It is almost mind blowing how time just flies during the summer. You spend the week doing a few things in the yard, attend a few teeball games, and suddenly it’s Friday afternoon. The weather has been beautiful and I am really looking forward to a lot of unstructured time this weekend to work on a few projects that have been lingering. I promise that there will be some non-beer related posts in the near future. Of course, there will also be some beer related posts as well.
On to the links…
What’s in the Water: Searching Midwest Streams for Crop Runoff—This is one of those problems that people do not ever really think about, but field runoff is a huge problem here in Iowa. This is especially true when the fields have recently been treated with waste from hog CAFOs. Yep, there is shit in the water.
How Can You Give A Community Better Health?—I have watched several presentations by Ron Finley and I have loved every one of them. His line about people in poor neighborhoods being killed not by drive bys, but by drive throughs is priceless wordsmithing.
Scientists Work to Perfect Broccoli—I would argue that sans-genetic engineering broccoli was already pretty much perfect. Sure, the heads of broccoli in the grocery store are often inedible bunches of bitter tasting green stuff. But, a fresh head of broccoli during the cool season is a perfect treat.
Monsanto Is Losing the Press—Big Ag’s problems keep piling up because the problems are legion. If it’s not genetically modified wheat showing up in Oregon, it’s scientific studies questioning the health impacts of GMO crops or citizens demanding that products be labeled in such a way to make it apparent that the food contains GMO ingredients. It’s got to be like holding back the sea for these guys.
Republicans are Happy to Help Big Ag, but Feed the Hungry…Not so Much—I just do not understand the conservative furor over the food stamp or SNAP program. Why is feeding people who are the most vulnerable something to cut from the federal budget when sacred cows like defense spending survive. Gotta’ keep those defense contractor CEOs in the steak dinner!
Your Clothes Biggest Ecological Impact is not What You Think—Big surprise…it’s the lifecycle of an item that really measures its impact on this planet. I try to get people to think about lifecycle costs and embedded energy all the time. It rarely works.
Solar Costs and Grid Prices on a Collision Course—Every day the cost to deploy solar gets lower. Considering that the fuel to keep a solar PV panel running is free for eternity—assuming energy companies don’t figure out a way to restrict our access to the sun—the lifecycle costs are going to be low. Solar power is part of the energy solution. People just need to deal with that reality.
The Coal Industry Knows That Enviros Are Winning—The game is over for coal in general because everyone realizes that it is the fuel of the past. The real question becomes how do we unwind modern society from the coal hydra without causing massive disruption.
Bad Infrastructure Design Leads to Bad Bike Behavior—People are surprised by this idea? Why? When I am on my bicycle, particularly if I am commuting somewhere, I am more worried about staying alive and unharmed as opposed to being a good citizen. Sorry, but arriving alive is the first order of the day.
Climate Change: Summer Bummer For Your Fourth Of July?—And if you needed any reminders about climate change, here is an infographic to totally bum you out:
China’s Beaches Overwhelmed by Algae—But, if you think you’ve got it bad in the U.S. just check out what China’s beaches look like covered in a thick blanket of algae. What does 20,000 tons of algae even look like?
Piling Up Keystone XL’s Petcoke—If you thought 20,000 tons of algae was a disturbing proposition just think about what the petcoke byproduct would be like from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline: