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A Better World Is Emerging (CleanEnergyFan)
We will come to a new understanding of the nature of centralized power, that centralized power only knows how to extend its power and so the only possible outcome is collapse.
We will come to understand technology need not serve only monopolies, cartels and the state, that it could serve a sustainable, decentralized economy that does more with less, i.e. a “DeGrowth” economy.
Why Women Make Better Crisis Leaders (KathyP)
Just as leaning into masculine stereotypes seems to correlate with poor pandemic responses, many observers seem to believe that woman leaders’ success may be rooted in their traditionally “feminine” qualities, such as empathy, compassion, and willingness to collaborate. Forbes called Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s televised address to her country’s children an example of the “simple, humane innovations” that are possible under female leadership.
For example, if a restaurant can answer “yes” to several questions — such as whether it’s prepared to encourage social distancing among patrons and encourage flexible leave among employees – then it could reopen safely.
Another “decision tool” for youth programs and camps asks whether the program could stagger drop-offs and limit how often kids are mixed into groups, as well as having a plan if the children or employees get sick.
In these times of COVID-19, there are the usual suspects: shortenings like “sanny” (hand sanitizer) and “iso” (isolation), abbreviations like BCV (before corona virus) and WFH (working from home), also compounds “corona moaner” (the whingers) and “zoombombing” (the intrusion into a video conference).
Lobby Heroes of the Lockdown (jdargis)
As the city quarantines, doormen, supers, porters and handymen have quietly kept thousands of buildings full of penned-in New Yorkers humming. From white-glove Fifth Avenue high-rises to middle-income coops in Queens to sprawling public housing complexes, large residential buildings seem to need them more than ever. So they continue to work, on the front lines of their miniature vertical cities.
Why Covid-19 Won’t Kill The Renewable Revolution (Michael S.)
This is exactly why the novel coronavirus pandemic, a global tragedy that is both a health and economic disaster of historic proportions, is being seen by some as a harbinger, not of doom, but of positive change. The COVID-19 pandemic has made business as usual an impossibility as the global economy has ground to a halt and markets have gone haywire, with oil even plunging into negative pricing, with the Brent Crude Intermediate benchmark reaching nearly -$40 per barrel last month.
Add the greens to a large bowl of cold water and swish them vigorously to loosen any dirt. Let them sit for a couple of minutes, allowing sediment to sink to the bottom of the bowl. Then, remove the greens to a colander, dump the water and repeat the process two or three more times.
Working in batches as needed, transfer to a salad spinner or colander to remove excess liquid, then set greens on clean, dry dish towels in a single layer. Roll up each dish towel lengthwise and squeeze to absorb excess liquid.
Entrants in this year’s contest were invited to submit images showcasing the Earth’s biodiversity and showing some of the mounting threats to the natural world. These images originally appeared on bioGraphic, an online magazine about science and sustainability and the official media sponsor for the California Academy of Sciences’ BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition. The organizers were kind enough to share some of the winners and finalists here. The captions were written by the bioGraphic editorial staff and lightly edited for style.
“I was open to the possibility that we may not find the bee at all so that first moment when we spotted it in the field was really exciting,” said Chase Kimmel, a postdoctoral researcher.
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