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Friday Linkage 2/6/2015

New York gets some snow and people freak out. Boston gets some snow and it is the first sign of the pending apocalypse. The upper Midwest gets some snow and a few planes get rerouted, school gets cancelled, and everyone goes sledding. Just saying.

On to the links…

Even If Your Kid Doesn’t Get Measles, It’s Gonna Cost You—Seriously people, we nearly eradicated measles as a threat to public health. Freakin’ Mississippi had a vaccination rate for measles that is over 99%. WTF is going on in California? Get your kids vaccinated. It is one of the home run success stories of modern medicine.

I Don’t Vaccinate My Child Because It’s My Right To Decide What Eliminated Diseases Come Roaring Back—The Onion may be a false news site with a satirical bent, but the tone of this pretend letter to the editor is spot on when it comes to the attitude of most non-vaccinating parents. The reasoning is a mish mash of pseudo-science that would find itself at home on fringe message boards and late night talk radio. The problem is that ignorance is a threat to everyone’s health.

Some Farms Tried To Keep Their Abuse Secret. Then The Drones Arrived.—Ag gag laws are bad and corporate farms will stop at nothing to stop you from exposing their dirty laundry. They have even attempted to reverse long standing precedence regarding taking photographs from public property. We need to keep pounding away on these awful companies.

Solar & Wind = 53% Of New US Electricity Capacity In 2014—I am waiting for the day when this number is 100% and the retirement of fossil fuel plants increases, but more than half is encouraging. Bring on the sun and wind. I am getting high on that funky yellow sun.

FutureGen Dead Again: Obama Pulls Plug On ‘NeverGen’ Clean Coal Project—This boondoggle clean coal project is finally dead after two presidential administrations and zero real progress. Coal cannot be clean. Ever.

Latin America Solar Market Grew 370% In 2014—Granted, it’s from a small base. However, the growth is real and it is a great start. Developing countries are great places for solar and other distributed renewables to leapfrog the paradigm of centralized power production because the infrastructure was never built.

Algeria Doubling Renewable Energy Target, Now 25 GW By 2030—Algeria is not a country that comes up often when speaking about renewable development, but it is blessed with abundant sun and a relatively concentrated population. Seems like a winner to me.

Most Of Hawaii’s Coral Recover From Mass Bleaching Event—There is hope that our ecosystems can recover from our stupidity, but the first step is allowing these ecosystems a breather. Instead we are doubling down on emissions and speeding toward ruin like a runaway train full of oil.

The Pro Dumpster Diver Who’s Making Thousands Off America’s Biggest Retailers—These stories always remind me about moving day in college. You could wait until the early evening and pick out some real treasures in the pile of stuff just tossed aside as students moved out of the dorms. Stereos, furniture, and more. We are a wasteful and stupid society.

The Wild Deer That Roam a Japanese City’s Streets—Why can’t our relationships with wildlife be more like this all over the world?

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Friday Linkage 2/8/2013

This was an interesting week.  More cabinet positions in the Obama adminastration opened up, but one spot–Secretary of the Interior–was filled, pending confirmation.  I think it was considered a surprise that Sally Jewell, the CEO of outdoor outfitter REI, was chosen.  I think it was a somewhat inspired choice because she brings environmental street cred, business experience, and some history with the oil and gas industry.  I am sure that Republican jack asses will find something to hold up the confirmation with, but that is what jack asses do.

On to the links…

U.S. Carbon Emissions Drop to 1994 Levels–It looks like the drop in carbon emissions in the U.S. is not just a reflection of the recession but a more permanent change in the state of affairs.  Sweet.

New Mexico Utility Agrees to Buy Solar Power at a Price Cheaper than Coal–You know that solar has reached a tipping point when commercial contracts for supplying power are priced lower than dirty ol’ coal.  This is really good news.

Wind Farms in Spain Break Energy Record–Since November 1, 2012 electricity generated from wind has been the number 1 source.  Not the number 1 renewable, but the number 1 source among all generation types.  In total wind equals approximately 25% of the total electricity for Spain.  We can take the carbon out of our infrastructure.

We Pay More for Gas than Every Before–In the U.S. the average household spends $2,912 on gas or 4% of the average household pre-tax income.  WTF?  So, even though we are consuming fewer gallons of gas we are paying more for each gallon.

Planting Trees may not Reverse Climate Change, but it Will Help Locally–Damn, and I thought that all of those tree planting schemes were the answer to climate change.  But, it is good to see that there is a chance that planting trees can help reduce the impacts of climate change in a local micro-climate.

On Decimated Shores, A Second Chance for Christmas Trees–It looks like Christmas trees can have other uses besides being mulched.  In Minnesota, I remember trees being sunk in the Mississippi River to provide spawning grounds for fish because driftwood got stuck behind all of the dams.

For Marginalized Urban Recyclers, a Non-Profit with a Can Do Attitude–Canners, or the people you see picking up cans and bottles for the redemption, are one of those urban underbelly populations that people do not even consider.  I am glad to see that someone is trying to make life easier for people who live on the margins.

 World’s First Electric Car Ferry Recharges in 10 Minutes–This boat is wicked cool.  The technology just seems like something that makes sense.  If only we could find a way to replace the S.S. Badger’s dirty engines with something awesome like this Norwegian beauty.

The Cosmestics Wars–Why do we allow companies to use chemicals that are unknown to be safe or not?  Why is the standard not to prove harm but to prove safety?

Trade Group Lawsuit Challenges Olive Oil Labeling–I thought the situation was bad for trying to figure out the country of origin when it came to live oil.  It appears that there is a whole other level subterfuge. Great.

Europe Announces Sweeping Changes to Fisheries Policy–It’s a step in the right direction.  The fact that we thrown away nearly as much fish as we keep for processing is insane when you consider the pressure that the oceans are under.  Maybe there is hope for us after all.

Two Bills Propose Zero Tolerance for Bison–It is ridiculous the way that bison are treated in Montana because of misconceptions.  Never mind the destruction and disease spread by cattle.  Ridiculous.

Why People are Eatig their Own Trash–If you thought the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans was something to worry about when you are at the beach you would be mistaken:

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