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The Green New Deal

Positive Future #380 (Feature photo – Sustainable Agriculture and Sustainable Energy in Tandem – CCA 2.0 Generic) In our popular media, the concept that we can do anything we set our mind to almost always applies to the individual. If we attempt to apply it to a nation or city, critics emerge out of the woodwork to curse broad visions as utopian, unrealistic, too expensive and fantasy. By the time the financial critics get done we all bow down and embrace the concept that humanity cannot ever adequately afford itself. Bigger social and environmental stewardship visions are coming over the horizon at a faster pace. The efforts for social, economic…

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Is Harley Davidson On the Way Out?

Positive Future #375 (Feature photo – Harley Davidson Sportster – CCA SA 2.5 Generic) There is little question that Harley Davidson has been an icon of America since the 1940’s. But today’s generations are embracing organic food, sustainable transportation and fixing a world that previous generations have trashed to a large extent. Harley Davidson sales are dropping and its problem is quite simple: It’s most loyal buyers are getting too old to ride them. News site Gas 2 provides some more insight to an America that is certainly emerging from the past: https://gas2.org/2019/01/28/harley-is-in-trouble-buyers-are-getting-too-old-to-ride/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Is The End of Coal Coming?

Positive Future #371 (Feature photo – Coal Miners end their Shift – Public Domain) The government of Germany has commissioned a committee of utility leaders, coal miners and environmental stewards to hash out the future of coal for Germany. While the recommendations of the committee need to work their way through the legislative process, the fact that a plan is being put forth sends shocks to the coal industry around the world. Clean Technica Journalist Steve Hanley brings us more of the story: https://cleantechnica.com/2019/01/28/germany-agrees-to-quit-its-coal-addiction/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29 Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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The “Green New Deal”

Positive Future #358 (Feature photo – Urban Income Inequality – CCA SA 2.0 Generic Micah Sittig) The Green New Deal attempts to address economic inequality and arresting climate change. At the heart of the “deal” is how younger people think about the world they are inheriting. Feelings by younger people that they are inheriting a world “trashed” by the older generations have some truth. When it comes to economic inequality, that issue is raging around the world already. The biggest criticism of the “Green New Deal” is how to finance it all. That really strikes at the heart of the matter. Why can’t we adequately afford ourselves within the framework…

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Has Agriculture & the Food Chain Compromised the Worlds Wildlife?

  Touch the Soil News #1225 (Feature photo – Grain Fire, Industrial Farming and Global Warming – Public Domain) Many champions of humanity explain the world can feed 9.5 billion people by 2040 in the context of a warming planet. The present population is 7.5 billion. The problem is that the world can’t feed who’s here. The problem is deeper than just numbers of people. There are things like a materially unsustainable industrial farming system, a financial system whose purchasing power is underpinned by low wages and a competitive system of economics that wastes 1/3 of all food produced. Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/) looks into the recent the World Wildlife Fund’s…

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Quarter of a Million – Number of Electric Cars Sold in November 2018

Positive Future #345 (Feature photo – BMW Electric I3 – CCA SA 4.0 International) Making history, the world’s automotive companies sold 237,553 electric cars in the month of November, 2018. That is up 60 percent from the 148,903 electric cars sold in November of 2017. Estimates are that for 2018, the world’s auto manufacturers may sell 2 million electric cars. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgvWh_VbTW8 Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Solar Trackers – Helping Renewable Solar Energy

Positive Future #341 (Feature photo – Solar Trackers – CCA SA 4.0 International) As solar cells become more efficient and ever cheaper, there is yet another enabling technology that is gaining ground fast – solar trackers. CleanTechnica journalist Charles Thurston brings us the hidden story of solar trackers and how growth in their adoption is large. Growth in the use of solar trackers to increase solar efficiency is expected to grow almost 28 percent a year for the next five years. A single axis tracker can deliver up to 20 percent more solar energy from a set of solar panels. A dual-axis tracker can deliver up to 35 percent more…

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Urban Transportation – Is A Big Change Looming?

Positive Future #320 (Feature photo – The Electric Car SIN – Courtesy of Biomega) The major components of a transportation vehicle are becoming more simple – electric motors and new high-tech batteries. Going away are the more complicated gas engines, heavy transmissions and the like. Currently, cars have an average of 28,000 to 30,000 parts – many of which are moving and need lubrication. The simplification of the car means that even small nations can now get involved in re-inventing cars and transportation. The bicycle company called Biomega, from the small nation of Denmark (less than 6 million people), is actually taking a run at re-inventing urban vehicles. Its new…

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Cowboy Robot

Touch the Soil News #1166 (Feature photo – Large Feedlot – Public Domian) Cargill just announced the offering of its “Cowboy Robot”. Colored green and weighing in at 1,500 pounds, the robot can help large feedlots move animals safely. Livestock are unpredictable and can turn on an employee unexpectedly. Cargill’s cowboy robot is remotely controlled by employees standing on the sidelines and moving livestock through chutes: Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Education on Growing Food – A Good Way to Improve the World

Touch the Soil News #1164 (Feature photo – Aquaponics System – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) When we think about our education, very rarely – if ever – do we recount growing grapes and potatoes in high school. We know nothing about aquaponics or how to bake bread from scratch using an outdoor wood-fired oven. Dan Kunanec, from the Don Mills Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Canada is setting a new global standard on what should be in public education. In short, students should be conversant in a broad range of urban food-growing skills. You can read the full story on the following link: http://www.agri-tecture.com/ Want More? – Sign up below Special…

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