Air Pollution Lowers Intelligence

Here’s a study linking air pollution to intelligence. While we can’t do much to affect air quality on a macro level, we can do a lot to improve our personal environments.

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Air pollution causes ‘huge’ reduction in intelligence, study reveals

Impact of high levels of toxic air ‘is equivalent

to having lost a year of education’

 

Damian Carrington and Lily Kuo in Beijing

The Guardian

28 Aug 2018

 

Air pollution causes a “huge” reduction in intelligence, according to new research, indicating that the damage to society of toxic air is far deeper than the well-known impacts on physical health.… Keep reading

Wonder

Here’s an unusual, in-depth study about one of the more positive qualities we, as humans, share. As you’ll read, without wonder, where would we be?  And I believe you’ll also see it as a fundamental ingredient to our quality-of-life experience … and as an essential characteristic in “sustainable living.”

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How wonder works 

One emotion inspired our greatest

achievements in science, art and religion.

We can manipulate it – but why do we have it?Keep reading

Prescribing Play?

Here’s an unusual topic that, it turns out, seems to have direct bearing on “sustainable living,” because of the abilities that are developed through play.

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Kids are so over-scheduled

that doctors are being

told to prescribe play

 

Jenny Anderson

Quartz

August 21, 2018

 

For many parents, back-to-school season incites a mad scramble to organize kids’ activities—from music lessons to math club and after-school tutoring. But a new policy report from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests we’d do better to pencil in big blocks of time devoted to nothing but free play.… Keep reading

Skim Reading

Here’s a powerful and fascinating array of solid research that examines the impact that our new communication media will have on our coming quality-of-life experience, our society and perhaps … even our entire civilization.

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Skim reading is the new normal.

The effect on society is profound

 

Maryanne Wolf

The Guardian

26 August 2018

 

When the reading brain skims texts, we don’t

have time to grasp complexity, to understand

another’s feelings or to perceive beauty.Keep reading

Why the Battery Hype?

The goal on the physical side of “sustainable living” is to live with what Earth provides, with the same or better quality-of-life experience. Being as nature provides amenities – sunlight, water, etc. – on its schedule, but we use those amenities on our schedule, we need to create systems that store overages when they occur – such as a rainstorm at 3:00 a.m. – and bring them back when it suits us – such as water for bathing and cooking after we arise. … Keep reading