Now picture what car exhaust does to your lungs.
“New study estimates air pollution from burning fossil fuels caused 8.7 million premature deaths worldwide in 2018 alone. That’s almost one out of every five deaths that year.“…
”Racial-ethnic minorities in the United States are exposed to disproportionately high levels of ambient fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5), the largest environmental cause of human mortality.” via @awgaffney…
New study ”demonstrates how serious air pollution from vehicles is to people living not only near high-traffic areas, but also those living downwind.”
”A multidecade study of young adults living in the United Kingdom has found higher rates of mental illness symptoms among those exposed to higher levels of traffic-related air pollutants, particularly nitrogen oxides, during childhood and adolescence.”…
”When choosing a home, school or day care, aim to be 500-1000 feet from freeway. That’s where traffic pollution is generally highest, along with rates of asthma, cancer, heart attacks, strokes, reduced lung function, pre-term births and other problems.”…
How does burning fossil fuels contribute to air pollution? This four minute video offers a clear overview:

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7 Jun
In Portland, ”housing projects are 20 times more likely than other projects to face design appeals.”…
”Why do some projects draw more opposition, and more legal challenges, than others? A national survey found a clear trend. The closer a proposed apartment building is to the place a homeowner lives, the likelier they are to oppose its existence.”…
Housing equity is often defined solely in terms of rich and poor but we should also think of equity in terms of current residents vs future residents. NIMBY opposition to new development limits opportunity and social mobility for potential newcomers.…
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4 Jun
For 50+ years Dems have struggled to articulate a response to ”soft on crime.” Some co-opted toughness and others emphasized ”root causes” but ”law & order” kept winning. @ThePlumLineGS’s insightful column details a third approach that just won big in NM.…
Is a heavily Democratic district in NM generalizable to other places? There are a handful of reasons to think it might. First, as @ThePlumLineGS highlights, ”An under-acknowledged point is that Biden himself adopted this playbook.”…
Second, in 1950s and 1960s, Dems were the party of a ”War on Crime.” After a half-century of GOP campaigning on ”law and order,” though, voters are much more sorted on the issue than in the past. So, generally there’s less room for big swings.
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28 May
Has anyone seen a good a speculative essay or scholarly article that explores America’s future assuming significant democratic backsliding? I’m particularly interested in comparisons to prior semi-democratic eras in US, cross-national analogies and within US regional variation.
.@postdiscipline recommends this blog post by @michael_chwe published just after the 2016 election:

Can Democracy Be Saved By Those Who Have Been Historically Excluded?…
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24 May
”According to the 2018 IIHS report, pedestrian fatalities in crashes with SUVs rose more than 80 percent from 2009 to 2016.” 🤔…
“A gunshot wound is usually a little more straightforward,” Dr. Namias says. “When you get hit by a car, it’s like multiple gunshot wounds—in the leg, in the pelvis, in the chest and abdomen, in the head.”…
”Modern trucks and big SUVs favor blocky, muscular styling up front, rather than a sloping transition from grille to hood. Instead of sliding onto the hood when hit by a truck, a cyclist’s pelvis and torso rotate with a twisting, tearing motion.”…
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23 May
Just went down to the secure garage in our apartment building to attach a new ”bike reflector” that hides an AirTag in case my bike gets stolen. Too late. Despite very heavy duty chain and top-tier lock, my bike was gone. Stunned, angry and a little heartbroken.
Research on LoJack, an anti-theft tracking device for cars, found it had major spillover benefits for communities in that it helped identify chopshops, the central nodes for car theft. Ironically, I’ve been wondering if AirTags might offer similar benefits for cyclists.
Part of what’s so maddening about bike theft is that it’s not just bad luck, it’s also the result of bad policing. Bike theft is pervasive but not taken seriously by law enforcement. If one company, VanMoof, can employ ”bike hunters,” why can’t the police?
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8 May
On possible closing of Indian Point nuclear power plant, the African American Environmentalist Assoc. asked: ”How many African American children should suffer from asthma in order to marginally improve the level of fish egg mortality in the Hudson River?”… ImageImageImage
As predicted: ”most of the electricity produced by the nuclear plant, known as Indian Point, has been replaced by power generated by plants that burn natural gas and emit more pollution.”…
How it started: ”The two reactors produced about 2.1 gigawatts of power for nearly 45 years—enough to meet a quarter of demand from NYC, without emitting greenhouse gas.”

How it’s going: ”Most of the replacement power comes from cheap natural gas.”…
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