A note to everyone, I am going to be out of touch and offline for the next week and a half. It’s not really a vacation unless you totally unplug and I am going to park my smartphone at home before I leave.
On to the links…
Use of Public Transit in U.S. Reaches Highest Level Since 1956—This report made a lot of headlines when it was released, but most reporters failed to mention how abysmal our mass transit ridership numbers were to begin with.
Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria—Why aren’t we turning all of our biological waste into energy and/or compost? It seems like a no brainer.
U.S. Homeowners, Especially Republicans, Want To Be Able To Choose Clean Energy—People want the ability to have renewable energy. It’s not an issue with the end user. It’s an issue with the people who want to control the means of production. And you thought Marxist political theory was dead along with the Soviet Union.
California Set Back-To-Back Solar Records Last Week—Not only do people really want renewables, but in some places in the U.S. it’s really taking off.
These Mad Scientists Want to Replace Solar Panels With Potted Plants—I always thought potato clocks were cool, but moss producing electricity is even cooler. Now I can imagine green roofs putting out electricity.
Spraying Toxic Coal Ash Is A Cheap And Popular Way To De-Ice Roads—This just really bums me out because I have no idea if my town in Iowa uses coal ash. My emails and letters to the city have gone unanswered. I can take solace that I do not live in Muscatine, which is confirmed in the article as using the coal ash to clear roads of ice.
Meat Makes the Planet Thirsty—If it was not already apparent, eating meat is just about the most environmentally destructive thing that we do on a daily basis. Given how much meat we eat in the U.S. it’s probably the worst thing we do on a collective basis.
The Fat Drug—It’s interesting that the same effect antibiotics have on livestock, in terms of promoting growth, may also be something that affects humans.
Poll Suggests Americans Think Sugar Is A Bigger Health Threat Than Marijuana—Sugar is a bad thing. In small amounts it is sweet and delectable. In the amounts modern Americans consume it might as well be a mainline of nasty into your veins.
The Japanese Can’t Stop Eating Endangered Sea Mammals—I used to have a lot of respect and interest in Japan, but the more I learn the more I lose both respect and interest.
Momentum Building for Deforestation-Free Palm Oil—Palm oil is a dirty business. I avoid the product with a religious zeal and advocate that anyone else do the same. It’s not that the product itself is bad. It’s that everything involved in its production is bad. Plus, I love orangutans.
Wish You Could Fertilize Crops with Pee? Urine Luck—My dilute with water and pour it on the base of a tree approach is not really scalable, but I am hoping that more people being to see urine going down the toilet as a wasted resource.
Spending 15 Minutes With a Great White Shark on a Boat Deck—It’s always interesting to get a look into the lives of researchers. Spending some time on the deck with a great white shark is something I am going to leave to more brave souls. I have an irrational fear of sharks.
So You Think You Want to Open a Brewery—This is a question I get a lot from friends and family who know I am not the most happy person at my job. Why don’t you quit and start a brewery? Other than I believe the field is full of excellent brewers already and the market looks saturated, the job is not always about the beer.