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    Daily Digest 2/22 – Good News Friday: Home Sale Slowdown Could Help Buyers, CA’s Super Bloom On The Way

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, February 22, 2019, 9:13 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!


Supreme Court Limits Police Powers to Seize Private Property (jdargis)

“For good reason, the protection against excessive fines has been a constant shield throughout Anglo-American history: Exorbitant tolls undermine other constitutional liberties,” she wrote. “Excessive fines can be used, for example, to retaliate against or chill the speech of political enemies.”

Washington is Offering 16 Weeks of Paid Leave to New Parents (Jen H.)

Through the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program, which was implemented in 2018, individuals will be able to take 12 weeks of paid leave after the birth of their child, while couples will be able to take a combined 16 weeks. Additionally, any parent diagnosed with pregnancy complications will be eligible for up to 18 weeks.

Slowest home sales in over three years could help buyers this spring (Thomas R.)

Real estate agents and analysts have long been blaming weak sales on too few listings and rising rates — but supply has been rising steadily for several months and rates have been falling. Total housing inventory at the end of January increased to 1.59 million, up from 1.53 million homes for sale in December. Supply is also up from 1.52 million a year ago.

Secret Of Longevity Coule Be Found In Traditional Japanese Plant That Appears To Slow Aging (Adam)

In a study published in the journal Nature Communications, researchers said slowing the degeneration process could be an important approach to tackling related diseases, as it is a risk factor for conditions including heart disease.

Currently, restricting calories while avoiding malnutrition is believed to affect aging, as well as taking pro-longevity drugs, the authors wrote. But avoiding eating can be tough for the average person, they noted.

Oregon housing squeeze sets stage for statewide rent control (TS)

“We’ve waited too long as it is, and there are too many people living in tents. It is an emergency,” said Rep. Tawna Sanchez, a Portland Democrat and member of the House Committee on Human Services and Housing that endorsed the legislation.

Lawmakers said Oregon will be a pioneer in statewide rent control if the measure becomes law. New York has a statewide rent control law, but cities can choose whether to participate.

Ford Will Use Wind Energy To Build F-150, Raptor And Ranger Trucks (Thomas R.)

In a statement announcing the procurment, Ford’s global director of energy and technology, George Andraos, said “Ford supports the implementation of renewable energy where the project can be tied to the customer’s facility, either directly or through the local distribution utility, and we believe that supports local jobs, improves the local environment and adds resiliency to the local grid.”

U.S. Lawmakers from California Introduce Fairness for Farm Workers Act (Jen H.)

In a statement, the lawmakers say that “it’s unacceptable” many farm workers live in poverty, adding it’s time farm workers “receive the wages they deserve.” Harris called the legislation “a major step towards economic justice” for farmworkers.

By poplar demand: the 2019 European Tree of the Year contest – in pictures (Paul B.)

Several years ago, an ‘unsightly and deformed’ ‘kneeling’ tree was identified for felling. This met with vocal opposition, as a result of which the tree was saved. Today, it is a popular object for photographers, a playground for children, as well as a common theme of artworks. The form of a tree falling to the ground, as if broken, then rising with its crown towards the sun symbolises determination in pursuing a goal, as well as a hope that does not allow itself to give up.

Giant “nightmare bee” that was once thought to be extinct is discovered alive (Adam)

Wallace’s Giant Bee was named after discoverer Alfred Russell Wallace, who found the massive species. The last time a specimen was spotted was 1981. In January 2019, a group retraced Wallace’s steps and journeyed to Indonesia to see if they could find the bee. Their long trek paid off.

It’s almost time for California’s super bloom! (tmn)

Consider yourselves warned: With a super bloom expected in the coming weeks, many campsites at prime wildflower spots already are booked. There are a ton of places online you for to do research and get ready to head for deserts spots such as Anza-Borrego, Death Valley, Coachella Valley Preserve, Palm Desert, Indio Hills, Joshua Tree National Park and many, many more.

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