I hope that everyone out there had a great Thanksgiving Day holiday and is spending today with family as opposed to braving the post-apocalyptic training ground that is Black Friday shopping. Seriously, if there is ever a zombie outbreak I am going to ally myself with the people who swarm WalMart for $99 flat screen televisions. Those people are straight up loco.
On to the links…
Your Shopping Guide To Stores That Won’t Ruin Their Workers’ Thanksgivings—I hope that people respected Thanksgiving and stayed home rather than look for that one great deal. Moving forward, I hope that people punish these companies for opening on the holiday:
Why We Don’t Eat Beef for Thanksgiving—For those of you wondering, there is a seasonality to animals just as there is a season for fruits and vegetables.
Amid Canned Food Drives, U.S. Food Banks Take Up Farming—The lowly can of corn or green beans is a symbol of the food drive here in the Midwest. Children dutifully pack cans onto a table in their classrooms before piling everything onto pallets for donation. Maybe everyone should just pick up a hoe and get dirty. Wait a second, that sounded wrong.
Rake the Leaves? Some Towns Say Mow Them—Bagging up your leaves and having someone cart them away is like giving away your soil’s fertility. For years I have just mowed over them with a standard mulching mower to no ill effect on my yard. Granted, I do not have towering trees dumping piles of leaves yet.
Tackling the Climate Crisis With the Reality of Renewable Energy—For every person who does not think that renewable energy can be a viable source of baseload power, I give you the state of Iowa. Currently, we generate approximately 25% of our total power from wind. This is expected to rise to nearly 35% in the next few years as some massive projects come on line. If we can do it…
Wind Energy In Iowa Cuts 8.4 Million Tons Of Carbon Pollution Per Year—Oh wait, here’s some numbers on the massive size of Iowa’s wind energy. Dig it.
A Norwegian Oil Company Will Build Largest Floating Wind Farm Off The Coast Of Scotland—I am really interested to see how this whole floating wind turbine thing plays out. There is a big test underway off the coast of Fukushima, Japan—yes, the same place with all the nuke troubles—and Europe is really pushing the envelope as well. As usual, the U.S. is lagging behind but maybe we will get a second mover advantage as the technology matures.
Your New House In Texas Could Come With Free Solar Panels—Now, solar PV is part of the OEM or builder market. Has solar reached a mainstream tipping point in the U.S.? Did I mention that these homes are being built in Rick Perry’s Texas?
World’s Largest Landfill Will Soon Be NYC’s Biggest Solar Plant—Forget building giant plants out in the desert, what about all of the brownfields and industrial rooftops in the U.S. that could accommodate solar? In this case, it’s a freaking landfill that is being turned into a park and solar generating park. Awesome.
Emissions of Methane in U.S. Exceed Estimates, Study Finds—All was not rosy this week as a study found we may be underestimating our level of methane emissions. This is bad because methane is about twenty time worse as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Happy holidays!
Toxic Flame Retardants may be on the Way Out—Soon, thanks to the efforts of tireless reporters and California’s legislators, your couch may no longer be a soup of toxic nightmares. Seriously, why did we let this farce about safety continue?
Maui Signs Agreement With Monsanto Regarding Pesticide Use—It’s amazing the resistance that GMOs and the attendant pesticide use is getting on the islands of Hawaii. Most people are stunned to learn how much GMO testing is done on Hawaii to begin with—just spend some time on the southern shore of Kauai—so this is coming as a shock to those of us on the mainland not familiar with the islands.
Wisconsin has Grown into Hotbed of Organic Farming—On the way to the Wisconsin Dells to meet my brother for our annual pilgrimage to an indoor water park in the depths of winter we drive through the Driftless Region. Until you actually drive through here you do not get a sense of the pervasiveness of organic farming and its associated social norms.
Peecycling will Fertilize Green Roofs in Amsterdam—Does Amsterdam have some of the best public urinals in the world? I remember seeing one in the middle of an intersection of about five streets and a pair of streetcar lines. Talk about stage fright.