallowed rat poison in an attempt to get his debt-stricken family out …

Coal impacts: recent emissions continuing to rise, workers – coal ash ponds – fighting for compensation for pollution-induced illness

After Coal Ash Verdict, Ill Workers Now Fighting for Compensation For dozens of workers who cleaned up the nation’s worst coal ash spill and became sick, a recent jury verdict against their employer was a major victory. Now, their attorneys will need to link each plaintiff’s illness or death to toxic substances in the ash to determine financial damages. The …

Can Parks Make Kids Better at Math?

By RACHEL DOVEY, in NextCity, Sept 11, 2018 Central Park in New York City. (Credit: Library of Congress) Kids need parks — from obesity and asthma rates to psychological indicators, research repeatedly shows that green space has a tremendous impact on children’s health.  But could trees, swings and bike paths also make kids good at math? A study published this month in the British Journal of …

The future of healthcare isn’t possible without rural high-speed Interne

The Hitch in Kentucky’s Plan to Build High-Speed Internet for All FEB 1, 2018 KRISTON CAPPS Why the Internet Should Be Part of Trump’s Infrastructure Plan APR 12, 2017 KRISHNA JAYAKAR Community Broadband Media Roundup – August 27 Indiana Electric Coop “Concern for Community” Means Building a High-speed Fiber Network Colorado The future of healthcare isn’t possible without rural high-speed Internet by Brandon S. Thompson, Western Slope …

Clean Heating and Cooling: Ground Source and Air Source Heat Pumps

Ground-Source Heat Pump Ground-source heat pump  (GSHP) — also referred to as geothermal heat pump — systems provide space heating and cooling, and, in some cases, hot water for residential and commercial buildings. The technology uses an indoor heat pump unit and a heat exchanging ground loop buried underground (or underwater) to transfer thermal energy between and among the ground …

Climate Change Will Lock Us Into a Feedback Loop of Stupidity: The more the world heats up, the less we’ll be able to understand it.

By Tom Whyman on VIce.com Aug 15 2018 Saddleworth moorland fire from Glossop (Christian Heintzen / Alamy Stock Photo) What a gorgeous summer it’s been! What lovely, pleasant weather we’ve had! Normally the UK is – aha – wet and overcast, so it’s a lovely change that this summer will be remembered for… horrible sickly yellow red beating down on you, stopping you from …

We’re in a new age of obesity. How did it happen? You’d be surprised. It’s not that we’re eating more, that we exercise less, or that we lack willpower.

By George Monbiot in the Guardian.  The shaming of overweight people has to stop Wed 15 Aug   Illustration by Nicola Jennings When I saw the photograph I could scarcely believe it was the same country. A picture of Brighton beach in 1976, featured in the Guardian a few weeks ago, appeared to show an alien race. Almost everyone was slim. I mentioned it on social media, …