news round-up, spring edition

More readings from hither and thon across the world wide web. Enjoy.

hungry for reading material? I’ve got some; Eastern Bluebird hatchlings, 4.26.20

For residents of Marshall, Kosciusko, St. Joseph, and Elkhart counties: please take this short Equitable Mobility Action Plan Survey. This plan is intended to identify needs and gaps in transportation services and establish strategies, policies and local actions designed to improve people’s ability to reached their needed destinations. This survey gathers information related to how people travel in the region, what barriers they encounter, and ways in which their transportation choices can be enhanced. 

Amish Community In Elkhart County Makes 4,500 Face Masks For Goshen Health (WVPE)

Nebraska farmers fear euthanizing hogs as meat-processing plants close (WVLT 8) It’s a gut-wrenching situation hog farmers across the nation were hoping to avoid; an estimated 3 to 5 million pigs are now expected to be euthanized as more and more meat-processing plants shut their doors.

As people stay home, Earth turns wilder and cleaner (AP) An unplanned grand experiment is changing Earth. As people across the globe stay home to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, the air has cleaned up, albeit temporarily… People are also noticing animals in places and at times they don’t usually.

These common landscaping plants are now illegal to sell in Indiana. Here’s why. (IndyStar)

A tiny scientific marvel: Olaf the IVF toad brings hope to at-risk species (The Guardian)

Crops were cultivated in regions of the Amazon ‘10,000 years ago’ (BBC)

The Real Economic Threat: Contentedness (Strong Towns) The longer the economy stays shut down, the more likely we are to recognize how little of it we actually need. Yes, we need food and medicine and other essentials, but what if we became content with less? What if we became content with much less?

Food Supply Anxiety Brings Back Victory Gardens (NYT) Americans were once urged to plant in every patch of available soil — and produced about 40 percent of the nation’s fresh vegetables.

The impossible for capitalism is suddenly possible (Fast Company) Just a few weeks ago, the changes we’ve seen companies make in the face of coronavirus would have seemed radical. When this is all over, can we go back? ... we will need a time of massive reconstruction. We will need to reconstitute careers, teams, companies, and communities. But having seen behind the curtain, and now knowing that the old premise of radical individualism and relentless shareholder primacy are mirages that don’t stand the test of time or strain, companies will be called to operate radically differently. After all the deaths, bankruptcies, government bailouts, and broken dreams, society will not slide back to where it was before COVID-19

The missing puzzle piece for getting to 100% clean power (Vox) It’s about using renewable energy to make gas.

Stories of Change (Purdue University Climate Change Research Center) Climate change is personal, affecting each of us in unique ways. From our hobbies to our livelihoods, a warming world matters. Through this series we will explore what climate change means in the day-to-day lives of Hoosiers, and those living around the world.

Annual report of the Purdue University Climate Change Research Center (for those who like reading reports)

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