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The Environment, The Bad, Is There Any Good Left?

Arizona’s governor is doing something about overuse of water by alfalfa farms:


Fondomonte acquired its Butler Valley leases, which cover about 3,500 acres of land northwest of Phoenix, in 2015. The region is home to critical groundwater supplies, in a desert state that is thirsting for such resources.

While Fondomonte received permits for its water wells in 2016 — and has since been growing alfalfa to nourish cattle in Saudi Arabia — the firm made headlines last year when The Arizona Republic exposed its below-market lease terms.

With orders from Hobbs, the State Land Department conducted site inspections in August and determined that the company had failed to address defaults already identified in November 2016, according to the governor’s office.

Among the deficiencies left unresolved for seven years was a failure to install a system designed to contain leaks in diesel storage units, Hobbs’s office noted.
 
Good news, everyone! As I was performing a system update for somebody, the message on the screen assured me that “Windows Update is committed to helping reduce carbon emissions.” Global warming averted!
 
Good news, everyone! As I was performing a system update for somebody, the message on the screen assured me that “Windows Update is committed to helping reduce carbon emissions.” Global warming averted!
To be fair, every little bit helps.

Given all the Windows installations out there, adapting Windows Update to use less energy and (when possible) prefer to run when the relevant power grid is powered by less carbon emitting energy producers could absolutely be beneficial.

The main problem would be if people actually assumed that it was enough…
 
Good news, everyone! As I was performing a system update for somebody, the message on the screen assured me that “Windows Update is committed to helping reduce carbon emissions.” Global warming averted!
Every time I glance at App Store on my phone and see a badge count with umpteen updates pending... I think about my other iOS and iPadOS and Mac devices and groan at the prospect of a zillion iterations of those updates over my fricken slow DSL. Those of us who ever hung out in the coding biz know that half those updates at least involve some gotcha in a single line of code...

On a somewhat related note, an ad floated past me the other day suggesting a subscription to "community solar energy" for those of us living in the sometimes cloudy Catskills (and so far not having invested in a solar paneled roof). Yeah there's apparently now "an app for that". Guess one ends up buying energy from the neighbor brave enough to park a house atop one or another of these foothills and so able to grab more sunshine than those of us halfway down one of them.
 
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