The city’s new landfill, opened in 2006, is as high-tech as a hole in the ground can be, with liners to protect the water table, a GPS-based scheme that dictates where and how garbage gets deposited, and tubing that siphons out and burns off the methane that garbage produces as it decomposes. At 2,654 acres in area and 120 feet deep, the landfill should last the city at least another 60 years. But it’s also 60 miles outside city limits and requires long-haul trucks, making 100 to 125 trips a day, to transport all of Phoenix’s garbage. It isn’t hard to see a future where Phoenix—and other cities—start to run out of space. One estimate projects that remaining landfill space for the entire United States is likely to last only another 62 years. As big and empty as the Sonoran Desert is, there are only so many times you can dig a giant hole and fill it to the brim with used diapers and yard waste. … [Read more...] about How America’s least sustainable city learned to love recycling
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Tata Motors’ attempts at securing the future of its passenger vehicle unit is part of the efforts of making the company leaner and swifter in responding to challenges and market changes. In that attempt the company has been trying to get rid of non-core business units. … [Read more...] about This week in Auto: Why Tata Motors is looking for partners, SC partially relaxes BS-IV sale deadline
A) These are behavioural factors and very difficult to call on a month to month basis. Moreover, equity as an asset class is still a very small portion of an individual’s savings in India. If one looks at a 5 year or 10-year empirical data in the Indian markets, equity as an asset class delivered around 220-270 bps CAGR better** returns than the next closest asset class (among the 5 most popular asset classes in the country i.e., Gold, Property, Fixed Deposit and 10 Year T-Bill proxy for fixed income, data as of Dec 2019). In that sense, we can say that equity is poised to get its fair due in the longer run as far as individual’s avenues of savings is concerned. … [Read more...] about ‘Don’t look at bottom, use SIPs to take advantage of these large volatilities’
No one has studied, yet, whether the virus is spreading via reusable bags. But the CDC suggests that the most likely method of transmission is person-to-person contact, not contact through surfaces. For a cashier, the greatest risk may be standing near an infected shopper, not handling a bag that they’ve touched. And if surfaces are a problem, the fact that a cashier has to handle packages that a customer just picked up (and maybe inadvertently sneezed or coughed or breathed on) would also be a problem. “Touching packaging does seem to be lower risk than person-to-person contact,” says Schlegel. “But it does call into question all of the plastic packaging in stores—many things are overly wrapped in plastic because of this idea that the industry has pushed that plastic is the most sanitary thing.” … [Read more...] about The plastic industry is using the coronavirus to fight plastic bag bans
I felt a little ashamed (I should know this!), a little proud (wow, we must have so much else to talk about!) and very confused (who even is he?). How was it possible that I could write an encyclopedia about this person but couldn't tell you how he spends 50 to 70 hours a week, or how he's spent 50 to 70 hours a week every week over the last 20 years of his career? … [Read more...] about Couples having a working-from-home revelation: That’s what you do all day?