Passive Solar Greenhouses, Solariums, & Pineapple Pits

April 22nd, 2018 by James Ayre, Clean Technica  As an addendum to our earlier article on passive solar house design basics, I thought that it would be worth providing an overview of some of the possibilities when it comes to the design of attached passive solar greenhouses and/or solariums. Such additions to a passive solar home can be quite effective when it …

40 percent of world’s birds in decline due to manmade threats: 1 in 8 of world’s bird species threatened by extinction

Monday, April 23, 2018 by Common Dreams By Jessica Corbett, staff writer  A new study published April 23, 2018 found that 40 percent of global bird species are in decline. (Photo: Conor Lawless/Flickr/cc) The world’s 11,000 bird species are in the midst of a major biodiversity crisis—with one in eight threatened by extinction—because of human activity, according to a five-year study published Monday. “Human-induced …

Mitigation of CH4 emissions would significantly increase the feasibility of stabilising global warming below 1.5 °C, alongside having co-benefits for human and ecosystem health

Environmental Research Letters  Increased importance of methane reduction for a 1.5 degree target By William J Collins1,6, Christopher P Webber1, Peter M Cox2, Chris Huntingford3, Jason Lowe4,5, Stephen Sitch2, Sarah E Chadburn2,5, Edward Comyn-Platt3, Anna B Harper2, Garry Hayman3Show full author list Published 20 April 2018 • © 2018 Environmental Research Letters, Volume 13, Number 5  Article PDF Figures   References   PDF Article information Abstract To understand the importance of methane on the levels of carbon emission reductions required to achieve …

People are more likely to believe facts about climate change when they come from Republicans speaking against what has become a partisan interest in the US

Regardless of political affiliation, people are more likely to believe facts about climate change when they come from Republicans speaking against what has become a partisan interest in this country, says a new University of Connecticut study. In fact, Republicans are even more persuasive than scientists when it comes to correcting misinformation about climate change, researchers found. “Unfortunately, correcting misinformation …

Novel antioxidant makes old blood vessels seem young again. Epstein bar virus related to MS, lupus, diabetes and more. And more people have died or been injured in mass school shootings in the US in the past 18 years than in the entire 20th century

Science Daily.com April 2018.  Also see further down: Using a homemade, high-tech microscope, scientists have revealed how a cancer-causing virus anchors itself to our DNA. That discovery could pave the way for doctors to cure incurable diseases by flushing out viruses, including HPV and Epstein-Barr, that now permanently embed themselves in our cells Older adults who take a novel antioxidant that …

Corruption and compromise in Trump administration real estate investments

Excerpts from the NYTimes.com, April 2018 From New York to Florida, Panama to Azerbaijan, we found that Trump projects have relied heavily on foreign cash — including from wealthy individuals from Russia and elsewhere with questionable, and even criminal, backgrounds. We saw money traveling through offshore shell companies, entities often used to obscure ownership. Many news organizations have since dug …

America’s military spending, which will rise to US$716 billion in 2019, is almost half the total of the world’s military spending.

La Croix, April 2018 excerpt In contrast to Russia and China, the war industry in the US is heavily privatized, including the use of mercenaries. First, some statistical context. America’s military spending, which will rise to US$716 billion in 2019, is almost half the total of the world’s military spending. It is bigger than the next 15 biggest countries’ combined …

Facebook propaganda tailored to you: on the basis of 300 likes, Kosinski’s model is able to predict someone’s personality profile with the same accuracy as a spouse

Cambridge Analytica was contracted to the Trump campaign and provided an entirely new weapon for the election machine. While it also used demographic segments to identify groups of voters, as Clinton’s campaign had, Cambridge Analytica also segmented using psychographics. As definitions of class, education, employment, age and so on, demographics are informational. Psychographics are behavioural – a means to segment by …

7 things to know about our taxes. Corporations pay less than 9% of US taxes already, and fewer than 3% of workers getting anything from those corporate tax breaks.

Lindsay Koshgarian posted Apr 17, 2018 1. Thanks to the Trump tax deal, taxes are way down for corporations and billionaires. In 2017, individuals and corporations were still paying taxes under the old system. The Trump tax plan that Congress passed in December 2017 hadn’t yet taken effect. In 2018, the rules have changed. The new tax plan favors billionaires and …

Basis for Tesla’s future success

Moats: Why Tesla Can Do What Other Car Companies Only Dream About April 20, 2018 In modern business parlance, a moat is something that protects a business from competition or gives it an advantage. A moat could be a trade secret, patented product or process, or an asset that represents a significant capital investment. A moat could be a partnership, an exclusive …