In a recent report from IREA, 2016 saw employment within the solar energy field spiking 17 times as fast as the economy of the United States. In total, more than a quarter billion people work for the solar industry, an increase of nearly 25 percent from 2015’s statistics. This boom in the solar industry can be attributed to reducing costs and recently-renewed federal tax credits that make it easy for homeowners and businesses to install panels. While growth in renewable energy has slightly slowed in Japan and Europe, IRA expects global employment in the renewable energies will reach 24 million by 2030.
Bryan Birsic, CEO of Wunder Capital, a company that finances the installation of solar panels, remarked that solar is one of the few remaining high-pay jobs for blue-collar workers that have no knowledge of computer coding. Birsic added that solar is labor-intensive due to the relative ease of acquiring sunlight; costs can be focused on paying workers to install, produce and sell panels. While most solar jobs are in installation, every facet of the industry is seeing various gains. While men hold most of solar’s jobs, women are growing in prevalence; 28% of the solar industry consists of women.
Growing awareness of climate change and its effects on the planet have also played a factor in this solar boom. Elon Musk has contributed by having his company, Tesla, offer solar roofs comprised of shingles; the solar shingles are intended to diminish the aesthetic complaints of normal panels while providing the same energy output to homes. The wind industry has also seen an employment rise of 28 percent, with nearly one-fourth of its 102,000 jobs occupied by manufacturers.
While the solar and wind industries have continued to improve and strengthen, especially as solar energy’s production cost has halved in the last five years, the coal industry is spiraling into trouble. Nearly half of all US coal jobs have vanished since 2011; Kentucky has lost more than 60 percent. In an effort to appease the people who voted him into power, the 45th president has signed orders to bust regulatory issues that affect the coal industry. Despite Trump’s efforts, the coal industry will likely continue to falter due to the availability of cheap natural gas.
When the announcement was made to roll back some of the rules of net neutrality, many people have launched into protest about the proposal. Even many of the large companies have made statements against such a proposal. Among the companies that have stood against the proposal was Netflix and Google. They have shown themselves to be adamantly against the proposal because of the idea of what that could mean. Basically, one of the ideas behind net neutrality is that some of the larger service providers can decide on who and what can get high speed service and who is going to have to suffer.
Recently, some of the large companies have shown themselves to be loosening their stance. Among the companies that seem a little okay with the end of net neutrality is Netflix. It has stated that they are no longer too concerned about what the end of net neutrality could mean. They know that the popularity of the of the video company is enough so that they would not risk lowering the speed of the service. After all, this would cause the customer to lose interest in the service. Also, this could cause the internet service providers to lose money from all of their services.
People who are on the side of net neutrality have stated that the rule of net neutrality is actually a new thing. The internet was not broken when net neutrality was implemented. They are saying that there will barely be any difference with net neutrality. However, the meaning of the end of net neutrality remains to be seen for now. Instead, there is still hope to fight for a favorable solution to concerns.
As of right now, things are okay when it comes to net neutrality. The fight is only beginning to decide on how things are going to turn out. If the people who are against net neutrality get their way, one can expect that there are going to be gradual changes over time.
Warm weather means everyone is looking forward to picnic season. The problem is getting your food to a picnic or a day at the beach is difficult when it comes to freshness and safety. Martha Stewart has the answer and it is called the gcooler. You can see your foods temperature on your smartphone.
The gcooler is the first smart cooler the world has ever seen. This amazing cooler uses bluetooth technology to establish communication between your cooler and your phone. You will always know your foods inner temperature without having to let hot air in by unzipping the bags.
Martha Stewart has a lovely article on this cooler at http://www.marthastewart.com/1515020/just-time-picnic-season-smart-cooler-will-tell-you-temperature-your-food. The way it works is simple. You insert a g-tag into a waterproof pouch then clip it right inside the cooler. Then you proceed to pack your cooler with your favorite foods. Since cold air will travel down it is best to place your ice on top. Now zip up your cooler and take out your phone. Set up your gcooler application so it will give you an alert if your cooler gets to a specific temperature. The cooler is made with five layers of excellent insulation because just knowing the temperature will not keep your food cold for a longer period.
The idea for this cooler began a year ago with three partners. Sara Song, Justin Kang and a software engineer named Bo Ryu came up with the concept after Kang became ill after eating food that was left outside in the sun too long. Kang had a strong background in the IT field and started thinking about the effectiveness of a gadget that tells you the temperature of food. This would prevent people consuming something that was not safe and becoming ill. They used bluetooth technology and since Song has a background in fashion design she took the lead on the actual design. Rye handled the technical details and the result was an amazing product.
This spectacular cooler is now available for purchase on Amazon. We all enjoy picnics and eating outside and now you can do so more safely than ever before. The best part may be that you will never have to drink warm iced tea again.