Are There Climate-Friendly Alternatives to Air Conditioning?

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AC alternatives, climate change
The author writes, “AC units contain refrigerants that are potent greenhouse gases. These refrigerants are in fact the fastest-growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in every country on Earth. ... But there are alternatives, and plenty of them. From ancient building designs that have been tried and tested over 7,000 years, to the cutting-edge technologies at the California Academy of Sciences, it is possible to create buildings that stay cool with virtually no energy requirements at all.” Photo credit:Peter M. / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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Inside the Indigenous Fight to Save the Amazon Rainforest (Chris)

The author writes, “Much of the remaining forest is already owned, including by Brazil’s indigenous people. They hold 13 percent of Brazil’s land area. But as the appetite for destruction increases, the situation has sparked tensions, and in some cases violence, between Brazil’s indigenous populations and land-grabbers, who believe they have the unspoken support of Bolsonaro’s administration. Indigenous women and girls — who increasingly play outsized roles as leaders, forest managers, and economic providers — are even less likely to have recognised rights.”

Public Transport Can Be Free (Chris)

The author writes, “The number of cities experimenting with fare-free public transport (FFPT) is on the rise. In 1980, there were only six. By 2000, the number had grown to fifty-six. Today, FFPT exists in ‘full’ form in at least ninety-eight cities and towns around the world.”

Why So Many Kentucky State Prisoners Are in Local Jails (Reader Steve)

From the Lexington Herald-Leader: “Facing a rush of incoming prisoners and a 1981 federal court order capping prison populations, to keep living conditions safe, the Kentucky Department of Corrections created a policy called ‘controlled intake.’ That was a bland way of saying the DOC would not transfer newly sentenced felons from county jails to state prisons to begin serving their time unless it had an open bed for them. With nowhere to go, state prisoners quickly began backing up at the local jails.”

Veterans’ Graves to Be Dug Up for Border Wall (DonkeyHotey)

From KVEO: “The service members fought in WWI, WWII, and the Korean War.”

Bluetooth Is Bad and You Should Stop Using It (Mili)

The author writes, “Many stores now use Bluetooth beacons to track the location of individual shoppers down to the inch. That information is often sold or given to advertisers, who then use it to build data profiles on unwitting people just trying to buy a carton of milk.”

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