As we face a climate turning point for which our post-COVID-19 behaviors are especially crucial, it’s important that higher-income individuals who move outward live in an eco-friendly way, especially when many essential and lower-wage workers must stay in cities and, often, climate hotspots. “COVID-19 has illustrated a sad truism: We may all be in the same boat, but we all do not have the same paddles,” Daniel Kammen, the other Berkeley study author, wrote in an email to Fast Company. Affluent individuals in New York and San Francisco have the financial means to insulate themselves from climate risks, such as wildfires and unsafe air, by working from home and relocating, he explained. “Multiple properties, often larger suburban and rural homes, and longer delivery chains all mean that individual emissions of the affluent rise when they take the extra precautions they can afford.” … [Read more...] about If COVID-19 pushes people to the suburbs, how can we make them more environmentally friendly?
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A joint report from Guns Down America and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence suggested that similar action should be taken by four other key states, which all allow open carry: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and, while no longer viewed as a critical battleground state, Virginia. All four states, the report details, have the constitutional power to ban guns at polling sites. They all have explicit laws against voter intimidation, and, though some are more explicit than others, laws that prohibit or deter open carry on sites that are often used as polling places, such as schools. … [Read more...] about It’s legal to bring guns to the polls in many swing states. What could go wrong?
But while poll monitoring is legal, it can sometimes cross into the territory of voter intimidation. Often, partisan watchers have the right to challenge someone’s eligibility to vote. In Texas, it’s the only reason a poll watcher is allowed to talk to election officials (and they cannot talk to voters); in Rhode Island, there are specific challengers whose roles are separate to observers. Historically, there have been clear instances of malfeasance by poll watchers. In 1981, Republican poll watchers in New Jersey demanded to check voter registration cards of racial minorities during the state’s gubernatorial race. In 1999, a monitoring group in Michigan singled out Arab-American voters, who then had to prove their citizenship to election officials. … [Read more...] about Poll watching is legal, voter intimidation is not. Which does Trump actually want?
Agreed that there’s a distinction between subjectively “good” design, let’s call it craft, and effective design. Agreed that there is a distinction between process and final product. But it would be a great loss to our industry if we reduce design to a process that is either effective or ineffective. That suggests all work be measurable and all outcomes be knowable. What happens to creativity? Where is the imagination? How do we take an accounting of emotion? Craft has no doubt been colonized. That’s where we get pretension, but let’s not confuse the practice of craft with the process of creativity. We need to decolonize craft and keep creativity. … [Read more...] about Can design help win an election? Experts duke it out
If governments took sudden, dramatic action to reduce the use of fossil fuels, through a high price on carbon or a stronger mandate, the values of the companies that find, extract, process, and deliver those fuels could plummet. The companies susceptible to rapid devaluations as a consequence of government actions—or shifts in societal preferences—thus have high transition risk, which should accordingly reduce their value today. … [Read more...] about The U.S. financial system needs to prepare for climate disruption