A while ago I permanently deleted my Facebook account because I felt that the company was a blight on this planet. Now, Facebook is trying to improve its image by partnering with fact checking organizations to conduct reviews of the news that it features. Too bad Facebook chose to work with a partisan hack factory funded by the Koch Brothers.
Seriously, this is how Facebook thinks it is going to repair its image. Good luck with that Zuck.
On to the links…
Iowa State Board Allows Sale of Electric Vehicle Energy by the Kilowatt-Hour—One of the impediments to more publicly available chargers and a reasonable scheme to charge for power is going to be removed in the state of Iowa. Granted, our retrograde legislature that is a Fox News wet dream right now is going to charge fees on solar power and EVs because…reasons.
Renewables Set To Top Coal Power In The U.S.—The worm has turned. It is now cheaper to build new solar and wind than it is to operate coal and some natural gas. Imagine a world where the price of energy increases because of a global shock. If people are already flocking to renewables what will that future look like?
Solar Power Doubled In Most American Cities In Last 6 Years—I believe it. In my little slice of the world there were no visible solar systems on anyone’s roof a few years ago. Now there are several within view of my driveway. Every time I drive somewhere in town I notice a new system. Bring it on.
$13.6B Record-Breaking Solar Park Rises from Dubai Desert—This project is just massive.
Japanese Utilities Turn Away from Coal Plans Amid Green Energy Boom—Where is all the coal going to go that Trump wants to dig?
RWE Abandons All Present & Future Coal Plans—It is not going to Germany.
‘Wonder Material’ Phosphorene Could Revolutionize Batteries—I have read about more so called wonder materials than I want to remember. I am holding out hope that one of these pans out and we get lower cost batteries with excellent range.
New Type of Plastic is a Recycling Dream—Maybe the answer is less plastic as opposed to a better kind of plastic. Sure, we need to use plastic in some use cases.
Want a Happy Commute? Researchers Point to Travel by Bicycle—It’s better than going by car, but I would not say that all of my days commuting via bicycle are happy.
‘It’s a groundswell’: The Farmers Fighting to Save the Earth’s Soil—We have the solutions. We just need the will to implement the solutions on a broad scale.
The Case for Carbon Farming in California—What if we looked at the land we use for agriculture as a giant opportunity to capture carbon? It is my contention that this would be a better paradigm for rural communities than the current economic model of industrial agriculture.
Why You Should Turn Your Lawn into a Meadow—Lawns are the worst. This is why I have decided to just mow a lot less this summer.
The Surprising Science of Fighting Crime With…Trees—You mean to tell me that if people are not living in a brutalist landscape dominated by concrete and steel that people might actually act more civilized? Wow, mind blown. Or not.
Burger King Plans to Roll Out Impossible Whopper across the United States—Well that was quick. It seems like only yesterday that this was just a test in the St. Louis metro. Now it is going to be nationwide.
Mission Actually Impossible—People really like the Impossible Burger. Now, the company just needs to be able to dramatically increase production without sacrificing quality or alienating customers. I am scared that this is the moment when Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, which is going public, are going to run into a lot of trouble. Fingers crossed.