Lunch Links – #GivingTuesday, delivery drones, and a world record for holiday lights

givingWhether you finished your holiday shopping during Cyber Monday’s lunch break or haven’t even started shopping yet, take a moment today to think about #GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday got its start as a few years back as a national day of giving to highlight how individual gifts of resources and time to nonprofits can make our world a better place. We hope you will consider a small year-end donation today to mark the occasion.

With the rush to get everything done between now and the end of the year, we were intrigued to hear that Amazon is experimenting with the idea of delivery drones:

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That idea is at least five years away, but a problem we’re seeing already is a shortage of Christmas trees due to climate change. Think Progress reports Vermont and New Hampshire are experiencing a shortage this year following ‘an unexpected early heat wave in March and a summer of flash floods.’

On the subject of climate change, if you missed our Crucial Conversation with Dr. Rob Young discussing sea level rise and the future of North Carolina’s coastline, be sure to check out the full video which is now available online.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case today that has implication if you are a frequent flier, and have ever had a gripe about redeeming those sky miles and other rewards.  Nina Totenburg offered a great overview of the case this morning on NPR.

Are you putting up your holiday lights this week?  Don’t miss Janean and David Richards’ display, which uses more than 500,000 LED lights that would stretch for 31 miles if all those strings of lights were laid end to end.

In case you are wondering, yes, they do hold the Guinness World Record. They started decorating in October!

Finally, we’ll close out today’s lunch links with a little Natalie Cole & Diana Krall. Cole comes to the Durham Performing Arts Center one week from today.


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