May 22nd, 2019 by NRDC State Efficiency Standards Are Good For Everyone, Originally published on the NRDC Expert Blog. By Lauren Urbanek The federal government continues to miss legal deadlines for energy efficiency standards for appliances, equipment, and electronics with 17 standards overdue for review and more on the horizon. That’s bad news for anyone who likes saving energy, lower utility bills, and a cleaner planet. Fortunately, more states are setting efficiency …

The State Of The World’s Water — 7 Graphics

Friederike Otto, acting director of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, tells the Times in an e-mail the study is important because it shows “climate change is really here and happening now and not something we can afford (in all meanings of that term) to continue to ignore.”  May 6th, 2019 by World Resources Institute. Originally published on WRI’s Resource Watch platform, a platform which …

Free language learning apps often promise the world — but don’t expect fluency from one. Here’s what to expect before you sign up.

By Eric Ravenscraft, NYTimes.com, May 4, 2019 If mobile language-learning apps are to be believed, it’s never been easier to pick up another language. Just spend 20 minutes a day with a few virtual flashcards and you’ll be fluent in no time! The reality is a lot more nuanced — and arguably more disappointing — than that. Apps like Duolingo, Memrise, and Babbel all promise to …

Inslee and O’Rourke’s climate proposals

Many US publications cover the climate-and-energy plan unveiled by Washington governor and presidential hopeful Jay Inslee. (Axios, New York Times, The Hill, Vox, and the Atlantic take an in-depth look at Inslee’s proposed “climate mission”. Buzzfeed also has the story. Inslee’s proposal would require all US electricity to be “carbon-neutral” by 2030 and require all new US cars to be “zero emissions” by 2030 require all coal-fired …

Have court rulings in Michigan and Ohio turned the tide on partisan gerrymandering?

Have court rulings in Michigan and Ohio turned the tide on partisan gerrymandering? Salon: “A federal court overturned Michigan’s congressional and state legislative maps on Thursday as an illegal partisan gerrymander ‘of historic proportions.’ The very next day, a different federal court also declared Ohio’s congressional map an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander, tossing aside a GOP map that had safely entrenched …

Inslee and Beto O’Rourke release climate plans

Many US publications report that Democrat presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has launched a $5 trillion plan to battle climate change. Politico reports that O’Rourke says the money should be spent over the next decade, with the goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions by the mid-century. “The former Texas congressman’s plan is among the most detailed of the crowded Democratic …

How to Beat Procrastination (Backed by Science)

From Darius Foroux, in Pocket, April 2019 There comes a moment between the start and end of a task—I call it the slope of procrastination—when you give into one distraction. And that’s exactly the moment you give up being productive.  You start working on a task, you’re excited, you’re focused, but then, after some time, you think: Let’s read the news for a …

Barriers to Implementing Pro-Cycling Policies: A Case Study of Hamburg

Sustainability 2018, 10(11), 4196; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10114196 Barriers to Implementing Pro-Cycling Policies: A Case Study of Hamburg By Luqi Wang, Institute of Environmental Planning, Leibniz University Hannover, Herrenhäuser Str. 2, 30419 Hannover, Germany Received: 25 October 2018 / Accepted: 12 November 2018 / Published: 14 November 2018 Cycling is gaining increasing attention as a convenient, environmentally friendly, and fitness-improving mode of transport. While many policy interventions …

America’s Missed Climate Targets Cost Global Economy $1 Trillion, Dublin-based Think Tank Finds

By Sharon Kelly • Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 15:23 Since 1992, the United States consistently has missed its targets for reducing globe-warming emissions, and a Dublin-based think tank estimates the resulting damage to the global economy has been $1 trillion. The U.S. polluted far more — 20 billion tons of CO2 worth — than American negotiators said it would during repeated rounds of global climate deals, including Rio in 1992, …