This is the 566th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). Here is the July 14 edition. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES Skellig Michael, Ireland cardinal writes—Dawn Chorus: Skellig Islands (Ireland): “My wife and I spent 16 days in Ireland in June, driving all the way around the island clockwise. Although we saw many noteworthy sights, the highlight was a boat trip to the Skellig Islands. The Skelligs, off the coast of County Kerry in Southwest Ireland, consist of two small islands: Skellig Michael (aka Great Skellig) and Little Skellig. Tourist interest in Skellig Michael has exploded over the last few years after it served as Luke Skywalker’s hideaway in the two most recent Star Wars installments. However, it was of great interest to birders and history buffs long before then. On the historical front, it features one of Ireland’s best preserved relics of early Christianity. It was settled between the 6th and 8th centuries by Gaelic monks, who braved the rough waters and steep slopes to build beehive huts 600 feet above the sea. Its foreboding location allowed it to survive the Viking raids that ravaged so many other Irish monasteries. It was abandoned, however, during the 12th or 13th centuries.” Besame writes—Daily Bucket: The bicycle of phenology and RIP T-2: “To give context to natural events in the present and gauge the future, we must know the past. In the Daily Bucket, we track seasonal changes in our regions by documenting first garden tomato of the summer, first sight of a seasonal bird, when a plant species leafs out or flowers, and other natural occurrences. Scientists look at herbarium and natural history specimens, historic journals, and other written records to note such events in the past. These observations comprise phenology, the study of plant and animal life cycles. Now, another cycle has been added to this — bicycles. Researchers from Belgium looked at archived videos of an annual bicycle race in Flanders to gauge if these records were useful in mapping out phenology over the four decades the race has been filmed (1981-2016). The race covers the same route at the same time of year, April, when life wakes up from winter dormancy. While the course stays the same, clothing worn by racers and spectators and their natural surroundings have changed over the four decades. Researchers examined over 200 hours of video footage and saw bare leafless trees in the earlier years and the more recent videos show green vegetation.”
Good news for the top one percent! Their incomes grew faster than the bottom 99 percent in 43 states and Washington, D.C., between 2009 and 2015. In fact, “The top 1 percent captured half or more of all income growth in nine states. In 2015, a family in the top 1 percent nationally received, on average, 26.3 times as much income as a family in the bottom 99 percent.” The Economic Policy Institute has a lot more details. The most unequal states are New York, Florida, and Connecticut, where “the top 1 percent earned average incomes more than 35 times those of the bottom 99 percent.” More locally, “Jackson, Wyo.-Idaho was the most unequal metro area, followed by Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Fla., and Key West, Fla. The most unequal counties were Teton County, Wyo., New York County, N.Y., and La Salle County, Texas.” And we’re not far off from making some rather disturbing history: Overall in the U.S., the top 1 percent took home 22.03 percent of all income in 2015. That share was just 1.9 percentage points below the 1928 peak of 23.9 percent. Hmm … 1928, huh? What happened next?
More sophisticated than the Sloppy Joe, the Sloppy Jane uses balsamic vinegar and leeks for a mild yet zesty flavor
In a speech to foreign ministry staff Saturday, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reiterated President Hassan Rouhani’s suggestion earlier this month that if the United States succeeds in cutting off his nation’s oil exports, the Tehran government may block other nations’ oil shipments through the Persian Gulf. That would cut off sea passage of oil from Bahrain, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. About a fifth of the world’s oil production moves through the Gulf. Iran’s biggest oil customers are China, India, and Korea. This isn’t the first time that Iranian officials have warned that they might retaliate against U.S. actions by blocking the Strait of Hormuz, the 31-mile-wide passage between the Persian Gulf into the open ocean. During his speech, Khamenei, who has ultimate authority in Iran over matters of foreign policy and defense, rejected new talks with the United States, saying, «The word and even the signature of the Americans cannot be relied upon, so negotiations with America are of no avail.» His remarks appeared on his website and were reported by the state-owned PressTV. Meanwhile, citing several unnamed “senior U.S. officials,” NBCNews reported Friday that Iran is making preparations for a broad cyberattack against the United States. Such an attack is not imminent, they say. In May, the Trump regime unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement—known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—and said it would reimpose economic sanctions. A “snap back” provision in that agreement allows the negotiating parties to reimpose sanctions if Iran violates the nuclear agreement. The body charged with periodically determining whether the parties are fulfilling their obligations in that agreement has repeatedly reported that Iran is in full compliance. The first set of sanctions will be reimposed on Iran’s automotive sector, gold trade, and other industries in just two weeks, on Aug. 4. Sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran and the oil industry will come into effect November 6. The other signatories to the multilateral nuclear agreement—the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China—have sought to keep the agreement alive despite the U.S. withdrawal. Russia and China are dead set against going along with reimposed sanctions. That may also be true of Germany, the U.K., and France since the U.S. refused last week to grant them exemptions on sanctions. The U.S. has pushed aggressive diplomatic efforts to get those and other nations to go along with the reimposed sanctions.
