States Must Reform Zoning Because No City Can End a Shortage Alone

Sightline Daily

After decades of impasse in a thousand city halls, housing advocates are looking to statehouses for zoning reform. Many now think state, provincial, and even federal reforms may pass more easily than local ones. It’s because larger-scale zoning reforms might

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Washington Tries the Carrot Approach for Statewide Zoning Reform

Sightline Daily

Cities embraced the approach, in stark contrast to their typical hostility to any state bills that would mandate zoning reforms.

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2016 Democracy Reform Ballot Initiatives Roundup

Sightline Daily

This election, voters in nine states and one province saw a total of 17 democracy reform initiatives on their ballots. The initiatives gave voters a chance to weigh in on issues ranging from voter registration to vote-counting systems, from the role of big money in funding political campaigns to the adoption of game-changing campaign finance reform programs that would make campaigns about voter outreach again. Four of these proposed reforms

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“Gas Taxes and Oil Subsidies: Time for Reform”

Environmental Economics

Many emerging market countries have taken advantage of the last year of falling oil prices to implement such reforms. Jeffrey Frankel at Econbrowser : World oil prices have been highly volatile during the last decade. Over the past year they have fallen more than 50%. Should we root for prices to go up, down, or stay the same? The economic effects of falling oil prices are negative overall for oil-exporting countries, of course, and positive for oil-importing countries.

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H.R. 1029, EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2015

Environmental Economics

The CBO doesn't think that implementing the changes propossed by this legislation would cost very much: H.R. 1029 would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make various changes related to the qualifications of members serving on the Science Advisory Board (SAB) and to expand disclosure requirements for members of the board. The SAB was established in 1978 by the Congress with a broad mandate to advise EPA on technical matters related to science.

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The need for proper land reform

Green (Living) Review

Proper land reform could enable thousands upon thousands to do just that and that many additional farmers would bring enough food on the home markets for all. But that would simply have to go hand in hand with the land reform itself.

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How is AI Reforming Future Trading?

Green Prophet

The post How is AI Reforming Future Trading? Artificial Intelligence can be used to grow vertical gardens in cities, to drive petrol-less cars, and to help us make banking decisions. With the progress of technology, great opportunities are coming up for people who are ready to benefit from it. Decades ago, selling and buying shares was a convenient process and was available just for a few people.

Corporations in the crosshairs: From reform to redesign

AGreenLiving

There’s no shortage of efforts to reform capitalism and corporate governance. Here is the original post: Corporations in the crosshairs: From reform to redesign. Business Green and-corporate civil-society corporate governance corporate-redesign leadership ngos & activism reform-capitalism the-bannerCan disparate actors, particularly civil society movements, converge under the banner of corporate redesign?

Welfare reform reinforces growing class prejudice reminiscent of Victorian era

Green (Living) Review

• Study finds people believe work is plentiful and unemployment is a lifestyle choice • Evidence of an alarming intolerance towards disabled people, with questions over legitimacy of benefits • Government rhetoric on ‘scroungers’ likely to reinforce these attitudes British society is becoming increasingly intolerant of unemployed people and other disadvantaged groups, according to academics at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI).

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How the climate crisis is accelerating food systems reform

AGreenLiving

How the climate crisis is accelerating food systems reform Jim Giles Fri, 02/05/2021 – 01:00 For more great analysis of sustainable food systems, sign up for Food Weekly , our free email newsletter. Here is the original post: How the climate crisis is accelerating food systems reform.

Prescription for REAL Healthcare Reform – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) PRESCRIPTION FOR REAL HEALTHCARE REFORM by Howard Dean, MD with Igor Volsky and Faiz Shakir Published by Chelsea Green Publishing June 2009 ISBN 978-1-60358-228-5 Paperback 140+ pages Price USD 12.95 Tags: health care healthcare reform

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Fairtrade Foundation response to CAP reform statements

Green (Living) Review

Aurelie Walker, the Fairtrade Foundation’s Trade Policy Advisor, said: ‘Caroline Spelman’s speech today suggesting the Common Agriculture Policy is ‘morally wrong’ for ‘undercutting producers in developing countries’ represents a potentially significant watershed in attempts to produce meaningful reform of Europe’s €55 billion subsidy regime. The Fairtrade Foundation welcomes the Government’s stated intention to introduce a new moral dimension, linking development to CAP reform.

