The top ten posts of the week on TreeHugger, from burning Teslas to yucky nuggets
You never know what is going to resonate with the readers in a given week. Certainly, burning Teslas always find their way into the top ten posts; they are rare enough to get noticed, but there is something else going on.
10. Here's why the Tesla fires are not the big deal that the media portrays them to be
But Mike also notes that there is a certain amount of schadenfreude happening here.
Some stories have a life of their own. For some reason, they hit a sweet spot in the human psyche, and that makes them extra-interesting to people. A lot of the time, these stories are about a reversal of fortunes. Some company is getting a string of successes and positive attention, like Apple or Tesla, and after a while journalists are almost hunting for negative stories because the unexpected makes good headlines.
9. Shop class deserves a more prominent role in schools
Our newest writer, Katherine Martinko, is just killing it this week with four of the top ten posts. Here, she bemoans the loss of shop class and the hands-on skills that kids learned there. She writes:
Our society has inadvertently created “a dependent generation of young people who don’t know how to fix things and lack even the most basic manual competence.” Putting girls and boys into shop class would combat that dependency, and challenge rampant consumerism, since a person is less inclined to throw out a piece of furniture and buy a replacement if they know how to fix it.
Commenters point out that with today's litigious society, nobody would be able to get insurance.
8. Apple's new headquarters are a vision of the future, from 1939
Every time Apple releases a new set of drawings of their new headquarters, I release a new rant about how awful I think the place is, a gated suburban office park with 10,500 parking spots that pretends to be green. Here I tried to do a little tongue-in-cheek sarcasm. Commenters were not impressed.
7. A humpback whale... in the forest?! (video)
This video makes a good point.
If whales and dolphins (and other ocean creatures) were floating around us all the time this visibly, maybe we would care more about their protection. Sadly, for most people, what's out of sight is out of mind, and our ocean ecosystems are suffering tremendously from overfishing, pollution, and global warming.
Of course, people don't seem to care much for the dying moose or amphibians that are in the forest either.
6. Google Earth launches high-resolution global deforestation map
Now you can watch the destruction of our forests in real time.
Google has teamed up with with researchers from the University of Maryland, NASA and the USGS to bring the first high-resolution map of global deforestation to life using Google Earth Engine.
5. Five interesting facts about electric-bikes
There are some surprising stats here, like the high rate of conversion of existing bikes to electric bikes. One commenter notes that " the challenge with kits is that in most cases the installer chooses not to install the safety components such as brake sensors and proper controllers with accurate speed limits." Good point.
© Katherine Martinko
4. Scientists claim to have created the world's first "nutritionally balanced" pizza
A British company introduces a pizza that "apparently contains the “proper” ratio of salt, fat, carbohydrates, and vitamins. The scientists felt inspired to create it because “they refuse to believe that pizza is only suited for the junk food category.”
But Katherine rightly points out that pizza isn't junk food, and war ensues in the comments.
3. Feeling down? Try these 3 natural remedies for the winter blues
November tends to be a dreary month. This time of year can be depressing for many people, whether it's the onset of cold weather, the change from daylight savings time, earlier evenings, or pre-holiday stress. Try these three simple ways to uplift your spirits and improve your mood.
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2. Study describes chicken nuggets as edible "super glue"
Guess what? Chicken nuggets are not lovely little pieces of white meat. They are a disgusting combination of cartilage, skeletal muscle, intestinal tissue, organ tissue, fat, blood vessels, and bone fragments. Yum.
1. 45 large U.S. cities ranked by percentage of bicycle commuting
The most fascinating thing about this is that cool northern cities with rain and snow are so high on the list. Sure, i get why Portland is first, but Minneapolis is in second place? Also interesting is the fact that Texas cities dominate the bottom of the graph.