United wants passengers to donate money to sustainable jet fuel. But is it better than carbon offsets for saving the planet?
United Airlines is giving customers who want to reduce the environmental impact of their travel a way to buy sustainable jet fuel that releases fewer emissions than traditional jet fuel. The Chicago-based airline has already secured commitments from about a dozen companies using the program to help offset emissions from employee travel or their supply chain, including Deloitte, HP, Boston Consulting Group, Nike, Siemens and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. The companies will collectively purchase a total of 3.4 million gallons of sustainable fuel this year, Chicago-based United said Tuesday. Individual...
Study: Working-age Latino immigrants 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The COVID-19 pandemic was even deadlier for working-age Latino immigrants than previously known, according to a recent University of Southern California study. Latino immigrants between the ages of 20 and 54 are nearly 11.6 times more likely to die from the virus than U.S.-born people who are not Latino, according to the study. The figure "astonished" the study's lead author Erika Garcia, an assistant professor of preventative medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. The research, published in the journal, Annals of Epidemiology, was based on data from 10,200 death ...
The Sacramento Bee
San Francisco Bay protection from costly disasters is being thrown away, scientists say
SAN JOSE, Calif. — For more than 100 years after California’s Gold Rush, developers and city leaders filled in San Francisco Bay, shrinking it by one-third to build farms, freeways, airports and subdivisions. All that changed in the 1970s with modern environmental laws. But now as sea level rise threatens to cause billions of dollars of flooding in the coming decades, the bay is going to need to be filled again — but this time in a different way, according to a new scientific report out Tuesday. Twice the amount of sediment excavated for the Panama Canal will be needed to build up the bay’s sh...
The Mercury News
Boeing wins orders and resumes 787 deliveries as March hints at positive momentum
Boeing airplane orders and deliveries ticked upward in March as the 737 Max's return to service gained momentum and some airlines flying the airplane began to look toward a possible recovery from the pandemic downturn. Sales data released Tuesday shows the planemaker recorded positive net orders for just the second month in a row, after more than a year of order cancellations. And Boeing delivered 29 commercial jets in March, including the first 787 Dreamliner deliveries since October. Boeing won 40 net orders in the month, bringing its net total for the year to 76 airplanes. This is in contra...
The Seattle Times
Will Bunch: Joe Manchin beats his chest for D.C. elites while struggling W. Va. waits for help
Jeanne Peters moved to Wood County, West Virginia, from Atlanta more than two decades ago seeking to launch an e-commerce business while breathing in some of what has kept families in the isolated Mountain State for generations: some of the most scenic vistas in America, and the freedom promised by its wide open spaces. Since then, Peters' enthusiasm for her adopted state has been tempered both by West Virginia's economic struggles — with layoffs and closures costing good-paying union jobs in the chemical plants along the Ohio River — and its political far-right turn toward the politics of ret...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Penn Museum apologizes for its ‘unethical’ collection of human skulls and says it will repatriate remains of Black Philadelphians and others
PHILADELPHIA — Following more than a year of growing controversy and a demonstration last week, the Penn Museum apologized Monday for the “unethical possession of human remains” in its Morton skull collection and vowed repatriation and reburial of the remains of more than a dozen anonymous Black Philadelphians. The remains will be returned to congregations or communities in Philadelphia for interment in a historically Black cemetery, as yet undetermined, according to Penn officials. In addition, the museum said it will seek agreements with communities abroad enabling the return of dozens of sk...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Biden administration budget request includes nearly $25 billion for NASAPresident Joe Biden submitted on Friday a $1.5 trillion budget request that includes $24.7 billion for NASA for 2022. The ask is part of the budget’s discretionary spending, which needs to be passed by Congress each year. The requested funding if approved would be $1.5 billion more than the funding for 2021, a 6.3% increase. “This $24.7 billion funding request demonstrates the Biden Administration’s commitment to NASA and its partners who have worked so hard this past year under difficult circumstances and achieved unprece...
Tribune News Service
Governor says Texas is 'very close' to herd immunity. Health experts disagree
AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott said Texas is "very close" to reaching herd immunity, an assessment that runs counter to recent comments by health experts and his own medical adviser. Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, Abbott touted the state's relatively low COVID-19 numbers. After dropping below 3,000 hospitalizations statewide on March 31 for the first time since June 17, the number of hospitalizations has hovered just above 2,800. "We absolutely are not declaring victory at this time," he said when asked about how numbers remain low despite his decision last month to lift the statewide mask ...
Biden administration budget request includes nearly $25 billion for NASA
President Joe Biden submitted on Friday a $1.5 trillion budget request that includes $24.7 billion for NASA for 2022. The ask is part of the budget’s discretionary spending, which needs to be passed by Congress each year. The requested funding if approved would be $1.5 billion more than the funding for 2021, a 6.3% increase. “This $24.7 billion funding request demonstrates the Biden Administration’s commitment to NASA and its partners who have worked so hard this past year under difficult circumstances and achieved unprecedented success,” said acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk. The major...
4 gray whales wash up on Bay Area beaches since beginning of April
MUIR BEACH, Calif. — Two of four dead whales that washed ashore Bay Area beaches in the last eight days were likely killed when struck by ships, investigators announced Friday. How the other two died remains undetermined, as a team from The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito continues to study them. While gray whales are known to swim along the Northern California coast on their northbound migration this time of year, the center’s pathology director is concerned about how many have died since the first of this month. “It’s alarming to respond to four dead gray whales in just over a week because...
The Mercury News