Friday Linkage 1/8/2016

It’s really brutal to get back into the swing of things after more than a week off skiing in Colorado. First world problems, I know, but still.

On to the links…

These Will Be The Biggest Climate Fights Of 2016—The fight over the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and the Paris climate talks dominated the discussion in 2015. What will 2016 be remembered for when all is said and done?

U.S. Wind Energy Reaches Record Production—500,000 wind turbines, give or take a few, are producing enough emission free electricity to power the equivalent of 19 million American homes. That is still only about 5% of the total electricity consumed in the U.S., but it’s a start.

Renewables = 13.6% Of US Electricity In October—Damn.

Should We Solar Panel the Sahara Desert?—The dream of some European leaders is to create vast solar panel farms in African deserts and send the power to the old country. Is that such a good idea?

This Huge Loophole Helps the Meat Industry Hide Its Pollution—Our collective addiction to eating meat and animal based products is a huge source of carbon pollution. It is made worse by the fact that no one is really talking about livestock as a major driver of climate change.

A Single Gas Well Leak is California’s Biggest Contributor to Climate Change—The unfolding disaster in southern California’s Aliso Canyon shows the world that there is no such thing as completely safe oil and gas extraction.

With Twice The Protein As Quinoa, The Pulse Might Be The Year’s New Hot ‘Superfood’—Beans, lentils, and peas are the forgotten superfood because they are so plain and simple. Too bad.

EV Charging — The Time For A Single Fast-Charging Standard Is Now!—The type of charger on an EV might seem prosaic, but a proliferation of different standards will slow the adoption of the technology more than you would think. If you thought Betamax versus VHS was hard to figure out, wait until you start comparing charger types.

How the Uberization of Work is Rooted in the Cult of ‘Shareholder Value’—Politicians, generally on the right wing of the political spectrum, mythologize “job creators.” The reality is that a company would like nothing more than to have as few as zero employees in order to maximize returns.

Growing Power Raises 100,000 Fish and 1 Million Pounds of Food Year-Round on just 3 acres—Here is what is possible with intensive agriculture done right. Will Allen may have gotten a genius grant for his work, but it is important to recognize his continued efforts to show us what is possible.


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