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Beyond efficiency: 5 key ingredients for a sustainable home – REnew Economy

Extract from an article by Lindsay Wilson

 

 

Look at the two buildings above. Both of these buildings are energy efficient homes. Both are aiming for LEED platinum certification. But only one is built up to be “the greenest New American Home in history”. Can you guess which?

Yep. It’s . . . → Read More: Beyond efficiency: 5 key ingredients for a sustainable home – REnew Economy

Economic Growth from the Household Perspective – OECD

ABSTRACT

This paper provides an assessment of how households’ income has fared compared with GDP. While the prime focus is on incomes around the median, attention is paid also to the bottom of the income distribution. Thus, one contribution of the paper is to deliver a fresh assessment of the evolution of inequality and poverty . . . → Read More: Economic Growth from the Household Perspective – OECD

How to build alternative to payday loans (UK) – IPPR

Extract from an article by Mathew Lawrence

Britain needs to expand the provision of affordable credit as well as to create a new ‘match saving’ incentive scheme for squeezed households. Only by building a stronger asset base of their own can working people reduce their reliance on expensive credit.

The economic downturn might be coming . . . → Read More: How to build alternative to payday loans (UK) – IPPR

Energy-smart appliances cut Australian power bills by billions – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Alan Pears

Better appliances and energy-efficiency rules saved Australians more than A$3 billion on electricity last year alone.

The latest review of Australia’s energy-saving appliance scheme has delivered a rare trifecta: a good news story for the economy, the community and the environment.

According to my estimates from data in . . . → Read More: Energy-smart appliances cut Australian power bills by billions – The Conversation

Can Britain cope with a baby boom and an ageing population at the same time? – Intergenerational Foundation

David Kingman reports on how the early 21st-century baby boom is putting pressure on Britain’s public services

Almost everybody is aware these days that Britain has an ageing population; there are now more over-65s than children. Yet a development that has received far less attention is the fact that since the beginning of the 21st . . . → Read More: Can Britain cope with a baby boom and an ageing population at the same time? – Intergenerational Foundation

New edition of book on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing – SNAICC News

The Telethon Institute for Child and Health Research and the Kulunga Research Network have released a new edition of ‘Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental and Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice’.

Originally published in 2010, the book is designed for health workers, mental health practitioners, those working in areas supporting Aboriginal and . . . → Read More: New edition of book on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing – SNAICC News

Housing affordability: cities performing badly – AHURI

Extract from an article by Matthew Lovering

The recently released ‘My City: the people’s verdict 2013’ survey from the Property Council of Australia reveals that only 36 per cent of people think Australian cities have affordable housing—the worst performing aspect of the 17 measurement categories of our cities that were assessed. The survey results, which . . . → Read More: Housing affordability: cities performing badly – AHURI

Event – Launch of How Australia can thrive in a low carbon world: Pathways to prosperity in 2050 with economist Jeff Sachs

Melbourne, 21 May 2014

Invitation to attend the launch of How Australia can thrive in a low carbon world: Pathways to prosperity in 2050 with economist Jeff Sachs

ClimateWorks and our partners are pleased to welcome Jeffrey D. Sachs, world-renowned economist and leader in sustainable development, to launch How Australia can thrive in a low . . . → Read More: Event – Launch of How Australia can thrive in a low carbon world: Pathways to prosperity in 2050 with economist Jeff Sachs

No easy fix for youth unemployment – The Age

Extract from an article by Alexander Philipatos

A recent report from the Brotherhood of St Lawrence points to a trebling of long-term youth unemployment since the global financial crisis. Executive director Tony Nicholson said he feared ”large numbers of long-term unemployed people [are] at risk of never getting a foothold in work, of never being . . . → Read More: No easy fix for youth unemployment – The Age

Do public programs in ‘energy regions’ affect citizen attitudes and behavior? Energy Policy

ABSTRACT

In this paper we analyze the effect of regional and municipal measures for promoting energy transition on citizen attitudes and behavior. We compare one township that has successfully implemented a comprehensive and systematic energy-saving program (the so-called e5 program) with a township without such a program. The results indicate that despite the program?s ambitious . . . → Read More: Do public programs in ‘energy regions’ affect citizen attitudes and behavior? Energy Policy

In search of ‘intergenerational cultures of worklessness’ – Critical Social Policy

ABSTRACT

The idea of ‘intergenerational cultures of worklessness’ has become influential in UK politics and policy, and been used to explain contemporary worklessness and to justify welfare reforms. Workless parents are said to pass on to their children attitudes and behaviours which inculcate ‘welfare dependency’. In its strongest version, politicians and welfare practitioners talk confidently . . . → Read More: In search of ‘intergenerational cultures of worklessness’ – Critical Social Policy

Report on Government Services 2014 Indigenous Compendium – Productivity Commission

Extract

For a number of years, the Steering Committee has devoted particular attention in its Report on Government Services to mainstream services delivered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This Indigenous Compendium contains all the Indigenous data to be found in the most recent Report, published in January 2014. This Compendium, like the Report, . . . → Read More: Report on Government Services 2014 Indigenous Compendium – Productivity Commission

Financial resilience of households (UK) – StepChange Debt Charity

Extract

Millions of families in Britain are living on the edge. Household finances are stretched every month for families up and down the income scale, who feel like they are constantly juggling their finances.

Our new research on British household finances finds that many have good reason to be worried. Due to pressures on income, . . . → Read More: Financial resilience of households (UK) – StepChange Debt Charity

Fuzzy multidimensional poverty measurement – Social Indicators Research

ABSTRACT

Using the 2006 round of the British Household Panel Study dataset, I explore the statistical behavior of three fuzzy measures of poverty through a simulation (Monte Carlo) method. The measures [totally fuzzy (TF), totally fuzzy and relative (TFR), and integrated fuzzy and relative (IFR)] acknowledge that (1) poverty is a multidimensional concept, and (2) . . . → Read More: Fuzzy multidimensional poverty measurement – Social Indicators Research

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