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Time Savings When Working from Home

NBER – Time Savings When Working from Home – Cevat Giray Aksoy, Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, Steven J. Davis, Mathias Dolls & Pablo Zarate. Working Paper 30866. DOI 10.3386/w30866. Issue Date January 2023. “We quantify the commute time savings associated with work from home, drawing on data for 27 countries. The average daily time savings when working from home is 72 minutes in our sample. We estimate that work from home saved about two hours per week per worker in 2021 and 2022, and that it will save about one hour per week per worker after the pandemic ends. Workers allocate 40 percent of their time savings to their jobs and about 11 percent to caregiving activities. People living with children allocate more of their time savings to caregiving.”

OpenAI has hired an army of contractors to make basic coding obsolete

Semafor: “OpenAI, the company behind the chatbot ChatGPT, has ramped up its hiring around the world, bringing on roughly 1,000 remote contractors over the past six months in regions like Latin America and Eastern Europe, according to people familiar with the matter. About 60% of the contractors were hired to do what’s called “data labeling”… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 14, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 14, 2022 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

The Style Guide for America’s Highways: The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices

Beautiful Public Data: “Driving across America today, you will encounter a dizzying variety of cultures, landscapes, people and animals. But the one consistent thing that will stay the same from Maine to California are the signs you pass on the highway. And that is because America’s roads and highways have a big, fat style guide.… Continue Reading

Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters

NOAA – “The U.S. has sustained 341 weather and climate disasters since 1980 where overall damages/costs reached or exceeded $1 billion (including CPI adjustment to 2022). The total cost of these 341 events exceeds $2.475 trillion. In 2022, there were 18 weather/climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each to affect the United States.… Continue Reading

Coastal Risk Screening Tool

“An interactive map showing areas threatened by sea level rise and coastal flooding. Combining the most advanced global model of coastal elevations with the latest projections for future flood levels. Flood maps are only as good as the elevation data they’re founded on. We used machine learning to develop CoastalDEM ®, a high-accuracy digital elevation… Continue Reading

World Weather Attribution

“Since 2015 the World Weather Attribution (WWA) initiative has been conducting real-time attribution analysis of extreme weather events as they happen around the world. This provides the public, scientists and decision-makers with the means to make clear connections between greenhouse gas emissions and impactful extreme weather events, such as storms, floods, heatwaves and droughts. We… Continue Reading

FlightAware

“FlightAware provides accurate real-time, historical and predictive flight insights to all segments of the aviation industry”. https://flightaware.com/live/cancelled/ #Flightdelays #Transportation #Airlines #Aviation Continue Reading

Fierce ‘bomb cyclone’ to disrupt holiday travel, unleash Arctic outbreak

Washington Post: “Fierce ‘bomb cyclone’ to disrupt holiday travel, unleash Arctic outbreak. The storm could bring blizzard conditions, ‘life-threatening’ cold, extreme wind chills and travel headaches for large parts of the Lower 48 states. A massive storm system is set to snarl holiday travel and bring an onslaught of wintry weather to millions across the… Continue Reading

Cars New Total Cost of Ownership Tool for Electric Cars

Clean Technica: “We’ve written about the total cost of ownership of automobiles for a decade, comparing the total cost of ownership of electric cars to the total cost of ownership of fossil-powered cars. The short and sweet of it is that due to lower operational and maintenance costs, as well as higher value retention, electric… Continue Reading

You’re Being Lied to About Electric Cars

MotorTrend, Jonny Lieberman – Science has repeatedly shown EVs are better for humans, despite the meme you just retweeted. “I’ve heard all the supposed arguments. It seems every time anything even tangentially related to electric cars is published, certain people feel compelled to share their own research. You’ve probably heard it all, too: A Prius… Continue Reading

The Climate Impact of Your Neighborhood, Mapped

The New York Times: “New data shared with The New York Times reveals stark disparities in how different U.S. households contribute to climate change. Looking at America’s cities, a pattern emerges. Households in denser neighborhoods close to city centers tend to be responsible for fewer planet-warming greenhouse gases, on average, than households in the rest… Continue Reading