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Represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont, Zullo filed suit against the state. He alleged a violation of his rights under Article 11 of the Vermont Constitution, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures, and provides stronger safeguards than the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The state argued that Article 11 does not permit plaintiffs to recover monetary damages, and that, regardless, the search and seizure of Zullo’s car was reasonable. In a unanimous opinion, Justice Harold Eaton rejected both claims.
The #ChefsForFeds campaign opened a kitchen and café this month near the White House, then soon expanded to 12 states and Puerto Rico. The effort also offers to-go meals for families, plus essentials like diapers, pet food and cat litter.
“We believe that no person should have to go through the pain of not knowing what to feed their children,” the chef said in a video announcing the endeavor.
It sounds fantastical, especially considering that an estimated 18.1 million new cancer cases are diagnosed worldwide each year, according to reports by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Further, every sixth death in the world is due to cancer, making it the second leading cause of death (second only to cardiovascular disease).
“With a quarter of a million participants this year, Veganuary is finishing on an all-time high,” said Rich Hardy, head of campaigns at Veganuary. “I think Veganuary has reached critical mass now – vegan living is growing; it’s here to stay, it’s part of the national conversation and it has credibility. That’s great news for people, animals and the planet.”
After their evolutionary models identified an array of wing shapes, scientists used a 3D printer to produce prototypes. Researchers raced the wings in NYU's Applied Math Lab. After identifying the fastest wing shapes, scientists used their genetic algorithm to “breed” the best shapes, producing offspring with a combination of beneficial aerodynamic attributes.
New partnership gets ag aviation buzzing (DennisC)
“Today’s drones are capable of autonomous flight over vast distances and have been proven to deliver greater efficiency and higher returns for farmers,” said Kate Lyall, chief technology officer and co-founder of Bee Innovative. “Being able to extend those advantages to farmers working in more complex environments, such as under netting in orchards, is an exciting prospect for growers and technology vendors alike.”
“The [divestment] movement is highlighting the need to stop investing in the expansion of a global industry which must be brought into managed decline if catastrophic climate change is to be averted,” said Thomas Pringle, the independent member of parliament who introduced the bill. “Ireland by divesting is sending a clear message that the Irish public and the international community are ready to think and act beyond narrow short term vested interests.”
“It’s a big moment for climate policy in Germany that could make the country a leader once again in fighting climate change,” said Claudia Kemfert, professor for energy economics at the DIW Berlin, the German Institute for Economic Research. “It’s also an important signal for the world that Germany is again getting serious about climate change: a very big industrial nation that depends so much on coal is switching it off.”
UAE Sets Record For Largest ‘Virtual’ Battery (Michael S.)
But it’s not just about the record. A recent report from the International Renewable Energy Agency revealed that record investments in solar power in the UAE—and in Saudi Arabia—has made solar power cost competitive with fossil-fueled power plants. The Emirates are already home to almost 79 percent of the installed solar power capacity of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Plans are in place in the UAE to draw 27 percent of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2021. By 2050, the Emirates see 40 percent of their installed power generation capacity in the form of renewable sources.
Since then, numerous studies have shown that microplastic is everywhere—in the melting ice of the Arctic, in table salt, in beer, in shrimp scampi. A study last year found traces of it in eighty-three per cent of tap-water samples around the world. (The incidence was highest in the United States, at ninety-four per cent.) A major concern of scientists is that chemical toxins in the microplastics may leach off during digestion, gradually building up in animal and human tissues. Judith Enck, a senior official at the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, told me, “Where we are on plastics is where we were fifteen years ago on climate change. We’re just beginning to get the picture.”
Costco Stops Selling Roundup (Suzie G.)
Costco has been doing the right thing in many ways for years. They are one of the biggest retailers of organic food in America, and they actively support farmers transitioning to organic. Being able to buy organic food, and now organic weed killers at their stores is a great motivating factor to get a membership and we hope that our supporters do.
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