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Think Twice Before You Cut Off Your Dog's Balls 26.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
• adverse reactions to vaccinations • senility If castrating a dog has this many adverse side effects why is it still happening? Most importantly, why are our country's leading rescue organizations sterilizing their puppies as young as seven weeks of age, risking sedation and removing organs that produce a major growth hormone (testosterone) -- especially now that there is a viable alternative? While one can understand the urgency to stave off the sad overpopulation issue, don't we owe our beloved pets a little more? These are not farm pigs we're talking about--these are our dogs who, in most households, are revered like children. Consider the Options As studies continue to show the adverse health effects of traditional castration, two other organ-sparing procedures have emerged: • Vasectomy, a surgery commonly used to sterilize people, involves snipping the vesicular tubes that transport sperm during breeding. • Chemical Sterilization involves injecting a disruptor compound into each testicle. Ark ...
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Within Reach: California’s Road to 50 Percent Petroleum Use Reduction Explained in Four Easy Concepts 25.8.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Tim O'Connor Cutting gas and diesel use in California has been a focus of Sacramento policy makers for years. After all, fuel combustion chokes our state with exhaust, releases a massive amount of global warming pollution, and undermines our economic security. And, at nearly 20 billion gallons of total use per year costing drivers over $50 billion a year – with much of the money flowing directly out of the state – it is no small challenge. Despite many in-state efforts to cut gas and diesel use over the past decade, population and economic growth have erased many of the fuel use reductions achieved. This year, through dedication by Governor Brown and the legislature to fight climate change and make California stronger, there are promising solutions on the horizon. The solution making the biggest splash is SB 350 (De León) – a bill currently before the legislature – proposing (among other things) a statewide goal of 50 percent petroleum use reduction by the year 2030. With this ambitious goal, ...
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Hyperloop gets a little closer to reality 21.8.2015 Technology
Seattle City Council candidates give their take on crime, public safety 21.8.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Editor’s note: As the general election draws closer, The Seattle Times opinion page is reaching out to candidates around our region to get their take on the issues that matter most to voters. In our ongoing reader survey, crime continues to be a popular concern for voters across Seattle’s seven City Council districts. (Housing was […]
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Would you let a service drive your kids? Some parents already do 20.8.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
From carpools to practices, a growing number of families are relying on the services to schlep kids to and from school, after-school activities and other destinations. Demand is strong enough that several startups, including San Francisco’s Shuddle are operating, backed by millions in venture capital, to serve the market for transporting children. “Ride-sharing companies will look for any opportunity to demonstrate to people that they can be an alternative for any situation that they encounter in their life, including back-to-school,” said Thilo Koslowski, lead automotive industry analyst at technology research firm Gartner. While San Francisco companies Uber and Lyft require users to be at least 18, that hasn’t stopped some parents from letting their children use the services on a regular basis, creating a gray market for UberBlack and other ride-hailing offerings, according to industry analysts and media reports. The ride-hailing industry has grown exponentially over the past few years on a network ...
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Urban density builds community and diversity 14.8.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
I was pleased to read The Times’ article about Roger Valdez and his views regarding a “higher-density Seattle.” [“Sharp-tongued philosopher a provocateur for urban density,” Local News, Aug. 9]. He expresses important alternative views to those who fear losing single-family neighborhoods and their resistance to the evils of duplexes and rooming houses. High-density neighborhoods can […]
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L.A. will add bike and bus lanes, cut car lanes in sweeping policy shift 12.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a sweeping transportation plan that calls for the addition of hundreds of miles of new bicycle lanes, bus-only lanes and other road redesigns over the next 20 years.
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An L.A. transit plan with vision 11.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
The Los Angeles City Council will vote Tuesday on a new 20-year transportation vision that no longer treats the car as king of the road. Under the proposed Mobility Plan 2035, city planners and
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Can bikes help solve the Twin Cities' persistent town/gown tensions? 7.8.2015 MinnPost
Minneapolis is justifiably lauded as a mecca of American bicycling, with its greenways, bike lanes, and recreational trails grabbing national headlines. But the unsung hero of the bike renaissance is probably not the intrepid Uptown commuter atop a Surly, but the lowly college student on a Walmart Magna. With its tens of thousands of students and staff navigating a congested urban campus, all the top intersections for bicycling all revolve around “the U.” And after decades of neglect, where bicyclists were often treated as an afterthought (and sometimes treated like criminals), the campus has recently begun placing bicycling front and center. But compared to “the U,” other Twin Cities campuses have a long way to go. Some still wrangle with parking problems while neglecting bicycling. Maybe the sea change at “the U” offers a way forward for the region’s other higher-ed schools. Washington Avenue revisited A few years ago, there were 18,000 cars a day streaming through the University of Minnesota’s East ...
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Sorting through the latest court decision on Southwest LRT 7.8.2015 MinnPost
It was five months in the making, yet even now that U.S. District Court Judge John R. Tunheim has issued his ruling in a legal challenge to the Southwest Light Rail project, the issues involved in the dispute haven’t totally been resolved. The ruling released this week did give the Metropolitan Council a short-term victory in a lawsuit brought by a neighborhood group, the Lakes and Parks Alliance. The group’s request for a summary judgement was denied, which means Tunheim doused any hopes he would halt further work on the 14.5 mile, $1.774 billion extension to the Green Line until a final environmental impact statement is completed. And yet, the judge kept the case before him. Depending on how the Met Council and the Federal Transit Administration perform on environmental issues over the next year, he said, he might reconsider the summary judgement request. Sorting through the legal issues and nuances of the case isn’t easy, especially because Met Council officials have refused to talk about the ruling, ...
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Long live sustainable housing! Tips on building to last. 3.8.2015 TreeHugger
Australian architect Ande Bunbury tells us how to build to last- one to two hundred years.
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Sharing Economy and Future Metro Transportation Sales Tax Measure: Building Transit and Making Connections to Reduce Gridlock and Pollution 1.8.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Fernando Cazares, LA Regional Coordinator (Urban Solutions) & Policy Advocate, Washington, D.C.: Guest Blog by Denny Zane, Executive Director of MoveLA (@MoveLATransit) I grew up in Colton, a small town in San Bernardino County. I remember vividly that our school tennis matches often had to be called early because the air...
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Why airlines keep pushing biofuels: They have no choice 21.7.2015 Seattle Times: Local
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: converting trash into fuel. They have no other choice. As people in […]
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Why airlines keep pushing biofuels: They have no choice 21.7.2015 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: converting trash into fuel....
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Denver's Hancock says $15M is goal for new affordable housing funding 21.7.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said at the start of his second term Monday that his administration would aim to generate $15 million a year for affordable housing efforts.
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Tipsy? Luxe will drive you home, even to the suburbs, in your car 20.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Business
Out late and had too much to drink? On-demand valet startup Luxe will drive your car home - with you in ...
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We’re all in on much-needed statewide transportation package 15.7.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
A massive infusion of gas-tax dollars will complete freeway projects, build ferries and fund local transportation improvements.
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Bikes are not cars, and infrastructure is better than helmets 15.7.2015 TreeHugger
From London to Vancouver, cycling stories that resonate.
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Michigan: Ban heavy oil from Straits of Mackinac pipeline 15.7.2015 Yahoo: Politics
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Heavy crude oil will be banned from a pipeline that runs under a scenic waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet, state officials said Tuesday, adding they also will require independent analyses of future alternatives to the pipes and worst-case consequences of a ...
Apples and oranges: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Audi Q3 11.7.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
Apples and oranges: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Audi Q3
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