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Daily Digest 8/5 - Good News Friday: How to Shop for Solar Power, 'Agritainment' Saves The Family Farm

Friday, August 5, 2016, 8:59 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!

Economy

World's largest carbon producers face landmark human rights case (jdargis)

“We demand justice. Climate change has taken our homes and our loved ones. These powerful corporations must be called to account for the impact of their business activities,” said Elma Reyes from Alabat Island in Quezon, who survived super typhoon Rammasun in 2008 and is part of the group submitting the complaint to the CHR.

The full legal investigation is now expected to start in October after the 47 companies have responded. Although all 47 will be ordered to attend public hearings, the CHR can only force those 10 with offices in the Philippines to appear.

Strong Job Gains, for Second Month, Reframe Economic Outlook (jdargis)

June’s gain was revised upward by 5,000 jobs, and May by 13,000. The combination of better gains in the spring and July’s jump in hiring suggest that the Federal Reserve may take a fresh look at raising interest rates when it meets in September.

As Trump Rises, ‘Reformocons’ See Chance to Update G.O.P.’s Economic Views (jdargis)

The challenge to the party could be every bit as contentious as Mr. Trump’s ascent has been. Beyond conservative think tanks and activist circles, the new breed of conservatives has not made significant inroads among House Republicans, for instance. And even these Republicans do not agree on everything.

How to Shop for Solar Power: Solar Panels, Inverters, and More (jdargis)

Before deciding on whether we could recommend any components for solar power, we spent weeks compiling statistics, reaching out to solar-industry representatives, wading through specifications, and getting expert input—and even so, the picks we make here represent only a starting point on the road to solar for most people. If buying a home is the largest financial investment most people will make, installing solar could very well be the second. With that in mind, we didn’t just pick equipment for people already interested in self-installation; we also looked at the best ways to learn about and shop for solar.

Why Hybrids Are Better Than Electric Cars For Most Consumers (Josh O.)

The California Independent System Operator (CASIO), which previously had a minimum to participate in the region’s wholesale power markets at 0.5MW, has now allowed distributed energy resources (DERs) to be bundled together, and received federal approval on 2 June. This means that a neighborhood that has a bundle of solar, home battery storage, or electric cars could use this resource to supply the grid, or collectively buy from the grid at lower rates. Developing smart algorithms for this will be trivial compared to what IBM’s Watson or Google can currently do.

The Bizarre Reason Why Amish Children Are Less At Risk For Asthma (jdargis)

“Neither the Amish nor the Hutterites have dirty homes,” says the author’s co-author, Carole Ober, PhD, in the study’s release. “Both are tidy. The Amish barns, however, are much closer to their homes. Their children run in and out of them, often barefoot, all day long. There’s no obvious dirt in the Amish homes, no lapse of cleanliness. It’s just in the air, and in the dust.”

'Agritainment' saves the family farm in Montco (thc0655)

Instead of taking the money and watching his three-generation farm become yet another Montgomery County subdivision, Seipt gambled on building two lavish miniature golf courses, a driving range, a pro shop, and baseball batting cages.

He bet the farm, and he won.

Humpback whales around the globe are mysteriously rescuing animals from orcas (jdargis)

This was no mere accident. In order to better protect the seal, the whale placed it safely on its upturned belly to keep it out of the water. As the seal slipped down the whale's side, the humpback appeared to use its flippers to carefully help the seal back aboard. Finally, when the coast was clear, the seal was able to safely swim off to another, more secure ice floe.

Gold & Silver

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`Helicopter Money' Is Coming to the U.S.

`Helicopter Money' Is Coming to the U.S.

Bloomberg-4 hours ago
This cozy relationship between central banks and their governments resembles “helicopter money,” the unconventional form of stimulus that some central banks ...

Crude Slump Sees Oil Majors' Debt Burden Double to $138 Billion

Bloomberg-4 hours ago
When commodity prices crashed in late 2014, oil executives could look at their mining counterparts with a sense of superiority. Back then, the world's biggest oil ...

Treasury to Sell $136 Billion in Debt

Wall Street Journal-19 hours ago
The U.S. Treasury Department will auction $136 billion in securities next week, comprising $96 billion in new debt and $40 billion in previously sold debt. Details ...

New Tool for Central Banks: Buying Corporate Bonds

Wall Street Journal-15 hours ago
Central banks have a new favorite tool for boosting lackluster growth: corporate-debt purchases. Two months after the European Central Bank started buying ...

