A couple of scientific research papers were published this week, and further describes plastic’s evil even beyond what I had earlier understood. I am coming to the point where plastic may need the same focus as oil and coal … and unfortunately quickly.
The first from UCSB tackles microfiber and starts with what I thought was the extent of damage, “The amount of synthetic microfiber we shed into our waterways has been of great concern over the last few years, and for good reason: Every laundry cycle releases in its wastewater tens of thousands of tiny, near-invisible plastic fibers whose persistence and accumulation can affect aquatic habitats and food systems, and ultimately our own bodies in ways we have yet to discover.”… Read the rest
Oxfam published data estimated where all of the C-19 vaccines will go … wealthy countries or those not so wealthy. Statista in their typical flare put it together in an infographic that made me sick!
If that doesn’t make you a bit uneasy or mad, try this, quote: “As covered in this infographic, Oxfam expects this to mean that “even in the extremely unlikely event that all five vaccines succeed, 61 percent of the world’s population will not have a vaccine until at least 2022. It’s far more likely some of these experiments will fail, leaving the number of people without access even higher.”… Read the rest
This week a couple of leaders surfaced on my radar that I had not known about earlier, and both are women doing just incredible things driving global change. The key attributes of the leaders I want to pay attention to …
First was highlighted from Reuters, “Growing up in a trading town in Senegal, Adji Bousso Dieng loved school and had a particular talent for maths. But with a dearth of career role models, she had no idea which path to follow. Some two decades later and a research scientist working on artificial intelligence at Google, Dieng wants to give young Africans the inspiring examples she missed out on.”… Read the rest
Key phrase: Brown University’s Costs of War project released a study last week which states that it is the first analysis to comprehensively measure the number of people forced to flee their homes as a result wars involving the United States since 2001. It states that 37 million people have been displaced by America’s Global War On Terror and that estimate is likely conservative with the true figure possibly as high as 59 million.… Read the rest
Per a Grist article this morning and thanks to the west coast governors (some of the best imho I add), we have a new word that accurately describes our current state (pun intended).
Quote: “These megafires aren’t exactly “natural,” after all — they’re magnified by the hotter, drier climate humans have created, along with a century of forest fire suppression that left more fuel to burn. And 85 percent of the time, wildfires are started by people — a smoldering cigarette, an unquenched campfire, a gender reveal party gone wrong. You could argue that even the wild in wildfires is a bit misleading.”… Read the rest
For many American (even in cities) this is possible and doable based on a recent science study. A quick summary, quote: “How local could food be in the U.S.? A modeling study estimates the distance within which metro centers could meet food needs if they tried to feed themselves locally. Some — but not all — could rely on nearby agricultural land, and dietary changes would increase local potential, according to the study.”
I remember teaching outdoor school in Maine in the 1980s and we spent a huge amount of time talking about food logistics, environmental costs and what you waste when you throw food away.… Read the rest
There was a comment this morning in one of my favorite investment bloggers, who has been consistently non-emotional, non-dramatic and a full-on data devil, that implied politicians ARE withholding further stimulus to US economy for their own political advantage. Then, he further stated that both parties are experts are doing the same – almost as an aside without any gravity.
That level of distrust is disturbing. Add that to the possibility that Americans die from C-19 daily because politicians put their interests above our lives.
Regardless of your political bent, how can we thrive in this type of environment even if we THINK it’s true – perception can be more damaging then reality.… Read the rest
“Thielsen. OR-UPF-000441. ICT3. 2 mi SE of Diamond Lake, OR. Start 9/8. Point Zone Protection, Full Suppression. Cause: Unknown. 5,110 ac (+0). 0% Contained. Timber. Active fire behavior. Evacuations and evacuation notices. Structures threatened. Road, trail and area closures. T2 IMT ordered.”
The beauty and grace in the balance today is beyond my prose, yet we continue to ignore the warnings of human impacts to our climate … sigh.… Read the rest
Somehow I missed this one, but I will be following up w/ Senators Merkley and Wyden (not right now as they are busy helping our communities deal with fire) … diseased chickens can now be used per Bloomberg.
First, what diseases are we talking about:
quote: “In July the FSIS approved a petition from the National Chicken Council requesting that slaughterhouses be allowed to process broilers infected with Avian Leukosis — a virus that causes chickens to develop cancerous lesions and tumors. Inspectors would no longer be required to examine the first 300 birds of each flock for signs of the disease, and processors would be able to cut off tumors and lesions and then process the rest of the bird.… Read the rest
CPI = consumer price index (aka, consumer inflation)
Last week’s CPI report had some interesting fodder for cultural and climate discussions. The key nugget I was looking for surfaced in The Heisenberg Report today. Heisenberg has put out several pieces on urban flight driven by C-19 and social unrest. The current post links back to the others.
Here’s the tidbit that caught my eye in the CPI update – not the food cost increases which everybody could see happening real time.
Quote: “The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.4 percent in August after rising 0.6 percent in July.… Read the rest
While these summaries are both very, very different in their focus areas, they both describe climate change. One is a historical perspective going back 66 million years (way back!), two is about human diet and how that impacts climate (with some advice).
Summary: Quote – “Scientists have compiled a continuous, high-fidelity record of variations in Earth’s climate extending 66 million years into the past. The record reveals four distinctive climate states, which the researchers dubbed Hothouse, Warmhouse, Coolhouse, and Icehouse.… Read the rest
Note – a bit different here and maybe ‘bad practice’ but I will paste the email I received from Bloomberg this morning …
here’s my issue: the acceptance or rejection of facial recognition technology in social settings where ‘subjects’ did not OPT-IN is an ethical discussion for us as citizens. Bloomberg turned to a business or technology discussion without really addressing the ethics. I find this backwards. Let’s understand the ethics and the unintended consequences of the technology before wide implementation – Facebook worked out just fine, right?
Some of you know that I spent a small slice of my career leading a team working on autonomous collision avoidance for drones (which translates to cars, trucks and tractors). One of the biggest problems using visual stimuli was fog, dust and smoke particles, etc … makes vision distorted and colors, right – see?
Stanford researchers may have a solution (Summary) … quote:
Like a comic book come to life, researchers at Stanford University have developed a kind of X-ray vision — only without the X-rays. Working with hardware similar to what enables autonomous cars to “see” the world around them, the researchers enhanced their system with a highly efficient algorithm that can reconstruct three-dimensional hidden scenes based on the movement of individual particles of light, or photons.… Read the rest