Surferbird News-Links, 22nd Edition


Greetings! I know you weren't expecting to hear from me today, but I'm trying out something new. Each week, I find more stories for Surferbird News-Links than I could possibly ever share. The problem is that it's hard to choose between so many. And believe me, by the end of the week, I have quite a few waiting in the wings.

So, rather than send out a Surferbird News-Links post once a week with up to, and sometimes over, twenty articles, I'm publishing shorter posts more often - Tuesdays through Fridays. The earworm will be relegated to Friday's edition.

This may or may not work for some of you. And I understand. However, I suspect it will help my rankings with search engines. But mostly, at this point, I feel that posting more frequently with fewer links will be easier. I spend hours each day reading the news in order to find unique and relevant content. By the end of the week, I've gathered quite a collection. Cherry picking articles along the way seems more appealing to me than being overwhelmed by an avalanche. We shall see. It's an experiment, but I won't know unless I try.

Thank you, again, for your support. I made a huge leap in keywords and traffic to my website last week. And you are part of that. Please know that when I write these posts, or any posts, I aim to provide some kind of benefit, whether it be knowledge, humor, or simply making meaningful connections. I hope you're enjoying them. It's a pleasure sharing these tidbits of news with you!



Sweden is giving tax breaks for people to fix their goods vs. ditching them( - Purchasing new goods vs. fixing broken ones, has a huge impact on the environment. Repairs on clothing, bicycles, refrigerators, and washing machines are now eligible for tax breaks. Discouraging a throw-away economy also increases skilled labor jobs.

Climate change

Evangelical Christian climate scientist risks hate mail( - Katharine Hayhoe's work is even more important in light of the recent presidential election. I don't consider myself an evangelical Christian -just for the record. But I respect and admire this woman so much.

The lawsuit brought against the U.S. government on climate change, initiated by young people in Oregon, is moving forward. ( - The idea behind the lawsuit is one of public trust in that it's the Federal government's responsibility to protect the atmosphere in addition to waterways and coastlines. Kudos to these young people!

Aviation and climate change ( - Did you know that a flight to Morocco emits as much carbon as a single refrigerator emits in one year? Even with a carbon market, increased emissions from airlines, which is expected, could make complying with the Paris Agreement impossible.

Expect  auto emissions rules to relax. ( - Oh please, I'm crying in my coffee. The auto industry thinks the new emissions rules, effective in model year 2017, are too strict. Now that we have a changing of the guard, they'd like to undo what has been established to protect future generations. Furthermore, the article suggests that if the EPA relaxes the rules, much of the world won't buy autos from the U.S. because they won't meet emissions standards.

Green technology

Vespa launches its first all electric scooter. ( - I've never understood the romance with vehicles, unlike my childhood friends who knew the makes and models of most of the cars on the road. But this scooter is quite snappy. And it's all electric. The red version, although not completely electric, benefits research and prevention of AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria in Africa.

Germany forges ahead with storable wind energy using hydroelectric batteries( - The wind turbines store water, which powers the tower when the wind isn't blowing. When completed, the turbines will be the tallest in the world, standing at 809 feet.

Food and farming

Washington State's first lady has a thing for homegrown grains! ( - Imagine not only kale and chard growing in the front yard of your local Governor's Mansion, but also grains. But these grains aren't your typical run- of-the-mill varieties. They were developed by the Bread Lab at Washington State University. Can we increase the nutrient density of grains while also boosting local grain economies? This looks promising.

Creamed greens, only the beginning ( - This recipe appeals because of its versatility. Vegetarians can omit the pancetta. Paleo folks have the option of substituting a grain free pasta. But the main advantage this recipe offers is the ability to make use of a plethora of greens.

We're eating more fish, but you might want to check out this guide( - Yes, it's true. We are eating more fish, but the article suggests that it's still not enough. I don't know about that. But the take home message is to check out where your fish comes from, especially shrimp. Pollution and slave labor are two important factors worth considering, also. Thankfully, the article concludes with a link to a helpful seafood guide.


What's the point of supplements? ( - Do supplements present any benefits beyond treating nutritional deficiencies and medical conditions? I appreciated the author's candor regarding her personal choice in the matter. In addition, she does an excellent job of presenting the latest data on supplement-use studies.

Acts of kindess ( - Call me sentimental if you like, but I appreciated the reminder to be kind. Many of us feel uneasy and uncertain as of late. Acts of kindness go a long way toward knitting a web of compassion. Think of it as another way to pay it forward, which in turn, lifts morale.

I hope to see everyone back here tomorrow!