News roundup for Fri, Apr 30, 2021

The deadline to obtain a Real ID has been extended to 2023:

California tells Nestlé to stop stripping the state of water during serious drought conditions. The order requires approval from the Water Resources Control Board. The company is accused of taking tens of millions of gallons per year more than it is purportedly entitled to take.

Texas plans to ratchet up its scaling of solar power, with a plan to add 10 gigawatts over the next few years. A federal tax credit for solar power is driving the change. Texas could rival California as a solar leader soon.

There is chatter of an auto-glass shortage—this is something I’ll keep ears on the rail about:

Be careful during summer road trips this year—gas stations might not have the gas available to meet the demand that will suddenly erupt. Part of the problem is a reduction in the tanker-driver workforce.

Rareseeds says they will donate all proceeds from sales to help pandemic relief in India through May 3rd. They are partnering with ARDA International. Here’s our seed buying guide.

The world has over 151 million COVID cases.  The world has gained over 5.7 million cases in a week for a second week in a row. There have been nearly 3.2 million deaths in total. The US has over 33 million cases. Nearly 590,000 Americans have died. There have been 828 deaths in the last 24 hours in the US. The US gained over 54,000 new cases in the last day. India is leading the globe in daily deaths, with over 3,500 in the last day. India has also gained over 300,000 new  cases per day for the last week and a half. Brazil also had over 2,800 deaths in the last day.

The CDC has issued new and more relaxed guidelines for mask-wearing. Although folks are going to be happy see some new relaxed rules, particularly for those who are vaccinated, the guidelines are still a little confusing and difficult to remember:

People who are fully vaccinated may travel to Europe this summer. All three vaccines that have been approved for emergency use in the US will be accepted by EU member countries.

West Virginia’s got a really great idea: pay people to get their vaccines. The state will give a $100 savings bond to people between the age of 16 and 35 who get their COVID vaccine. The initiative is likely to increase rates of vaccination quite well.

The situation in India is dire:

NYC Mayor de Blasio says NYC will open up fully in July.

It looks like the FDA’s pause on the J&J vaccine caused vaccination rates to plummet:


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