These energy costs may be accounted for on the balance sheets of manufacturers and transporters, but they become invisible when they are passed along to consumers. As a result, we have no idea what energy really costs when we fill our gas tank or pay the monthly utility bill, let alone when we buy a hamburger. Imagine a world in which restaurants disclosed carbon emissions just as some menus list calories. … [Read more...] about The hard truth about climate change: The devil’s in the details
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Bartenders and restaurant staff such as Natasha are reporting huge spikes in these hostile encounters since the pandemic hit, because a significant portion of their job is now to act as the mask police, enforcing public health measures that are required by many state laws and employers. (We are keeping the names and workplaces of the restaurant workers we spoke to anonymous to protect them from retaliation.) That’s created an even more imbalanced power dynamic between customers and servers, who need the tips from the customers they’re policing to survive. For female workers, even when the comments are of a sexual nature, they can’t necessarily take action without compromising their tips. Workers and advocates say the solution is to raise wages, so that tips serve as a bonus and not a salary, and so they wouldn’t need to worry about fending off insults and harassment or sending away reckless customers for their own safety. … [Read more...] about ‘Maskual harassment,’ angry customers, and no tips: The life of restaurant workers during COVID-19
Does that mean we should limit suburban development, and increase population density inside cities, if we want to cut emissions? Not necessarily. The researchers suggest this has limited benefit, and that focusing on carbon-reduction in today’s neighborhoods would be better. “[Suburbs] are ideal candidates for a combination of energy efficient technologies, including whole home energy upgrades, and solar photovoltaic systems combined with electric vehicles,” the study says. … [Read more...] about A Map Of The Carbon Footprint Of All 31,000 ZIP Codes In The U.S.
Over Labor Day weekend, real estate mogul Rob Speyer got a call from an old friend: Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, the union that represents New York City’s 75,000-plus educators. Mulgrew had a favor to ask. Could Speyer, through his role as president and CEO of Tishman Speyer, help monitor and improve ventilation in some of the city’s public schools, as he had done across his own commercial real estate portfolio? Good ventilation could reduce the spread of COVID-19 in enclosed spaces like classrooms—and lay the foundation for reopening the schools that serve New York City’s 1.1 million students. … [Read more...] about Why “flexibility” may be the least helpful thing companies can offer working parents right now
That’s according to data from Carnegie Mellon University’s Delphi Research Group, which surveys Facebook users on a daily basis on a number of coronavirus-related topics. One of the questions Delphi asks is whether people wear a mask in public. It then takes those responses to estimate mask adoption within a particular area. … [Read more...] about Watch how face masks in public became the norm as COVID-19 cases spiked