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Kellogg’s Pulls Ads From Breitbart for ‘Not Aligning’ With Their Values; Amnesty Intl Accuses Them of Child Labor Violations
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Dec 1, 2016 9:25 AM

Let's put this into perspective. The maker of poisonous breakfast cereals pulled their ads from Breitbart, a very popular news site associated with the Trump campaign, because it didn't align with their values -- set forth in their advertising guidelines.

In a scathing report on child labor violations for procuring palm oil in Indonesia, Amnesty International lays waste to corporate giants like Unilever, Colgate, Proctor and Gamble and you guessed it Kellogg's. Amnesty has testimony and video of children as young as 8 years old, pulled from school to work on a slave plantation to endure 'back breaking labor', exposed to harsh chemicals and very heavy materials. Let's be clear, placing ads on pro Trump site is not conducive with Kellogg's corporate image, but buying palm oil from a slave plantation that works 8 year old children is.

The human rights organisation traced a range of well-known products back to the palm oil company Wilmar, which it alleged employs children to do back-breaking physical labour on refineries in Indonesia. Singapore-based Wilmar counts multinational companies including Kellogg’s, Unilever, Colgate-Palmolive, Reckitt Benckiser and Nestlé among its major clients, according to Amnesty.

In a 110-page report accompanied by a video, Amnesty alleged products sold by those companies were “tainted by appalling human rights abuses ... with children as young as eight working in hazardous conditions”.
“There is nothing sustainable about palm oil that is produced using child labour and forced labour. Something is wrong when nine companies turning over a combined revenue of £260bn in 2015 are unable to do anything about the atrocious treatment of palm oil workers earning a pittance.”
She said allegations of child labour at Wilmar were not “isolated incidents but are systemic and a predictable result of the way Wilmar does business”.
In the report, Amnesty alleged that children aged from eight to 14 were carrying out dangerous work without safety equipment, were exposed to toxic pesticides and regularly carried sacks of palm fruit weighing 25kg.

One 10-year-old boy, who claims he started working for a Wilmar supplier aged eight, said he gets up at 6am to gather fruit and works every day but Sunday. “I don’t go to school ... I carry the sacks with the loose fruit by myself but can only carry it half full. My hands hurt and my body aches,” he said.


In response to this report, Kellogg's said "any supply chain violations of our global palm oil principles, we work with the supplier to understand corrective actions and ensure they understand our commitments. If the concerns are not adequately addressed, we take action to remove them from our supply chain.”

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These comments from Gates came during an interview on Monday about a new investment fund he and other billionaires started called Breakthrough Energy Ventures. Gates has tapped his vast network of technology and energy bigwigs to raise more than $1 billion that will be at the fund’s disposal, starting in 2017. The goal is to increase investments in energy-related technologies that will reduce, if not eliminate, greenhouse gas emissions.

Investors in Breakthrough Energy Ventures include Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group Ltd., and Michael Bloomberg, the founder of Bloomberg LP. There are also prominent venture capitalists like John Doerr and Vinod Khosla, who have pumped a lot of money into green tech companies in the past.

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A new study has found a connection between warmer oceans and hazardous levels of domoic acid — a dangerous neurotoxin produced by tiny algae that can accumulate in crabs, mussels and other sea life. The toxin first caught the attention of public health officials in 1987, when three people died and more than 100 fell ill after eating toxic shellfish from Prince Edward Island.

While levels of domoic acid are closely monitored, the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is the first time researchers have linked warmer waters and climate change, specifically the Pacific Decadfeal Oscillation (PDO) and El Niño Southern Oscillation, to higher levels of the toxin.

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There are 1 billion vehicles worldwide and 1/4 of those are in the USA.

They use 40 of the oil used worldwide.

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more depressing news on the global warming front...

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef hit by further coral bleaching amid record temperatures
By Ciara Linnane

Published: Apr 10, 2017 12:06 p.m. ET
Australia?s Great Barrier Reef hit by further coral bleaching amid record temperatures - MarketWatch



fter severe coral bleaching in the northern third of the reef last year, an aerial survey has found the middle third has been hit by intense bleaching in 2017, damaging 1,500 kilometers, or 900 miles, of coral and leaving only the southern third unscathed, according to Terry Hughes, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, who led the surveys both years.

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As physicist and systems theorist Fritjof Capra writes:

“At the very heart of our global crisis lies the illusion that unlimited growth is possible on a finite planet…In this economic system, the irrational belief in perpetual growth is carried on relentlessly by promoting excessive consumption and a throwaway economy that is energy and resource intensive, generating waste and pollution, and depleting the Earth’s natural resources.”

How can we provide enough fertilizer and arable land to growing countries? How do we conserve water where it’s most needed? How do we switch over from burning fossil fuels in every country to a renewable portfolio of solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and hydrogen systems? How do we replace SUVs and McMansions with highly efficient, healthy homes?

