Saturday, May 21, 2016

News you can share: solar power is saving lives, new overtime rules, and a "judicial emergency"

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Diane, you're one of the best messengers we've got in this movement. Here's some recommended reading that's easy to share.

Solar power is already saving lives in the US. Here's how.
Vox // David Roberts

It's worth stepping back occasionally and reminding ourselves of the original and still greatest benefit of solar: namely, that it displaces fossil fuel electricity. And burning fossil fuels to create electricity kills people, so displacing fossil fuel power directly saves lives. Now a new study has taken a crack at quantifying the doesn't-kill-people benefits of US solar.

President Obama to Finalize Overhaul of Overtime Rule, Boosting Pay for 4.2M Workers
ABC News // John Parkinson

The Obama administration is moving to finalize changes to double the salary threshold of workers entitled to overtime wages. The Department of Labor is set to settle its overtime protections for workers on Wednesday, extending overtime to an estimated 4.2 million additional workers who are not currently eligible under federal law. The administration expects the action to increase wages for workers by $12 billion over the next decade.

Overtime pay: What you need to know about the new rule
USA Today // Paul Davidson

The Labor Department on Wednesday finalized a new rule that's expected to make an additional 4.2 million salaried workers eligible for overtime pay. The rule, intended to boost low and middle-income wages that largely have stagnated, takes effect December 1. Economics reporter Paul Davidson's provides answers to some common questions.

Obamacare brings record low for US health uninsured rate
CNBC // Dan Mangan

How low can Obamacare go? Fewer than 1 in 10 Americans lacked health insurance in 2015, the first time ever in the nation's history that the uninsured rate has fallen so low, and a clear sign of Obamacare's impact. The U.S. uninsurance rate fell to 9.1 percent last year, according to data released Tuesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

April breaks global temperature record, marking seven months of new highs
The Guardian // Michael Slezak

Last month was the hottest April on record globally - and the seventh month in a row to have broken global temperature records. The latest figures smashed the previous record for April by the largest margin ever recorded. It makes three months in a row that the monthly record has been broken by the largest margin ever, and seven months in a row that are at least 1C above the 1951-80 mean for that month. When the string of record-smashing months started in February, scientists began talking about a "climate emergency".

It's Not Just Merrick Garland: Republicans Are Blocking So Many Nominees It's Caused a Judicial Emergency
The Daily Beast // Jay Michaelson

The judicial confirmation rate under the Republican-controlled Senate is less than half of what it was when Democrats held power under George W. Bush. There are so few judges that it's hurting the country. It's not just Merrick Garland--this Senate isn't confirming anybody.

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