Australia's central bank says more rate cuts likely

MarketWatch-11 hours ago

SYDNEY — Australia's central bank has signaled further interest rate cuts are likely, and forecast Friday that below-target inflation might persist until the end of ..

 

Nigeria Plans to Spend Itself Out of a Slump

Bloomberg-7 hours ago

Nigeria's government is looking to spend its way out of an economic slump after the central bank said it can't bolster growth and is instead targeting inflation with ..

Outstanding Debts to Greek State Reach €90 Bln

Greek Reporter-2 hours ago
doseis_0 Greek citizens' outstanding debts to the state have reached 89.8 billion euros, with 1.2 billion added in June, according to finance ministry figures.

Greeks' tax debts keep growing

Kathimerini-22 hours ago
June saw the addition of 1.2 billion euros in new tax arrears, taking the total unpaid debt to the state for this year to 6.8 billion, according to figures published by ...

Chicago Bonds Gain as City Plans Tax Hike to Fix Biggest Pension

Bloomberg-20 hours ago
Chicago debt rallied after Mayor Rahm Emanuel released his plan to increase water ... which holds Chicago debt among its $26 billion of municipal securities.

Monte Paschi Clean-Up Would Still Leave Bank in Danger Zone

Bloomberg - ‎2 hours ago‎
Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA's plan to offload $31 billion in doubtful loans, designed to attract investors to a share sale by reducing the bank's risk of losses, will still leave it with a bad-debt level considered unsafe by industry standards ...

Canada sheds 31200 jobs in July, unemployment rate rises to 6.9%

CBC.ca-50 minutes ago
Statistics Canada also released figures Friday that showed the country's merchandise trade deficit with the world grew to a record $3.6 billion in June from $3.5 ...

State Pension Fund Down Last Year

Rhode Island Public Radio-2 hours ago
Rhode Island's pension fund declined by about six percent over the last fiscal year. ... “The next several years, we're going to continue to see large costs," said ...

 

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zika fighting GMO mosquitoes approved by FDA for use in Florida

??

why not get a vaccine if it is that much of a threat (to protect the community herd immunity and all of that). 

What iwll the bats eat?

Love the Orca story cannot help it. We people can so limit our understanding of other species so we can maintain our sense of specialness. It is a loss for those who are taught not to care or relate or understand.

http://fusion.net/story/333793/oxitec-zika-fighting-mosquitoes/

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zika fighting GMO mosquitoes approved by FDA for use in Florida

??

why not get a vaccine if it is that much of a threat (to protect the community herd immunity and all of that). 

What willl the bats eat?

Love the Orca story cannot help it. We people can so limit our understanding of other species so we can maintain our sense of specialness. It is a loss for those who are taught not to care or relate or understand.

http://fusion.net/story/333793/oxitec-zika-fighting-mosquitoes/

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Re:zika fighting GMO mosquitoes approved by FDA for use in Flori

The problem is that the Zika virus outbreak was almost certainly caused by GM mosquitoes. The epicenter and time of the Zika Outbreak occured where GMO mosquitoes were released into the wild and just a few weeks after the GMO Mosquitoes were released.

I fear the net batch of GMO Mosquitoes will only excerbate problems. 

I suspect people will need to flee florida and perhaps other southern USA states as Zika grows into a full epidemic.

 

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TechGuy wrote: The problem is
TechGuy wrote:

The problem is that the Zika virus outbreak was almost certainly caused by GM mosquitoes. The epicenter and time of the Zika Outbreak occured where GMO mosquitoes were released into the wild and just a few weeks after the GMO Mosquitoes were released.

 

Can you show us the data to support this claim?

Here is a timeline of the Zika virus pandemic:

http://www.who.int/emergencies/zika-virus/history/en/

Describe the association on the island of Yap in 2007, arguably the beginning of the current pandemic.

 

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Re:Can you show us the data to support this claim?

A quick Google search would have easily provided you what your looking for. Although there are lots of stories to deny the link, for obvious reasons.

http://theantimedia.org/zika-outbreak-epicenter-in-same-area-where-gm-mo...

The issue is that organisms released into wild rarely follow the results conducted in labatory conditions. These mosquitoes are exposed to a completely different enviroment and can bred with wild mosquitoes that have un-identified genes that can cause unpredicable results. 

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