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Daily Digest 4/29 - Good News Friday: Philly Encourages 'Vertical Farming,' Bringing Back 'Monotasking'

Friday, April 29, 2016, 7:44 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

Monotasking Gets A Makeover (jdargis)

Indeed, multitasking, that bulwark of anemic résumés everywhere, has come under fire in recent years. A 2014 study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that interruptions as brief as two to three seconds — which is to say, less than the amount of time it would take you to toggle from this article to your email and back again — were enough to double the number of errors participants made in an assigned task.

Living Simply With A Flip Phone (jdargis)

The promise of constant contact isn't good for all relationships. For Judith Goudsmit, a young New Yorker with no desire for a smartphone, the flip phone offers reprieve.

‘Sound of silence’ from anti-gunners after highly publicized self-defense shooting (thc0655)

“It’s interesting that the gun prohibition lobby always loses its collective voice after an armed citizen stops a violent crime,” Gottlieb observed. “They talk about restrictive gun laws being okay if it saves just one life. That’s a theory. Well, Sunday morning a citizen had a gun and saved maybe two lives, and that’s a fact.”

Man Goes From Being Homeless to a Homeowner by Selling Newspapers (jdargis)

Martinez routed the money he’d collected from selling newspapers toward opening a lawn care business. He eventually amassed enough funds to put a down payment on a home. Unfortunately, no one seemed willing to help him do that, except realtor Brian Kemp. He had noticed Bear and stopped to talk to Martinez on the street corner while he was selling The Contributor.

“Everybody notices him!” Martinez says about his giant dog. “He’s the one who made the money; I just collected it for him.”

Colorado Weighs Replacing Obama’s Health Policy With Universal Coverage (jdargis)

Insurance groups, chambers of commerce and conservatives have already lined up in opposition. They say the plan’s details are vague, its size and cost galling. The proposed health system would have a budget bigger than that of Colorado’s entire state government. A new 10 percent tax on payroll and incomes to pay for the system would push Colorado’s tax rates to some of the highest in the nation.

In Proof We Trust (westcoastjan)

This is possibly the most significant and detailed record in all history, an open-source structure of permanent memory, which grows organically. It is known as the blockchain. It is the breakthrough tech behind the digital cash system, Bitcoin, but its impact will soon be far wider than just alternative money.

Ecocapsule: A Tiny Solar-and-Wind-Powered Mobile Home (jdargis)

Ecocapsule is seeking $1 million in capital so it can begin larger-scale production. Peter Wheelwright and Alison Mears, architecture professors at New York’s New School, say they worry its materials may be environmentally unfriendly and possibly unsafe. Aluminum production is energy-intensive, and some fiberglass products can contain formaldehyde, a toxic chemical. Zacek says the materials are safe. He and Pohlova are researching alternative materials, such as hemp, to make the capsule greener.

City Council encourages 'vertical farming' (Thomas C.)

"The most noble thing a human being can do is produce food for others," Taubenberger said at a news conference, complete with a display of basil and micro-greens grown at Metropolis. "Vertical farming is something very special indeed, and fits like a glove in Philadelphia."

The resolution calls for hearings that will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

Gold & Silver

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ICBC Breach of Bad-Loan Buffer Shows China Banking Stresses

 

ICBC Breach of Bad-Loan Buffer Shows China Banking Stresses

Bloomberg-13 hours ago
China may have $1.3 trillion of loans to borrowers without sufficient income to ... of skeptical voices by saying that debt-for-equity swaps could let debt-laden ...

Macroeconomic roundup: China's debt climbs to $US25 trillion

The National Business Review - ‎13 hours ago‎
Total debt rose to 237% of GDP in the first quarter of this year which, according to the Financial Times, puts the People's Republic $US25 trillion in the red. Although the size of the debt remains a problem, it's how quickly it has been racked up that ...

On eve of default, Puerto Ricans are broke and feel out of luck

Chicago Tribune - ‎1 hour ago‎
The next key date is July 1 when $2 billion falls due, including so-called general obligation bonds that have the highest level of guarantees. Missing those payments would deepen the worst crisis to hit the $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal market. "It's no ...

