Guns and fatality reduction: Americans make up less than 5% the world’s population yet have 31% of the mass shootings and own roughly 42% of all the world’s privately held firearms

Excerpt from Vox.com, May 2018 After controlling for variables such as socioeconomic factors and other crime, places with more guns have more gun deaths. A 2013 study, led by a Boston University School of Public Health researcher, found that, after controlling for multiple variables, each percentage point increase in gun ownership correlated with a roughly 0.9 percent rise in the firearm …

Climate change and wildlife impacts

 In 2015, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds published a study indicating that worldwide seabird populations had dropped by 70% over a sixty-year period. The WWF published a study saying overall, vertebrate species had declined 60% in forty years.  In 2017, a study in German wildlife sanctuaries documented a 75% drop in flying insect populations over 35 years. In …

The town that’s found a potent cure for illness – community

By George Monbiot in The Guardian Wed 21 Feb 2018  Frome in Somerset has seen a dramatic fall in emergency hospital admissions since it began a collective project to combat isolation. There are lessons for the rest of the country  ‘Frome has a buzz of sociability, a sense of common purpose and a creative, exciting atmosphere that make it feel quite different from …

A movement of movements to transform to a wellbeing economy: WEAll

The Wellbeing Economies Alliance (WEAll) Stewart Wallis, Hunter Lovins, Diego Isabel, Michael Weatherhead, and Katherine Trebeck January 21 2018 The problem and vision The current economic system has become addicted to GDP growth at all costs and has lost sight of the larger goal of sustainable wellbeing. It needs to be fundamentally transformed into a wellbeing economy which is aimed …

Restoration and park planned for Southern Indiana, across from Louisville KY

BY JOSH COHEN | JANUARY 22, 2018 in Next City A concept rendering of the future Ohio River Greenway. (Courtesy River Heritage Conservancy) Right now, the Ohio River Greenway consists of a few disjointed sections of multi-use trail along the bank of the Ohio River in southern Indiana, across the water from Louisville, Kentucky. When it’s completed this summer, the 7-mile greenway will connect …

Road diet bridges a barrier, boosts safety

A breakthrough design on La Jolla Boulevard in San Diego cuts crashes by 90 percent and gives local business a shot in the arm.  This case study was written for the Institute for Transportation Engineers new book Implementing Context Sensitive Design on Multimodal Corridors, funded by the Federal Highway Administration. By ROBERT STEUTEVILLE    JAN. 10, 2018 CNU The reconstruction of a section of La Jolla Boulevard …

Connecting With Nature Improves Minds and Moods

By Marlene Cimons Nexus Media Nov. 22, 2017 11:02AM EST  Twentieth Century German social psychologist Erich Fromm first advanced the notion that humans hold an inborn connection to nature. Later, it was popularized by biologist E.O. Wilson as “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life.” In the ensuing years, support for the positive effects of nature has gained considerable …

Santa Monica creates first city well-being index in the US

LA Times, 28 April 2015, Santa Monica found some surprises in creating well-being index Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times Martha Groves Santa Monica breaking ground as it releases findings on residents’ well-being. Latching on to an idea that is catching fire with nations worldwide — including Bhutan, Britain, Chile and Canada — Santa Monica officials say their seaside enclave has …

Western climate news, thanks to the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, the 7.9 million acres burned so far this year nationwide exceed the 2006-16 average by more than 50 percent. California, Oregon, and, especially Montana have the most wildfires, with Montana alone having 23 separate large wildfires. Abnormally dry and hot conditions in that state, documented by the September 5th Western regional Drought Monitor produced by the U.S. …

Reversing inequality: Unleashing the transformative potential of an equitable economy

From the P2P Foundation and the Democracy Collaborative A new report explains how the rules governing the US economy are tipped in favour of asset owners over wage earners, and offers solutions to transform our system. Authored by Chuck Collins and published by the Institute of Policy Studies and the Next System Project. The US economy’s deep systemic inequalities of …