What The Frigate Bird? Climate Change Data; Renewable Energy for Apple; Another Link to Autism; Facebook Gun Sales;
What The Frigate Bird?
The Audubon Society recently reported on research that concludes that Frigate Birds as well as some other avian species are able to sleep while flying. Talk about multi-tasking! Researchers reported that the Alpine Swift holds the record for the longest uninterrupted flight. One bird spent more than 200 twenty-four-hour-days in flight. To learn more about these extraordinary feats of flight, click on http://www.audubon.org/news/scientists-finally-have-evidence-frigatebirds-sleep-while-flying?. And you thought one college all-nighter was a noteworthy effort.
Climate Change Deniers Take Note
The National Science Foundation recently reported that an NSF research supported team developed data-driven methods to analyze climatic changes. The project titled 'Understanding Climate Change: A Data Driven Approach' discusses measurable climate data analyses that accurately predict weather changes. To learn more about this methodology, surf over to http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=189519&WT.mc_id=USNSF_1. Logging extreme rainfall events, measuring surface water dynamics and predicting changes in coastal upwelling are now possible using this methodology. This research approach should make it impossible for Exxon Mobil to refute man-made climate change.
Apple Inc. Becomes an Energy Producer and Its Own Customer
Business profits depend in part on containing energy costs. Tech companies using the cloud now find that solar, wind and hydro energy produces energy savings to improve bottom lines. Apple Computer contracted with First Solar to buy nearly one half of the electric energy to be produced in a solar farm now under construction. Under the agreement, Apple will pay $848 million over the next 25 years and use 100% of the energy generated at the site by the end of the contract. While conventional electric energy use increased by 1% last year, companies involved in cloud computing increased electric energy use by nearly 10% with most of that energy coming from renewable energy sources. To read more about this energy trend, click on http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/24/business/energy-environment/as-energy-use-rises-corporations-turn-to-their-own-green-utility-sources.html? At present, renewable energy compares favorably in cost with fossil fuel generated energy, much to the dismay of the coal and gas industry and investor owned electric producers. The Greens seem to be winning the long term contest with fossil fuels.
Organochlorine Chemicals Linked to Autism Rise Not Vaccines
Researchers have correlated fetal exposure to chemical compounds called organochlorine chemicals with an 80 percent increase in future autism diagnoses. These chemicals were banned in 1977 by the US, but they continue to remain in the environment and are absorbed in animal fat that people consume. Drexel University researchers conducted the study which examined data from 2000 to 2003 in California. To find out more information about this research, click on http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/08/23/1563125/-Scientists-are-linking-chemicals-produced-in-the-1970s-to-increased-autism-today-not-vaccines. Now you know. Vaccinate your kids!
Reporting Gun Sales on Facebook
Earlier this year Facebook banned private party gun sales. Unfortunately, Facebook does not actively enforce the ban and relies on users to flag these sales. With this ban in place, however, gun buyers and sellers now conduct gun sales through private Facebook groups. For those interested in preventing these unauthorized gun sales, the following site provides a method to find and report such transactions to Facebook. To learn more, visit http://www.bravenewfilms.org/gun_safety_on_facebook. The reason people oppose these weapon sales is that no background checks prior to purchase are required or performed. Do you want an ex-offender or an individual suffering mental problems or a spousal abuser to be able to buy guns with no background check?
HHS Analysis Indicates Consumers To Have Affordable Health Coverage Next Year
Since the Affordable Care Act [Obama Care] became law, health care costs have risen at the lowest rates in 50 years. According to HHS, even if premium rates increased by double digits, 73% of rate payers will be able to purchase coverage for less than $75 per month. Rate payers should remember that as insurance rates increase, so do tax credits. And, consumers can shop around for the health coverage that best fits their needs. Independent researchers found that 2016 rates are 12% to 20% less than rates projected by the CBO [congressional budget office]. Some insurers offered below cost rates in 2014 because of uncertainties of the new market. With two-years of data, these carriers are planning a one-time rate adjustment to produce profitability. To learn more about health insurance costs, click on http://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/08/24/new-analysis-shows-consumers-will-still-have-affordable-health-coverage-options-next-year.html. And so it goes.