Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

April 8th, 2021 - 10:40 am § in Business, Economics, Environment, Misc.

Brace for a ketchup shortage

We’re still in a pandemic, and supply chain disruptions continue. Restaurants may reopen soon, but diners may be eating ketchup-less french fries. “After enduring a year of closures, employee safety fears and start-stop openings, many American restaurants are now facing a nationwide ket[...]

March 17th, 2021 - 2:35 pm § in Business, Environment, Science

Is climate denial on its last legs?

Not really. Republicans and their brainwashed followers will be around for a long time. But the industry coalition that has funded and supported climate denial for decades appears to be cracking apart, according to this article in The Atlantic. Here’s an excerpt: “If you read a lot of cl[...]

March 2nd, 2021 - 6:54 pm § in Environment, Humor, Misc.

Curious otters clobber trail camera (video)

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March 2nd, 2021 - 1:41 pm § in Donald Trump, Economics, Environment, Foreign Affairs

China doesn’t have all the world’s “rare earths”

“Rare earth” elements are metals that figure prominently in “green energy” technologies because of their use in electronics and electric motors (some are highly magnetic). For technical details, read Wikipedia article here. “Rare earths” aren’t actually rare[...]

February 18th, 2021 - 8:40 pm § in Environment, Misc.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Texas flapjacks

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February 16th, 2021 - 6:34 pm § in Environment

What makes the Texas power blackout unique, and why it won’t happen elsewhere

Big chunks of Texas are without power in the wake of an epic snow and ice storm gripping much of the United States. The immediate cause for the grid’s failure is freezing temperatures, but this happens every winter in northern states (and Scandanavia), and they don’t lose power to the en[...]

February 4th, 2021 - 12:00 pm § in America, Biden, Business, China, Christianity, Donald Trump, Economics, Environment, Foreign Affairs, Health, Humor, Hypocrisy, Israel/Palestine, Jews, Law and Courts, Misc., News Media, Politics, Racism, Religion, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Schools & Colleges, Science, The Ave Scene, UW

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January 29th, 2021 - 10:13 pm § in Environment, Humor

Surfin’ duck steals the show (video)

This Aussie waterfowl has a unique affinity for waves. (Read news story here; for video of surfing dogs, click here.) Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

January 29th, 2021 - 9:51 pm § in Biden, Business, China, Donald Trump, Economics, Environment, Foreign Affairs

What China’s Xi told Davos attendees

Whenever Xi Jinping speaks, the world listens, and on January 25, 2021, China’s leader spent 25 minutes seeking to exert white-glove persuasion on virtual attendees of this year’s Davos World Economic Forum. Davos is an invitation-only confab of political and business VIPs at a fancy Swi[...]

January 25th, 2021 - 11:34 pm § in Environment, Science

Mother Earth’s disappearing ice

“Ice is steadily disappearing across much of the world, and a majority of the losses are driven by climate change,” a Scientific American article published on Monday, January 25, 2021, concludes. (Read it here.) The article says the melt rate has risen over 50% since the 1990s, from 800 [...]