Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

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 [...]

January 24th, 2021 - 4:26 pm § in Economics, Environment, Russia

Who says renewable energy is a pipe dream?

“Europeans got more of their electricity from renewable sources than fossil fuels for the first time last year,” CNN reported on Sunday, January 24, 2021, adding, “The shift comes as other sources, such as wind and solar power, have … nearly doubled since 2015.” That&#[...]

January 20th, 2021 - 3:46 pm § in Biden, Environment, Health, Politics

Biden’s first executive actions

Requires masks and physical distancing in federal buildings, on federal lands, and by government contractors; urges state and local governments to do the same. Rejoins World Health Organization; appoints Dr. Fauci as head of U.S. delegation Creates a Covid-19 Response Coordinator, reporting directly[...]

January 18th, 2021 - 12:54 pm § in America, Biden, Business, Economics, Environment, Science

Whither climate policy?

With the impending change in U.S. administrations, we can look forward to a more rational science-based climate policy (I say “more” because Republicans in Congress will throw up impediments), but will it — will anything — be enough? In these extracts from an article original[...]

December 25th, 2020 - 1:03 pm § in Environment

Deer rescue (video)

A passing motorist stopped to push a stranded deer off a frozen Wisconsin pond while his friend filmed. Read story here. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

December 23rd, 2020 - 12:27 pm § in Environment

Oil train derails near Bellingham

An oil train derailed and caught fire near Custer, Washington, on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 (photo below). Read story here. Various news outlets said the derailment occurred near where two people were arrested last month for tampering with railroad signals (see, e.g., story here), but authorities h[...]

December 18th, 2020 - 10:40 pm § in Biden, Donald Trump, Environment, Politics

Biden’s pick of a Native American for Interior Secretary is a sea change

Joe Biden, fresh from his Electoral College victory, and now officially president-elect, named Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM, photo left) as his choice for Interior, the federal agency that oversees federal lands and Native American affairs. Obama’s first interior secretary, Ken Salazar, called her &[...]

December 17th, 2020 - 4:55 pm § in Environment, Misc., Science

Cloud waterfall (video)

Read story here about Australian tourists witnessing a rare atmospheric phenomenon. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

December 12th, 2020 - 3:35 am § in America, Donald Trump, Economics, Environment, Foreign Affairs, Health, Law and Courts, Politics

By the numbers: Quantifying Trump’s presidency

From Atlantic magazine (read original article here): More than a quarter of a million Americans have died from COVID-19 so far; 2.3 million Americans lost their health insurance before the pandemic, and millions more during the pandemic. Trump pulled the U.S. out of 13 international organizations, a[...]

December 9th, 2020 - 8:47 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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