FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Denver Post/Associated Press:Bank of the West’s decision to divest from certain fossil fuel investments has run headlong into threats of retaliation in Colorado, Wyoming and other states that rely heavily on coal, oil and natural gas extraction for revenues.The San Francisco-based bank recently made it known that it would be “investing where we feel we can make the most impact” and withdrawing support for companies and business activities that are “detrimental to our environment and our health.”That includes no longer doing business with companies whose main activity is tied to oil and gas from shale or tar sands or financing oil and gas exploration or production projects in the Arctic. Nor will it finance coal mines or coal-fired power plants not actively involved in the energy transition. And the company also is cutting ties to tobacco-related businesses.“As the bank for a changing world, we’re continually seeking to improve the ways we help our customers, while contributing to more sustainable and equitable growth,” the company, which is a holding of French banking giant BNP Paribas, said online.The stance, which has won support from environmental groups, doesn’t sit well in places like Colorado’s Western Slope where residents rely heavily on traditional energy production for their livelihood.Bank of the West is Colorado’s fifth largest bank with $4.5 billion in deposits as of June 30, 2017. It has 75 locations in Colorado, the bank’s second largest concentration of any state after California with 235 locations, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.More: Bank of the West’s anti-fossil fuel stance sets off firestorm in Western Slope, energy states Bank of the West moves forward with fossil divestment plans
Report: Marubeni moving away from coal industry FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Japanese energy giant Marubeni Corp has revealed plans to halve its ownership of coal-fired power plants by 2030, and withdraw completely from the coal plant building business, in what industry watchers are describing as the latest and strongest confirmation of a global transition to renewables.The sudden strategic pivot by Marubeni – renowned as one of the world’s biggest builders of new coal-fired power generation – was reported in the Nikkei on Monday, in an exclusive story (behind the paywall) outlining the company’s plans to accelerate its shift to renewables.Tim Buckley, from the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said Marubeni’s wholesale shift to renewables dealt a “body-blow to the global coal industry” while offering a profoundly important endorsement of the Paris Climate Agreement.Re-tweeting the Nikkei story, Buckley described it as “one of the biggest breaking stories of 2018 in terms of energy transition.” The image on the Tweet, as he points out, is a concept drawing of Marubeni’s joint venture with Jinko Solar and AWEC in the United Arab Emirates – “one of the lowest priced solar developments to date in the world,” at a tariff of
Study projects sharp growth in solar generation across southeast U.S. through 2022 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Times Free Press:Solar power generation is projected to more than double across the South by 2022 from last year’s level, but one of the early leaders in turning to the sun a generation ago won’t be one of the major players, according to a new study of solar power in the Southeast.In its second annual study on solar power released Thursday, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) projects electric utilities in the seven states of the Southeast will boost solar generation above 10,000 megawatts this year and should reach 19,000 megawatts by 2022.“As solar continues to improve, we’re very bullish and excited about the growth of solar generation,” said Stephen Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, which compiled the figures from industry and utility data across the region.But the Tennessee Valley Authority, which was an early promoter of solar power in the 1970s and ’80s with its Green Power Switch and other research programs, is lagging most other Southern utilities, with its solar power output totaling only 81 watts per customer last year. That represents a mere 30 percent of the average solar power wattage provided per customer by all utilities in the Southeast in 2018, which was 269.States and businesses are pushing utilities in much of the South to turn to more renewable sources for energy, which should continue to get cheaper, even with the phaseout of federal investment tax credits, SACE officials said. “Corporate procurement is driving a lot of solar,” said Bryan Jacob, solar program director for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, who helped author the 39-page report.Five major corporations — Facebook, Google, Target, Walmart and Johnson & Johnson — are collectively projected to account for more than 1 gigawatts of solar generation, including 675 megawatts of solar in Tennessee and Georgia.More: Although solar power generation is expected to double by 2022 in the South, TVA is still a ‘solar blocker’ in the region, study says
