But a state-based patchwork isn’t a plan. Each state’s rules vary in inclusivity. Some parts of the workforce, such as those working in executive roles at large companies benefit from corporate leave policies, whereas low wage working people and communities of color statistically find themselves working in sectors such as healthcare, education, and retail—the jobs we have learned to call “essential”—do not. Your zip code or your job type shouldn’t determine whether you can provide appropriate care for a loved one recovering from COVID or to a newborn child. … [Read more...] about In the face of divisive politics, paid family leave should remain a bipartisan priority
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In Hawaii, the startup built the world’s largest fully off-grid, solar-powered desalination system. With a half-acre of solar panels, there’s enough power to desalinate around 34,000 gallons of water per day, taken from a well on the site. A drip irrigation system sends the water to the roughly 1,900 native trees and shrubs that have been planted in the area so far. As the forest grows, proving that the system works, the company is working to replicate the same idea around the world. It’s creating seed banks that fit inside shipping containers and can store the millions of native seeds that are necessary for large planting projects. It’s also building open-source software that groups can use to collect data and track progress after trees are planted. … [Read more...] about Reddit’s former CEO is now in the forest-planting business
Still, there hasn’t been a lot of research about resale’s impact on the planet and whether it’s actually making a dent in fashion’s enormous environmental footprint. It’s certainly true that manufacturing new clothes involves extracting raw materials, which spews a lot of carbon into the atmosphere and accelerates climate change. Meanwhile no new resources are used when you buy a secondhand piece. So if you buy a used garment instead of a new one, that purchase is more environmentally friend on its face. … [Read more...] about Poshmark’s explosive IPO bodes well for the resale industry, but how sustainable is secondhand?
Passengers experience anxiety about what they’re going to encounter when they depart the plane in an unfamiliar city, too. These days, if you’re on a Swiss International flight from, say, Zurich to JFK, 40 minutes before the plane lands the captain comes on the loudspeaker. In addition to supplying gate numbers, he tells you how long the wait times are at Customs and Immigration, he gives you a weather report, and he provides an estimate for how long it will take a taxi or car service to reach the city. The airline isn’t responsible for any of these things and has no control over them, but this information helps to reduce your anxiety level. It also suggests that the airline takes your time, your feelings, and your concerns seriously. … [Read more...] about Three shockingly obvious ways to make flying less miserable
“Have a midday check in,” says Lipkins. “Around noon, assess your thoughts and any anxiety you may be feeling. Stay on track by picturing what your life would be like if you already were where you want to be. What beliefs and behaviors would you need to have? Then do those things now.” … [Read more...] about This is how your goal-setting should change during the pandemic