Whitehaven coal mine plans progress as government refuses to call it in

The government rejects holding an inquiry into plans for a coal mine, meaning it can progress.

Jan. 6, 2021 ~2 min

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COVID’s impact on homeowners has gotten worse

An eviction moratorium extension will only postpone an eviction and housing crisis, experts say. Black, Hispanic, and young adults are most at risk.

Neil Schoenherr-WUSTL • futurity
Dec. 23, 2020 ~4 min

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Should you get a heat pump? Here's how they compare to a gas boiler

Heat pumps use electricity to transfer warmth from outside to inside a house.

Aurore Julien, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Design, University of East London • conversation
Dec. 8, 2020 ~7 min

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Gentrification hits minority communities hardest

"As neighborhoods gentrify, when poor people can no longer remain in their neighborhoods and move, there are fewer affordable neighborhoods."

Sandra Feder-Stanford • futurity
Dec. 7, 2020 ~7 min

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UK plans to slash carbon emissions 68% by 2030 – how banking, building and borrowing can help

Slashing carbon emissions by 68% by 2030 will depend on using the UK's infrastructure strategy effectively.

Anupam Nanda, Professor of Urban Economics & Real Estate, University of Manchester • conversation
Dec. 4, 2020 ~7 min

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J-PAL North America announces partners through inaugural Housing Stability Evaluation Incubator

Incubator aims to identify the most effective strategies at reducing homelessness and promoting housing stability.

J-PAL North America • mit
Nov. 16, 2020 ~8 min

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Being outdoors doesn’t mean you're safe from COVID-19 – a White House event showed what not to do

The wind will disperse some virus-carrying respiratory droplets, but not everything. Masks can make the difference.

Thomas A. Russo, Professor and Chief, Infectious Disease, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York • conversation
Oct. 8, 2020 ~7 min

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Utility shut-offs, evictions more likely for households of color

Disconnected utilities, evictions, and debt are disproportionately affecting households of color during the pandemic, a survey finds.

Mary Keck-Indiana • futurity
Sept. 29, 2020 ~5 min

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Domestic violence survivors face issues with food and housing

Women who leave domestic violence shelters with their kids say it's difficult finding food, transportation, safe housing, jobs, and affordable child care.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 25, 2020 ~4 min

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‘Underwater’ mortgages sap earnings and mobility

New big-data research connects "underwater" mortgages from the 2007-08 recession with people's stagnant earnings and inability to move.

Chuck Finder-WUSTL • futurity
Sept. 1, 2020 ~8 min

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