Utility settlement in Michigan will push 584MW of new solar onto the grid FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Regulators in Michigan approved a settlement Wednesday compelling utility Consumers Energy to buy power from 584 megawatts of solar interconnected by September 1, 2023, multiplying by many times the 153 megawatts currently standing in the state.The settlement ends a long disagreement about projects tied to the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), which requires utilities to pay regulator-approved “avoided cost” rates to qualifying solar facilities. Developers and solar advocates argued the Michigan utility wasn’t approving qualifying projects in a timely manner, while Consumers said a rush of PURPA projects had “overwhelmed” the utility and forced it to pay more for solar than it would in the market.Per the settlement, Consumers will move forward with 584 megawatts of solar from developers — including Cypress Creek Renewables, which said it would develop about 40 percent of that capacity — who had collectively sunk over 3 gigawatts into the utility’s PURPA pipeline. Some projects, totaling 170 megawatts, will receive full, existing PURPA rates while the remainder, at 414 megawatts, will get a modified avoided cost rate. Developers that signed onto the settlement include 94 percent of the more than 3-gigawatt interconnection queue, according to Consumers.The agreement isn’t a shocking one, said Colin Smith, senior solar analyst at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. Michigan’s controversy echoes similar struggles in North Carolina and Montana.That doesn’t negate the outsize impact of the settlement in Michigan, though, with Consumers agreeing to nearly 600 megawatts in coming years. The utility also has standing plans to phase coal out of its portfolio, add 6 gigawatts of solar through 2030 and cut carbon emissions 90 percent by 2040.More: Michigan PURPA settlement set to more than triple state’s solar capacity
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ET Energy World.com:Solar power producer, Azure Power, is planning to invest about $3.7 billion by the end of financial year 2024-25, the company said in an investor briefing. According to its capex forecast, it will make investment in a range between $2.6 billion and $3.7 billion from 2020-21 to 2024-25, with the highest being $9 billion in FY21.The New Delhi-based firm also said it is not entering into manufacturing but has partnered with Waaree Energies ‒ one of the largest solar manufacturers in India ‒ for 500 MW capacity and closed discussions with another manufacturer for another 500 MW.The company is also taking cost-cutting initiatives to drive lower capex. It added that it has exited 450 MW of contracts which did not meet minimum thresholds and is in discussions to exit another 150 MW of projects that do not meet minimum return thresholds.Azure Power had recently won a 4-GW project to develop grid-connected solar generation capacity, expected to be commissioned by 2022 and completed by 2025.“We have received a Letter of Award for a total of 2 GW of solar power projects and 500 MW of manufacturing facility of cells and modules, and an exercised greenshoe option for an additional 2 GW projects and 500 MW of manufacturing…,” the company informed investors.The New York Stock Exchange-listed company has an existing portfolio of 7,115 MW and an operational portfolio of about 1.8 GW — one of the largest in India’s solar industry.More: Azure Power to invest $3.7 billion to set up 4 GW capacity by 2024-25 India’s Azure Power to invest $3.7 billion building 4GW of renewable capacity by 2024
All the outdoor industry dirt that’s fit to print, from the editors of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine.Jackson Kayaks Premiers Season 3: Extreme Kayak Fishing ChallengeProducers of Seaguar’s Extreme Kayak Fishing Challenge with Jim Sammons launched their third season on NBC Sports Wednesday, April 9. The show follows Jim Sammons on journeys to exotic locations catching massive game fish from his kayak.The first episode follows Sammons and Luther Cifers of YakAttack to Rancho Leonero in the East Cape of Baja where they target the ultimate kayak fishing game fish – the marlin.Extreme Kayak Fishing Challege with Jim Sammons is presented by Seaguar and will air weekly for 13 weeks on NBC Sports, featuring top fishing destinations including North Carolina. Footage will also be used for Jackson Kayak’s Kayak Fishing Show – airing all year on The World Fishing Network.CONTOUR Returns to POV Camera MarketBased in the heart of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, CONTOUR cameras are back on the market. These POV action cameras were known for sleek, low profile design, easy-to-operate controls, and a durable proprietary rail connection system for use in the water, snow, dirt or flying through the air. For more information on the latest products, team activities and dealer locations, visit contour.com.