My family was supposed to be on vacation this week, but COVID-19 got in the way. Our loss of days on the mountain skiing is nothing compared with the people who are dealing with sickness and loss of income.
The world has gotten scary again. For those of us who were old enough to remember the days and weeks after September 11th, 2001 this has some of the same feeling. However, there is something inherently more frightening about a virus that you cannot see. It leaves you feeling a little helpless and hopeless.
Stay safe out there.
On to the links…
How the GOP’s War on Government Paved the Way for Trump’s Deadly Incompetence—Part of the reason for the incompetent response is that the right wing in the United States has spent the better part of nearly forty years telling anyone who would listen that government was the root of their problems. Well, when you count on people to respond to a crisis who happen to think they are the problem this is the result.
‘Tip of the iceberg’: Is Our Destruction of Nature Responsible for Covid-19?—Did we “let the cat out of the bag” by paying no attention to our impact on the planet’s natural world? This idea frightens me.
Will the Coronavirus Kill Globalization?—It will not kill the idea, but it will force us to rethink our relationship with the concept.
Coronavirus Pandemic Triggers Reduction in Global Air Pollution—Unintended consequence for sure, but it goes to show just how much of a difference our daily activities make in the production or reduction of emissions. This before and after of nitrogen oxide emissions in China is all over the internet:
We’re All Living a 1.5 Degree Lifestyle Now—Welcome to the future.
Social Distancing Is Also Helping the Climate—Again, unintended consequences.
Want to Jump-Start The Economy? Include A Green New Deal In The Stimulus Package—This is an opportunity for us to shape the future for decades to come. Imagine a stimulus bill that funnels money toward wind and solar projects all across the country. Just imagine…
Public Transit Is the Way to a Green New Deal—We should not build a single mile of new highway in the United States until we fully fund an expansion and modernization of public transit.
Solar Accounted For 40% Of New US Electricity Generation Capacity In 2019—The fact that caught my eye was that the U.S. now has 76 GW of solar generating capacity installed which is up from just 1 GW of installed capacity at the end of 2009. How much more could we do?
Republicans Push through Indiana’s Coal Bill, which Now Heads to Governor’s Desk—The same state that gave us Mike Pence is also the same state that is pushing retrograde energy bills like this particular piece of crap legislation. Nothing like the invisible hand of the free market being manipulated by legislator’s for the benefit of a few companies at the expense of every rate payer in the state. Crony capitalism at its finest.
Restoring Soils could Remove up to ‘5.5bn tonnes’ of Greenhouse Gases Every Year—The soil can save us.
The Future of Plant-Based Meat—Right now, considering coronavirus and all, it is hard to think about the future of anything. However, plant-based “meat” products are part of the future.
How Toyota Uses Static Electricity to Make Painting Cars Greener—I was shocked to learn how much impact, in terms of emissions, that just painting a car could have.