10 in 2 - Week of March 27th

  • This is the 10 in 2 report for the week of march 27th

  • 10 news stories tangentially related to sustainability that piqued our interest us this week provided in 2 minutes (or in as short a time as we can).

 

1. The new podcast from the makers of Serial & This American Life is finally here. S-Town is a seven-part audio documentary the centers around John B McLemore, an antique clock restorer from Alabama who happens to be passionate about climate change. I haven't finished it yet, but I can already strongly endorse this true crime story which took YEARS to put together.   (S-Town

 

2. Arctic researcher Victoria Herrmann pleads with Trump to stop deleting climate research. And I quote “While working in one of the most physically demanding environments on the planet, we don’t have time to fill new data gaps created by political malice.” (Guardian)

3. Google’s online tool Project Sunroof now works in all 50 states, the software uses aerial photos and mapping data to calculate rooftop solar energy potential for your house (Project Sunroof)

4. In a water contamination crisis to rival Flint’s, it has been reported that in 29 California neighborhoods, nearly 14 percent of children under the age of six have elevated levels of lead in their blood.  (WNYC)

5. A New Zealand environmentalist has challenged his country's environment minister to a fist fight. Greg Byrnes, the general manager of a conservation trust, issued the challenge in a newspaper classified ad (CBC.CA

Environmentalist Greg Byrnes

Environmentalist Greg Byrnes

 

6. Infamous slacker Elon Musk announced his new company this week. Neuralink’s mission is to add a symbiotic digital layer to the human brain. (NPR)

7. Peruvian scientist Marino Morikawa "revived" polluted wetlands in 15 days using nanotechnology after getting a call from his father saying his childhood fishing spot was an illegal trash and sewage dump. He now plans to try to clean up Lake Titicaca. (EFE)

Peruvian scientist Marino Morikawa poses at the Japanese Garden - EFE/Ernesto Arias

Peruvian scientist Marino Morikawa poses at the Japanese Garden - EFE/Ernesto Arias

 

8. Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft say they will continue their efforts to combat climate change despite the current executive and legislative actions taking place (The Verge)

9. There are huge tunnels in South America dug by extinct giant sloths. The problem is that no one knows why or how. The tunnels are large enough for a person to walk through and some of them are thousands of feet long. (Popular Mechanics)

photo Heinrich Frank

photo Heinrich Frank

 

10. Just in case you are not aware, Planet Earth II is out, and it is mind-bendingly gorgeous and fun to watch. My one criticism is that there isn’t any footage of the extinct tunneling sloths. (BBC



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