Community gun violence occurs in networks that are not large; e.g., in Oakland 60 percent of murders occur within a social network of approximately 1,000 to 2,000 individuals—about 0.3 percent of the city’s population. Peaceful counter-narratives on social media help.

More non-enforcement groups and organizations should engage online with those at risk for violence and provide peaceful counter-narratives to address aggressive posturing. September 9, 2021, https://counciloncj.org/meeting-bulletin-3-understanding-violent-crime/ At Third Meeting, Group Examines Concentrated Nature of Community Gun Violence, Calls for More Problem Analysis, Discusses Social Media Impact At its third meeting, the Violent Crime Working Group discussed the critical importance of …

Hydropower in Jeopardy? Alarming low water levels are closing power plants and reducing production at others

ByRyan Slattery, Treehugger, fact checked by Haley Maston September 8, 2021 https://www.treehugger.com/is-american-hydropower-in-jeopardy-5200627 Share Twitter Pinterest Email News Environment Business & Policy Science Animals Home & Design Current Events Treehugger Voices What’s happening with water issues in the U.S. West is more than just concerning. With wildfires raging and water sparse, it’s been a rough summer and unfortunately, forecasts for this …

Rural students are far less likely to go to college than their urban and suburban counterparts, and they’re less likely to finish once they start

“Rural students are far less likely to go to college than their urban and suburban counterparts, and they’re less likely to finish once they start.” NYT Mag (gift article for ND readers): The Tragedy of America’s Rural Schools. (If rural Americans and inner city Americans ever realized they were victims of the exact same systemic unfairness and got together to …

Riding a Bike Has One-Tenth the Impact of an Electric Car: A full life-cycle analysis shows that EVs still have a significant carbon footprint

By Lloyd Alter, March 31, 2021, Fact checked by Haley Mast A recent study with the unexciting title The Climate Change Mitigation Effects of Daily Active Travel in Cities comes to the unsurprising conclusion that “cyclists had 84% lower CO2 emissions from all daily travel than non-cyclists.”1 The lead researcher, Christian Brand, jazzed it up a bit in his summary in The Conversation, …

10 Charts on the State of U.S. Workers: Affluent Americans, who are more likely to be white, have had much more flexibility to work at home

While workers are continuing to struggle under Covid, corporate lobbyists are converging on Capitol Hill to block proposed pro-labor reforms. Affluent Americans, who are more likely to be white, have had much more flexibility to work at home, lowering their exposure to the physical, mental, and economic harms of Covid-19. According to a Census survey, adults in households with annual incomes …

Ability to walk in a safe, comfortable, and dignified manner…

The Real Reason Red America Loves Cars (Streetsblog USA), by Kea Wilson, Sept 3, 2021 Republican-leaning voters are more likely than Democrats to trade a walkable community for a large home, a new poll finds — but that result may say more about car culture’s stranglehold on the American imagination than how either group really wants to live. In a viral article for …

Drought in the West

The West is baking, burning and drying out. These numbers explain why and how. “It is a story of cascading impacts,” climate scientist John Abatzoglou said, as the West weathers “an epically dry year followed by incredible heat the last two months and now we have fires.” By Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press, Colorado Sun, Jul 15, 2021 The American West …

Policies necessary to achieve 1.5 C alignment

Switching to 100 percent clean electricity Rapidly increasing sales of zero-emission cars and trucks while reducing passengervehicle miles traveled Shifting to efficient, all-electric buildings and appliances iv Moving away from fossil fuel use in manufacturing Reducing methane leakage from the oil and gas, water treatment, and wastemanagement sectors Improving land management Colorado Energy Policy Simulator Insights: Current Emissions Trajectory, 1.5°C …

Democrats Seek $500 Billion in Climate Damages From Big Polluting Companies

Under a draft plan Democrats are circulating, the Treasury Department would tax a handful of the biggest emitters of planet-warming pollution to pay for climate change. By Lisa Friedman, NYTimes, Aug. 4, 2021 WASHINGTON — Democrats in Congress want to tax Exxon, Chevron and a handful of other major oil and gas companies, saying the biggest climate polluters should pay for …