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A 76K Monthly Pension - Why States and Cities Are Short on Cash

Governments are struggling as mounting pension obligations crowd out the rest of their budgets. Oregon faces a severe, self-inflicted crisis.


News Item   |   2018 Apr 14

Has Trump Made the Working Class Great Again?

And yet, even if they do make more than female and black workers, white men still aren’t able to outearn their parents – a bleak commentary on the American Dream.


News Item   |   2018 Apr 12

Empty half the Earth of its humans. It's the only way to save the planet

Cities are part of the system we’ve invented to keep people alive on Earth. People tend to like cities, and have been congregating in them ever since the invention of agriculture, 10,000 or so years ago. That’s why we call it civilisation.


News Item   |   2018 Mar 20

Loss of Fertile Land Fuels Looming Crisis Across Africa

Climate change, soil degradation and rising wealth are shrinking the amount of usable land in Africa. But the number of people who need it is rising fast.


News Item   |   2017 Jul 29

Earth's sixth mass extinction event under way

Researchers talk of ‘biological annihilation’ as study reveals billions of populations of animals have been lost in recent decades.


News Item   |   2017 Jul 10

Remember the Population Bomb? It's Still Ticking

Lesotho’s experience since the 1970s is an even stronger case study of what happens when development plans ignore the reality that such efforts can be a recipe for exploding human numbers.


News Item   |   2017 Jun 15

The cost of a polluted environment: 1.7 million child deaths a year

More than 1 in 4 deaths of children under 5 years of age are attributable to unhealthy environments. Every year, environmental risks – such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation, and inadequate hygiene – take the lives of 1.7 million children under 5 years, say two new WHO reports.


News Item   |   2017 Mar 06

Earth Sets a Temperature Record for the Third Straight Year

Marking another milestone for a changing planet, scientists reported on Wednesday that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016 — trouncing a record set only a year earlier, which beat one set in 2014. It is the first time in the modern era of global warming data that temperatures have blown past the previous record three years in a row.


News Item   |   2017 Jan 18

How Not To Be Ignorant About The World

Watch this if you’d like to be smarter than the average chimpanzee.


News Item   |   2017 Jan 13

The Real Story About Fake News Is Partisanship

Partisan bias now operates more like racism than mere political disagreement, academic research on the subject shows. And this widespread prejudice could have serious consequences for American democracy.


News Item   |   2017 Jan 11

Does Decision-Making Matter?

“We don’t decide about life; we’re captured by life. In the major spheres, decision-making, when it happens at all, is downstream from curiosity and engagement. If we really want to understand and shape behavior, maybe we should look less at decision-making and more at curiosity. Why are you interested in the things you are interested in? Why are some people zealously seized, manically attentive and compulsively engaged?”


News Item   |   2016 Nov 25

Top 0.1% Holds Same Amount of Wealth as Bottom 90%

We all know income inequality is pretty wide in the USA, but the wealth ownership data via Deutsche Bank is quite astonishing. Note the change post WW II, and the subsequent reversion.


News Item   |   2016 Nov 25

What Seattle Doesn't Understand About Trump's Appeal

Matt Manweller, a Republican state lawmaker from Ellensburg, Washington, USA, is also a Political Science professor, and does a great job of explaining why those outside of our large urban centers feel abandoned by the liberals.


News Item   |   2016 Nov 11

What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class

From Joan C. Williams, in the Harvard Business Review: Most complete explanation yet of why so many US voters went for Trump.


News Item   |   2016 Nov 10

A staggering number of the world's children are breathing toxic air

A staggering number of the world’s children are breathing toxic air, according to a new UNICEF report.


News Item   |   2016 Nov 04

How ISIS Makes Radicals

Great piece by David Brooks in the New York Times, summarizing elements of “The True Believer,” by Eric Hoffer, written in 1951.


News Item   |   2015 Dec 08

What Science Is -- and How and Why It Works

Great short article by Neil deGrasse Tyson about the nature of scientific knowledge.


News Item   |   2015 Nov 21

A staggering number of the world's children are breathing toxic air


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