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    Daily Digest 12/7 – Good News Friday: Adapting The Grid To Clean Energy, Maersk To Cut Carbon Emissions To Zero By 2050

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, December 7, 2018, 3:42 PM

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!


NYC sets $17 an hour minimum wage for Uber and Lyft drivers (Thomas R.)

The rules are based on a proposal developed by economist James Parrott, fiscal policy director of the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School, that adjusts how much drivers are paid based on how much work they’re getting each hour. A report Parrott co-authored this summer found that most ride-hail drivers earn less than $17.22 an hour.

A big new review of the evidence finds that prescription heroin works (tmn)

The report, the most comprehensive look yet at the research on both prescription heroin sites and supervised consumption sites, concluded that the research for prescription heroin is fairly strong, backed by randomized controlled trials (RCTs), which are the gold standard of scientific research. The evidence for supervised consumption sites, however, is much weaker, with only nine quasi-experimental studies available, and none of them particularly strong in methodology.

Neo-Nazis Have No First Amendment Right to Harassment, Judge Rules (Jen H.)

By the spring of 2017, the family had received more than 700 vulgar and hateful messages, including death threats, many referencing the Holocaust. Some phone messages consisted solely of the sound of gunshots.

Human Connectome Project (newsbuoy)

Through this comprehensive white matter mapping project we will provide the neuroscience research community with a novel resource for connectomics that will have a significant impact for our enhancing our understanding of the rich neuroanatomical connectedness of the human brain.

Burger King is giving away 1-cent Whoppers…at McDonald’s (Thomas R.)

Here’s how it works: Whenever you’re within 600 feet of a McDonald’s restaurant, you can open the Burger King app and place an order for a Whopper. It’ll cost you a penny. You’ll then be detoured to the nearest participating Burger King, where you can pick up the signature flame-grilled burger.

Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt. (tmn)

What’s more, the energy world is changing rapidly. A system designed around big, centralized power plants and one-way power flows is grinding against the rise of smarter, cleaner technologies that offer new ways to generate and manage energy at the local level (think solar panels and batteries).

Unless old systems are reconceived and redesigned, they could end up slowing down, and increasing the cost of, the transition to clean electricity (and hampering the fight against climate change).

Shell To Become First Oil Major Linking Emissions With Executive Pay (Thomas R.)

Speaking as the Co-lead of the Climate Action 100+ dialogue with Shell, Adam Matthews, Director of Ethics and Engagement of the Church of England Pensions Board, and Board Member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, said: “Investors like ourselves will be able to track Shell’s performance through the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), an independent academic tool at the London School of Economics which is supported by funds with $11 trillion in assets.”

Maersk pledges to cut carbon emissions to zero by 2050 (jdargis)

Maersk’s target, although distant, is one of the most ambitious from a global industrial group promising to end carbon emissions altogether. Container ships carry about 80 per cent of global trade and currently use bunker fuel, a residue from crude oil that is cheaper but dirtier than petrol and diesel, which means they contribute about 3 per cent of the world’s emissions. 

Young Activists Can Sue Government Over Climate Change, Supreme Court Says (Jen H.)

The lawsuit — brought by 21 plaintiffs, many of whom are minors, in U.S. district court in Eugene, Ore. — claims the federal government encouraged the production of oil, gas and other fossil fuels, causing the planet to warm and infringing on several of the plaintiffs’ fundamental rights. It lists examples that the government knew the Earth was warming as early as 1965, and it requests a court order for the government to decrease carbon dioxide emissions as well as the creation of a national plan to “restore Earth’s energy balance” and “stabilize the climate system.”

Colorado Land Returned to the Ute Indian Tribe (Jen H.)

From the lot of elevated land, one can look toward the southwest and see the Ute Mountain in northern New Mexico. This region is the area of the Colorado and New Mexico border known to be Ute ancestral land. In the 1880’s, bands of the Ute people were expelled from Colorado in a vicious land-grabbing campaign led by politicians and the media of the day. “The Utes Must Go!” declared editorials in leading papers of the time and the several bands of the Utes were marched out of Colorado into Utah, or pursued like common criminals in Colorado. “Every tribe has its own ‘Trail of Tears’” said Business Committee member Shaun Chapoose. “This was ours.”

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    Debt Rattle, Saturday, December 8th

    • France Braced For ‘Ultra-Violent’ Protests (BBC)
    • S&P 500 Closes In An Official ‘Death Cross’ (CNBC)
    • A Death Cross For The S&P 500 Highlights A Stock Market In Tatters (MW)
    • Dow Down Over 500 Points, Wipes Out 2018 Gains In Wild Week On Wall Street (CNBC)
    • George H. W. Bush, Wimp (Matt Taibbi)
    • Five Eyes Against Huawei (Voltaire)
    • Russia Ready To Switch Off Visa & Mastercard Ahead Of Tougher Sanctions (RT)
    • UK Ministers Warn No-Deal Brexit Chaos May Last Six Months (Ind.)
    • EU Support For Austerity Opens Door To Far Right – Corbyn (G.)
    • Capture the Flag (Kunstler)
    • Uber Files Confidential IPO Paperwork (R.)
    • The Column I Didn’t Want To Write About Julian Assange (SMH)
    • Media Is Giving The US Cover To Extradite Assange (Hrafnsson)
    • 97% Decline In Monarch Butterflies (G.)


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