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Trees are virtual air conditioners that save millions in electricity, water, carbon

 

An article from The Atlantic focuses on the value of trees:

I was approached by someone from an initiative called San Diego County Trees…(a project) extolling the benefits of urban trees. I just spent time on the website, where the coolest feature is an interactive map of the whole county showing very specific tree locations and information, including quantified benefits…(like) carbon sequestration, water retention, energy saved, and air pollutants reduced.

 

Wow! Look at that image…millions of dollars in savings, water conservation, improved air quality. That is impressive.

Some more facts include, “the net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day,” and the energy savings of planting a tree on the sunny side of your house (3% after 5 years, 12% after 15 years).

I love trees.

Do you enjoy watching TV on the internet?

I have always found it difficult to watch videos on YouTube. Somehow my body is ok with spending hours on the couch, but a few minutes on YouTube pushes me to insanity.

I think this has something to do with the Muppet Babies and Saturday morning cartoons. Which makes me wonder if the younger, internet-generations have this problem.

Maybe it’s just a conditioning thing. Having spent so many decades on the couch we just aren’t used to internet TV.

Though, some numbers from a popular smartphone app, Read It Later, show that video on the internet is booming:

In the past year alone, video saves using Read It Later have grown by 138 percent, and YouTube is now the No. 1 most-saved domain in all of Read It Later.

We’re also seeing new evidence that our app is helping people consume longer video than what’s been traditionally embraced on the web: In an analysis of Read It Later’s top 1,000 saved videos, the median length was nearly 30 minutes.

Of course, with 68 percent of videos saved under 5 minutes, short-form still rules…users love to save everything from music videos to animation, movie trailers, news clips and more.

News, movies, and music videos…sounds a lot like what TV was like in the good-old days (the 1980s).