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The Power of Electric Bike Libraries

Bloomberg: “Climate-friendly e-bikes are a key part of plans to decarbonize urban transportation. To speed adoption, more cities are offering lending programs that can expose more riders to this new mode…With U.S. sales growing 145% in 2020 — boosted in part by Covid-19 shutdowns and an explosion in outdoor recreation — e-bikes are steadily becoming more familiar sights on the streets. Policy leaders are eyeing the vehicles as key agents in the battle to reduce carbon emissions from transportation: Research has shown that e-bikes can substitute for car trips more readily than regular bikes, with riders traveling longer distances and more frequently. Their overall carbon impact is a fraction of that of electric cars…”

65 Things You (Probably) Shouldn’t Pay For

Via the Washington Post article – Consumers’ Checkbook – 65 Things You (Probably) Shouldn’t Pay For – “Let’s face it: We often waste money on stuff we don’t really need. Five-dollar lattes. Top-of-the-line appliances and granite countertops to plate up takeout and microwave frozen meals from Trader Joe’s. Golfing gear. Home theaters. Designer clothes, shoes, and… Continue Reading

UK Red list of countries and territories

GOV.UK: “Check the COVID-19 testing and quarantine rules for countries and territories on the red list for international travel to England.” Before you travel to England – red list rules When you arrive in England – red list rules Travelling with children – red list rules Red list of countries and territories Transiting through a… Continue Reading

Unions can’t agree on vaccine mandates. Here’s where nurses, pilots, teachers, and others stand

Fast Company: “Since President Biden announced last month that tougher, farther-reaching vaccine mandates were coming to the United States, thousands of workers in dozens of industries have said they’ll get fired before they get vaccinated. This has put America’s unions in a precarious spot, having to balance the obvious needs to beat the COVID-19 pandemic… Continue Reading

‘The Beginning of the Snowball’: Supply-Chain Snarls Delay Book

The New York Times – “Shipping delays, printer backups and worker shortages are forcing publishers to postpone new titles and leaving booksellers in a lurch for some old ones…The churning disruption in the global supply chain, which has touched everything from minivans to dishwashers to sweaters, has now reached the world of books, just as… Continue Reading

Americans Have No Idea What the Supply Chain Really Is

The Atlantic: “Behind shipping delays and soaring prices are workers still at mortal risk of COVID-19…Overseas shipping is currently slow and expensive for lots of very complicated reasons and one big, important, relatively uncomplicated one: The countries trying to meet the huge demands of wealthy markets such as the United States are also trying to… Continue Reading

Labor Shortage, Rising Passenger Volumes Drag on Airport Traveler Satisfaction

J.D. Power: “With weekly airline passenger volumes now reaching 75% or more of pre-pandemic levels, travelers have officially come back to North American airports. Unfortunately, according to the J.D. Power 2021 North America Airport Satisfaction Study, released today, many of them are arriving to find food, beverage and retail options severely limited as airports struggle… Continue Reading

Your car knows too much about you. That could be a privacy nightmare.

Mashable: “The car you drive says more about you than you think. Over the last few decades, technology has given drivers remarkable improvements in both safety and convenience — but it has also turned cars into data-gathering machines. What information is collected, and where it ends up, is not always clear to car owners. That’s… Continue Reading

RIP cloth masks? Why airlines and governments are banning them

Fast Company: “Many airlines now ban fabric masks on flights. Last week, Finnair was the latest to adopt this policy, joining Air France, Lufthansa, Swissair, Croatia Airlines, and LATAM Airlines in announcing that passengers would not be allowed to wear cloth masks on flights. The reason? “Fabric masks are slightly less efficient at protecting people… Continue Reading