Wind And Solar Energy Saving Lives

 

According to a new study from Nature Energy, the increasing presence of wind and solar power within the United States helped prevent the premature deaths of up to 12,700 people between 2007 and 2015

How is that? Well, with the rise of clean energy, there’s a reduced risk of exposure to harmful emissions from fossil fuel–burning power plants, like the class of sooty airborne particulate known as PM2.5 (which has been found to damage lungs).

But wind and solar can’t take all the credit — increased regulations and shifting markets have helped, too.

The study authors report that sulphur dioxide emissions fell from almost 10 million tons in 2007 to 2.7 million tons in 2015 after coal plants were required to complete retrofits to meet air-quality standards.

So that’s one more piece of evidence that wind and solar power really do save the day.

Why Wireless Headphone Buds Don’t Suck

A lot of people have resisted the switch to wireless headphones because they remember how finicky and easy-to-lose the old bluetooth models were, not to mention how dorky some people looked while using them. However, the world has changed and we need to accept it: wireless headphones are here to stay, and the technology is actually quite amazing.

For one, the buds are designed to actually stay in your ears, even when you’re exercising. As anyone who’s ever gone for a jog with corded headphones knows, there is nothing more frustrating than getting tangled up in cords while you’re doing cardio. That’s not a problem with cordless headphones, and you can get them in sweat and water resistant varieties, so they’re perfect for the gym.

You can also get souped up varieties like PowerBeats with passive noise cancellation and crazy amazing HD sound, so you’ll feel like you have full Beats on without all the bulk. However, with all of these new improvements, most of these buds cost a pretty penny. Sometimes, rarely, you can get them on a crazy discount, around black Friday or as a promotion, but usually they’ll run you around $200 for a pair.

 

Eat This New Green Product!

Combatting pollution is one of the greatest challenges this and future generations face, because there’s just so many products made from or contained within plastic. Until recently, almost all disposable products were wrapped in plastic or in materials that use plastic (think about all the plastic waste one fast food meal generates, for instance).

Some items have made the conversion to paper products, although as we all know, that takes a toll on the environment as well. However, a novel idea could change the way we eat (and wrap) our foods and drinks: edible containers! Evoware is a company aimed at reducing the nearly 8 million tons of plastic that enter the ocean each year, by creating edible packaging alternatives.

The material Evoware primarily uses is made out of seaweed, and can hold anything from drinks to burgers. Imagine coffee or seasoning packets used like teabags, except the bags disintegrate in your mug or dish, leaving only the flavors you want. Plus, using seaweed has fantastic environmental perks; as a plant, it absorbs greenhouse gases, but because it’s grown in the ocean, it doesn’t require harmful fertilizers! It’s both futuristic and incredibly green!

Evoware claims its products are virtually tasteless, so you could theoretically eat your burger with the wrapper still on it and not taste a difference! The company is looking to expand rapidly, so who knows: you just might find edible wrappers on the shelves of your local grocery store sooner than you expect!

Is A Robot Taking Your Job?

The world is getting more and more automated, and that means that a lot of jobs are in danger of being replaced by robots. It can be hard to know if your job is in danger, however, because in our worried imaginations, we assume robots can do everything, right? Maybe one day in the distant future, but for now, only people with the following jobs should be worried.

Drivers, for example, have long seen the writing on the wall. Even if you’re just an Uber driver on the weekends, you know that self-driving cars is going to mean the end of your industry. Why would people call a taxi and get into a car with a stranger when they can call a self-driving Lyft and arrive at their destination without worrying about the driver?

Cashiers should also be worried. Again, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, because stores have had self-checkout for a long time. However, these jobs are going to continue to disappear as more and more stores rely on technology to make the checkout and manual processes of running a retail store smoother. Similarly, fast food employees should also be concerned about their job security.

People who have a lot more job security are those in a position that requires a human touch. Doctors and nurses are safe for now, as well as cosmetologists, social workers, and anyone in a creative field like writing or music. A general rule to follow, however, is the more degrees your job requires, the safer you probably are. Isn’t that always the way?

Facebook Finds Blood Donors In India

In India, Facebook is putting its extensive powers to good use. The country has a shortage of blood and blood donors, and while it varies per region, the deficit is on average 10% across the whole nation. This means that one in ten people in India arrive at a hospital without the appropriate blood waiting for them, and that has caused family and friends to take matters into their own hands.

When a family member gets sick and needs blood, friends and family often donate themselves, or post a plea to Facebook with the details, asking strangers to donate. Well Facebook has caught on and decided that it wanted to help. Since October 1st, Indians on Facebook have been prompted to sign up as eligible donors. The info they provide is completely private, but Facebook will monitor needs for types of blood in certain areas and message a registered donor if they fit the bill and are close enough. The donor has the ability to post their donation to their feed, to draw awareness to the cause.

It’s an excellent way to highlight the disparity of donors in India, if enough people catch on. Donating blood in India is rare because of widespread confusion about how it’s done, plus a 1995 ban on giving donors money for their blood. Many Indians also hold the belief that blood donation weakens women, or that blood does not regenerate. Sonu Singh, manager at the Rotary Blood Bank in Delhi, says the goal is to correct all this misinformation. “It is very important to [educate] people about it so that we have more voluntary blood donations in our country.”