It was a nice and boring week. Good for the soul, but not good for the blog. Nothing really happened that was noteworthy and I did not go out of my way to do anything special. It was therapeutic to enjoy beautiful late summer days in Iowa. On to the links…
Wind Supplies 20% of Iowa’s Electricity—According to the American Wind Energy Association, Iowa now gets 20% of its electricity from the wind. This compares to about 3% nationally. Currently, Iowa is the second largest market in terms of total installed wind power. As a function of population, Iowa has the most wind power per capita in the U.S. Go Iowa!
EPA Bans Sale of Imprelis—Imprelis, a DuPont herbicide, has been banned from sale by the EPA because of its suspected role in killing trees. The herbicide was initially viewed as being more environmentally friendly than other herbicides, but this claim is not being proven by results in the field. Perhaps the more environmentally friendly option is not to use herbicides at all.
Schools Move to Save Energy as Budgets Tighten—None of the measures taken by the school districts in this article are extreme, but each represents how much low hanging fruit exists in terms of energy efficiency gains. We are so lame if we cannot see the benefit in taking this kind of action.
Beer Chart of the Day—Mother Jones is always full of surprises. This infographic—man I love infographics—shows just how mega-corporate beer in the United States remains even with the explosive growth of craft beers. Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller control 80% of the beer consumed in the U.S. Yep, 4 out of 5 beers is controlled by two conglomerates.
How Soda Drinks Impact Your Body—More infogrpahics! This one deals with the impacts of soda on a person’s health. The consumption of soda is one of the most glaring public health issues that no one is really willing to tackle.
Plastic Bags are Good For You—Nothing like lobbying to insert propaganda into the textbooks of school-age children. Just chalk this up to a long list of anti-environmental moves by pro-business groups that are hell bent on preserving profit margins over anything else.
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Tagged American Chemistry Council, American Wind Energy Association, Anheuser Busch, beer, DuPont, energy efficiency, EPA, Imprelis, InBev, Iowa, linkage, lobbyists, Mother Jones, plastic bags, SABMiller, schools, soda, textbooks, wind power
Some real awful weather rolled through Iowa this week. High winds and rainstorms leveled up to 20% of the planted corn in the fields, which will impact the U.S. harvest downwards thus raising prices in the global marketplace for foodstuffs. The weather is getting weirder, but James Inhofe probably just thinks it is an isolated data point rather than a trend. Clown.
East Africa Drought in Pictures—The drought currently afflicting east Africa is brutal in every way. In my opinion, as global weather gets less predictable and more extreme this situation will be the new norm rather than a frightening exception.
U.S. Reduction in Oil Dependence—Think Progress is really becoming a “go to” site for me to get information and well-reasoned analysis. This article links to a report that details ways that the U.S. can dramatically reduce its dependence on oil. None of the reccomendations are bizarre or far-fetched, so the ability of policy makers to enact…oh right, these would be the same policy makers who can get nothing right anymore.
Probing the Secret Life of Compost—For a lot of people composting is next to religion in terms of fervor. I have yet to attain this state of faith, but this report does start to illuminate the “behind the scenes” magic taking place.
Roundup Ready Grass? Really?—We already live in a world where glyphosate, you call it Roundup, is sprayed on corn and soybeans in legitimately scary amounts. Now, Scott’s has developed a variety of bluegrass that is resistant to the chemical. Not only is an invasive plant now resistant to a broad spectrum herbicide, but people will be pouring more chemicals on already laden lawns. Suburbia rules!
New Herbicide Suspected in Tree Deaths—As if the specter of increased glyphosate use in suburban landscapes was not bad enough, a newly approved herbicide is now proving to be a bad actor. Developed by DuPont, the people who brought you ozone destroying Freon, developed Imprelis as an alternative herbicide for those seeking the perfect lawn. Too bad it is also killing trees. Whoops.
America’s Founding Gardeners—Not only did the Founding Fathers nurture a revolution, but they were also responsible for a uniquely American expression of the humble garden.
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Tagged climate change, compost, drought, DuPont, East Africa, Founding Fathers, gardens, global warming, glyphosate, herbicide, Imprelis, Mother Jones, National Public Radio, NPR, oil dependence, Roundup, Scott’s, The Guardian, Think Progress