7 places you can’t find on Google Maps

By Anne workforce / October 27, 2018

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Google Maps is one of the most amazing pieces of technology to come out of Silicon Valley. You can explore the entire world without ever leaving the comfort of your living room. However, there are a few places on Earth that Google won’t let you see.

 

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The rise of renewable energy will change everything

By Anne workforce / October 19, 2018

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An electric vehicle cruising down the highway, a solar panel installed on a neighbor’s rooftop, a wind turbine turning in the breeze: These are just a few of the powerful symbols that represent the blossoming renewable energy economy

There’s little doubt that the world is on the cusp of a new era of energy generation and consumption. From the rise of renewable fuel sources to the increasing number of companies like AT&T that are investing in clean energy, renewables are swiftly becoming a booming industry

As a result, we’re in the midst of an explosion of opportunity — both economic and environmental. In America, the seismic shift toward renewables is evident in both classrooms and boardrooms, particularly as major international corporations invest heavily in clean energy. Earlier in 2018, for instance, AT&T announced the expansion of its renewable energy program in collaboration with NextEra Energy Resources. Read more…

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California kicks its climate change fight into overdrive while Trump looks the other way

By Anne workforce / August 31, 2018

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California is kicking its climate change fight into overdrive by passing a bill requiring 100% of its energy to come from carbon-free sources by 2045.
The move represents the latest in the state’s ideological differences with President Donald Trump regarding environmental regulation. While Trump campaigned that he would reinvigorate the nation’s coal industry, this bill will ban all coal-sourced electricity. 
California joins Hawaii as the only other state with this same goal.

California reaffirmed its commitment to combatting the effects of climate change Tuesday when lawmakers passed a historic bill mandating that all of the state’s electricity come from carbon-free sources by 2045.

Electricity production accounts for the second-largest share of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions after transportation, which have been heavily linked to global warming. Nearly 68% of electricity in the US came from burning fossil fuels, consisting mainly of coal and natural gas, according to a 2016 study from the Environmental Protection Agency.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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What you need to know about NASA’s mission to touch the sun

By Anne workforce / August 12, 2018

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A NASA probe is about to launch on a mission to the sun in the name of protecting the Earth.

On Saturday, the space agency’s Parker Solar Probe is expected to launch to orbit, beginning its long and winding journey that will eventually allow humanity to touch our nearest star for the first time.

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The probe is expected to take flight atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket at 3:33 a.m. ET on Saturday, ironically launching to the sun in the dead of night from Cape Canaveral Florida. 

If you happen to be awake, you can watch the launch in the window below via NASA TV: Read more…

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6 places to buy comfortable, high-quality jeans for under $150

By Anne workforce / August 10, 2018

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Whether you dress purely for function or you have a serious obsession with fashion, you likely own at least a few pairs of jeans. These versatile, comfortable pants should last many, many years — in theory. If you’re not shopping the right brands, you could be left with poorly constructed jeans that don’t feel good or last very long. 

Since jeans will never go out of style (at least, we hope they won’t), it’s a good idea to invest in premium quality pairs. If the word “premium” scares you, don’t back away just yet. Nowadays, startups are getting smarter with the way they make and sell top quality jeans.

Sourcing directly from top denim mills, using sustainable and innovative production methods, and employing the design expertise of denim industry veterans, they’re able to offer customers really great jeans for less than $150, and often, less than $100. 

Once you’ve tried the denim from these online companies, you won’t be able to go back. The jeans are stylish, incredibly comfortable, and surprisingly affordable. 

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The founder of Mott & Bow grew up learning all about jean-making in his family’s denim manufacturing facility in Honduras, where Mott & Bow’s jeans are still manufactured today. Likening the process to fine wine-making, where source matters, the company buys its premium denim from respected mills in Turkey and Italy, then measures and treats it to maximize comfort and style. 

We’ve tried its women’s skinny jeans and Mom jeans, as well as the men’s Wooster jeans, and had glowing things to say about their comfortable, flattering fit. But Mott & Bow knows you can’t always get the perfect fit right away, which is why it lets you you add a free try-on pair in the next size up or down to your order. Its jeans range in price from $96 to $128, and you’ll find slim, straight, skinny, and “mom” jeans in a variety of washes. 

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Everlane has always espoused transparency, telling you exactly where its products are made and how much it costs to make them, from materials and labor to transport. The path to its denim apparel (which attracted a 40,000-person waitlist in 2017) is no different. Its LEED-certified factory in Vietnam recycles 98% of its water and relies on alternative energy sources to make stylish jeans you can feel good about wearing. 

