The scarcity of affordable social housing is a major problem for some of the world’s biggest cities. What makes this issue extremely frustrating is that there's a decent number of empty properties in these cities that could help solve the problem. Drawing from this frustration, Barcelona – Spain’s second most populous city - has long threatened to fine landlords if they don’t … [Read more...] about Barcelona fines landlords with empty properties to tackle housing crisis
Criminals who re-offend cost the UK government an estimated £15 billion each year. One of the main reasons why former prisoners return to a life of crime is because of their poor employment opportunities, which is why the British government plans on backing up a project that aims at reducing recidivism rates by teaching prisoners to code. The scheme is part of a £1.2 million … [Read more...] about UK government to fund scheme that will teach prisoners coding
Believe it or not, smog in US cities used to be a lot worse. In fact, at the height of the Second World War, residents of Los Angeles thought they were under a chemical gas attack. People in the downtown area experienced stinging eyes, streaming noses, and rasping throats, all due to a haze of pollution that covered the city. Thanks to clean air regulations, America’s air has … [Read more...] about Clean air regulations save Americans more money than you can imagine
Here’s an idea: Instead of an endless, inert wall along the U.S.–Mexico border, line the boundary with 2,000 miles of natural gas, solar and wind power plants. Use some of the energy to desalinate water from the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean and ship it through pipelines to thirsty towns, businesses, and new farms along the entire border zone. Hire hundreds of thousands … [Read more...] about Why don’t we replace the border wall with an energy-water corridor?
One of the candidates running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in the 2020 election is pushing for a policy that would give every American a $1,000 per month “Freedom Dividend.” Entrepreneur Andrew Yang is the candidate behind this policy and the reasons that this policy of Universal Basic Income would save the state billions of dollars in bureaucratic costs … [Read more...] about How Universal Basic Income would save America billions of dollars