Anyway, on to the links.
As usual, I assume you can find your impeachment news on your own, and I'm focusing on other things.
Badmomgoodmom sent me a link to the article I've been wanting to read about the blackouts up north. SDG&E has been doing public safety blackouts for several years, and I was wondering why none of the ones down here have ever been such big news. This LA Times article explains: SDG&E is just better at handling the hot, dry, windy weather conditions that cause such high fire risk and prompt public safety blackouts. They have upgraded the infrastructure to be less risky and to have more microgrids so blackouts can be more targeted. This is no doubt due at least in part to the fact that we had big, devastating fires a decade ago, and so SDG&E is ahead of PG&E in adjusting to this reality. I suspect it is also due to some good planning by some people within SDG&E, and I'd love to read their stories.
Watching the news from up north has made me adjust how I think about the solar panels we want to get, though. I had been thinking of them mostly as a "good climate citizen" thing to do, with the potential to save money down the road. Now I am also thinking of them as a climate change adaptation. We wanted to get them this year to take advantage of the tax rebate, but aren't sure we'll have the cash we need. That was the downside of buying the more expensive car! But on the other hand, we're going to drive that car to Arizona for Thanksgiving and that is not something we could do with one of the cheaper electric cars.
In somewhat related news... here's a write up from a chemist about this year's Nobel prize in chemistry, which was for Lithium ion batteries. If you're curious why this was such a big improvement over previous battery chemistry, check out this post.
Updated to add: I meant to include a link to this NY Times interactive graphic about the change auto emissions since 1990. Enter your metro area and see how you've done. San Diego did so-so - emissions per person up 5% since 1990. LA did better: emissions per person down 2% since 1990. But compare us to Phoenix: emissions per person up a whopping 86% per person since 1990!
This article about how San Diego is changing its scooter regulations was interesting. I have noticed an improvement, both in terms of not having to step over scooters when I'm walking around and in terms of not having to deal with rude scooter riders when I'm out rollerblading. I'd say that if the scooter companies can't make things work here, they're in trouble. Our civic leaders have mostly been pretty welcoming of scooters, and looking for ways to make it work.
I found Jim Hines' post about adjusting to being widowed deeply moving.
In recommended listening: Ezra Klein's conversation with former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy about loneliness was really good and thought-provoking. One thing it made me think about was how the sort of changes to cities that some urbanists and climate activists want - like more walkable cities and the superblocks in Barcelona - might have impacts on health in more ways than we might expect, by making our cities feel more like communities.
This made me happy to see. Good for World Center Kitchen:
This is awesome.This is @WCKitchen outpost in McLean’s Town very East on Grand Bahama! We are not an NGO that comes, drops, disappears...We show up every day. This is what True Relief should be: Arriving quick as we can & never leaving communities alone until they have what they need to move on. pic.twitter.com/dXG1eWDHw0— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) October 10, 2019
I know my husband has shown me the original video but I can't remember what the song is. If I can find it again I'll update this post or put it in the comments.BREAKING: original choreography to the Hoedown from Copland's "Rodeo" recently unearthed, seen here recreated by esteemed dance troupe LMFAO pic.twitter.com/iJHfMroUxe— Pumpkin Spice Patricia ☕🎵 (@pwallinga) October 7, 2018