The launch calendar hasn’t changed much this week. Which is good, because it means that the planned launches haven’t been cancelled or delayed. But it also means that a couple of small launches that were hovering in TBD-land have still not been nailed to an actual date. July 22, Falcon 9, Telstar 19V Communications satellite targeting the Americas. Launch from SpaceX’s usual slot at SLC 40, Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Launch is targeted for a pre-dawn window. This launch was delayed from June. July 25, Ariane 5, Galileo Another spray of Galileo satellites—ESA’s navigation satellites that are more-or-less equivalent to the US’ GPS or Russia’s Glonass, but without the military control. This group of satellites goes up on an Ariane from Arianespace’s launch facility at Kourou, French Guiana. This launch was delayed from June. July 25, Falcon 9, Iridium Next Another dozen of Iridium’s next generation low-altitude communications satellites that are aimed more at phone / broadband than broadcast. This time SpaceX is launching from the West Coast at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and this may be the first flight where they do a booster landing back at Vandenberg. It’s scheduled for a morning launch. There’s still the potential for another July launch, as Rocket Lab’s next Electron launch, which was bumped from June 23 to July 6, before being halted, is now on something of an “any day now” schedule. One item that didn’t appear on last week’s launch schedule — the ninth launch of Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital spacecraft. But even without an official date on our calendar, they launched anyway — and it went perfectly, leading to expectations that the first space tourists may fly on their craft before 2018 is out. Which could make Blue Origin the first private company to send people into space.
Here's our ongoing guide to the upcoming DC Comics film starring Zachary Levi.
Talking to fish never looked so good.
Talking to fish never looked so good.
Take a stroll down the Comic-Con 2018 catwalk with us and meet the winners who will create an Avengers 4 collection for 2019.
Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan and King Gidorah: The gang's back together.
Onstage Saturday, Warner Bros. unveiled a new trailer for Crimes of Grindelwald.
Today at Comic-Con, Warner Bros . gave fans a first peek at the first DC Comics films post-Justice League. Warner Bros. and DC had a bumpy 2017. There was the astonishing critical and commercial success of Wonder Woman, followed by the box office disappointment of Justice League — leading to an executive shakeup and a general […]
Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company, Blue Origin, performed its most critical test to date, Prime Day had some ups and downs but ultimately broke records and major tech companies are uniting to help you move data across apps. Here’s your weekly roundup of the top stories from the tech world: 1. Blue Origin successfully lands both […]
Is there any space on kids’ homescreens for another social sharing app to poke in? Y Combinator backed Splish wants to have a splash at it (????) — with a super-short-form video and photo sharing app aimed at the under-25s. The SF-based startup began bootstrapping out of their college dorm rooms last July, playing around with […]
With our fixation on all things tech, we’re missing out on the big picture -- there are actually more biotech and healthcare startup IPOs than tech offerings.
Amazon Prime has been an enormous influence on e-commerce, but this online juggernaut is beginning to show cracks. Now is the time for arch-rival Walmart to swoop in with a Prime-like offering that strikes at the weaknesses Amazon has introduced into its formidable loyalty program: price, a lack of focus, and competing subscription services.
The bad news: Dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa -- totaling a staggering 2 to 9 trillion pounds worldwide -- has been almost a biblical plague on Texas and much of the Southern United States in recent weeks. The good news: the same dust appears to be a severe storm killer.
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With Marvel taking the year off, Warner Bros.’ Hall H panel at Comic Con is the biggest event of the weekend for superhero movie fans. Especially because DC has some real heavy hitters […] The post WB Brings DC to SDCC with Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Shazam! appeared first on Geek.com.
MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) - A California forest fire just west of Yosemite National Park was steadily growing Saturday after two more firefighters were injured while battling the flames in blazing summer heat to protect mountain communities in the Sierra Nevada. The Ferguson fire was churning northward within Sierra National Forest, ...
Warner Bros. knew it had some very big guns walking into Hall H for its 2018 San Diego Comic-Con presentation. Shazam!, Wonder Woman 1984, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and Godzilla: King […] The post Aquaman SDCC Trailer Has Shameful Lack of Black Manta appeared first on Geek.com.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a breakout network comedy quite like NBC’s The Good Place. The brainchild of Parks and Recreation’s Michael Shur, it starts out as a humorous fish-out-of-water take […] The post SDCC: Everything is Fine For Season 3 of The Good Place appeared first on Geek.com.
If there’s one giant radioactive lizard we’ve been waiting to get a peak of, it has to be Godzilla. We are Geek are super fans of this giant and fans have been waiting […] The post Godzilla Atomic Blasts Its Way Into SDCC appeared first on Geek.com.
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Christopher Bell held off hard-charging Cup champion Brad Keselowski over the final 18 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to win his second straight Xfinity Series race.
Ken Rosenthal explains why the Seattle Mariners are optimistic of a significant deal before this season’s trade deadline.
Bell grabbed the lead on a restart with 18 of 200 laps remaining and held off Brad Keselowski to win Saturday’s Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his second consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Series victory.“Thank you guys, thank everyone on this team,” Bell said over his team radio as he took the checkered flag.The win is his third in the series this season and fourth of ... Keep reading
NASCAR Xfinity Series Highlights: Christopher Bell holds off Brad Keselowski to win at New Hampshire as Austin Cindric wrecks coming to the line.
MOSCOW (AP) Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk unified the cruiserweight division by beating Russian Murat Gassiev by unanimous decision on Saturday.