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Swiss #multinationals are responsible for at least 2-3% of global greenhouse gas emissions, if indirect emissions are taken into account. These numbers are similar to Brasil, Japan or Indonesia, despite Switzerland’s comparatively small population and size. 🧵
According to a @McKinsey study, greenhouse gas emissions directly controlled by multinational enterprises in🇨🇭are 7 to 10 times higher than the country’s domestic emissions. And that’s without including the emissions along these enterprises’ value chain. Here’s how 👇
In relation to its size, Switzerland is among the countries with the highest climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Externalising negative consequences of its wealth has been a part of the “Swiss business model” for a long time.
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🚨*PhD Positions*🚨
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Interested in studying #inequality + #NatureAndNurture?
Want to do a PhD?

We are looking for 13 PhD students in Social Science Genetics across eight universities that constitute the
European Social Science Genetics Network #ESSGN
The Network is funded by the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions @MSCActions and includes @erasmusuni (NL), @Unibo (IT), @unibielefeld (DE), @BristolUni (UK), #UniOslo (NO), @UniofOxford (UK), @uppsalauni (SE), @VUamsterdam (NL).

We invite applications to start Sept/Oct 2023
The consortium spans demography, economics, epidemiology, genetics, political science, psychology, sociology, and statistics in academia

+ non-academic partners experienced in and committed to using data science to better understand inequalities in life chances
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Today at 11am PST we'll be looking at #LongCovid which studies show has potentially affected upwards of 23 million Americans. What are the symptoms? What can vaccines do? Watch the livestream 👉ethnicmediaservices.org/media-briefing… @CaliforniaDep11 @MichelleCHC_UCR
Welcome to today's briefing, "Long-Term COVID: The Next Pandemic?" co-hosted by EMS and @CaliforniaDep11's Vaccinate All 58 Campaign.
Today's speakers include Dr. Nisha Viswanathan, Director, UCLA Long COVID Program; Dr. Jose Luis Perez, Chief Medical Officer, South Central Family Health Center; & Michelle Burroughs, Director of Community Engagement and Outreach, @CHC_UCR
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"Harnessing #SocialCapital to Enhance Collective Welfare" — our final Community Lecture of the season, starting in a few moments (7:30 pm Mountain).

Follow this 🧵 for highlights from the panel, and tune in to the YouTube stream:



#Economics #Inequality
In 2009 @TIME named @NAChristakis of @Yale, one of our panelists tonight, one of the top 100 most influential people in the world. His clever experiments examine the spread of altruism, emotions, & health behaviors in both virtual & real-world settings.

humannaturelab.net/people/nichola…
Our next panelist, SFI Ext Prof @JacksonmMatt of @Stanford, is a highly-awarded economist & the author of The Human Network: How Your Social Position Determines Your Power, Beliefs, & Behaviors:
web.stanford.edu/~jacksonm/book…

His episode of #ComplexityPodcast:
complexity.simplecast.com/episodes/12
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"Emmanuel #Macron has warned the French they are facing sacrifices and what he called the 'end of #abundance', at his government’s first cabinet meeting after the summer holidays."

theguardian.com/world/2022/aug…
"The president, speaking before ministers at the Élysée, said the country was at a '#TippingPoint' and faced a difficult winter and a new era of #instability caused by #ClimateChange and #Russia’s invasion of #Ukraine."
"'What we are currently living through is a kind of major tipping point or a great upheaval … we are living the end of what could have seemed an era of abundance … the end of the abundance of products of #technologies that seemed always available …
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Do you have expertise in #Health, #Environment and/or #Development in SE Asia?
Apply for a tt position as Asst. Prof at our Dept of #Geography .@UUtah -- a thread 🧵 with more deets below ! 1/5

Link to position description and application link utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/135215
2/5 Some example research in SE Asia for this hire include (but not limited to) #illness & #disease, #population, #environmental challenges & #inequality, #sustainability, #climatechange impacts, #agriculture & #foodsecurity, #urbanization, #development, #conflict, #migration...
3/5 ... #Diaspora...
We value diverse perspectives and seek to build more inclusive faculty, graduate, and undergraduate student bodies. Applicants from underrepresented backgrounds are encourage to apply by 1 September 2022.
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#THREAD

GDP is the principal way the world defines & measures progress.