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Sierra Club calls for Ex-Im bank reform

Sierra Club Compass

Some Congressional Republicans believe that the bank should be abolished, while many others on both sides of the aisle believe it needs real reform. The Sierra Club believes that Congress should continue to push the Bank to reform its energy sector lending. competitiveness in the evolving global marketplace, it should focus on reforming Ex-Im’s energy sector portfolio.

Reformation swimsuit makes you feel like a pin-up model and a saint

Green Prophet

Then I stumbled upon Reformation and took the chance. Reformation uses regenerated materials or dead stock to create a stunning line of dresses, pants, shirts, shoes and bathing suits. In their swimwear, Reformation uses a sustainable product called Econyl, a regenerated nylon fiber made from waste such as fishing nets from the oceans and other waste from landfills. Not me, but a very cute model showing off the 50s era Reformation bathing suit.

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Diversity, equity and inclusion: Incremental reform or systemic change?

AGreenLiving

Diversity, equity and inclusion: Incremental reform or systemic change? In its present form, DEI represents a set of modest efforts for legal and institutional reforms but nothing close to a mass movement capable of resolving the widening crevices of American society and politics. More: Diversity, equity and inclusion: Incremental reform or systemic change? Terry F. Yosie Tue, 03/23/2021 – 01:11 Unresolved debates about the past frame choices about who owns the future.

Diversity, equity and inclusion: Incremental reform or systemic change?

AGreenLiving

Diversity, equity and inclusion: Incremental reform or systemic change? In its present form, DEI represents a set of modest efforts for legal and institutional reforms but nothing close to a mass movement capable of resolving the widening crevices of American society and politics. View post: Diversity, equity and inclusion: Incremental reform or systemic change? Terry F.

Why collaboration is the missing ingredient in food system reform

AGreenLiving

Why collaboration is the missing ingredient in food system reform Jim Giles Fri, 01/08/2021 – 01:30 One of the most exciting things about food and ag right now is the potential for change. Excerpt from: Why collaboration is the missing ingredient in food system reform. The industry’s environmental problems — waste, greenhouse gases, biodiversity loss — are real. But so are the solutions.

Ofgem calls for energy system reform

Green (Living) Review

"A commitment to radically reform the energy system must be a significant element of all the political party manifestos." by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Commenting the recent call by energy regulator Ofgem for radical plans to safeguard Britain's power supplies and tackle climate change, Friends of the Earth's Executive Director Andy Atkins, said: "Ofgem has rightly recognised that the free-market energy system is failing the UK.

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Professional bodies unite in concern over proposed planning reforms

Green (Living) Review

Six bodies representing a range of environmental professions have united in a joint letter to planning Minister, Greg Clarke MP, expressing their concern over the current planning reform proposals from Government. The signatories urged the Government to exercise due caution in rushing out the reforms and in particular to re-examine its use of the term ‘Sustainable Development’, which they consider to be a “gross mis-representation” of the principle.

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Would you like to be an ecological smallholder?

Low Impact

Smallholding Land reform Low-impact blog Personal developmentWould you like to be an ecological smallholder? The Ecological Land Co-op are looking for smallholders for plots of land in Devon and Cornwall.

U.S. Seeks To Reform Mining Laws

Eco Friendly Daily

A 137-year old law is expected to be reformed by Congress is the near future. I think there is a possibility we can get mining reform done in this Congress.”. With these recent moves, the Obama administration is indicating their dedication to mining reform. Following on the heels of the recent Supreme court ruling to allow tailings to be dumped in Alaska, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar surprisingly announced future changes to U.S. mining laws.

