There are concerns. Despite promises that the newly-built apartments will be rent-subsidized for the first five years, Kiruna’s citizens worry that the costs will be too high. They’re also concerned that falling iron ore prices will mean that LKAB won’t finish the new buildings, even after the old ones have already been destroyed. And in a town as small and isolated as Kiruna, where does one go if the rents are unaffordable? … [Read more...] about An Entire Swedish City Is Getting Moved To Stop It From Falling Into A Mine
More gun purchases mean more guns in home, and having a gun in a home is associated with an increased risk of firearm homicide and suicide, regardless of how that gun is stored. Accidental shootings are also a big issue; many of the children killed by guns over the long weekend were shot by accident, caught in crossfire or hit by stray bullets. Eight-year-old Secoriea Turner was shot while sitting in a car in Atlanta—which has had 75 shootings over the past few weeks—prompting Georgia governor Brian Kemp to declare a state of emergency. … [Read more...] about Through protests and the pandemic, gun background checks hit record high
On the public health front, the pandemic has shown the value of having a robust public transport system that gives urban populations multiple options for travelling safely without being packed together in a way that makes them vectors for disease spread. Major interventions are needed here: increasing the number and frequency of trains, integrating transit systems that are flexible and ensure last mile connectivity, such as ramping up bus fleets, adding routes and investing in electric vehicles, including rickshaws that keep the pollution in control. … [Read more...] about How can the BMC help Mumbai recover?
The Navajo Nation eyed Remington two years ago, too. The New York Times reported at the time that the plan included going the police-and-defense-contracts route, instead of selling to the public; pulling back from AR-15 semi-automatic weapons; and using the manufacturing as a way to reduce tribe unemployment. … [Read more...] about Will the Navajo Nation buy the oldest U.S. gunmaker? Maybe
‘Not all those who wander are lost’. Much before a virus shut down the world, author JRR Tolkien spoke of the human need to wander, to explore, to set foot on new ground. But for months now, no one is wandering. Like caged birds, our wings have been clipped, our feet tied to the threshold of our homes. That thrill of a midnight safari, the walk in the jungle, the hoot of the owl, the trill of the mynah, the roar of a majestic lion seem like forgotten dreams. … [Read more...] about Experience a virtual wildlife safari from the comfort of your couch