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Garden seed sales hit record levels, slowing and stopping orders

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So many new and stuck-at-home gardeners are planting “pandemic gardens” this spring that some of the nation’s biggest seed-sellers have temporarily stopped taking new orders.

Bucks County’s Burpee Seeds, Wisconsin’s Jung Seed Co., and Oregon’s Territorial Seed Co. are among those suspending new orders to help their overwhelmed and shortened staffs catch up.

Johnny’s Selected Seeds of Maine is still taking orders from commercial farmers but not taking orders from home gardeners until April 28.

Even those taking orders, such as South Carolina’s Park Seed Co., Maine’s Pinetree Garden Seeds, and California-based Renee’s Garden Seeds, are warning about shipping delays that are turning the usual two- and three-day turnaround times into 10 to 14 days.

“We’re seeing unprecedented levels of customer interest,” said Park Seed spokeswoman Kelly Funk. “We started to see an uptick in late February, but it exponentially increased the first week of March. … It was like

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Tesla Begins Taking Orders For Its Solar Energy Roof Tile Systems : The Two-Way : NPR

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Tesla’s new glass-covered solar roof tiles are designed to look like a traditional roof, doing away with the need for separate solar panels.

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Tesla’s new glass-covered solar roof tiles are designed to look like a traditional roof, doing away with the need for separate solar panels.

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Tesla is now accepting deposits for its new solar roof system, offering an “infinity” warranty for tiles that integrate solar power into roof coverings. Installations will begin in June, the company says.

Resembling normal roofing shingles, the solar tiles will be offered in a variety of styles, from slate and terra cotta to smooth or textured dark gray. On its website, Tesla is taking $1,000 deposits toward work that includes removing a house’s existing roof, installing the solar tiles and equipping the home with a battery to store power.

Potential customers can use the company’s online tool

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Air quality has seen improvements for Earth Day 2020 with stay-at-home orders in place due to coronavirus

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020, is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This year’s theme is climate action. Because of the global coronavirus pandemic, it seems that air quality is improving as more people stay off the roads. Roya Bahreini is an associate professor of atmospheric science at the University of California, Riverside. She said this improvement of air quality is happening here in the United States and across the world with lockdowns in place.

Satellite images are showing this significant improvement in air quality. Levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO₂), one of many common pollutants that make up the Air Quality Index (AQI) used by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has shown a decrease in Southern California from March 15-April 14 in 2019 compared to 2020.

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Bahreini said, “There are measurements that are showing pollutants like nitrogen dioxide, some components of particulate matter, the fine aerosols, mostly

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