This urgently has to change if the world is to make meaningful progress on the multiple threats posed by climate change, energy costs, insecure employment & widening #inequality.

theconversation.com/beyond-gdp-cha…
In measuring the monetary value of economic activity, GDP incorporates many of the “bads” that detract from our quality of life: eg war, pollution, crime & natural disasters can all have a positive impact on GDP, yet they cannot be construed as components of economic success.
Significant aspects of our lives are missing from GDP, eg: societal inequality; contributions from unpaid work; the labour of those who care for the young & the elderly at home or in the community; the depletion of natural resources; & the value of data & many digital services.
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"The emergence of #government as organized #violence-cum-#robbery"
SFI Seminar by @CoenTeulings (@UniUtrecht)

Video link:


Follow this 🧵 for highlights + slides! Image
"What's the motivation of this paper? We've seen in most of these locations that there was an #emergence of some form of hierarchical #government [correlated with] a monopoly of #violence and increased #inequality [and] most people lost."

- @CoenTeulings (@UniUtrecht) ImageImageImageImage
Citing work led by SFI's Tim Kohler in 2017 showing the increase in #inequality (as measured by #GINIcoefficient) as society evolves greater political #scale and more complex/abstract means of production: Image
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Working class people are being told by Australian billionaire Rupert Murdoch & non-dom billionaire Jonathan Harmsworth that they must just accept high #inequality & the #CostOfLivingCrisis, but Britain was a much more equal society in the 1970s than it has been at any time since.
Govts are supposed to UNITE people & look after EVERYONE, but our Govt instead uses divisive 'wedge issues' like Rwanda & the strike to scare & manipulate people into believing scapegoats like asylum seekers & unions are responsible for Britain's problems.
Given a supportive news media, it's easy to manipulate people: having endured a decade of #austerity, & now a #CostOfLivingCrisis, it's hidden from voters that from 2009-19, the collective wealth of Britain's richest 1,000 people INCREASED by £480 BILLION.
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The evidence is crystal clear: the happiest countries are the most equal ones. People in countries like Britain, where there are high levels of #inequality, are easily manipulated by political & media elites, who fuel division by identifying & demonising scapegoats.🇬🇧
#RwandaPlan
The "general recipe for creating highly satisfied citizens: ensure that state institutions are of high quality, non-corrupt, able to deliver what they promise, & generous in taking care of citizens in various adversities".

The opposite of Britain then.🇬🇧

The UK's political & media elite conceal from Brexit supporters & "patriots" the truth about their hero Winston Churchill's role in both the European Convention on, & Court of, Human Rights - designed to protect people from Govts like ours. 🇬🇧
#RwandaPlan
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🔴 We're LIVE! Join @InclusionCA and @InclusionIntl to discuss the expansion of medical assistance in dying/#euthanasia in #Canada.

We'll be live-tweeting the session and sharing key points from the discussion here, follow this thread to catch the conversation!
👇
During the COVID-19 pandemic, #Canada legalized a pathway to euthanasia for people who are not terminally ill, provided they have a disability or disabling medical condition.
In practice, people with disabilities are dying because they live in poverty, can’t secure affordable adequate housing, and are avoiding #institutionalization.
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#THREAD

#LifeChangingLibraries’ is Children's Laureate @CressidaCowell’s flagship project. All the research shows that encouraging #readingforpleasure from an early age is one of THE most important ways parents & teachers can help improve social mobility.
booktrust.org.uk/lifechangingli…
Over the course of a year, six primary schools across England are being helped to develop a #readingforpleasure culture, with the support of the @Booktrust & @CressidaCowell.

#LifeChangingLibraries

Cressida Cowell has called on the UK government to fund primary school libraries so that all children across the country don’t miss out on the opportunity to read for pleasure & all the vital benefits this chance brings.

#LifeChangingLibraries
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#THREAD on this great article by Bruno De Oliveira.

