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Sunday, September 15, 2019

LOS ANGELES " A new UCLA study finds that 27 percent, or 796,000, of California's youth, ages 12 to 17, report they are viewed by others as gender nonconforming at school. The study also assessed differences in mental health among gender nonconforming youth and gender conforming youth in the state and found no significant difference in the rates of lifetime suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts between gender nonconforming youth and their gender-conforming peers. However, gender nonconforming youth were more than twice as likely to have experienced psychological distress in the past year. read more


The Census Bureau reported that California still has the highest level of functional poverty of any state, averaging 18.2% of its 40 million residents impoverished during the three preceding years. The number comes from a "supplemental" method of calculating poverty that includes a wider array of income measures than the long-standing official poverty rate and adjusts for the cost of living. California's official rate, 12.5%, is virtually identical to the national rate, but it soars to the top " or bottom " of the supplemental list largely due to its extraordinarily high cost of living. Our supplemental rate is five percentage points higher than the national rate and is nearly three times as high as Iowa's rate, 6.8%, the nation's lowest. It's also markedly higher than those of neighboring states such as Oregon (11.1%), Arizona (12.8%) and Nevada (13.7%), and arch-rival Texas (14.4%). read more


The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in 2016 estimated there was about 250,000 metric tonnes of solar panel waste in the world at the end of that year. IRENA projected that this amount could reach 78 million metric tonnes by 2050. Solar panels often contain lead, cadmium, and other toxic chemicals that cannot be removed without breaking apart the entire panel. "Approximately 90% of most PV modules are made up of glass," notes San Jose State environmental studies professor Dustin Mulvaney. "However, this glass often cannot be recycled as float glass due to impurities. Common problematic impurities in glass include plastics, lead, cadmium and antimony." read more


Saturday, September 14, 2019

to be a parent is to be compromised. You pledge allegiance to justice for all, you swear that private attachments can rhyme with the public good, but when the choice comes down to your child or an abstraction - even the well-being of children you don't know - you'll betray your principles to the fierce unfairness of love. read more


"What are the different gender identities?" asks a little boy in one of the nine new BBC Teach films put out to support the personal, social and health education (PSHE) curriculum in schools " to which his head teacher replies: "That's a really, really exciting question ... " Actually, it's not. And the answer is still less exciting. Which is perhaps why rather than give the boy a bald, biological and distinctly boring fact " "two" " the video cuts to a Relationships and Sex Education teacher, hopped-up on her own gaping-mindedness: "You know, there are so many gender identities," she enthuses. "We know that we have got male and female, but there are over 100, if not more, gender identities now." read more


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In July 2017, Washington became the first U.S. state to require manufacturers selling solar panels to have a plan to recycle. But the legislature did not require manufacturers to pay a fee for disposal. "Washington-based solar panel manufacturer Itek Energy assisted with the bill's writing," noted Solar Power World.
The problem with putting the responsibility for recycling or long-term storage of solar panels on manufacturers, says the insurance actuary Milliman, is that it increases the risk of more financial failures like the kinds that afflicted the solar industry over the last decade. Any mechanism that finances the cost of recycling PV modules with current revenues is not sustainable. This method raises the possibility of bankruptcy down the road by shifting today's greater burden of caused' costs into the future. When growth levels off then PV producers would face rapidly increasing recycling costs as a percentage of revenues. Since 2016, Sungevity, Beamreach, Verengo Solar, SunEdison, Yingli Green Energy, Solar World, and Suniva have gone bankrupt.

The result of such bankruptcies is that the cost of managing or recycling PV waste will be born by the public. "In the event of company bankruptcies, PV module producers would no longer contribute to the recycling cost of their products," notes Milliman, "leaving governments to decide how to deal with cleanup." ~ FTA

In CA we have to pay a disposal free for TV's and other Electronic devices ..... not so with PV's .... so eventually the cost will be on the consumer, which will just toss them in the garbage heap rather than pay for recycling costs.

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