Friday Linkage 10/23/2015

I am not a big fan of Joe Biden’s politics, but I love Joe Biden as a personality on the national stage. Our politicians lack the personality—Donald Trump excluded—of yesteryear and Biden was a throwback to a more entertaining time. I guess that I will just have to “feel the Bern!”

On to the links…

Buying Begets Buying: How Stuff has Consumed the Average American’s Life—We have become defined by our possessions and the pursuit of those possessions. It is, perhaps, the saddest commentary on a society. When did our stuff start to own us?

This is the One Change by Millennials that will Change Absolutely Everything—So, millennials are not the driving obsessives that baby boomers were and baby boomers are aging, thus driving less. What is the prognosis? A major shift in how we develop or, rather, redevelop our infrastructure to accommodate a less car-centric future.

What I Learnt from a Month Cycling in the Netherlands—If we could all be just a little bit more like the Netherlands when it comes to bicycles the world would be a much better place.

EU Emissions Down 23 Percent, Passing 2020 Target—Part of this success is that warmer winters have led to less demand for heating, but the numbers are a good sign and prove that progress can be made when the right mechanisms are deployed.

There’s No Moderation in Republicans’ Dirty Energy Plans—Like tax cuts, Republicans have no new ideas when it comes to energy. “Drill, baby drill” is about as deep a thought as most right wingers put behind energy policy.

A Utah Power Plant’s Scheme To Circumvent The Clean Water Act—You have got to love the cajones of a power plant to just buy a farm and use dirty water as irrigation water in an attempt to circumvent the Clean Water Act.

Mexico Planning $46 Billion Coast-to-Coast Wind Energy Push—Canada elected a government dedicated to increasing green energy and Mexico is making a big push. Now that the U.S. is bookended by progress maybe Republicans will get their heads out of their…oh wait, no chance of that happening.

A Lesson In Solar From A Northern Neighbor—If Ontario can make solar a big part of the energy portfolio there is not a single place in the United States where solar cannot be a major part of the energy portfolio.

Study finds Plastic Debris and Man-Made Fibers in Fish Sold in Markets—If you have a hard time believing plastic is a problem for our oceans, believe this. The fish you are buying at the market probably has plastic in it. If there is shit in the beef, there is plastic in the tuna.

Researchers Find an Answer to Invasive Cheatgrass—It looks like the answer to solving the cheatgrass puzzle was right under our noses the whole time. Not literally.

Every Year, 23,000 People End Up in the ER because of Herbal Supplements and Vitamins—Just because it is “herbal” does not make it safe and that assumes that what is printed on the bottle is actually what is in the pills. Remember, there is little to no oversight of the supplement industry because supplement companies like it that way.

Hi-Tech Agriculture is Freeing the Farmer from his Fields—There is some interesting technology being deployed, but it seems like the technology is being used to prop up a bad business model of gigantic industrial farming.

Subway to Transition to Meat Raised without Antibiotics—Call it another brick in the wall, but we seem to be making progress in taking antibiotics out of the production of meat. If this issue is propping up as something for Subway to address than you know it has made the mainstream.

India’s Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug Problem Is Spreading—If you do not think antibiotic resistance is important, read this.

Struggling Monarchs get Help from Unlikely Source as Californians Plant Drought-Happy Milkweed—There is little good news coming out of California’s nearly five year long drought, but the rise of natural drought tolerant landscapes is helping to create oases for monarch butterflies.

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