 

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Humans responsible for Great Barrier Reef bleaching event

This year, we’ve seen alarming bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, caused by warm sea temperatures. A recently completed aerial survey of the reef found that 93 percent of the smaller reefs that comprise it showed at least some bleaching, and in the northern sector of the reef, the large majority of reefs saw bleaching that was severe — meaning many of these corals could die.

“Human caused climate change made the extreme ocean temperatures that led to the massive bleaching events along the Great Barrier Reef this year at least 175 times more likely,” finds the analysis, which was led by Andrew King, a researcher studying climate extremes at the University of Melbourne.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/04/29/sci...

 

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We will have climate refugees from arctic

"We need to provide support for adaptation and build communities that are resilient in the face of what's happening in the Arctic," the secretary said flatly. "You're not going to be able to turn this around."

"We can stem the increase in temperature, we can stem some of the effects, perhaps, if we act on climate as we are committed to do through the Paris accords. But the changes are underway and they are very rapid. We will have climate refugees."

On average, Canada has warmed more than 1.3 degrees Celsius since 1948, according to Environment Canada. Parts of the Arctic have warmed at more than twice that rate.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/we-will-have-climate-refugees-u-s-secreta...

 

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It's a Bakken Day to Die

The researchers found that the Bakken Formation, an oil and gas field in North Dakota and Montana, is emitting roughly 2 percent of the globe's ethane. That's about 250,000 tons per year.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160426144918.htm

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How do you keep locals from using a radioactive river?

MUSLYUMOVO, Russia — At first glance, Gilani Dambaev looks like a healthy 60-year-old man and the river flowing past his rural family home appears pristine. But Dambaev is riddled with diseases that his doctors link to a lifetime’s exposure to excessive radiation, and the Geiger counter beeps loudly as a reporter strolls down to the muddy riverbank.

Some 50 kilometers (30 miles) upstream from Dambaev’s crumbling village lies Mayak, a nuclear complex that has been responsible for at least two of the country’s biggest radioactive accidents. Worse, environmentalists say, is the facility’s decades-old record of using the Arctic-bound waters of the Techa River to dump waste from reprocessing spent nuclear fuel, hundreds of tons of which is imported annually from neighboring nations.

The results can be felt in every aching household along the Techa, where doctors record rates of chromosomal abnormalities, birth defects and cancers vastly higher than the Russian average — and citizens such as Dambaev are left to rue the government’s failure over four decades to admit the danger.

“Sometimes they would put up signs warning us not to swim in the river, but they never said why,” said Dambaev, a retired construction worker who like his wife, brother, children and grandchildren have government-issued cards identifying them as residents of radiation-tainted territory. “After work, we would go swimming in the river. The kids would too.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russias-nuclear-nightmare-fl...

 

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Brazil Records Worst-Ever First-Quarter Budget Deficit

The world's poorest 50% are a trillion dollars worse off - what's going ...

The Guardian-5 hours ago
Meanwhile those 3.6 billion people in the bottom 50% include people in debt, people with nothing and people with a net wealth of up to about $5,000. People ...

British households picking up debts quicker than any time in 11 years

Mirror.co.uk-18 hours ago
It means households now owe £182.4bn worth of this type of debt, fuelled by ... the figure for February, leaving Britons with £1.29trillion owed in home loans.
 

Atlantic City could default Monday

Press of Atlantic City-15 hours ago
Paul Sarlo said possibly missing the debt payment is "a risky gambit by Atlantic City. ... ratable base plummeted from $20.5 billion in 2010 to $6.6 billion in 2016.

Brazil Records Worst-Ever First-Quarter Budget Deficit

Bloomberg-20 hours ago
The weak March performance came despite a 42.7 billion real gain from the ... that Brazilian states can reduce the debt they own to the federal government, ...

Debt Collectors Adopt Mob Tactics as Russians Struggle to Pay Bills

New York Times-15 hours ago
... by almost 50 percent to $15 billion, or about 13 percent of all personal debt, ... Russia has been operating at a deficit since 2012, and its Reserve Fund is ...

Chinese cities dive back into debt to fuel growth

Gulf Times-20 hours ago
The increased borrowing for an economy already swimming in debt adds to concerns ... and commodities, and a bond market seeing a rise in corporate defaults.

Venezuelans add beer to list of privations

Financial Times-22 hours ago
... raised fears the sovereign will default on $14bn of bond payments due this year. ... and we've also exhausted all the options to take on debt with our foreign ...

 

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