The startup is always dropping new styles for men and women, but if you’re not sure where to start, the Slim Fit Jean is a bestseller for men, and the High-Rise Skinny Jean is a favorite among women. Our personal favorite is the Kick Crop Jean, which looked surprisingly good on every member of the team despite our height differences. Every Everlane jean style only costs $68 or $78. 

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DUER combines fashion and function, so it’s no wonder the brand is a favorite among athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, and commuters. The company was founded by a denim expert who spent 25 years making jeans for Levi’s, Guess, and Lee, and a performance fabric expert who spent 25 years working with technical brands. 

Its unique Performance Denim is super stretchy and light, while wicking away moisture and neutralizing odor. These features are optimized for outdoor use, which is why you can find DUER jeans at retailers like REI. The easy-to-wear styles cost $120 to $140.

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Trump’s trade war is getting serious — here’s why it started, what it means for the US economy, and how it could hit you

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President Donald Trump has been on a nearly six-month long tariff spree, kicking off trade wars with several countries.
Trump has placed tariffs on everything from steel to chicken incubators.
Trading partners including China, Canada, the European Union, and Mexico have hit the US with retaliatory tariffs.
Here’s a breakdown of how we got here and what the tariffs mean for the economy.

President Donald Trump declared on March 2 via Twitter: “When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win.”

The tweet marked the announcement that the US would impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports coming into the country — and the start of a growing trade war.

Since that point, Trump has opened up trade battles on a series of fronts, and the US and other countries around the world have slapped tariffs on $85 billion worth of goods.

Trump has long been a fan of tough action on trade. In the 1980s, the then-real estate mogul railed against the US’s trade deficit and warned of “other countries ripping off the United States.” In a 1990 Playboy interview, Trump was asked about his first action if he ever became president.

“Many things. A toughness of attitude would prevail,” Trump said. “I’d throw a tax on every Mercedes-Benz rolling into this country and on all Japanese products, and we’d have wonderful allies again.”

Given the president’s decades-long history of protectionist statements and direct signals on the campaign trail, the recent spate of trade restrictions should come as no surprise.

So far, Trump has used tariffs as the main weapon in his trade war. A tariff is a tax on a good coming into the US, also known as a duty. These duties are collected by Customs and Border Protection at the good’s port of entry. Once tariffs go into place, importers face the extra fee immediately.

Trump placed tariffs on a wide variety of goods and the moves are starting to make an impact on the US economy, prices, and more. Here’s a breakdown of how Trump’s trade fight is starting to take its toll.

The number of tariffs Trump has enacted or threatened is piling up.
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Trump’s hard line on trade kicked off in February, when the administration officially placed tariffs on imports of washing machines and solar energy equipment.

But the protectionist push began in earnest at the start of March, when Trump announced a 25% tariff on imported steel and 10% tariff on imported aluminum. This move triggered widespread pushback from allies, since the tariffs were implemented on national security grounds.

Allies like Canada, the European Union, and Mexico argue that they pose no national security risk to the US and thus should not be slapped with tariffs. Those three countries, along with China and others, have filed a suit against the US with the World Trade Organization arguing the tariffs are illegal.

So far, the enacted tariffs haven’t hit a large percentage of goods with major trading partners, but that could change in a hurry.
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China is the biggest target for Trump so far, with 11.7% of the total goods going between the two countries subject to tariffs.

Trump has also threatened to hit another $400 billion worth of Chinese goods with tariffs due to their retaliation. China accused the president of starting the “largest trade war in economic history.” While that claim may be a slight exaggeration now, it may come true in time.

The fight with Canada is the second-largest front in the trade battle, with 4.5% of total trade with the US subject to tariffs. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called the tariffs “insulting.”

Just 1.5% of the total trade between the US and EU is subject to tariffs, and 1.1% of trade between the US and Mexico.

For the EU, Canada, and Mexico, the amount of trade subject to tariffs would increase dramatically if Trump follows through on his threat to place tariffs on imports of cars and auto parts.

The goods subject to tariffs are wide-ranging — from bulldozers to chicken incubators to hairspray.
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Trump’s tariffs have so far focused on industrial goods like metals, machinery, and components.

In particular, Trump has tried to attack industries that are part of China’s Made in China 2025 plan, which is designed to help boost Chinese companies in a variety of high-growth industries like technology.

By comparison, the retaliatory tariffs from China, the EU, and others predominately go after US agricultural goods, as well as a jumble of consumer products like nail polish and kitchen equipment.

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