Monthly Archives: May 2021

Public Transit, a Failure Still

Summed up in this article from New Geography. An excerpt. “The future of public transit is nearly empty buses and railcars. Yet President Biden’s American Jobs Plan calls for spending $85 billion on transit. Although transit carries less than 1 percent of passenger travel … Continue reading

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Making Chips

We need them so we should make them, well argued in this New Geography article. An excerpt. “There’s a scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indiana Jones faces off against a guy menacingly brandishing a scimitar. After allowing his enemy … Continue reading

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Coffee Waste Good for Soil

From Epoch Times. An excerpt. “Researchers have witnessed incredible results after dumping 30 truckloads of coffee pulp, a waste product of the coffee industry, onto an area of degraded former farmland in Costa Rica. Marking out a control area of a similar size, they were … Continue reading

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Laura’s Law Approved in Sacramento County

A big change and help for the homeless who are mentally ill, as reported by Sacramento County News. An excerpt. “The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on May 18 to implement “Laura’s Law” – state legislation authorizing the … Continue reading

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Good News on Mosquito Front

Technology at work, story from Epoch Times. An excerpt. “Genetically modified mosquitoes have been released for the first time in the United States as part of an experiment to combat insect-borne diseases such as Dengue fever, yellow fever, and the … Continue reading

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Homelessness Strategy: A History of Failure

A good overview of the Housing First model and its failure, from Real Clear Investigations. An excerpt. “In 2016 influential political leaders, activists, and media outlets in Los Angeles said they had a simple solution to homelessness: build more housing. … Continue reading

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Suburban Growth Continues

Most Americans still prefer the suburbs, as this article from New Geography reports. An excerpt. “The big story among the nation’s major metropolitan areas (the now 51 of 55 over one million with more than one county) over the past … Continue reading

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Bass Eating Salmon

And therein lies the rub, as this story from Ag Alert reports. An excerpt. “Boosting flows on San Joaquin River tributaries may not bring the desired benefits to populations of protected salmon—because predatory bass in the rivers apparently eat half … Continue reading

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Super Wow Factor

Horses and donkeys digging wells, oh my! Great article from Smithsonian. An excerpt. “Wild horses and donkeys are often considered a problem in the American West, but new research suggests their penchant for digging wells with their hooves offers benefits … Continue reading

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Solar Panels Over Canals

A wonderful idea from The Conversation. An excerpt. “Climate change and water scarcity are front and center in the western U.S. The region’s climate is warming, a severe multi-year drought is underway and groundwater supplies are being overpumped in many locations. “Western states are pursuing … Continue reading

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