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A round-trip road-trip from Houlton, Maine to Sacramento, California would cost roughly US$696 more, in gas alone, today than it would have three years ago

I chose these starting and ending points as this is part of the route I travelled this past winter on my road-trip to Baja California, Mexico.

You can calculate the added costs for your own road-trip on this page at the Washington Post.

Note » Above is in USD$ // Currency Exchange at (You’ll be lucky to get this at your local bank, but that’s for another story.)

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A new Climate Change Act commits Finland to carbon neutrality by 2035, and carbon negativity by 2040

Protocol »

Assuming it is signed by President Sauli Niinistö, the law would make Finland the first country in the world to make its commitment to carbon negativity legally binding.

University of Eastern Finland international law professor Kati Kulovesi called the new targets “remarkable,” particularly the carbon negativity commitment. The targets are based on a scientific analysis of the country’s nationally determined contributions, which Kulovesi also commended.

Obesity among New Zealand children is continuing to decline, according to a University of Otago study

Researcher Dr Lisa Daniels says »

“What is really reassuring to see from this work is that the declines in high BMI (body mass index) over time are occurring overall and across sociodemographic indicators – sex, ethnicity, deprivation and urban/rural classification – suggesting a narrowing of inequities,” she says.

“Importantly, we observed a narrowing in socioeconomic disparities, showing more pronounced decreases in prevalence above each of the BMI thresholds for children residing in the most deprived areas compared with those living in the least deprived areas.”

“Others have suggested that contributions towards declines in overweight and obesity in preschool children could include efforts to focus on public health interventions and initiatives, increased parental education, decreasing unemployment rates, decreased maternal smoking during pregnancy, increased breastfeeding problems and an increasing proportion of mothers born overseas where lower population BMIs are present.” »

Is the new ‘Starlink for RVs’ scheme worth it for you?

Starlink, for many, is filling a need, especially for those with limited or no access. Yet, these are still early days and Elon Musk‘s satellite internet service–operated through SpaceX—is not robust enough to accomodate everyone who needs or desires access. This might be a reason Starlink and the Starlink for RVs program is seemingly aimed at those who are incapable of waiting, can afford it, and don’t mind paying the inflated prices.

Starlink for RVs for Canadians » CDN$947.60 (~ US$740) 1st month then CDN$195.50 (~US$153) per month for service thereafter (Conversion rate 2022.05.24 / CDN$1 = US$0.7777371 or US$1 = 1.00 US Dollar = CDN$1.2848661)

Richard Lawler, The Verge »

Taking that route won’t be cheap, though. Like most people in the US who live east of the Mississippi River, my home address is waitlisted for Starlink service, but I could sign up for a dish today with $99 down and an estimated $110 monthly service price. If I opt for Starlink for RVs, then I can get a dish shipped to me ASAP, as long as I’m willing to pay the full $599 price plus fees immediately and $135 per month for internet service.

For my extra $25 each month, I would enjoy “best effort service,” as well as the option to pause service for months when I don’t need it. As the Starlink for RVs FAQ explains, “Network resources are always de-prioritized for Starlink for RVs users compared to other Starlink services, resulting in degraded service and slower speeds in congested areas and during peak hours. Stated speeds and uninterrupted use of the service are not guaranteed. Service degradation will be most extreme in “Waitlist” areas on the Starlink Availability Map during peak hours.” »

Elsewhere » Engadget / PC Mag / Business Insider / Interesting Engineering / ZDNet


Oly Rush completes 37-hour non-stop swim round Grand Cayman island

At this point in my life, I don’t know that I could possibly stay awake for a full 37 hours without taking regular naps on the chesterfield.


An eco campaigner, who has raised thousands of pounds for charity, is thought to be the first person to swim round a Caribbean island non-stop.

Oly Rush, 37, completed the 95.5km (59.3 mile) swim around Grand Cayman in 36 hours and 59 minutes.

Mr Rush, from Upton, Dorset, said the “absolutely brutal” challenge was “the hardest thing” he has completed. »

Congratulations Oly!

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