Weekly Links: America dedicates 40% of its land to raising and feeding livestock, California’s Carr Fire may have produced an actual fire tornado with winds of 150 mph, and an intriguing map shows that the land that now comprises modern day Atlanta was a nexus point for three major Native American communities.
This week, Gwinnett County’s approval of rail expansion comes in the wake of a recent report highlighting the efforts of a conservative lobbying group to kill local transit projects throughout the country. This is reminiscent of General Motors’ effort decades ago to kill trolley ridership in favor of cars. Plus, we’ve introduced a new chart to put Atlanta’s temperatures into a historical context.
This week, Atlanta holds a meeting on dockless scooters after posting a bizarre Facebook message. Also, the number of reported hate crimes continues to rise and a record number of Americans now believe that humans are influencing global warming. **Update, we now know the post was from a satirical account, but we’ve maintained the original article title for consistency.
“Documenting property ownership” is perhaps one of the most boring phrases one could mutter, but it’s a critical component of a free, democratic society that is lacking in developing countries – the blockchain wants to help. Plus, National Geographic is opening its archive of amazing maps, the Chesapeake Bay is ready to give you seafood again, and descendants of the famous Isaac Newton apple tree are spread across the world.
Atlanta is not the only one with legal problems this week. A federal court ruled that the EPA must produce the evidence it’s using to support the claim that humans do not contribute to climate change and the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that the public must have a meaningful opportunity to voice their thoughts on rezoning matters.
This week, Paul Newman discusses why New York City’s zoning changes in the 1980’s will create more shadows and ruin neighborhoods, our new tool that puts Atlanta’s weather into a historical context, and the US Supreme Court strikes a major blow to employees and consumers.
This week, amid a nationwide housing crisis, HUD proposes cuts to housing subsidies for the poor, elderly, and disabled. Also, Roanoke incorporates beer into their official marketing and economic strategy, MARTA released its list of proposed transit projects, and California will require solar panels on all new homes.
This week, another poll shows President Trump’s environmental policies are widely unpopular, though people don’t seem too concerned about drastically cutting the National Weather Service’s budget. Also, Sweden introduces the first road capable of charging electric vehicles while they drive. And a study by AAA shows hit-and-runs are increasing as more people are walking and cycling, though the report mentions nothing about creating less car-friendly and more people-friendly cities as a solution.