COP18: We Must Reform Fracking to Limit Environmental Impact.

Sierra Club Compass

New Report: Look Before the LNG Leap » COP18: We Must Reform Fracking to Limit Environmental Impact. But with fracking, and the environmental concerns that come along with this, they are now focusing on getting the process of extracting shale gas reformed to limit these impacts. Listed below are links to weblogs that reference COP18: We Must Reform Fracking to Limit Environmental Impact : Comments. Compass.

Poisoned Chalice: California rate design reform and its consequences for rooftop solar, efficiency, and conservation

Sierra Club Compass

Last year the California Legislature passed a bill (AB 327 - Perea) granting the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) the ability to make broad changes to how the state's investor owned utilities (PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E) charge customers for electricity.

Government planning reform must lead to green, safe and prosperous future

Green (Living) Review

A greener and fairer planning system must be at the heart of reforms reported to be published next week says Friends of the Earth. Planning reform is expected to form a prominent part of the Government's Decentralisation and Localism Bill. " The Decentralisation and Localism bill is expected to include further reforms of the land use planning system.

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Obscene bonuses show need for fundamental reform of banking sector

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Responding to the recent announcement that JP Morgan Chase paid out $26.9 billion in pay, bonuses and benefits last year, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: “These obscene bonuses paid so soon after the world's taxpayers had to rescue the banking system show that there is something fundamentally wrong in the relationship between banking and the rest of the economy.

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Proposed Soda Tax to Fund Obama Health Care Reform

Green Living Ideas

The Obama administration has proposed a sin tax on sodas to pay for health care reform. Proposed Soda Tax to Fund Obama Health Care Reform. Sumptuary or sin taxes are common on alcohol and cigarettes, but do sugary sodas fall into this same category? Of course, the beverage lobby opposes the tax claiming it would unfairly target lower income families. Supporters [.] Post from: Green Living Ideas. Related Posts. Boost Your Health with Organic Energy Drinks.

Review of ‘A Small Farm Future’ by Chris Smaje

Low Impact

There are no blueprints, no simple answers, but a family of similar types of solution – non-hierarchical, decentralised, small-scale – transcending not overthrowing or reforming. Industrial agriculture and giant monoculture farms dominate our food sector. But does it have to be that way?

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Proposed Soda Tax to Fund Obama Health Care Reform

Green Living Ideas

The Obama administration has proposed a sin tax on sodas to pay for health care reform. Proposed Soda Tax to Fund Obama Health Care Reform. Sumptuary or sin taxes are common on alcohol and cigarettes, but do sugary sodas fall into this same category? Of course, the beverage lobby opposes the tax claiming it would unfairly target lower income families. Supporters [.] Post from: Green Living Ideas. Related Posts. Boost Your Health with Organic Energy Drinks.

We need to completely close down industrial animal agriculture

Low Impact

Veganism Community-supported agriculture Dairying Turkeys Smallholding Keeping livestock Low-impact food & drink Cattle Ducks Butchery, sausages & meat Goats 'Small is beautiful' Land reform Pigs Chickens Sheep Low-impact shopping Low-impact blog WWOOFing Vegetarianism

Job opportunities with the Ecological Land Cooperative

Low Impact

Co-operatives Smallholding Land reform Low-impact blogThere are exciting times ahead for our friends at the Ecological Land Cooperative, as they share news of five new job opportunities. Lauren Simpson tells us more.

Can organic farming feed the world?

Low Impact

New economy Veg box schemes Farmers' markets & direct farm sales Community-supported agriculture Systemic change Smallholding The 'nature problem' Low-impact food & drink 'Small is beautiful' Land reform Low-impact blog Soil management WWOOFing

Storing value in a mutual credit world: Chris Cook

Low Impact

Systemic change Housing co-operatives New economy Commoning Low-impact money Land reform Mutual credit Community Low-impact blog

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Trying to make a living on an organic smallholding: Paul Jennings, ‘One-Planet’ smallholder

Low Impact

New economy Smallholding Land reform Low-impact blog Straw-bale buildingThis is part 2 of an interview with Paul Jennings, who has built his own straw-bale house and lives with his family on a smallholding in Carmarthenshire in Wales.

