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    Daily Digest 9/7 – Good News Friday: Turning Sunlight Into Fuel, Teenage Anxiety Myths

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, September 7, 2018, 3:18 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 [email protected] with subject header "Good News Friday." We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!


How the Smallest State is Defeating America’s Biggest Addiction Crisis (Jen H.)

The $2 million program has already saved lives, state officials say. In the first half of 2016, 26 recently incarcerated people died of drug overdoses in Rhode Island. In the same period last year, only nine did. That’s 61 percent fewer fatalities.

A Good Place: Mr. Carlson’s electronics YouTube makes every problem seem manageable (jdargis)

Carlson’s YouTube page is a dazzling array of videos; it’s difficult to choose one that illustrates just how addictive his lessons on electronics are, but my favorite thus far is his 2017 demonstration of an ancient AM radio transmitter (which, of course, he has restored to full functionality).

Ice, wind and lightning: How Mount Washington’s weather watchers survive (Thomas R.)

Chalk it up to geography. It’s the tallest peak in the Northeast, nestled in the rugged Presidential Range of the White Mountains. (Compatriots include mounts Adams, Jefferson and Eisenhower.) The wind sweeps in from as far away as the Black Hills of South Dakota and, at 6,000 feet, doesn’t hit any barriers until it gets to Mount Washington. And as it turns out, the Presidential Range stands pretty much perpendicular to those prevailing westerly winds. That has a funneling effect on large air masses, focusing their full force on Mount Washington. Three major storm tracks converge there.

The Big Myth About Teenage Anxiety (jdargis)

Some studies report an association between increased time spent on electronic communication and screens and lower levels of psychological well-being. The problem is that they show only correlation. It is entirely possible that teenagers who are more anxious and unhappy to start with are more drawn to smartphones to deflect their negative emotions than their better-adjusted peers.

This Texas Charity Offers Border Crossers a Warm Welcome to the United States (Jen H.)

But while the Trump Administration has gotten tougher, organizations that provide assistance to migrants and refugees have doubled down on their efforts to provide compassionate care, especially in South Texas cities on the frontlines of border crises. Groups like the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, or RAICES, have raised millions to help separated families reunite. Activists have rushed to protest and pushback on harsh policies. And facilities like the Respite Center have stepped in to provide a helping hand.

How A Former Football Star Is Building An All-Solar City (jdargis)

The ultimate goal, according to Kitson, is a multigenerational town where everything is in walking distance, bolstered by an electric vehicle autonomous transportation system. That system will be accessed through an app, and the vehicles will shuttle residents anywhere in the community. Residents will also have easy access to free wi-fi everywhere, as well as the ability to roam the 73,000 acres of state conservation land that now border Babcock on three sides. All irrigation will use gray water. Residents will be hooked up to FPL grid the way any other utility customer would be. They will also be billed the same rates as other customers. There are currently 10 solar batteries installed to bank excess power, along with solar panels on many roofs and even solar “trees.”

Scientists Develop a New Way to Turn Sunlight Into Fuel (cbandi)

Katarzyna Sokół, first author and PhD student at St John’s College, said: “Natural photosynthesis is not efficient because it has evolved merely to survive so it makes the bare minimum amount of energy needed – around 1-2 per cent of what it could potentially convert and store.”

Bees are dying at an alarming rate. Amsterdam may have the answer. (redinr08)

A study by the University of Vermont found that the wild bee population in the United States declined by 23 percent from 2008 and 2013. The most worrisome shortfall occurred in key agricultural regions, including California, the Pacific Northwest and the Mississippi River valley, that depend on pollinators.

Even Flat Earthers Believe in Climate Change (Paul D.)

A screenshot of that tweet has since gone viral on Reddit, with many commenters highlighting the irony that a community who have chosen to die on the hill of flat earth theory would cite “overwhelming evidence” as a reason to believe in something. Others have pointed out that while denying the roundness of the earth may seem like a ridiculous proposition, it at least has less of a real-world impact than denying the existence of global warming.

Whale Watching In New York City (KCJ)

All of this began with the Clean Water Act of 1977. Still, it took until 1992 for New York City to stop dumping sewage into the ocean, even though Congress had made such a thing illegal in 1988. Now, New York City processes 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater a day, and organizations such as the Billion Oyster Project, the goal of which is to have a billion naturally water-filtering oysters covering hundreds of acres of reefs in the NYC area by 2030, are dedicated to building healthy biodiversity in the city’s waterways. It’s a work in progress, but the results can be seen in the growing presence of whales.

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