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!
Now, time to get rich—ha ha! Bitcoins are made on a farm. Wait, no, they are mined. Yes, mined. Made by miners in server farms. Or is it servers in bitcoin mines? Apparently there is digging, lots of old-timey digging. Digging to get out of that blockchain, see? Wait, no, mining adds to and secures the blockchain, right? (Do we mine for blockchains here?) And hashing! Lots of hashing! Build a set of rigs with the most gigahashes per second and you’ll be driving that Lamborghini home in no time. (I don’t know what a hash is.)
More than half your body is not human (blackeagle)
No matter how well you wash, nearly every nook and cranny of your body is covered in microscopic creatures.
This includes bacteria, viruses, fungi and archaea (organisms originally misclassified as bacteria). The greatest concentration of this microscopic life is in the dark murky depths of our oxygen-deprived bowels.
On Wednesday, Arizona teachers staged a statewide “walk-in,” demanding an increase in pay and more funding for schools overall. And, organized by a recently formed advocacy group, Arizona Educators United, teachers had also discussed the possibility of staging a walkout if Republican lawmakers refused to reinstate about a $1 billion in cuts in state education funding over the last decade.
Of those Americans, 19 percent said they had never before attended a similar event, suggesting a wave of activism that could be felt in this year’s midterm elections.
It is no wonder that many large cities take landscaping seriously, adding parks and green areas wherever possible. We can’t quite sever the link with our evolutionary past and part ways with our origins. We are, after all, animals, and it’s hard to forget that, even if some try real hard, surrounding themselves with walls, metal, glass, and screens. Those people tend to pay a price, often with their health and quality of life.
“Last month’s achievement is an example of what will happen more frequently in the near future,” said the Portuguese Renewable Energy Association and the Sustainable Earth System Association in a report published last week.
“It is expected that by 2040 the production of renewable electricity will be able to guarantee, in a cost-effective way, the total annual electricity consumption of mainland Portugal.”
The results could also be used by campaigners for other charges aimed at reducing public problems, such as pollution, obesity, smoking and congestion. The UK is already consulting on a refundable charge for bottles and cans.
“These findings have reminded us of one of the fundamentals of policy – incentives matter,” said Robert Colvile of the Centre for Policy Studies, a rightwing thinktank.
“Transitions have to start somewhere and unless we make decisions today that will essentially take effect in 30 or more years’ time, we run the risk of acting too late and causing abrupt shocks to communities and our country.”
April Blooms: Spring Is on the Way (jdargis)
As the Northern Hemisphere begins to warm and the spring equinox has passed, flowers and trees finally appear to be in bloom. Gathered here today, a small collection of images from the past few weeks from North America, Asia, and Europe, of tulips, sunshine, and cherry blossoms—surely signs of warmer days to come.
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