“The aim is clear—we want to create a world class company to support this world class product,” said Danny Lysenko, CEO. “We’ll continue the tradition of being at the forefront of innovation and bringing to market beautifully simple, yet ultimately professional cameras.”CONTOUR plans to launch new cameras that feature a one-touch locking record switch.Those affected by warranty issues should contact [email protected]Astral Introduces New Sticky RubberAstral, known for its rich history and key innovations in paddlesports equipment, is expanding its award-winning footwear collection with a new outsole that utilizes a propriety sticky G.14 rubber. The company says its new rubber will surpass the performance of any outsole previously available to paddlers.Astral’s new soles — which will be on the Brewer and new women’s specific Brewess – feature increased surface contact and added siping to improve grip and shed mud more effectively. They are also lightweight with classic takeout-to-table good looks. They feature zero-drop midsoles with a wide toe box for balance and stability. The minimalist upper is constructed with Cordura nylon and airmesh for abrasion resistance, lightweight, and fast drying. (MSRP $99.95)Snow Sports Retail Sales Up in All Regions Through FebruarySnowSports Industries America (SIA), the snow sports industry’s member-owned trade association, and Leisure Trends, an NPD Group Company have released SIA RetailTRAK numbers for August through February 2014, based on data collected from the Point of Sale systems of more than 1,200 snow sports retailers.The snow sports retail market finished February up 5 percent in units sold and up 7 percent in dollars sold to $3.3B for all equipment, apparel and accessories. Snow sports retailers brought in $218M more dollars through February this season compared to August to February 2012/2013. Big sellers in the south included helmets, goggles, handwear and socks; while backcountry accessories led the growth in the West. Snowshoe sales are up 12 percent in units sold to 98K units and 14 percent in dollars to over $14 million sold through February.Nominate Someone for the 40Under40The SportsOneSource Group has opened the nominating process for the 7th annual SGB 40 Under 40 Awards. Nominations are open to anyone born after January 1, 1974 that is working in the sporting goods, action sports, outdoor, snow sports or bicycle industry. Nominations close May 16, 2014. Finalists will be honored in SGB magazine this summer. To nominate someone for this unique award, go to www.SGB40under40.com.Kelly Slater Exits QuiksilverQuiksilver and world-champion surfer Kelly Slater ended their 23-year partnership effective April 1, and according to sources, he has partnered with the Kering Group — owner of Puma and Volcom — to launch his own brand.Slater said on Facebook: “As I contemplate the amazing opportunities I’ve had in life and the amount of good fortune I’ve encountered along the way, I’m excited to announce today that I’m embarking on a new journey. For years I’ve dreamt of developing a brand that combines my love of clean living, responsibility and style. The inspiration for this brand comes from the people and cultures I encounter in my constant global travels and this is my opportunity to build something the way I have always wanted to. So I am excited to tell you that I’ve chosen The Kering Group as a partner. They share my values and have the ability to support me in all of my endeavors. I look forward to exploring all of the new opportunities this partnership will provide, but this hasn’t happened by chance, nor has it happened without an incredible amount of work by a few key individuals. As I embark on this new journey, I am sticking to my gut instincts and the belief that your dreams can become reality with the right intentions. I look forward to sharing more about it soon.”Quiksilver said it had reached many milestones with Slater over the years, including 11 ASP World Titles, countless World Champion Tour victories and collaborations in developing his Quiksilver collection.Quiksilver first signed the 18 year-old Slater in 1990 and his legacy includes not only decades of competition but also a deep history of product collaborations that left its mark on the surf industry. His influence will be seen in Quiksilver’s upcoming partnership with REPREVE Fabrics and the brand’s commitment to working with recycled materials.
Change starts with a glimpse. For me, it was middle school when a neighborhood friend took me on his rowboat long before we thought about owning a car. Our maiden voyage left me with a heady sense of freedom as we discovered fossil pits and blue herons.I was hooked. I convinced my parents that I needed a battered aluminum canoe. I spent summer days skinny-dipping, watching osprey fish, and charting the tides. A sandy spit exposed on at low tide became my own private island where I scribbled stories and daydreamed.It’s led to a life-long obsession with the water. To this day, the sound of water lapping against the hull of a boat brings a smile to my face.Not all kids have this type of formative experience. Last winter I went to St. Thomas (a U.S. Virgin Island) to visit my friend, Sarah Thomas, crewing on a sailboat there for the winter. We drove past school-aged kids milling about in areas on town she pointed out as dangerous. The beaches teemed with tourist, but few locals.I wondered what happens if kids never get to experience the water. It seemed impossible that kids could live so near the sea but never feel a connection, never engage with the subtleties of it’s movement, never fall in love with the creatures that call it home.Over a series of conversations, Sarah and I decided we wanted to provide other children with their first encounter with water up close, so that they too might fall in love. We realize our own self-interest. Full -time island residents are in the best position to become stewards for the fragile island ecosystems, but nobody can protect what they don’t know about. And what greater lengths might residents go to take care of the places they love.We’ve partnered with the Family Resource Center, a private non-profit on St. Thomas providing a counseling program and a shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The kids they serve are in need on many levels, especially financially.