69% of low-income private renters in England will be unable to eat & heat their homes at least one day per week because of rising living costs, the UK charity Crisis recently warned.

#CostOfLivingCrisis
theconversation.com/cost-of-living…
The poorest 10% of households spend up to three times more of their family budget on food & energy bills as compared to the wealthiest 10%, according to the Resolution Foundation. The IFS estimates that inflation rates for these poorest families could reach over 10% in 2022.
A growing body of evidence strongly suggests that #austerity policies are at least partially responsible for life expectancy stalling in England & Wales.

New research into social #inequality & mental distress shows, the psychological impact is profound.

onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.100…
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#ThoughtForTheDay

Bonuses in the financial & insurance sector have hit a record high, growing by 27.9% over the last year, while average wages in the same period grew by just 4.2% - nearly £6BILLION was paid out in City bonuses in March alone.

#LevellingUp #CostOfLivingCrisis
“There is no justification for such obscene City bonuses at the best of times – let alone during a #CostOfLivingCrisis. While City executives rake it in, millions are struggling to keep their heads above water.” - Frances O’Grady, TUC general secretary.

theguardian.com/business/2022/…
“Working people are at breaking point, having been left badly exposed to soaring bills after a decade of standstill wages & universal credit cuts. Ministers have no hesitation in calling for public sector pay restraint, but turn a blind eye to shocking City excess.”

#JoinaUnion
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04/28: I spoke to the @cityofwinnipeg supporting the SPIRIT of the "Corporate Advertising Policy.”

A randy night at the senior's centre has more teeth than this #policy.

It took #Winnipeg months to put "We prefer #kindness" in print.

This is long. A 🧵 …
(Actually, 3 🧵’s)
Watch -

Our elected officials are tone deaf to harm corporate #Winnipeg enables. Context is key to understanding and interrupting my presentation proved that.

Including #wpg22 for candidates. Please address this in your campaign.

#wpgpoli #mbpoli 02/1🧵
Report: clkapps.winnipeg.ca/DMIS/ViewPdf.a…
@ShawnNason moved, @KevinKleinwpg seconded.

Policy: clkapps.winnipeg.ca/DMIS/ViewPdf.a…

I didn't get to finish my presentation. I’ll share my notes here.

(Could have finished in ~9 mins, in full, with all relevant context 🤷🏼‍♀️)

#wpg22 #wpgpoli #mbpoli 03/1🧵
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Next up at the #bgsconf meeting is @GrahamEllis247, talking about the Older People’s Strategy.

How do we address the health inequalities that afflict our country so badly?

#SDOH #inequality
So many challenges. Older people are often discriminated against and yet are also often quite passive in accepting what they experience.

#bgsconf
Older people are most likely to breach the #FourHourTarget in the #EmergencyDept.

#bgsconf
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🌍 Our 2022 #Science Board Symposium on "The #Emergent #PoliticalEconomy or #ClimateChange" kicks off with opening remarks from President David Krakauer.

Follow this 🧵 as we provide live coverage of this event all day...
"For those of you who think behavior change can prevent #ClimateChange...behavior WILL change when climate changes. Shutdowns from the pandemic resulted in a reduction of #C02 emissions of about 7.5%."
- SFI/@Harvard Prof Dan Schrag opens our speaker series today
"We *used* to talk about #ClimateChange used to be something that would happen to people in Bangladesh fifty years from now."

Re: #ClimateJustice,
"Children born today are going to deal with climate change they had no role in causing."