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We Ran the Rent Numbers on Portland’s 7 Newly Legal Home Options

Sightline Daily

Sunday, August 1, is the effective date for a series of reforms After a seven-year campaign, Portland on Sunday formally lifted a series of 97-year-old bans on seven different types of homes.

Mentoring and more: support for new entrant farmers

Low Impact

Smallholding Land reform Low-impact blogKnow someone taking their first steps into farming? We take a look at a growing wealth of schemes and resources providing support for new entrant farmers.

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Video: Who Funds Seattle’s Political Candidates?

Sightline Daily

Democracy Campaign Reform Honest Elections Seattle Money in politics SeattleEver wondered who funds Seattle’s political candidates? Well, Sightline has—so we mapped it. For your convenience and viewing pleasure, we condensed the report into a two minute video that paints a picture of Seattle’s money in politics. To win elections, local candidates depend on a tiny share of the people who live in Seattle: mostly, rich, white people in view homes.

Who Funds Seattle’s Political Candidates?

Sightline Daily

Democracy Election Reform Honest Elections Seattle Money in politics SeattleOriginal Sightline Institute graphic, available under our free use policy. Original Sightline Institute graphic, available under our free use policy. Overwhelmingly, rich, white people who live in Seattle’s waterfront and view homes fund Seattle’s political candidates. That’s the picture that emerges from a new Sightline Institute study released today.

Interactive Map: Who Funds Seattle’s Political Candidates?

Sightline Daily

The alarmingly small number of contributors that dominate Seattle’s political game demonstrates the need for democracy reform. Democracy Election Reform Honest Elections Seattle Money in politics SeattleDid you miss Sightline Institute’s new report released yesterday ? Or didn’t have time to read all 27 pages? Don’t fret—here’s your political funding cheat sheet.

How Money Gets into Our Politicians’ Pockets

Sightline Daily

Up until a 1989 reform act , candidates were able to legally use leftover campaign money for anything—and many used it as a retirement cushion. This is an area that’s almost universally accepted as needing reform. Democracy Election Reform Money in politics PACsMoney by Images Money used under CC BY 2.0 Political donations are a tangled web.

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Want to double world food production? Return the land to small farmers!

Green (Living) Review

agriculture farmers farming green living land reform peasants small farms smallholdingsby Michael Smith (Veshengro) If we want to double world food production and be able to feed a growing population we will have to return the land to small farmers and also establish more small farms. All over the world, small farmers are being forced off their land to make way for corporate agriculture and it is being justified by the need to 'feed the world'.

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The Commons

Green (Living) Review

agrarian reform commons green living by Michael Smith (Veshengro) "Commons" is an Old English word. The word Commons, in pre-industrial times, was used to designate certain aspects of the environment traditionally defined such as forests, rivers, fisheries or grazing land that are shared, used and enjoyed by all. In fact those were parts of the environment for which customary law exacted specific forms of community respect.

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"Ninety-Five Regulatory Experts Express Concerns about Trump Administration Reforms"

Environmental Economics

Joshua Linn and Alan Krupnick: Many economists and other professionals looked on in dismay when President Trump issued executive orders and supporting guidance documents that appear to target regulations for elimination based primarily on their costs rather than a balanced assessment that includes benefits.

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Honest Elections Seattle Tames Lobbying Money

Sightline Daily

Democracy Campaign Reform Honest Elections Seattle Money in politics SeattleMoney by 401kCalculator.org used under CC BY-SA 2.0 In 2013, during the last municipal election campaigns in Seattle, the ridesharing company Lyft was fighting for its life in a dispute over local taxi regulations. It contributed $2,600 to candidates for mayor and city council and also spent $15,000 lobbying city hall. Eventually, it won city rules agreeable to its interests.