Photo credit: Timothy Valentine licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Ban the awful leaf blowers. That’s the headline for a letter to the editor in the Camden New Journal, an independent newspaper in London. The writer includes some details of leaf blower history that I didn’t know, namely:
Photo credit: Timothy Valentine licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition There’s an old adage that every cloud has a silver lining, but I’ve always been skeptical about that. For example, I don’t think there is really any silver lining to the COVID-19 cloud that has disrupted life in the
Photo credit: UGA CAES/Extension licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 by Jan L. Mayes, MSc, Audiologist How loud are robot mowers? A New York Times article on reducing pollution emissions discusses increased focus on landscaping equipment like robot mowers to replace hazardous gas or fossil-fuel powered landscaping equipment. Jamie Banks, president of the nonprofit Quiet Communities,
Photo credit: Marco Verch licensed under CC BY 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition WPDH reports that many towns in the mid-Hudson Valley have effectively banned gas-powered leaf blowers from use. Beacon, NY limits leaf blowers to those under 60 decibels, which effectively means that no gas-powered leaf blowers can be used.
Photo credit: Alex Juel licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition This report from Sandwich, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, describes how the Heritage Museum & Gardens there is switching to battery powered lawn mowers and other landscape maintenance equipment. Museum director Les Lutz tells readers that automated battery-powered mowers, used
America's local communities are thriving despite partisan gridlock, something Deborah and James Fallows have documented in their new book, “Our Towns.”