By SETH BORENSTEIN, MATTHEW DALY and MICHAEL PHILLIS WASHINGTON (AP) — After decades of inaction in the face of escalating natural disasters and sustained global warming, Congress hopes to make clean energy so cheap in all aspects of life that it’s nearly irresistible. The House is poised to pass a transformative bill Friday that would provide the most spending to fight climate change by any one nation ever in a single push. Friday’s anticipated action comes 34 years after a top scientist grabbed headlines warning Congress about the dangers of global warming. In the decades since, there have been 308 weather disasters that have each cost the nation at least $1 billion, the record for the hottest year has been broken 10 times and wildfires have burned an area larger than Texas. The crux of the long-delayed bill, singularly pushed by Democrats in a closely divided Congress, is to use incentives to spur investors to accelerate the expansion of clean energy such as wind and solar … [Read more...] about Big climate bill: Major new spending to spur green energy
0 Politics & Government Baker said this week he had problems with one part of the bill allowing some cities to restrict fossil fuels in new developments. Neal McNamara , Patch Staff Posted | Updated Reply MASSACHUSETTS — Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday signed a new clean energy and climate change bill passed by lawmakers in July, a move that comes after statements he made earlier this week indicating he might veto the law. One piece of the bill would allow 10 communities in the state to ban fossil fuels from being included in new residential developments under certain conditions. Baker said during a Tuesday news conference that the provision gave him "agita." The law, An Act Driving Clean Energy and Offshore Wind, emerged from conference committee on July 20 and was passed on July 31 after Baker submitted several of his own amendments. One of those amendments was the elimination of the 10-community fossil fuel … [Read more...] about Big MA Climate, Clean Energy Bill Signed By Gov. Baker: What’s In It
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 6 Between "The Crown," Kristen Stewart in "Spencer" and tabloid culture's insatiable hunger for all things royal, viewers would be forgiven for thinking one more documentary about Princess Diana is gratuitous at best - or, being timed to the 25th anniversary of her death, morbidly opportunistic at worst. But "The Princess," Ed Perkins's absorbing, thoughtful documentary, might be the film we've been waiting for all along. Eschewing the usual conceits of talking heads, voice-overs and bio-fiction narrative tropes, Perkins simply assembles images from Diana's life, entirely gleaned from archival footage. Those clips - her fairy-tale courtship with Prince Charles, their "wedding of the century," the ensuing troubled marriage and breakup, her transformation from fey English rose to paparazzi catnip and, finally, her martyrdom at the hands of the media she both hid from and … [Read more...] about New movies to stream this week: ‘The Princess,’ ‘Day Shift’ and more
(CNN Business) Forget taking two to three Covid shots a year. Moderna hopes to roll out a single-dose annual booster to cover the coronavirus, the flu and another common respiratory virus within the next five years. As Covid-19 continues to mutate , Moderna will need to keep updating the vaccines that turned it into a global household name while trying to make it more convenient for consumers, CEO Stéphane Bancel said in an interview with CNN Business Wednesday. He estimated a timeline of "three to five years" for the new combined product, and likened the development of the life-saving jab to that of a smartphone. "You don't get the amazing camera, amazing everything the first time you get an iPhone, but you get a lot of things," he said. "A lot of us buy a new iPhone every September, and you get new apps and you get refreshed apps. And that's exactly the same idea, which is you'll get Covid and flu and RSV [ respiratory syncytial virus ] in … [Read more...] about Moderna CEO says Covid vaccines will evolve like ‘an iPhone’
Another piece of automotive history is going up in smoke: Next year will be the last for the Hellcat, the badge that Dodge and Jeep use for models with a supercharged V8 engine rated at 707 horsepower (or more). Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis has announced plans to end the production of the 6.2-liter V8 engine in 2023, as the brand plans to ramp up production of an electric muscle car in 2024. It’s an untimely end, if you appreciate internal-combustion mayhem. The Hellcat has been an unlikely success story since it arrived in 2016. Named after an American WWII aircraft, the Hellcat engine was from the outset, the largest factory engine in a production muscle car, and larger than one in any Dodge vehicle ever made, with integral charge coolers and an electronic bypass valve. The idea behind it was to set fire to any idea that Dodge built boring cars. It worked. Since its inception, Stellantis has sold somewhere in the high tens of thousands. Hellcat became a pop culture buzzword, dropped in … [Read more...] about The Twilight of the Hellcat
NEW YORK CITY — On a scorching summer evening, with humidity choking the city, thousands of sweaty visitors lined up to ascend almost 1,400 feet up in the air. Children squealed in delight as they disembarked on the 57th floor Summit observatory at the One Vanderbilt tower, as all of Manhattan unfolded in front of them through glass windows, from the delicate, silvery tip of the Chrysler Building to One World Trade Center catching the setting sun, a symbol of the city’s rebirth from a 2001 tragedy. San Francisco also knows how to attract people during these bizarre times — take Outside Lands , for instance — but there’s a difference between an annual extravaganza and, in Summit’s case, a typical Monday. Lethargic downtown San Francisco lacks the energy and sheer mass of daily locals and tourists that have reinvigorated Midtown Manhattan and beyond to provide a sense of how life in this metropolis used to be. There’s always been a disparity — New York has 10 times the … [Read more...] about New York is roaring back from the worst of the pandemic. Why isn’t San Francisco?
