Electric Highways

For centuries, the cheapest way to produce electric power was coal. Over time, the owners of coal companies developed greater political influence, as they employ many people.  And today, their donations to politicians give them considerable federal support.  Yet, while coal was an essential underpinning of the industrial revolution, it’s now going the way of buggy whips.

With all the federal support they can muster, coal-fired power plants are closing.  Coal companies are going out of business.  A few years ago, photovoltaic panels became the least expensive way to generate electricity. … Keep reading

“Strongman Politics”

Here’s a brief article that may not seem like something we can do anything about, but which has absolutely direct bearing on sustainable living. Clearly, President Trump acts more like a dictator than previous Presidents, as he comes from small private sector companies, in which the owner of the company is the ruler, and has the right to hire and fire as he or she pleases.

However, if we look globally, many other countries who use the title, “President,” and purport to have democracies – such as The Philippines’ Duterte, Turkey’s Erdogan, China’s Xi, Russia’s Putin, or Venezuela’s Maduro – have leaders who were initially elected, but essentially turn their democracy into an autocracy.… Keep reading

IQ & Environment

Here’s an interesting piece of research about the impact of environmental factors on intelligence. We know, for example, the thirty percent of children age ten or younger, living in U.S cities, have respiratory problems.  The air quality, such as lower oxygen levels from fossil fuel burning, is insufficient for their young systems to grow as they should.  Comments afterwards.

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IQ Scores Are Declining And The Environment Is To Blame, New Study Finds

 

June 13, 2018

The-CNN-Wire

 

(CNN) — IQ scores have been steadily falling for the past few decades, and environmental factors are to blame, a new study says.… Keep reading

URBAN TREE LOSS

Here’s a research report – from a British paper, no less – about the loss of trees in U.S. cities, and the negative impacts that loss is having. Suggestions follow.

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US cities losing 36 million trees a year, researchers find

Scientists warn of environmental threats rising from trend

that is ‘likely to continue unless policies are altered’

 

Naomi Larsson

@naomilars

The Guardian

10 May 2018

 

Cities in the United States are increasingly seeing concrete in place of greenery as urban areas lose an estimated 36m trees annually, according to a study from the Forest Service.… Keep reading

LONELINESS!

Here’s a unique look at a major “quality-of-life” factor … certainly one key aspect of “sustainable living” that separates “survival” from “sustainability.” I’ll add comments afterwards.

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Americans Are A Lonely Lot, And Young People Bear The Heaviest Burden

Rhitu Chatterjee
NPR
May 1, 2018

Loneliness is on the rise in the U.S., particularly among younger people, such as members of Generation Z, born between the mid-1990s and the early 2000s, and millennials, just a little bit older.… Keep reading