Online visitors can select their state and find relevant links to their state, county, and tribal information, and to helpful resources to overcome administrative barriers. They show the nearest ballot drop boxes, an easier option for many. In North Dakota, tribal residents can now be assigned an official address if they locate it on a map or describe it to an election administrator, so that state’s page contains PDFs of maps for assistance. But, whether this rule will play out fairly is still unknown: “It is not clear yet what will happen on Election Day,” the resource warns. … [Read more...] about Native Americans are facing voter suppression. This resource wants to help them overcome it
Before the Tokyo Olympics were postponed due to the pandemic, organizers finally decided to move the marathon event from the Japanese capital to the cooler Sapporo, because Tokyo heat in summer 2018 reached a sweltering 106 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s just one example that’s exposed how climate is changing the way sports are being consumed, both for players of local, community sports, and spectators of the global leagues. High temperatures and lack of snowfall are threatening skiing, fires are causing poor health for cricket players in Australia (and baseball players in California), and rising sea levels are flooding golf courses. … [Read more...] about Will people care about climate change once it starts ruining sports?
I should qualify my previous statement about Hillary placing a more serious focus on design in her campaign. I’ve fallen into a habit I promoted as problematic. It would have been more thoughtful to say Hillary Clinton appeared to put a stronger focus on “an eclectic approach” to her campaign’s visual design, which doesn’t exclude Joe Biden and his team from a carefully considered design strategy. As I mentioned in a previous Fast Company article, the Biden team’s approach appears to me to be risk averse, or put another way, perhaps Biden is trying to provide the country with a sense of familiar calm amid the current chaos, and I think that’s smart. All available information points to this election coming down to the Rust Belt states again. Taking that into consideration has to be part of any effective design strategy. … [Read more...] about Can design help win an election? Experts duke it out
The situation has likely changed since 2016, since China implemented new policy in 2018 that dramatically reduced the plastic it was willing to import. The U.S. now exports less plastic; some other countries followed China’s ban. But without domestic markets for recycling, the recycling rate in the U.S. has dropped even lower than it already was, as waste continues to increase. “All of this points to the urgent need to reduce unnecessary plastics here in the United States, while drastically overhauling recycling,” he says. … [Read more...] about The U.S. is one of the world’s worst ocean plastic polluters
If India has missed the Dragon party in anything, it is copper, which hit a multi-year high last week, topping $7,000 a tonne. This is because India has become a net importer of copper since the Vedanta Resources Plc Sterlite Copper Plant at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu was ordered shut by the State government on May 28, 2018. … [Read more...] about Why China is on a commodity buying spree and how does it benefit India