Many small and rural communities across California are vulnerable to drought and water shortages as they lack the diverse water sources and infrastructure of big cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles. In some cases, these communities are forced to rely on bottled water or water hauled in from elsewhere, which experts say is costly and unsustainable . Data from the state water board’s 2022 “ Drinking Water Needs Assessment ” shows that nearly 90 water providers across the state, including six in the Bay Area, have had to resort to bottled or hauled-in water to fully meet their communities’ drinking water needs in the past three years. The report finds that California’s ongoing drought played a role in straining supply for some of these providers. There are more than 7,000 water systems in California that provide water for people through pipes or other types of connections, and they vary in size, from those serving large cities to ones built for apartment complexes or … [Read more...] about Amid drought, some California communities are forced to rely on hauled-in or bottled water. This map shows where
King Tari Johnson is a 4-foot-8, 91½-pound 8-year-old from Stockton whose mother packs his Looney Tunes lunchbox with ham, salami and cheese sandwiches she cuts into his favorite shapes: stars, footballs and, of course, basketballs. He’s also the future of the NBA. At least, that’s what a couple of websites that track this sort of thing want you to believe. King Tari, with his smooth ballhandling, advanced footwork and deep shooting range, is considered one of the nation’s best third-grade basketball players. If all goes as planned, he could be a household name in, oh, about a decade. As for the near term? King Tari just wants a growth spurt. Of all the potential pitfalls on his path to the NBA, genes might prove his undoing: His father stands 5-10, and his mom is 5-2. “I’m hoping he grows to be at least 6 feet,” said Tari Johnson, King Tari’s dad and personal trainer. “That would definitely help his chances of getting to the league.” King Tari, a giggly, soft-spoken boy who … [Read more...] about He’s a top-ranked basketball prodigy. But should an 8-year-old be ranked at all?
0 Pets If you're in search of a furry new family member, these pets are waiting for their forever home in Yorkville area shelters. Pet News , Patch Staff Posted Reply Want to add a new member to your family? Look no further than these Yorkville animal shelters for a pet available for adoption. Many facilities in Yorkville and environs are still working to fulfill adoptions. Over 6 million companion animals are surrendered to shelters each year nationwide, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. Shelters often look after other animals in search of a permanent home as well, including pigs, birds and even horses. However, only half of all shelter animals — about 3.2 million — are adopted each year, ASPCA data shows. This means millions of animals — some right here in the Yorkville area — are still waiting for their … [Read more...] about Yorkville Area Pets Up For Adoption: Meet Parker, Allen & More
0 Real Estate The containers used to build the home once carried blades for electric windmills. Lisa Marie Farver , Patch Staff Posted | Updated Reply WESTMONT, IL — Moving into a new home is a big life event, especially if that home is built from containers once used to house electric windmill blades. That's the case for one Westmont resident, whose 2,300-square-foot container dream home is currently under construction, Suburban Life reports. Mary Jo Knapik's new house is built from two large shipping containers outfitted with doors and windows and filled with the normal comforts of home, including a workout room. The home, located off of 55th Street in Westmont, will also feature a loft and an upper-level courtyard. Knapik drew inspiration from shows about container houses on HGTV, according to Suburban Life. Construction on the container home is expected to wrap up in spring of 2020. Read more via … [Read more...] about Westmont Woman To Live In Container House