What day is it anymore? Weekdays, weekends, holidays, mornings, afternoons, evenings…it all seems the same anymore.
It’s like Groundhog Day where we wake up, get ready for the day, and spend a day in front of the computer trying to be productive.
Stay safe out there.
On to the links…
Big Oil is Using the Coronavirus Pandemic to Push Through the Keystone XL Pipeline—Fossil fuel interest were never going to let a pandemic get in their way of pushing through every project on their wish list. Here’s the thing, fossil fuel companies know a change is coming so they are trying to bake in as much capacity know before the political winds permanently shift against their interests.
An Environmental Stimulus Bill Could Help Us Bounce Back from COVID-19—I really wish that this had been a serious part of the discussions around stimulus. Maybe in January 2021 we can have the U.S. government begin a serious discussion about a long term recovery plan that is also a path toward a “greener” future. You know, after the Trumplicans are out of office.
The Pandemic Is Turning the Natural World Upside Down—If there is a silver lining to this whole crisis it is that we are realizing just how much of an impact we have on the natural world and just how much change we can create with our behaviors.
UK Road Travel Falls to 1955 Levels as COVID-19 Lockdown Takes Hold—Wouldn’t it be something if road travel did not bounce back to pre-COVID-19 levels soon after the crisis passes?
America is Drinking its Way through the Coronavirus Crisis – that Means More Health Woes Ahead—All right, it’s not all rainbows and unicorns. If we cannot enjoy a few drinks at home to dull the pain of this shitshow what is there left?
Coronavirus is Accelerating the Demise of Coal Power in the US—What trend does not accelerate the demise of coal?
U.S. Coal-Fired Power Plants Stumbled Into 2020—And that was before people went into lockdown. Let’s send Trump packing in November to make 2020 a year to remember for the planet and one that the coal industry would love to forget.
Tesla Virtual Power Plant In Australia Outperforms Expectations—This is so cool. Instead of having a single physical bank of huge batteries Tesla has networked a whole bunch of Powerwalls to create a virtual battery bank for a larger region. Due to everything being networked it can act as if it were a single battery bank to help regulate the grid.
Rain May Soon be an Effective Source of Renewable Energy—Some concepts seem like they are born from science fiction.
Plastic Wars: Industry Spent Millions Selling Recycling — To Sell More Plastic—You better believe we are going to be hearing a lot from the plastic lobby about how its products made the world safer during the time of coronavirus. Never mind the environmental destruction.
Scientists Create Mutant Enzyme that Recycles Plastic Bottles in Hours—If I am Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos I would call these guys ASAP and offer a lot of money to commercialize the process. Even if it costs more than using virgin plastic the elimination of plastic waste has a net benefit that is hard to overstate.
Humankind’s Legacy is Basically Garbage—What would alien archaeologists think of what we leave behind?
In Semi-Arid Africa, Farmers are Transforming the ‘Underground Forest’ into Life-Giving Trees—Regenerating the land is the missed opportunity of the environmental movement. It is one thing to preserve landscapes, but there is so much land that is degraded that we can bring back to life. According to this article there is an area larger than Russia that is considered degraded. That is a lot of opportunity.
Born to Rewild: Why Now is the Perfect Time to Make Your Lawn an Eco-Paradise—This is the summer to “kill your lawn.”
Layoffs Hit the NRA, Even as Gun Sales Soar—My thoughts and prayers are with the NRA.