- SFI/@Harvard Prof Dan Schrag
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🧵Had the pleasure of attending a talk by the inimitable @edyong209 at @UBCJournalism @ubcSPPGA. He’s a superb journalist and just as good a speaker. His insights about #journalism, science and pandemics are remarkable too. #PandemicJournalism /1
Many of our standard modes of operation, like reporting today's news without context, have failed us during the pandemic. "Sense-making is important," said @edyong209. "It's not just about telling people what happened, it's helping them understand." #PandemicJournalism /2
We make the mistake of treating some doctors as all-knowing. "Expertise is very deep and narrow. For our work to deep and broad we need to speak to many people with different expertise" - clinicians, social scientists, epidemiologists, nurses, patients... #PandemicJournalism /3
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What is coming between now and 2035? Climate change: increasingly random and extreme weather, flooding, drought, famine, mass migration, pandemics, social upheaval, institutional collapse, automation, economic collapse, tribalism, authoritarianism, war, and general chaos.
Global warming will continue. Human population continues to increase. War drives a need for "energy independence". Entangled corporations, states, and individuals with direct economic interest in extraction and consumption of fossil fuels will continue to fight for their use.
And there are already feedback loops in play: the warming oceans, the melting ice caps, the thawing permafrost which is releasing trapped methane and CO2, the deforestation both man made and from increased forest fires.
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Societies with a larger gap between rich and poor are bad for EVERYONE - including the well-off

A society’s well-being is not determined by its overall wealth but by the equality of the population

💰 💰 💰

#Inequality a 🧵
@ProfKEPickett @ProfRGWilkinson ‘Spirit Level’ showed across 11 different health and social areas that outcomes are significantly worse in more unequal rich countries
Whilst global inequality was falling - mainly due to China’s 🇨🇳 rise ⬆️ Inequality is expected to have increased due to covid

Globally the richest 1% of people own 46% of all wealth

8 men own the same wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people

👨 👨 👨 👨 👨 👨 👨 👨 = 🌍
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Thread: My paper on revisiting income inequality in the USA is now online at the Economic Journal @RoyalEconSoc. Let me explain why it matters here. But first, just look at this graph which summarizes it all

doi.org/10.1093/ej/uea… #econtwitter #econhist #inequality #Economics
1) In the paper, we find that the estimates of income inequality in the US over the 20th century suffer from three massive flaws pre-1960.
2) First, because there are so few tax filers in the early years, some adjustments have to be made to get a steady share of the top fractiles. However, the adjustment used by Piketty and Saez was based on ratios of married to unmarried filers in 1942...
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#Economy: In India, with huge population, most being poor/low income group, high taxes on consumer goods, services, essential items is bad policy. It makes many products/services unviable for a large section of the population, leading to low sales & lower collection of taxes. /1
#Unemployment: High taxes also rob businesses of fair profits. Many work with low profit margins in order to not make pricing (inclusive of taxes) unaffordable. This puts extra stress on quality, R&D, delays growth, restricts market size & impacts jobs creation negatively. /2
#Inequality: High taxes make many products/services out of the reach of the poor/low income group/middle class creating lop sided social/economic growth, increasing social inequality/income disparity, leads to inflation & bad for internal security, happiness index as well./3
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Want the *honest* state of play on #LevellingUp today?

@NEF’s new report shows a staggering 60% of the country needs to be #LevelledUp, and sets out a 5-point policy shift to really do the job, backed by 6 metro mayors.

Report: neweconomics.org/2022/02/closin…

Key findings 🧵👇🏾

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Widening #inequality between regions is damaging millions of lives and holding the UK back.

Since Dec 2019, real incomes have risen by less than £20 per year in the NE, £80 per year in NW and £90 in Yorkshire and the Humber.

2/15
By contrast, real incomes in London have increased by more than £600 per year and by more than £550 in the SE.

And despite growing inequality, only £36 per person of the Government’s #LevellingUpFund has gone to these areas.

3/15
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❗️ STARTING NOW | Our #TalkingAfricaEurope on Climate and Energy begins. On the agenda:
🌿 #ClimateAction
🌍 #AUEUSummit
🤝 #CitizenEngagement
… and much more!
↪️ frnds.eu/AEFCLEN
Kicking off our first #TalkingAfricaEurope discussion on the year, Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chairman @Mo_IbrahimFdn, notes the importance of having cross-continental discussions, especially ahead of the #AUEUSummit. ⤵️
Joining us at today's #TalkingAfricaEurope discussion, @CharlesMichel, @eucopresident, stresses that the next #AUEUSummit should be "the opportunity for a new paradigm, for a new approach, for a new alliance between Africa and Europe". #ReimagineAfricaEurope
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