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The Lede: Good News for the Weekend

The Lede, Friday, August 10, 2018
By David Royse

Sending you into the weekend with a quick look at some good news about changes in our world.

Good Friday

Let’s look for some refreshing and cool news heading into another hot summer weekend (when much of the news – not even counting the stuff coming out of Washington – is about how the world is going to hell because of climate change). Here’s some good news to mitigate that dread:


Decades ago, when we started making synthetic polymers that were cheap and durable, we didn’t think much about the long-term consequences of that durability. We’re starting to now, as some places are so worried about being over run by plastics they’re starting to contemplate bans on straws and plastic bags.

Now, a really interesting story in the New York Times about how scientists are creating material that self-destructs or breaks down for reuse on command.


Could we just move to Antartica? All 15 of the coldest temperatures on the planet yesterday were in Antartica.

More good news – an industry that’s trying to do the right thing is an industry you may not have even realized existed: the krill industry. Conservationists are applauding krill fishing companies for voluntarily pledging to stop operating in large areas of Antarctica in an effort to protect wildlife.

But there’s something we need to be thinking about: the treaty that makes Antartica basically a big science lab and not much else expires in 30 years.

More Emerging Industries News:

GEN Z HAS NO USE FOR YOUR BUSINESS IDEA FROM 2005: Millennials have been accused of killing so many products and industries—taxis, landlines, snail mail—that it’s become a media trope. Today, businesses and marketers are desperately anticipating the murderous whims of Gen Z. And of course, the irony: some of the icons that will be killed off were started by millennials. Bloomberg

Notes From the Age of Disruption

New York
Is the first city to put a moratorium on rideshare licenses. NYT

Is a total disaster with its price fluctuations. WaPo


Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo
Sept. 26-29, Los Angeles

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend and try to stay cool. Also, be cool.



About David Royse

David Royse
David Royse is the Editor-in-Chief of Ledetree.com. He has been a professional journalist for more than 20 years, including stints with The Associated Press and The News Service of Florida. He enjoys writing about health and medical science, and hopeful stories about scientific breakthroughs and new technology.

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