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    Daily Digest 11/15 – Good News Friday: How Meditation Can Help You Make Fewer Mistakes, Replacing Plastic With Compostable Material

    by Daily Digest

    Friday, November 15, 2019, 8:36 AM

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header "Good News Friday." We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!

Economy

State Court Bars Using North Carolina House Map in 2020 Elections (Jen H.)

The ruling in the end came down to very different decisions in federal and state courts on whether blatant gerrymandering to benefit a political party is permissible.

Artist designs phoenix sculpture from donated keys of homes destroyed in the Paradise Camp Fire (Sparky1)

“In that moment, I kind of realized that he wasn’t alone and thousands of my neighbors were doing that same exact thing,” Mercer told CNN. “Everyone was like, “Wow, I have keys to my shop, my house, my car. And it’s all gone.'”

Tiny deer-like animal thought lost to science photographed for first time in 30 years (Thomas R.)

This resulted in 275 photos of the mammal. The team then set up another 29 cameras in the same area, this time recording 1,881 photographs of the chevrotain over five months.

Despite their nickname, chevrotains are neither mice nor deer, but the world’s smallest ungulates or hoofed mammals, according to GWC. They are shy and solitary, appear to walk on the tips of their hooves and have two tiny fangs. They typically weigh less than 10 pounds.

The Volkspod VW Beetle Minibikes Are Part Creepy, Part Adorable (Sparky1)

Creativity knows no bound. When it comes to building a motorcycle in your yard, while some ideas are better than others, everyone gets points for creativity, whether the result is amazing or an eyesore. In the case of Brent Walker’s work, it’s hard to tell whether these custom tiny bikes are terribly cute or just a little weird. Or both. One thing’s for sure, we can’t stop staring and the execution is pretty spotless.

Simple blood test for early detection of breast cancer (Thomas R.)

In a pilot study the researchers, who are part of the Centre of Excellence for Autoimmunity in Cancer (CEAC) group at the School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, took blood samples from 90 breast cancer patients at the time they were diagnosed with breast cancer and matched them with samples taken from 90 patients without breast cancer (the control group).

How Meditation Can Help You Make Fewer Mistakes, According to Largest Study of Its Kind (Thomas R.)

“Some forms of meditation have you focus on a single object, commonly your breath, but open monitoring meditation is a bit different,” Lin said. “It has you tune inward and pay attention to everything going on in your mind and body. The goal is to sit quietly and pay close attention to where the mind travels without getting too caught up in the scenery.”

China Achieves Notable Success of Reaching Ultra-Low Emissions in Advance of the 2020 Goal (Thomas R.)

In reporting their results, the researchers used actual monitoring data to show that emissions were 18-92% below recent estimates. This method contrasts with most existing research, which relies on ex-ante studies to estimate how ULE standards will affect power emissions based on assumptions about changes in emission concentrations.

Snoqualmie Tribe buys Salish Lodge and adjacent land for $125 million, halting nearby development (Jen H.)

His great-grandmother hated what she saw, Ross said. She watched from her wheelchair as visitors, unaware of the place the falls holds in the hearts of the Snoqualmies, walked around her and dropped trash. She was upset for days, Ross recalled.

Plastic substitute from fish waste hauls in Dyson award for UK designer (ZWW)

Dyson said: “Young engineers have the passion, awareness and intelligence to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. Ultimately, we decided to pick the idea the world could least do without. MarinaTex elegantly solves two problems: the ubiquity of single-use plastic and fish waste.”

The winning product is translucent and strong, making it suitable for single-use packaging such as sandwich wrappers and bags, and will break down in home compost or food waste bins within four to six weeks.

Renewables meet 50% of electricity demand on Australia’s power grid for first time (ezlxq1949)

Dylan McConnell, of the University of Melbourne’s Climate and Energy College and who helped develop the tool, said: “We will start to see this happening more frequently. It was just a snapshot in time, but it’s indicative of an underlying trend in the system.”

Renewables maintained the 50% mark for only about 10 minutes and over the entire day contributed 31.2% of the electricity used across the five states.

Heineken Joins the Ranks of Major Beer Companies Ditching Plastic 6-Pack Rings for Compostable Alternatives (Thomas R.)

The pledge to eliminate plastic rings from the UK is the latest commitment in Heineken’s ‘Brewing a Better World’ strategy to become more sustainable. During the past three years, Heineken UK has employed several eco-friendly initiatives, including “light-weighting” glass bottles and aluminum cans, trialling deposit return schemes at festivals to encourage recycling, and decreasing CO2 by 68% since 2008 through investments in new technology.

Philippines: The boy diving for plastic (ZWW)

Thirteen-year-old Ranniel quit school to support his family. He now risks his life, diving into polluted waters to retrieve plastic waste, the result of a pay-as-you-go, single-use plastic culture that is devastating the environment.

Gold & Silver

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