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Daily Digest 3/29 - How VT Got Companies To Label GMOs, Utilities Starting To Support Community Solar

Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 9:44 AM

Economy

The Right To Hack Your Life (Tiffany D.)

Under the government’s logic, what if someone developed the technology to read the human mind? Would that, too, be subject to a government warrant on the grounds of the “telephone” precedent? Should the scientists who develop such a technique be compelled to use it to help government read our minds … for example, if the government says we are “terrorists”?

$15-an-Hour Minimum Wage in California? Plan Has Some Worried (jdargis)

“Just as the benefits of this policy are likely to be greater because it covers a greater share of the work force than for past minimum wage increases, the risk of these costs is also higher,” said Ben Zipperer, an expert on the minimum wage at the liberal Washington Center for Equitable Growth. “It’s very unclear how that’s going to stack up.”

How ISIS Built the Machinery of Terror Under Europe’s Gaze (jdargis)

Officials now say the signs of this focused terrorist machine were readable in Europe as far back as early 2014. Yet local authorities repeatedly discounted each successive plot, describing them as isolated or random acts, the connection to the Islamic State either overlooked or played down.

“I Couldn’t Have a Bad Day”: How the Economy Prevents Us From Building Lives Outside of Work (jdargis)

You don’t need me to explain that not knowing your own work hours makes it nearly impossible to build a life outside of work, whether you want to plan for childcare, take a class, or pick up a second job. (I’d be interested to know how many retail workers end up taking on gig economy jobs to fill in the gap between “we don’t need you today” and “making rent.”)

Even Utilities Are Starting To Get Behind Community Solar (Josh O.)

Last year was a record year for the solar industry and the momentum is set to continue. In 2016, the EIA expects the U.S. electricity market to see 26 gigawatts of new capacity installed. Utility-scale solar is expected to capture 9.5 GW of that total, or more than one-third. If that comes to pass, it would be triple the rate of installations of utility-scale solar compared to 2015, and would also equate to more than the combined total of installations from 2013 to 2015.

FTC sues Volkswagen, says “Clean Diesel” advertising was deceptive (jdargis)

In addition, the FTC is asking for an injunction against VGoA. In a complaint filed in the Northern California District Court (PDF), the FTC writes, "Consumers have suffered and will continue to suffer substantial injury as a result of Defendant Volkswagen USA’s violations of the FTC Act. In addition, Defendant has been unjustly enriched as a result of its unlawful acts or practices. Absent injunctive relief by this Court, Defendant is likely to continue to injure consumers, reap unjust enrichment, and harm the public interest."

How Little Vermont Got Big Food Companies To Label GMOs (jdargis)

Chocolate giant Mars struck a similar tone in its announcement: "To comply with [the Vermont] law, Mars is introducing clear, on-pack labeling on our products that contain GM ingredients nationwide," the company statement says.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not require such labels because - as this guidance document explains - the agency has determined that the nutritional quality and safety of GMO ingredients, such as corn starch or soybean oil, are no different from the same ingredients derived from conventional crops.

Gold & Silver

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The struggle of clear climate communication

There has never before been a scientific study quite like the one released this week by James Hansen, a climate scientist and the former director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.  

It warns that, by 2100, the planet’s natural system could change so dramatically that enormous “superstorms,” sometimes powerful enough to hurl ocean boulders hundreds of feet into the air, will form in the Atlantic Ocean. Seas could also rise so quickly that they will inundate coastal cities—including New York, Washington, and San Francisco—rendering them unlivable before the end of the century.

Hansen’s paper isn’t the first to spell out a scenario for climate doom. What makes it so harrowing, though, is that it says all these consequences would follow the global average temperature rising a relatively small amount: only two degrees Celsius.

http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/03/the-struggle-of-clear...

James Hansen summarizes the findings: 

 

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Consider the source.

In 1988, Hansen predicted that the sea would rise above the New York west side highway by 2010. It rose about 2.5 inches in 23 years and has about ten feet to go. His claim that the Russian heat wave of 2010 was evidence of global warming was contradicted by a NOAA study that said that it was due to natural variability in an area that had a climatological vulnerability to heat waves, such as those of 1960, 1972 and 1988. His predictions of more frequent and violent tornados and hurricanes in the first decade of this century have not come true.

 

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Tasmanian drought.

The reason I went to Tasmania was it has (had) water and hydro elecric power. Oh well. And now they are trying to make rain. Lake levels are down to 11%, lowest figure ever. 

The ladies haven't tried the naked rain dance yet. I'm not sure if the data supports it,  but if it's heaps of fun.

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