Posts Tagged ‘environment’

Wooden Skyscrapers

January 7, 2020

Grist makes the case for wooden skyscrapers.

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Go Greyhound, and leave pollution to us!

December 11, 2019

 

Go Greyhound, and leave pollution to us!

Bus deck, Union Station, Washington DC

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine and the District Department of Energy and Environment have filed a lawsuit claiming Greyhound buses regularly disregard the District’s three-minute idling limit, polluting the air and endangering the health of workers, riders, and DC residents and visitors. The suit against the bus company is based on a DDOE study conducted at the Union Station bus deck, and the DA seeks reimbursement for investigation costs and $216,000 in penalties.

Washington DC is filled with idling intercity, charter, tourist, and commuter buses every day, but you’ve got to start somewhere.

More:

“D.C. sues Greyhound over buses idling at Union Station,” Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post

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DC Park Commences Annual Bambi Slaughter

November 21, 2019

DC Park Commences Annual Bambi Slaughter

The National Park Service has resumed its seasonal “Deer Management Program,” deploying sharpshooters in Rock Creek Park in the middle of the Nation’s capital to shoot whitetail deer dead. The noctural slaughter will continue until March 30th and recommence next winter. Last winter’s cull cut deer density in half, from 80 to 40 deer per square mile. The Park Service is shooting for a goal of 15 to 20 deer per square mile.

Venison harvested by the program is donated to food programs for the homeless.

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Stupid and Deadly: America’s Wildfire Policy

October 8, 2019

Stupid and Deadly: America's Wildfire Policy

Forest policy, climate change, and real estate development combine to create deadly fires.

“Today’s monster fires result largely from three human forces: taxpayer-funded fire suppression that has made the forest a tinderbox; policies that encourage construction in places that are clearly prone to burning; and climate change, which has worsened everything.”

“Society masks the costs of building on the edges of the forest, a zone that planners call the “wildland-urban interface,” or the WUI. With its vast forests and penchant for sprawl, California is the epicenter of WUI wildfire damage. Between 2000 and 2013, fire destroyed more buildings in California’s WUI than in all similar areas in the United States combined, and more than 75 percent of all buildings destroyed by fire in California were in the WUI, according to a University of Wisconsin–Madison study.”

— “Burn. Build. Repeat: Why Our Wildfire Policy Is So Deadly.” Jeffrey Ball, Mother Jones

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What’s actually in the Green New Deal?

July 9, 2019

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“What’s actually in the Green New Deal, explained with a video,” Alvin Chang and Dion Lee, Vox

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World’s smallest McDonald’s. It’s for bees.

July 2, 2019

There’s a McDonald’s restaurant in Sweden that serves thousands every day — thousands of bees. The tiny apian eater, designed and built by award winning set designer Nicklas Nilsson, was purchased by a McD franchisee in Sweden at a charity auction. Several Swedish McDonald’s restaurants have rooftop beehives and bee-friendly landscaping.

More:

“McDonald’s just opened a tiny restaurant for bees — here’s what it’s like inside,” Meredith Cash, Business Insider

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Meat. Eek.

November 8, 2018

“Why Meat is the Best Worst Thing in the World,” a Kurzgesagt video (Kurzgesagt is German for “in a nutshell”).

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Ocean acidification explained in 2 minutes

September 21, 2018

“Ocean acidification explained in 2 minutes,” a Grist video animated by Amelia Bates and written by Amelia Urry.

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New Fairfax County Archery Program

September 18, 2018

New Fairfax County Archery Program

Like many Eastern suburbs, Virginia’s Fairfax County has way too many whitetail deer munching on backyard greenery and blundering in front of moving minivans. The county’s parks department has a chosen technology to control the antlered population boom: bows and arrows. Registered bow hunters climb into tree stand blinds and shoot down at the critters, so there’s little chance of stray shots perforating the neighbors.

Yum, venison steaks!

More:

“Deer control hunt begins in Fairfax County,” Madeleine Simon, WTOP News

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1973 Computer predicts the end of civilization. We’re right on track.

September 5, 2018

“In 1973, a computer program was developed at MIT to model global sustainability. Instead, it predicted that by 2040 our civilization would end. While many in history have made apocalyptic predictions that have so far failed to materialize, what the computer envisioned in the 1970s has by and large been coming true. Could the machine be right?”

— Paul Ratner, Big Think

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