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Daily Digest 3/17 - Good News Friday: Carbon Farming In LA, Increasing Productivity

Friday, March 17, 2017, 8:35 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

Can Declining Productivity Growth Be Reversed? (jdargis)

“It’s really hard to get a handle on what the underlying trend in the growth rate of productivity is by looking at just the last couple of years,” says Bivens. “If you start to think about what has been strange about the last five or six years in the economy that has coincided with this deceleration of productivity, it’s really obvious: We’re still very scarred from the fallout from the Great Recession.” The report found a correlation between the two—when demand goes up, so does investment. Since the economic recovery has been slow and steady, that in turn hasn’t resulted in the kind of spending which would spur companies to make productivity-improving investments in order to catch up with demand.

This Is What Taking Your City Back Looks Like (jdargis)

“Experiencing the terrible condition of the roads on a daily basis, and waiting weeks and months for some attempt to fix them, we finally reflected and asked ourselves, to quote John Lewis, ‘If not us, then who? If not now, then when?’ So we set out to do it ourselves.”

Cholesterol-Slashing Drug Can Protect High-Risk Heart Patients, Study Finds (jdargis)

The drug, Repatha, is called a PCSK9 inhibitor and can make cholesterol tumble to levels almost never seen naturally in adults, or even in people taking cholesterol-lowering statins. The Amgen drug and a similar one, sold by Sanofi and Regeneron, were approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2015 with the hope — and expectation — that they would lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and not just reduce levels of LDL cholesterol, the dangerous kind.

Holi 2017: The Festival of Colors (jdargis)

This week Hindus around the world celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colors. Holi is a springtime celebration observed on the last full moon of the lunar month. Revelers traditionally throw bright colored powders at friends and strangers alike as they celebrate the arrival of spring, commemorate Krishna's pranks, and allow each other a momentary freedom—a chance to drop their inhibitions and simply play and dance.

Carbon Farming In Los Angeles (jdargis)

Savordaya Farms is a one acre farm located inside the city limits of Los Angeles and provides the city’s only urban farmer training program.

A Harvest Underneath The Ice (jdargis)

For one hour, as the tide goes out, ice caves in northern Quebec yawn open with an abundance of mussels. Travel under the ice in 360 with the Inuit who harvest the mussels before the tide floods back in.

Gold & Silver

Click to read the PM Daily Market Commentary: 3/16/17

Provided daily by the Peak Prosperity Gold & Silver Group

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