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Daily Digest 4/22 - Good News Friday: Earth Day 2016, Is A 3-Day Work Week 'Optimal?'

Friday, April 22, 2016, 12:47 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!

Economy

Earth Day: We're Not As Doomed As You Think (jdargis)

We truly are at a turning point in history. December 2015 is when 195 countries agreed to tackle the Earth's most pressing crisis: climate change. The Paris Agreement, which was negotiated at the COP21 U.N. climate change summit in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, shows that the world is more unified on this issue than on perhaps any other.

The Paris Agreement sets the bold goal of ridding the world of fossil fuel pollution this century -- and limiting warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

Three-day working week 'optimal for over-40s' (jdargis)

Colin McKenzie, professor of economics at Keio University who took part in the research, said it would appear that working extremely long hours was more damaging than not working at all on brain function.

The figures suggest that the cognitive ability of those working about 60 hours a week can be lower than those who are not employed.

South Africa Tracks People's Movements to Stop Rhino Poaching (jdargis)

“Every day, hundreds of staff, suppliers, contractors, security personnel and tourists enter and exit game reserves,” Dimension Data Group Executive Bruce Watson said in an e-mailed statement. “The human activity in these environments is not monitored because, typically, the reserve is in a remote location with basic IT infrastructure and access control, manual security processes and very limited communication.”

As Americans eat less chocolate, Hershey’s begins pushing meat bars (jdargis)

Hershey’s isn’t the only one doubling down on meat. Tyson’s Hillshire brand is now making bite-sized chicken and salami snack packs. Wilde Snacks is experimenting with baking jerky-like snacks instead of smoking them. That renders the meat softer than jerky, with a texture more akin to a nutrition bar or, less appealingly, the next generation of Spam.

How Information Graphics Reveal Your Brain’s Blind Spots (jdargis)

Passengers were complaining about the inordinately long time they had to wait to pick up their bags. The airport decided to look more closely at the baggage collection process. They found that passengers typically got off an airplane, walked for about a minute from the gate to the baggage claim carousels, then waited about seven minutes for their bags. That is, most of their time was standing around and waiting.

So the airport changed the location of baggage claim so that it was further from the arrival gates, which meant that passengers were now walking for seven minutes and waiting for only one. The complaints stopped.

Fossil Fuels Off Campus (jdargis)

The idea of divestment is to stigmatize the companies that are digging the world into a deeper hole. The first part, conceptually, is simple: to compel them to stop digging. The second is a little more intricate: to encourage universities to reinvest in something more constructive. Divestment is built on the premise that the world is a dense web of reverberating action and reaction, and that it is possible to generate a positive feedback loop in which good decisions spawn other good decisions, which, if things go well, will change our culture.

Investing in Water, Investing in Earth, Investing in Ourselves (jdargis)

In 2013, USAID launched its first ever Water and Development Strategy, setting new WASH and agricultural water management targets to be met by 2018. Since then, more than 7.6 million people gained access to improved drinking water and nearly 4.3 million people gained access to improved sanitation facilities. At this current rate, USAID will reach its goal of improving water access for 10 million people and improved sanitation access for 6 million by 2018.

On Earth Day, Let Lab Girl Persuade You to Plant a Tree (jdargis)

How about an oak? There are more than 200 species, and one is bound to be adapted to your specific corner of the planet. In New England, the pin oak thrives, its leaves tipping to a thorny point in a good-natured impression of its evergreen neighbor the holly bush. The turkey oak can grow practically submerged within the wetlands of Mississippi, its leaves soft as a newborn’s skin. The live oak can grow sturdily on the hottest hills of central California, contrasting dark green against the golden grass. For my money, I’ll take the bur oak, the slowest-growing but the strongest of all; even its acorns are heavily armored, ready to do battle with the uninviting soil.

Gold & Silver

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Tall
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Dirt first

Using less chemical fertilizer improves soil and farmers' bottom line.

 

https://orionmagazine.org/article/dirt-first/

 

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