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    Daily Digest 9/16 – Good News Friday: How To Combat Sprawl, The Upside of Fixing Roads and Bridges

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, September 16, 2016, 4:07 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 with subject header "Good News Friday." We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!


Heroic Bus Driver Saves 20 Children From A Burning School Bus (jdargis)

Kabir, who witnessed the bus burn, wrote that Smith told her, “I am a mom of two kids. It’s my job to save them.” After Smith safely delivered the children from the bus, their parents came to pick them up from the scene, says Brady. In a video taken by a Branchville Volunteer firefighter’s dashboard camera, you can see smoke and flames engulfing the school bus. While police are still investigating the cause of the fire, parents can rest assured their children are safe in the hands of Reneita Smith.

Don’t Lowball the Upside of Fixing Roads and Bridges (jdargis)

Things like transportation networks aren’t like other forms of capital. They’re not like factories, or machine tools or office buildings, because they have elements of what economists consider a public good. This is something that the private sector, left to its own devices, can’t or won’t provide enough of. And indeed, if you look around the world, although there are certainly private toll roads, the government is a big player in road- and bridge-building almost everywhere. There’s almost certainly a reason for that.

In Pictures: Astronomy Photographer Of The Year (jdargis)

Yu Jun’s picture is a multiple exposure, capturing the Sun during the stages of a total solar eclipse as seen from Luwuk, Indonesia.

“This is an eclipse as you have never quite seen it before,” said one of the competition’s judges, Dr Marek Kukula.

Can U.S. Cities Compensate for Curbing Sprawl by Growing Denser? (jdargis)

This study extends an earlier one entitled “Has the Expansion of American Cities Slowed Down?” which created a new framework for consistently measuring the historic area of cities’ developed footprint, and showed that while the expansion of certain expensive U.S. cities is slower than it used to be, others are expanding with gusto. In contrast, the current study examines cities’ housing production within the developed footprint. It documents that housing production is proportional to outward expansion, and helps explain the fact with two observations: first, that new home construction is skewed towards low density areas and, second, that in recent decades densification has grown much less common, particularly in those cities whose expansion has slowed down the most.

US renewables: Dropping in price, growing in significance (jdargis)

Partially as a result of this, the average capacity factor (the ratio of the actual generation compared to the facility’s potential) of utility-scale solar is going up. While the overall mean capacity factor for the projects the DOE looked at was 25.7 percent, it had gone up to nearly 27 percent in more recent projects. This increase is coming despite the fact that more plants are being built outside of the Southwest, and thus in locations where the solar resources aren’t as great. (One project had a capacity factor of over 35 percent.)

A Decades-Old Drug Technology Finally Nears Its Big Breakthrough (jdargis)

“SD-809 could be a viable treatment option for many of these patients,” Mike Derkacz, Teva’s head of global central nervous system products, said in response to e-mailed questions. Derkacz didn’t specify details on pricing or sales estimates. Analysts predict about $1 billion in annual sales by 2022, roughly three times more than Lundbeck’s best year in Xenazine revenue.

The Man Who Wants to Build a Village Out of Plastic Bottles (jdargis)

Robert Bezeau is the creator of Plastic Bottle Village—a community in Panama that reuses plastic bottles to build houses, roads, and more. Over the years, he’s accrued more than a million bottles, and construction is well underway. This documentary by MEL films goes inside the Plastic Bottle Village and introduces us to Bezeau and the young couple about to move into one of his plastic bottle homes. To see more films from MEL, visit their website and Vimeo page.

Making scientists live with farmers makes crop productivity boom (jdargis)

Much of this was due to market confusion. These farmers are marketed dozens of fertilizers and seed varieties but given very little information about them, so they often ended up making purchasing decisions just like we do when paralyzed with indecision upon facing too many delicious varieties of Doritos in the supermarket aisle: they bought based on price and advertising schemes rather than which one is best (nacho cheese, obviously [ed. note—Taco, actually]).

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    Hillary Clinton’s comment that half of Donald Trump’s supporters are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic” — a heck of a lot of phobia for anyone to lug around all day — puts back in play what will be seen as one of the 2016 campaign’s defining forces: the revolt of the politically incorrect.


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    A good good news for Friday

    Are Fresh Water Boundaries the Future of Energy Harvesting?

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    Irony? Progress?


    A wild chase and shootout through the streets of West Philadelphia left two police officers and three civilians wounded and a woman and the suspect fatally shot…

    Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said Sgt. Sylvia Young was ambushed and shot multiple times in the arm and protective vest. He said Ed Miller, a former police officer who is now a member of the police force at the University of Pennsylvania, was also wounded. Both were in stable condition early Saturday at Penn Presbyterian Hospital.

    Young, a 19-year police veteran, was sitting in her vehicle at about 11:20 p.m. when she was ambushed by the suspect, who fired numerous shots, Ross said. Young was struck up to eight times, multiple times in her protective vest and left arm.

    The suspect fled, Ross said, and shot into a nearby bar, striking a security guard in the leg. The man then grabbed a woman and used her as a shield before shooting her in the leg.

    Moments later, as police gave chase, the suspect shot into a car, striking a man and a woman in the chest. Both were rushed to the hospital where the woman later died and the man was listed in critical condition…

    Commissioner Ross said the gunman was found carrying a letter describing his hatred for police and parole officers. Ross said the shooter used a 9mm handgun and reloaded at least one time during the attack.

    THE NATIONAL conversation that began in the preseason when 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick elected to sit down for the national anthem will continue when the Eagles take the field Monday night in Chicago, veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins said.

    Jenkins told 94 WIP radio hosts Glen Macnow and Jody McDonald Friday evening that he and teammates expect to make a symbolic gesture during the anthem.

    "For me, it has nothing to do with this country, or the flag or the anthem itself – really, it's just to continue to push forward the conversation about social injustice . . . that's a range of things from police brutality to wages and job opportunities, education. It's just a lot of things systematically that have been set up in this country, since its inception, that really put minorities, especially African Americans, at a disadvantage, when you talk about quality of life, and actually growing in this country," Jenkins said.

    Does it seem like we've made any progress since 1968…?

    2016 feels like 1968+1929 more and more every day.

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