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Hockey in the Desert

By John Schwartz, New York Times

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday in Las Vegas. The outside temperature before the game was in the 90s Fahrenheit. Credit: Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday in Las Vegas. The outside temperature before the game was in the 90s Fahrenheit.
Credit: Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press

My paradox meter just broke.

Back in February we reported on how global warming was messing up the outdoor skating season in Canada and the northern United States. Now, the Stanley Cup finals are being played in Las Vegas, one of America’s hottest cities.

Doesn’t that mean that hockey is contributing to climate change — and maybe its own demise — by building ice palaces in the desert?

Before you give Las Vegas and the National Hockey League too much side eye, it’s worth noting that the league has been working to address environmental issues, including climate change. It has an ongoing sustainability initiative aimed at minimizing the sport’s damage to the environment, and that initiative includes T-Mobile Arena, home of the Vegas Golden Knights. The city’s leaders, furthermore, have made progress in running the municipal government on renewable energy.

Still. That ice. In the desert. It’s not cheap to make or easy to maintain.

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The Climate Paradox – Part 2

This post was prepared by Wade Wiebe of the South Eastman Transition Initiative.

Ted Talk: How to transform apocalypse fatigue into action on global warming - Per Espen Stoknes

Ted Talk: How to transform apocalypse fatigue into action on global warming – Per Espen Stoknes

In a previous article, we discovered five psychological barriers that make it difficult to accept and act on messages about climate change: Distancing, Doom, Dissonance, Denial and iDentity. But in an interview on the podcast “You Are Not So Smart”, psychologist Per Espen Stoknes also described five elements of messaging which can effectively overcome these barriers: Social, Supportive, Simple, Stories, and Signals. Let’s look at how these can work:

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Oakland A’s to Give Plant-Based Burger its Stadium Debut

East Bay Times

The "Impossible Burgers" are served after a panel discussion about the plant-based meat during an event announcing the new facility under construction for Impossible Foods in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

The “Impossible Burgers” are served after a panel discussion about the plant-based meat during an event announcing the new facility under construction for Impossible Foods in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

When the Oakland A’s take the field March 29 for their first home game of the 2018 season, another player will make a debut appearance at the Oakland Coliseum.

It’s the Impossible Burger, a vegan burger that tastes like meat. Spectra Food Services and Hospitality, which manages the Coliseum’s food operations, will become the first professional sports stadium in the nation to offer this Bay Area-born burger.

The Coliseum’s executive chef, Effie Spiegler, has created two versions for MLB fans. And look for an all-vegan option to join the menu.

His “Impossible French Onion Sliders,” with caramelized balsamic onions, oil-cured tomatoes and brie spread on brioche slider buns, will be sold at Concessions Stand 123.

His “Impossible Breakfast Burger,” with a sunny-side-up egg, applewood-smoked bacon, oil-cured tomatoes. bacon aioli and ghost-pepper cheese (watch out!) will be available at the Shibe Park Tavern.

“The quality and variety of food offerings at the ballpark is a key part to the fan experience,” said A’s President Dave Kaval said in a statement.  “We love the story behind the Impossible Burger. It is not only cutting edge and innovative in its approach to food production, but it is also the best plant-based burger currently on the market. We are thrilled to be the first team to offer it to our fans.”

Thanks to the power of Twitter, yet another Impossible Burger creation should be coming soon.

“This is great, @DaveKaval!” tweeted Ryan Thibodaux at @notmrtibbs. “But must both available menu items for this vegan burger have non-vegan ingredients (bacon, cheese, egg)? It’d be awesome for us vegan fans to have a great burger option without having ask to “hold the…” Still, very cool!”

Kaval was quick tor respond: “Yes. We can do that. Thanks for the suggestion.”

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