“Our kids don’t have opportunities to go on a boat or snorkel,” Vernon Araujo of the Family Resource Center. “It would be the biggest thing that ever happened to them, it would be as wild as flying on a rocket to the moon.”Years ago I guided sea kayak tours in Monterey, California and some of the most rewarding groups were lower-income school kids who had grown up within miles of the ocean but had never directly experienced it. They lit up with awe, realizing the fascinating and wonderful world that lurked just beneath the surface.We want to provide some of the most underprivileged kids living on St. Thomas with the same opportunity to delight in their own watery backyard. Local kayak outfitters on the island are on board to help us get kids out for a day of paddling and snorkeling.Sure, it’s a small step – the same simple action that ignited my own love affair with water so many years ago. The kids of St. Thomas deserve to have at least one chance to connect with the nature that exist steps from their homes.Join us in inspiring kids to lead active lives and to take care of the environment. Provide kids with a day that stirs curiosity and fuels a desire to get outside.For twenty bucks a kid in St. Thomas living in poverty will be able to explore their watery backyard in a sea kayak and snorkel the coral reef. Back our Kickstarter campaign, Pirate Mama, at the $20 level and help a local Island kid get on the water. You’ll receive an individual thank-you from the child and a picture of them kayaking straight to your inbox.Kickstarter campaigns operate under an “all-or-nothing” funding model, so if the Pirate Mama project doesn’t reach it’s goal at the end of 30 days then the crew won’t leave the dock this winter and the kids in St. Thomas won’t explore the water. To watch the video and donate, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1435241906/pirate-mama-setting-sail-with-her-little-boy.Follow the project on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/piratemamakickstarter to track their progress and spread the word to your social networks.
It was 11 o’clock Friday night before we rolled into camp. Rows of cars sat idle in a grassy bald atop Experience Learning’s Spruce Knob Mountain Center. Bikes glimmered under the headlights, their owners fast asleep. Devious clouds loomed overhead, threatening to overtake the night sky.The drive in had been uneventful, but long. The slow and winding climb up the very gravel roads we would soon be racing felt interminable in the blackness of night. Still, it hadn’t rained like the forecast was calling for, and I silently thanked the universe for sparing us thus far.“Let’s slide in over there,” Adam said, pointing to a gap between two campsites.I backed in, rolling down the window to get a better view. Brisk mountain air flooded the van, and I cursed myself for not bringing more layers. We’d be spending the weekend above 4,000 feet. I knew firsthand West Virginia’s reputation as ‘Wet Virginia,’ and that Spruce Knob, the Mountain State’s highest point (and the pinnacle of GRUSK, or Gravel Race Up Spruce Knob), was notoriously cold, wet, and windy even in the dead of summer. Maybe central Virginia’s heat and humidity had fried my brain.Shaking off my questionable packing skills, I donned my warmest layers and settled in for the night. Just a few hours later, the crack of a tent pole sprung me from my sleeping bag. Rain poured from the sky, whipping every which way in the wind. I pulled the bag closer up under my chin, mind spinning, convinced I was ill-prepared and unequipped to go race 52 miles up to Spruce Knob in soggy conditions. I had a pair of shorts, a short-sleeved jersey, and a rain jacket. That’s it.What was I thinking?My alarm woke me some five hours later, feeling more tired than I had the night before. It was still raining, but just light enough that you questioned whether it was worth bringing a rain jacket. Fog hung low in the trees, clouding out the view of Spruce Knob.Despite my gnawing hunger, I had to force an egg burrito down. The coffee, I couldn’t even touch. What was making me feel so anxious? I wasn’t in it to win it. Was it the weather? My layers? The course? The 5,286 feet of climbing ahead?A stormy start to GRUSK 2017. Photo by Jacob RitterPhoto by Rick MorrisonBy the time our mass of 100+ cyclists peeled away from the starting line, all of those inhibitions evaporated. Maybe it was the insulated Giro vest that my friend Shane just-so-happened to bring along in case I was interested in buying it for an upcoming trip (Shane, you’re a gahdamn hero). Maybe it was the glorious descent on hard-packed gravel right out of the gate. Maybe it was the supportive kindness of everyone, racer and course marshall alike.Whatever it was, I felt good. And the weather was good, too. The thick canopy sheltered us from the early morning rains, and by the time we spilled out into Whitmer, the weather was sublime (minus the headwind-on-pavement). I bypassed the first aid station, then the second. The miles came blissfully fast. Riding along Gandy Creek felt like a dream.