Recently some Republican political and business leaders in the United States seem to have had a change of heart in regard to climate change. They have formed the Climate Leadership Council (CLC), a conservative international policy institute, to advocate for what they refer to as a Carbon Dividend (Carbon Tax & Dividend) in the United States to reduce global CO2 emissions. In their publication, “The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends," they give a justification for their plan, provide an overview of how it would work, and its benefits . . .
I read some really good news today and I want to share it with you. A global movement has begun to grant nature the same legal rights as people. And while it is presumptuous for humans to grant rights to a holistic being that transcends them, it is a big step forward from the exploitation of nature as property . . .
It doesn’t get any more local than growing food in your own backyard and making everything by hand. Imagine how great it would be to have your own vegetable garden, fruit trees and livestock, and to make your own pasta, ice cream and beer. Still, I must admit that though I try to eat healthy and follow my own advice, there are certain foods I feel are best left to professionals to produce, pasta and ice cream falling into this category. While I have seen Italian women making ravioli by hand in a campground in Italy (I kid you not), I am not yet ready to be that hardcore about my food . . .
Camping in California can be difficult at times. I’m not talking about the challenges of roughing it, but the problem of finding an available space during the summer season. Many, if not most, California state park public campsites use an online booking system, owned by Reserve America. Now Reserve America is just the sort of online platform intermediary that delivers an unnecessary service at a greater cost and often increased inconvenience, as compared to direct contact with California state parks . . .
According to The Economist, in corporate law there has long been a debate over, “whether the purpose of a company is to maximize shareholder value, or pursue broader social ends." But this doesn’t have to be a debate at all: Companies that recognize the contribution of people and the environment to business success are more profitable in the long term . . .
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In our 24-hour, digitally-connected world, sleep has become a neglected part of our daily schedule. Increasingly, people are sleeping less in order to keep up with the pace of modern life, while also having more trouble sleeping because of stress resulting from their busy schedules . . .
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While we are all subject to the 24-hour circadian rhythm, we have different chronotypes, or patterns of sleeping and waking. The extremes of chronotypology include morningness (advanced sleep period), or so-called larks or early birds; and eveningness (delayed sleep period), or nightowls . . .
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Dreams can be a great inspiration. The Catalan painter Salvador Dali got some of the ideas for his surreal paintings from his practice of balancing a spoon on the edge of a glass . . .