You have heard uptalk? Of course you have! Associated with teenage girls, guys do it too – an upward inflection at the end of a sentence, turning a declarative into an interrogative. It may seem timid or uncertain as if asking for confirmation or approval. … Read the rest
Amazing news from Europe shows how renewable energy really can help us combat climate change and pollution. Think Progress reported that Germany gets a third of its power from wind and solar and Great Britain gets over 20 percent. At this rate, says the article, Europe will not have to build any new traditional power plants, and can allow the old ones to simply retire and close down. … Read the rest
My heart aches for the roadkill littering Florida highways as wildlife desperately attempts to move from one shrinking habitat to another. Like a mutated disease of nature, humans multiply exponentially, pushing out all other wildlife as we appropriate ever-larger shares of Mother Earth’s bounty.… Read the rest
Geoff shares this op ed by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times:
If we had the same auto fatality rate today that we had in 1921, by my calculations we would have 715,000 Americans dying annually in vehicle accidents.
Instead, we’ve reduced the fatality rate by more than 95 percent — not by confiscating cars, but by regulating them and their drivers sensibly.… Read the rest