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Scientists: air pollution led to more than 5.5 million premature deaths in 2013 | Environment | The Guardian
“Air pollution is the fourth-highest risk factor for death globally and by far the leading environmental risk factor for disease,” said Michael Brauer, a researcher from the University of British Columbia. Brauer said air pollution contributed to heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, bronchitis, emphysema and acute infections. He and his colleagues compared the problem in Asia to the conditions under centuries of industrial revolution in the US and Europe: massive economic growth smothered by clouds of toxic matter in the air. [... COAL ...] “Even in the most clean scenario in 2030,” Ma said, China’s growing and ageing population will still suffer 990,000 to 1.3 million deaths a year.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
The other generation rent: meet the people flatsharing in their 40s | Money | The Guardian
Number of flatsharers aged 45-54 has risen by 300% in five years, figures show, amid soaring house prices, especially in London [...] Photographer Alex Forsey, 44, is typical of the new generation of flatsharers in their 40s. He recently moved into a house in Clapton, east London, with three other people in their 20s to 40s. He said: “The most affordable one-bed flat I was shown was £1,200 a month, and it was worse than a squat. The agent tried telling me it was a bargain.” //&! ability to get interest only loan is unbelievable.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Bumper payouts for housebuilding executives as market booms | Business | The Guardian
Two of Britain’s largest housebuilders, Berkeley Group and Persimmon, could hand out about £1bn to their top executives and managers in pay and bonuses over the next six years, boosted by strong UK house prices and government-subsidies for home-buyers. Tony Pidgley, founder and executive chairman at Berkeley, is expected to face tough questions on Tuesday at the group’s shareholder meeting near its headquarters in leafy Cobham, Surrey, after it emerged last month that his pay package last year was worth £23.3m. [...] Meanwhile, executives at Persimmon, the UK’s largest housebuilder, also have a Berkeley-style incentive scheme that is one of the most generous to be found at a London stock market-listed firm. [...] Berkeley’s share price has risen more than 40% since the election of a Conservative government in May, [...] [bonuses] “entirely based on short-term performance”. [...] return on equity[.][ < KPI, what gets measured gets done ] &! bbc.in/1KE0jut - Barratt Homes profits +45%
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
We’re gonna need a bigger round...
After 15 years of staggering declines, the cost of building a company in San Francisco is rising sharply // prohibitive! diluting too much too early. // China and other BRIC paper millionaers divesting into property speculators, around the world. every city that has seen substantial price appreciation +10-20% over last +5 years // hot money from monetary policy, excess reserves, flushing around the globe //
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Paul Mason: what they're not telling you about housing - YouTube
- Tories isn't brave enough to stop the one way bet. Electorate preferential to those who actually vote, voted them in and are spared of most of the austerity. babyboomers and pensioners. // add Generation Rent + Student Loan Debt (Bubble) + low interest rate environment to inflate debt away + low yield for savings mean higher principle each year to put in means less discretionary spending + secular stagnation in the western world (Globalisation + Software eats the world) equals wage stagnation equals less spending power and savings power. ... ... it is a Disaster in the making, in-front of our eyes. Only those who inherited will be ok. otherwise, social mobility goes down, inequality up, ... making yourself means making hard choices (ie no kids), and bettering yourself by your own means impossible, when the whole system conspires against you.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Introducing 'treeconomics': how street trees can save our cities | Cities | The Guardian
As a fight over 11 lime trees in Sheffield escalates, activists in cities all over the world are making the case for urban trees – to cut pollution, increase land value and even make you feel younger
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
▶ BBC One - Rooms, Rogues and Renters, The boom in 'speed flat mating'
boom in investment property by super rich from across the world pushing up prices plus the lack of new construction. [...] The average Londoner is now spending more than half their take-home pay on their rent, leading to fears that many are ending up in homes which are not fit for purpose. - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-32082390 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05nv2zw http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23234033 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-31537747 // Londons & SF loving cost become a disadvantage for any kind of Start-up, whether funded to tunes of millions in an A Round or 100 million for the unicorn. // www.generationrent.org
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Budget 2015: George Osborne sets out 'northern powerhouse' vision
[ Manchester X-times more affordable than London ] Also announced as part of the budget were plans to invest £11m in creating technology hubs in Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield. The sites will offer co-working space, meeting spaces and educational resources to entrepreneurs working in the digital sector. [...] Speaking about the announcement today, he said: "The deal is disappointing and doesn't match the scale of our ambition. It undermines the government's claim to want a strong northern powerhouse. "If we are to turn that into a reality we need real devolution, including fiscal devolution, to enable us to bring about a step change in the city region's economy." Councillor Andrew Carter, leader of Leeds City's Council's conservative party, said he wanted to to see an elected mayor in Leeds. "[It] will give proper public scrutiny and accountability to what will then be a Manchester style package of devolution, which has to be a good thing," he said.
