FACT: Today’s new commitments to solar and energy efficiency will reduce carbon pollution and save homes and businesses more than $10 billion on their energy bills.
New forecast: 11 billion people on Earth in 2100 - with 80% certainty -
Article: New demographics forecasts - now 11 billion in 2100 - with 80% certainty!
And for the first time, through the use of a "probabilistic" statistical method, the Science paper establishes a range of uncertainty around its central estimate-9.6 billion Earthlings in 2050, 10.9 billion...
An Interview with Scott Bonner, Ferguson Librarian -
I am not a smart enough person, or eloquent enough, to talk about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. I’m not even going to try. I will say that, as I’ve watched events unfold, I’ve been st…
McKinsey: Management intuition for the next 50 years -
A pretty good sketch of a transforming future from McKinsey and some thoughts on the management challenges:It would be easy, though, for organizations and leaders to become frozen by the magnitude of the changes under way or to tackle them on the basis of outdated intuition. Taking the long view may help. In 1930, the great British economist John Maynard Keynes boldly predicted that 100 years on, the standard of living in progressive countries would be four to eight times higher. As it turned out, the upper end of his optimistic expectation turned out to be closer to the truth. Those who understand the depth, breadth, and radical nature of the change and opportunity that’s on the way will be best able to reset their intuitions accordingly, shape this new world, and thrive.
The Washington Coliseum, where the Beatles played their first gig stateside, has seen better days. After 10 years as a transfer station for Waste Management, it’s now used as a parking garage. The building’s exterior shows signs of nature returning despite being in a rapidly changing D.C. neighborhood.
The Cities Project is back with some stories about nature encroaching on our urban environment. We notice it when there’s a hurricane, but it happens in small ways, too.
We want your photos and stories of nature reclaiming space in your community, in ways big or small. It could be in an empty lot gone to seed, a vacant house full of bats or a flower pushing its way up through a crack in your balcony or sidewalk. Plant or animal stories welcome. Tag your image with #nprcities – we may share your contribution on the radio and NPR.org.
Photo credit: James Clark/NPR
Chicago Advances in the Race for the Presidential Library -
The University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago are still in the bid for housing the Obama Presidential Library.
Check out our University Librarian, Mary Case, discuss UIC’s bid for the Obama Presidential Library!
How One Georgia School District Delivers Smarter Education
By Heather Gibbs-Poe
How can technology empower education?Much has been said about transforming education, but with nearly 3 million U.S. high school students dropping out each year – some 8,300 per day – it’s clear that our education…
The Man Who Keeps Bill Gates Rich -
Fascinating profile of Michael Larson, the head of Cascade Investment LLC — aka, the secretive fund that invests most of Bill Gates’ wealth. A couple fun tidbits from Anupreeta Das & Craig Karmin’s reporting:The firm owns at least 100,000 acres of farmland in California, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana and other states—or an area seven times bigger than Manhattan.
And:Cascade employees are expected to be frugal. Even though Mr. Gates owns nearly half of the Four Seasons Holding Inc. luxury-hotel chain through Cascade, the investment firm’s executives stay at less-expensive hotels, even when traveling on Four Seasons business.
They also own the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco, and a 490-acre ranch in Wyoming once owned by William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody.
An eighty-five year old woman sent us her library card in the mail with a handwritten note that read:
“I have had to move, here is my library card. You were wonderful. Thank you.”
Hey! Banned Books Week is coming up starting this Sunday! This year has a focus on banned comics & graphic novels.
If you are looking for some resources to spread the word or to run events, you should head over to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund website where they have lots of stuff including two free downloadable posters you can print up to help promote BBW. I did the design above.
Oh yeah, and something else you could do for BBW is read Americus, by MK Reed and myself, which is all about book banning, censorship, and coming of age.
Come fight the good fight with us at the JC store on Tuesday.
Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading - Mind/Shift
Digital Literacy is the Key to the Future, But We Still Don’t Know What It Means - Wired
Libraries May Digitize Books Without Permission, EU Top Court Rules - PC World
Songs of a Movement - Library of Congress Blog
Studies in the News - a weekly compilation of policy-related articles and reports produced by the California Research Bureau
Mac Barnett: Why a Good Book is a Secret Door - TED (Video)