Daily Archives: February 2, 2018

Johann Hari on How Neoliberalism Drives Depression and Anxiety in the U.S.


Democracy Now!

Published on Feb 1, 2018

https://democracynow.org – The United States is one of the most depressed countries in the world. Could it be because of the country’s adoption of neoliberal economic policies? We speak to Johann Hari, author of a controversial new book, “Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression—and the Unexpected Solutions.” He writes, “Junk food has taken over our diets, and it is making millions of people physically sick. A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that something similar is happening with our minds—that they have become dominated by junk values, and this is making us mentally sick, triggering soaring rates of depression and anxiety.”

Johann Hari: To Treat Depression, Provide Meaningful Work, Housing & a Basic Income, Not Just Drugs

Democracy Now!

Published on Feb 2, 2018

https://democracynow.org
Extended conversation with Johann Hari, author of a controversial new book, “Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression—and the Unexpected Solutions.”

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“Mr. Boston”: Meet the Man Who Secretly Helped Daniel Ellsberg Leak Pent agon Papers to the Press


Democracy Now!

Published on Feb 2, 2018

https://democracynow.org – Historian Gar Alperovitz has revealed for the first time the key role he and a handful of other activists played in helping whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg leak to journalists the Pentagon Papers—a 7,000-page classified history outlining the true extent of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Daniel Ellsberg told The New Yorker the secret role this group played was so crucial in releasing the Pentagon Papers that he gave them a code name: “The Lavender Hill Mob.” Alperovitz went by the alias “Mr. Boston.” Ellsberg told The New Yorker, “Gar took care of all the cloak-and-dagger stuff.” We speak to historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz about why he is going public now.

Climate-Boston.info – Some Sources of Information for Investigation, Public Discussion and Citizen Action

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Click YouTube link or scan QR code to access Climate Boston channel.

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This weblog provides links to information about the transitions that will be required as the impact of global climate change registers in the daily lives of those in Boston, New England the world.  Some of the programs linked here are excerpted (from 2009 onward) from the  Cambridge Community Television webcast of the weekly live programs presented by Cambridge Climate Research Associates (CCRA).    These video episodes are made available here as part of  the Citizen-Science Online Learning Initiative (CSOLI)  which conducts on-site and online training on the social, economic and ecological implications of climate change and climate vulnerability in the United States and around the world.

For a more detailed directory to resources see:

The seminar series on “Climate Vulnerability” — offered as part of the Beacon Hill Seminar program in March and April of 2018 — provides an overview of the kind of online and on-site programs that are being developed and adapted to the needs of individual institutions, corporations, school systems and municipalities as they are each working to develop resilience strategies to adjust to climate change.

For further information on climate issues see:

Boston-Climate.tv  ~  Boston Climate News

Boston-climate.org  ~  Accounts of Official Documents & Reports

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Boston-Climate.com  ~   Climate Boston – (Themes for thought, discussion and action…)    ~   

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In this  Seminar participants will ask themselves:

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Resilient Design On View – Waterworks Museum

The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum welcomes you to the opening of Resilient Design in Boston: Solutions for Our Changing Landscape.

Produced with the generous assistance of the City of Boston Planning & Development Agency, the panels presented in the Overlook Gallery highlight the best in design and landscape planning made in response to the impact of climate change in Boston. These are the winning entries for the categories of Building, Neighborhood, and Infrastructure from the 2015 Boston Living with Water competition convened by the City. These proposals focus on three representative seaport neighborhoods whose location (the North End, the Fort Point Channel District, and the Columbia Point peninsula) would be affected by the rising Atlantic Ocean. The goal of the competition? A beautiful, sustainable waterfront.

More than 50 participating teams from Greater Boston and across the globe contributed designs for one or more of the three locations. These proposals addressed the immediate effect of climate change on thousands of buildings, residences, and infrastructure elements that circle Boston Harbor. Uniting these design studies is the central question: How can design address the effects of a rapidly changing climate in coastal communities?

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Dig into the Climate Ready Boston data with our new map explorer tool | Boston.gov

We’re excited to introduce our newest tool for exploring the data used in Climate Ready Boston.

Climate change gets up close and personal with our new educational map explorer tool — you can now explore what the impacts of our changing climate will look in your neighborhood. This tool allows you to learn more about the data layers used in the Climate Ready Boston recommendations for protecting our City from a changing climate, and helps you better understand how projections are influencing resiliency solutions.

The map explorer features location-based data from Climate Ready Boston. You can overlay the climate data with population demographics in order to better understand the social factors that intersect with, and contribute to, vulnerability.

The map displays the most up-to-date climate change information for Boston, and builds upon our knowledge base for keeping the data transparent, accessible, and readily updated. One of the strategies identified in the latest Climate Ready Boston report is to “Maintain up-to-date projections of future climate conditions to inform adaptation”, and we see this map explorer as a way to keep the conversation going about our findings and resiliency projects.

Additionally, you can now download the data of Climate Ready Boston — find it directly in the tool, or on the tool’s Boston.gov page. It will soon be available on the City’s open data portal, Analyze Boston.

You can launch the map explorer and download the Climate Ready Boston data here.

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Explore the Maps: Better understand the flooding, heat, and social vulnerability data used in Climate Ready Boston

Healthy Cities in the Era of Climate Change — Security & Sustainability Forum

by Arturo Herrera on August 15, 2016

“Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century,” according to the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change.

But here’s the good news.

The same Commission concluded that “Tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century.” Indeed, many of the actions we must take to mitigate climate change-reducing fossil fuel use; promoting walkable, bikeable cities; supporting sustainable, local agriculture-offer significant benefits for public health.

…(read more).

https://vimeo.com/183379682

Second NCSE Academic-Federal Dialogue_ A Federal Perspective on Sustainable Infrastructure Priorities, Investments

Join the National Council for Science and the Environment and the Hoover Institution in the second discussion with leaders from the federal agencies to learn more about research, funding, educational collaboration and partnership, and other programs happening in their agencies in 2017-18.

The webinar 2 panel includes:
Jeannette Thurston: Science Program and Analysis Officer at the Department of Agriculture
Robert Vallario, Office of Science at the Department of Energy
Gary Matlock: Deputy Assistant Administrator for Programs and Administration Oceanic and Atmospheric Research [OAR], National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Alice Hill, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford will moderate the session.
The webinar series is designed for the National council for Science and the Environment’s academic members, but educators from the SSF community are cordially invited to attend. Please alert your education colleagues.

https://vimeo.com/246005326