“You don’t look like you’re in my age group. Wanna ride my wheel?”A woman just a few years my senior smiled at me behind a neat row of braces as she pedaled past. I chugged in line, and we chatted back and forth while churning out the eight-mile Dry Fork climb from the valley floor. She was a GRUSK veteran, and assured the few riders we came upon that we were still on course, despite the scant signage.My company was short-lived. She left me in the dust. I pedaled alone again until the third aid station, where I downed my remaining water and filled up on Swedish Fish and peanut M&Ms. I would need the fuel. From here, it was a steady 10-mile climb gaining over 1,100 feet to the summit of Spruce Knob.Cruising past Sinks of Gandy, my favorite part of the ride. Photo by Rick Morrison.I rode out of the aid station with a local who lived in Seneca Rocks. As we passed through one mystical boreal forest after another, I couldn’t help but envy him. On any day of the week he could ride from his front door to Spruce Knob’s stunning summit.My legs were feeling remarkably fine, but not nearly as strong as the lead Epic 73-mile course riders’. The top five easily blew past me on their road bikes and skinny tires, despite having already ridden 20 more miles and tackled a helluva lot more elevation than me.Slowly, I gained on the few 52-milers ahead of me. The sun had finally broken through the clouds, and the day was cool and beautiful. Long, paved, and steady, the climb wasn’t terrible. Bordered on all sides by thick spruce and fir with clear blue sky above, I almost forgot about how hard the climb was, until the last few miles. In the distance, the summit parking lot rose high above, looking ever-so-faint between the trees. Talk about despair.Racers on the final push to the summit. Photo by Rick MorrisonI’m riding up to there?I sighed, trying to nudge away the frustrated exhaustion creeping in. On any other day, watching the top riders zip back down the ascent might have sunk me further into the pit of despair, but on this day, it had quite the opposite effect. Most everyone I passed smiled and shouted words of encouragement. The relief in their voices was contagious, reenergizing.And that’s when something struck me—I had seen very few women coming down from the summit. The volunteers working the last aid station had said they hadn’t seen many riders yet, so I knew I was toward the front of the pack, but I hadn’t been keeping close tabs on the other racers. I was just out for the ride.The grade stiffened, and I leaned forward, gritting through the final hump. Thank gahd for granny gears. Jacob was at the top working the volunteer aid station, and the sight of him, and the knowledge that I was now through with the most difficult part of the race, empowered me. I could feel the adrenaline coursing through my veins as I stood out of the saddle and sailed through the last push.“YEW!” I shouted, giving Jacob a high-five and grinning from ear to ear.“Dude, you’re killin ‘it!” he said.“I might be able to podium!” I said, still unsure how possible that really was. I looped through the parking lot and circled back. “And now I cruise!”Or, so I thought. The descent off of Spruce Knob was not nearly as effortless as I had imagined. Small and deceptively punchy climbs snuck up on me. But still, I was ecstatic. Just as the lead riders had done before me, I whooped and hollered and tried to keep the climbing racers’ spirits up as they made the long slog to the summit.Adam (right) making easy work of this grassy descent early in the race. Photo by Bobbie Swan.I passed by the third aid station again, catching Adam and his plaid shirt out of the corner of my eye. Having signed up for the Epic 73-miler, he was just about to begin his ascent.“How ya doin’?!” he yelled at me as I flew past.I smiled, blowing kisses and doing my best princess wave as I pedaled on. There was no stopping now. At last, I was on the home stretch.By the time I cruised the short, grassy descent to the finish line, my legs were feeling sufficiently fatigued (the climb back up to the center is demoralizing!). I collapsed down in the grass beside my bike and drank nearly an entire bottle’s worth of Skratch.“Daddio, you’re first!” said Don Parks, the event timekeeper.“Bull!”“Jess Daddio, 4:29, first place Classic, women’s open. Says it right here.”Ladies’ Open Classic podium! Photo by Adam RitterThe finished cyclists clapped and gave me high fives, even though it took them less time to finish 73 miles (some of them on singlespeeds) than it did for me to ride my 52. Adam came cruising through an hour later, averaging 18 miles per hour for 73 miles and over 8,200 feet of elevation gain. We both were spent, but the Chaga Tea Project tunes and spaghetti dinner brought us back to life. I still had a hard time believing I had won my category, but as the afternoon wore on and the race day stories trickled in, the day became so much more than the podium.Bull chases and cowboys, too many flat tires to count, glorious gravel, out-of-this-world scenery, perfect weather, lasting camaraderie. The race was an adventure in and of itself, and the caliber of athletes that showed (and the wide range of ages on the podium) was awesome to witness. If you ever have the desire to go ride the gravel roads of West Virginia, make sure you let GRUSK race director Travis Olson show you how it’s done.Congrats to everyone who finished and to Travis for putting on a stellar event! We’ll be back next year. You can check out more amazing images from Rick Morrison and Bobbie Swan here.Best campsite this side of the Mississippi.Adam (left) and Jacob (right) post-race.Adam in all of his post-race hot and stinky glory.The most spectacular setting for one tough gravel race!
