FedEx Goes Electric

A lot of people I know are waiting to see when driving electric vehicles becomes practical. With virtually all inventions, some want to be the “first on their block” to get it, and some wait until it’s “proven.”  When it comes to the thin screen TVs, the transition may give us better entertainment pleasure, but it doesn’t affect our ability to live sustainably.

I’ve had an electric car for about five years now. It’s fun to drive and far less expensive to drive and to maintain. … Keep reading

Reforestation

Here’s an interesting perspective about what’s needed to stop the dire consequences of global warming. As we’re already feeling the effects of increased frequency and severity of storms, it’s safe to say that global warming is no longer just a theoretical model to be debated.  However, I do have a few comments afterwards.

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Shell boss says mass reforestation needed to limit temperature rises to 1.5C

 

Adam Vaughan

The Guardian

9 Oct 2018

 

The boss of Shell has said a huge tree-planting

project the size of the Amazon rainforest

would be needed to meet a tougher global

warming target, as he argued more renew-

able energy alone would not be enough.Keep reading

Social Media Impacts

One of the major changes in our lives has been the widespread use of social media. Some hail it as a sign of low-cost global communication freedom. Some are concerned about what the positive and negative impacts might be. Here’s one study focused on the impact of social media on teenagers.

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Devices dominate teenagers’ social lives

 

Kim Hart

Common Sense Media

September 19, 2018Save

[Reproduced from “Social media, social life,”

Rideout, V., and Robb, M.… 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