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Life expectancy in Scotland increases
"Men in the least deprived areas of Scotland may live 12.5 years longer than those in the most deprived areas while women in the least deprived areas could expect to live 8.5 years longer than those in the most deprived."
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
A Conversation on Future Urbanism, Tech Hubs | TechCrunch
I think in summary, neither system is able to stop gentrification or displacement. But New York’s regional integration and better transit make for a more dynamically adjusting system where residents have to continuously (or constantly) re-evaluate their cost of living. In contrast, San Francisco’s orientation of growth control might help it a smaller-town feel. But market-rate rents can climb dramatically with even a modest amount of population growth, while elderly and longstanding tenants can end up in a pretty jarring and tragic situation if they face an owner move-in or Ellis Act eviction. If they are displaced, the San Francisco Bay Area has a weaker and less integrated transit system. That means displaced tenants can end up with a multi-hour commute, which is deeply disruptive to family and community life and on access to jobs.
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Andreessen: High burn rates risk more than just running out of cash | PandoDaily
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Why San Francisco may not be the most useful reference point for the Uber-ification of local transport | PandoDaily
But San Francisco may not be a great prototype for other markets. For one, the state of the local transportation in the city has been abysmal for years. SF taxis are regarded by residents and visitors as some of the worst among major US cities in terms of cleanliness, reliability, and service. The city’s BART and Muni rail systems aren’t much better across any of those measures. That is to say, San Francisco residents have had more reason than most to look for local transportation alternatives.
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Winter Is (Probably) Coming (Soon) | TechCrunch
"The more you boost your burn, the more risk you take on. [...] The underlying point of Gurley’s and Wilson’s respective riffs is that many companies will have to reduce their burn in the future. And it won’t be easy. And the pair likely won’t be willing to give larger sums to companies that just torched their prior round in ways that they didn’t precisely approve of. Cash is the oxygen of business. When it runs out, the company dies." ... being nimble, frugal, Lean, conservative ... via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8338411
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Burn Baby Burn – AVC
From one of the comments: "f you're backing companies that have bootstrapped their start, you get a different, focussed culture & attitude on burn rates and costs. It forces you to think twice about every cost item. You're running as fast as you can to get traction, customers, product, team, everything aligned within tight costs. It's not about frugality but more aligned to reality. " +++ via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8324047 +++ !!! Fancy Offices - bit.ly/1piSnxO +++ !!! +++ "Gurley and Wilson point to sky high burn rates, not valuations as the red flag in Silicon Valley [...] Gurley and Wilson are lamenting the exorbitant burn rates that have become the norm among venture-backed startups and the lack of fear and accountability signaled by this hyper-aggressive approach." - bit.ly/1m93G0M +++ !!! +++ bit.ly/YQY2WS +++ !!! +++ "Which VCs Have the Most Portfolio Companies with $100M+ of Funding?" - bit.ly/1wo7BHF
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Venture Capitalist Sounds Alarm on Silicon Valley Risk - WSJ
"Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful." And then you wrote: "Although we may have not reached the level of observing obvious greediness, there is most certainly an absence of fear. Those that managed companies in 2008, or 13 years ago in 2001, know exactly how fear feels. And this is not it." [...] Right now youve got private companies raising $200, $400, $500 million. If youre in a competitive ecosystem & you raise that amount of money, the only way you use it—because these companies are all human-based, theyre not like building stores—is to take your burn up. [2 things: exorbitant high burn rates like '99 & the allure of working for $ loosing companies. &the justification is 'it's Landgrab time,it's still day 1'] &living cost, employee cost &perk &rent cost in SV/SF &surroundings isnt helping either. rising cost is fuelling burn rates &valuations w/ big ABC-Rounds. Didnt we have the glorification of Lean ~3 years ago? A bubble is one WHEN IT POPS!
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Urban design: Between the buildings | The Economist
London’s public spaces have got better, but not good enough

[...]

A more ideological strand of objection points out that many spaces made available to the public—such as Granary Square and More London, an area of offices and shops on the riverbank by City Hall—are actually owned by the developers. To Anna Minton, author of “Ground Control”, the privatisation of public space is insidious, for it is driven by profit, not community feeling, and involves a heavy presence of security guards, CCTV monitoring and keeping out the unwashed.

But for the washed, who quite like shopping and safety, such space is a great deal better than nothing. Not all developers bother. Workers in Paddington Basin, for instance, a dismal office development by the station, struggle to find a sandwich at lunchtime or a bench to eat it on.
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july 2012 by asterisk2a

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