Kim-Mai Cutler – The San Francisco Bay Area: A Modern Housing Crisis

This past July, Earth Sharing organized an event in Oakland, California entitled: BIL Oakland 2016: The Recession Generation. The aim was to help millennials navigate the uncertainties of economic life in the aftermath of the financial crisis. One of the speakers at the event was Kim-Mai Cutler, a technology reporter and columnist for TechCrunch, best … Read more

How Cities Breed Poverty

Richard Florida’s The Rise of the Creative Class posited that the clustering of knowledge-based, or “creative” occupations in cities and metropolitan areas drives urban economic growth. Florida now says, though, that such clustering also “generates distinct winners and losers both across and within cities and metros.” This is the central takeaway of the recently published … Read more

Oregon Wildlife Refuge Occupation Leads to One Death, 11 Arrests

Malheur National Wildlife Refufe in Oregon

Ammon Bundy and his cohort of armed protesters began their occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon, one month ago. Eleven people have been arrested and one killed in connection with the occupation. At a roadblock stop on the evening of January 26, Oregon State Police arrested eight members of the armed group, … Read more

McDonald’s Violates EU Anti-trust Laws

McDonalds Dominates a City Block

Consumer groups in Italy have banded together to file an anti-trust complaint against McDonald’s with the EU’s executive commission. The complaint alleges that McDonald’s has used its current strength in the market to gouge franchisees and, ultimately, consumers. The fast food giant is reportedly charging rents to franchisees that are ten times normal market rates. … Read more

Big-Oil Prepared for Climate Change While Denying its Existence

A 1997 Mobil Oil ad in the New York Times and Washington Post read “Let’s face it: The science of climate change is too uncertain to mandate a plan of action that could plunge economies into turmoil.”  It continued:“Scientists cannot predict with certainty if temperatures will increase, by how much and where changes will occur.” … Read more

We’ve got a climate agreement. Now what?

This weekend, the Paris Climate Summit marked more diplomatic progress on the issue than ever before. China, the United States, and other key nations pledged unanimously to greatly reduce their emissions. Of all the solutions discussed, there really is only one reform that has the chance of being a game-changer, and that’s heavily taxing pollution. … Read more

Earth Sharing on The Brian Lehrer Show

John Oliver recently quipped that infrastructure is “important but not sexy.” Maybe that’s because “Hollywood promotes unrealistic standards of infrastructure beauty. That’s not what a real road looks like! Real roads have curves!” To the contrary, we’re setting our standards too low. There is plenty of money for improving infrastructure when you consider that such … Read more