The taproom is open 7 days a week with food trucks on-site Tuesday thru Sunday. Monthly events are held in the taproom, including exclusive beer tappings, yoga in the brewery, paint nights, live music and weekly trivia. During the summer months, a fan favorite are the seafood boils; a portion of ticket sales are donated to surrounding local charities that support veterans. There is always something going on in the taproom and it makes for a great event space! If you’re interested in learning more about the booking process please click here!Located in proximity to the Potomac River, Fair Winds is a popular location for boaters and fishermen to grab a six pack and/or a growler fill before they head out to the water. The brewery is visited by hikers, bikers, and runners who are using the trails nearby. The convenient location is a huge asset and helps to engage the community and sports clubs, such as the NOVA Disc Golf Club.2017 proved to be a great year for the brewery! Fair Winds collected some new hardware from the Virginia State Brewer’s Guild, won back-to-back Reader’s Choice Best Local Brewery in the Washington City Paper and announced it’s state-wide distribution in August 2017. State-wide distribution put a large demand for the packaging of their core beers in cans, but the taproom is consistently stocked with fresh six packs; which are also available for purchase in grocery stores, 7-Elevens, and even Amazon Fresh & Amazon Prime Now.Fair Winds will be celebrating it’s third anniversary this upcoming March with the 2018 release of All Hands Barleywine. Be sure to check their social media for upcoming details about the Anniversary party! Fair Winds Brewing Company is a national & state award winning brewery located in Lorton, VA. The brewery is conveniently situated right off of the I-95 expressway. It makes for a great pit stop on the way home from work to get off the road and wait out the traffic. Fair Winds became Fairfax County’s first large production facility in 2015. Coming in at 13,000 square feet, the space features a 30 barrel brew house and expansive taproom.
West Virginia police investigate body found near Appalachian Trail Police are now attempting to identify the body and ask that anyone with information contact Trooper First Class M.C. Morgan or Sergeant Chumley at 304-725-9779 or 304-725-9770. On Tuesday, West Virginia state police recovered human remains found near the Appalachian Trail in Harpers Ferry. Police were alerted after employees with a tree trimming service discovered a human skull. Clothing, including a blue “Montgomery Ward” dress shirt, red jacket with a stripe across the chest, white size 10 Puma shoes and a necklace with an image of “Saint Mary”, were recovered from the body. If social distancing is keeping you indoors, explore remote places virtually with Google Trekker Pandas finally mate after zoo closes to public during COVID-19 pandemic “The successful natural mating process today is extremely exciting for all of us, as the chance of pregnancy via natural mating is higher than by artificial insemination” Michael Boos, executive director in zoological operations and conservation at Ocean Park, where the pandas live, said in a statement. Hiking trails too crowded during this time of social distancing? Take a virtual hike from the safety of your own home with Google Trekker. Using Google Maps video technology, Google Trekker allows you to explore popular recreation spots such as Black Mountain Crest Trail and Chimney Rock State Park. There are two pandas in Hong Kong that apparently prefer social isolation. Ying Ying and Le Le, two 14-year-old pandas at a zoo in Hong Kong, have been attempting to mate since 2010. On Monday, an attempt was finally successful. The zoo where the pandas live has been closed since January due to the coronavirus, though there’s no word if their newfound privacy played a role in their mating success. The project is a collaboration between The Conservation Fund and Google Street View Trekker. “We are using technology for good,” The Conservation Fund says on their website, “to give virtual access to a few of the special places we have worked hard to protect for their natural, historical and human values.”