Earth911 Reader: EV Savings, Cooling Clothing, Saving $50 Trillion Over 30 Years

Estelle Sidler

In Sustainability

Buy An EV, Save up to $14,500 on Fuel

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently released a study of the economic benefits of driving an electric vehicle compared to an internal combustion vehicle. The research found that over 15 years, an EV owner will pay $14,500 less for energy than a gasoline vehicle driver. Of course, the environmental benefits of an EV depend largely on

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Library now open at 9:30 am with limited computer usage

Estelle Sidler

(September 8, 2020) The Westfield Memorial Library is pleased to announce that as of Tuesday, September 8, the library will be open at 9:30 a.m. Limited usage of the computers will begin on Tuesday as well.

The rules for computer usage are as follows: Westfield residents will have access to one thirty-minute session per day. Westfield residents without a library card will be able to get a guest pass at the Circulation Desk with proof of residency. Non-residents will not have access to computers.

Those who would like to print will need to have coins or one-dollar bills as the library does not currently have change. Due to limited staffing, computer assistance will not always be available.
The computers will be shut down 30 minutes before closing.

Since occupancy in the library remains limited, we request that patrons wait outside or in their cars should all computers be in use

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Convenient or exploitative? Behind China’s food delivery boom

Estelle Sidler



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Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Explains unravels the ideas and context behind the headlines to help you understand news about China.

Cheap and quick food delivery was popular in China even before widespread travel restrictions turned it into an essential part of urban life for many globally.

But as demand for the service has risen in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, public scrutiny is putting pressure on China’s tech giants to show consideration for the workers who risk their lives to hit the tight deadlines set by the services’ algorithms.

Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.

How popular is food delivery in China?

Getting food delivered to one’s doorstep is much more affordable in China than in wealthier countries.

Thanks to low labor costs in China, customers usually pay less than $1 per order

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from a wearable air purifier to a brain cooler, the best travel gadgets from the Berlin technology fair

Estelle Sidler



a person sitting in a chair: When travel restarts, make sure you’re ready to go with the latest gadgets such as those shown at this year’s Berlin IFA tech show. Photo: Shutterstock


When travel restarts, make sure you’re ready to go with the latest gadgets such as those shown at this year’s Berlin IFA tech show. Photo: Shutterstock

We may not be travelling much, but when we do, we’ll have some exciting new tech to take with us.

At Berlin’s IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin) – the only major tech exhibition happening in 2020 – there was a new slant on travel tech: Covid-19 related gadgets.

However, along with the portable mask sanitisers and wearable air purifiers, plenty of “old normal” tech was launched, to the delight of photographers, adventurers, and anyone who has trouble getting to sleep.

Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.

Honor Watch GS Pro

Huawei sub-brand Honor announces the Watch GS Pro (US$300/HK$2,325), its first “extreme” smartwatch for hikers, skiers, cyclists and climbers. Able to run for

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Liberal Establishment Promotes “HERD IMMUNITY-lite”

Estelle Sidler

(Of course it doesn’t work that way, but it sounds “lesser evil”!)

Human lives are cheap in a capitalist society, particularly for members of the working class.

The ruling class is obviously willing to play “Russian roulette” with the very lives of the working class.

Some of the doomed, early “victim-players” will be (and have already been) teachers and students as both corporate parties recklessly (homicidally) endorse premature school reopenings. But the Democratic Party, like with its wars, will put a humanitarian spin on it. “The poor children desperately need their educational environments be returned to them.” As if the quality of life of the children of the working class seriously matters to our ruling class elites.

The “poor children” … pawns in the capitalistic game of getting the working parents back to the workplace to grind out profits for the rich elites who incidentally just enjoyed another obscenely large

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