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Building Energy SpA, an Italian renewable-energy company, completed a 30-megawatt wind farm in Iowa, its first in the state.

The project in Story, Boone, Hardin and Poweshiek counties can power about 11,000 households, Milan-based Building Energy said in a statement Thursday. The project cost $58 million to build, and it sells its output and renewable-energy credits to a local utility.

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Building Energy SpA, an Italian renewable-energy company, completed a 30-megawatt wind farm in Iowa, its first in the state.

The project in Story, Boone, Hardin and Poweshiek counties can power about 11,000 households, Milan-based Building Energy said in a statement Thursday. The project cost $58 million to build, and it sells its output and renewable-energy credits to a local utility.

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Just finished a book I think you'd find super interesting. "After Nature," by Jedediah Purdy. It's about building a political system for a natural world where everything is affected by humans. Damn smart book.

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Just finished a book I think you'd find super interesting. "After Nature," by Jedediah Purdy. It's about building a political system for a natural world where everything is affected by humans. Damn smart book.

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Many thanks Michael!

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Ssali, a beneficiary of Sawa Spark Geoffrey, lived in dire poverty just 12 months ago in a rural village in Uganda. He did not have enough food for his family, no money for school fees for his children and struggled to attain just basic necessities. He was introduced to the Village Savings Association that Geoffrey established in several villages. Village members (no more than 20), put small amounts of money into a savings account together with a bank. Almost no interest is charged and, overtime, interest accumulates. SSali borrowed 50,000 ($20 US) from the Association. He managed to use these funds to establish a three acre sugarcane and flower plantation in just one year. The land is now worth 5 million UGX ($2,000). The Sawa Youth Reporters, Sheila and Emmanuel, filmed this practical solution and will share the video in other communities, schools and in the local media cross Uganda. This allows many other people living in extreme poverty to self empower their lives and that of their families.
How One Man Living in Extreme Poverty turned 50,000 UGX into 5 million UGX in 1 Year | Sawa World | Solutions From Within


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For example, under the agreement, China will be able to increase these emissions by a staggering number of years -- 13. They can do whatever they want for 13 years. Not us. India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from developed countries. There are many other examples. But the bottom line is that the Paris Accord is very unfair, at the highest level, to the United States.

China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants. So we can’t build the plants, but they can, according to this agreement. India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020. Think of it: India can double their coal production. We’re supposed to get rid of ours. Even Europe is allowed to continue construction of coal plants.

In fact, 14 days of carbon emissions from China alone would wipe out the gains from America -- and this is an incredible statistic -- would totally wipe out the gains from America’s expected reductions in the year 2030

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New Delhi (AP) -- India is now two and a half times more likely to experience a deadly heat wave than a half century ago, and all it took was an increase in the average temperature of just 0.5 degrees Celsius (less than 1 degree Fahrenheit), a new study shows.

For the last two weeks much of Asia has been gripped by a heat wave, with a record high of 53.5 degrees C (128.3 degrees F) set in the southwest Pakistani city of Turbat on May 28 — the world's hottest-ever temperature recorded for the month of May. Temperatures in the Indian capital of New Delhi have soared beyond 44 degrees C (111 degrees F).

The study also found that the number of heat wave days increased by 25 percent across most of India. Areas in the south and west experienced 50 percent more heat wave events, or periods of extreme heat lasting more than three or four days, in 1985-2009 compared with the previous 25-year period.

"The general public may think that a 1 or 2 degree temperature rise is not that significant, but our results show that even small changes can result in more heat waves and more death," said Amir AghaKouchak, another climatologist at UC Irvine and a co-author of the report.
Scientists have warned for years that climate change will make heat waves more intense, more frequent and longer lasting.

The vast majority of India's 1.25 billion people are poor and have few options as temperatures hit sweltering levels, drying forests and riverbeds and wiping out farm animals. They are unlikely to have air conditioners — up to 25 percent still have no access to electricity.

Most in India rely on agriculture for their livelihoods, and climate change is likely to hurt their crops

Most Indian cities and states are not prepared to handle more heat, even if they understand the devastation it can wreak. In 2010, some 1,200 people died in a heat wave in the western city of Ahmedabad

After more than 2,500 were killed in heat-ravaged areas across India in 2015

They accounted for India's fast-rising population and income levels in the analysis, to make sure neither affected the results. In the case of income, they found an even stronger correlation between heat waves and deaths among those who are poor.


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This report doesn't really talk about the dire consequences to the plants at high temperatures - upon which the people (as crops and shade) and animals depend.

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In 2015, the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 10,812 kilowatthours (kWh), an average of 901 kWh per month. Louisiana had the highest annual electricity consumption at 15,435 kWh per residential customer, and Hawaii had the lowest at 6,166 kWh per residential customer.
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New Delhi (AP) -- India is now two and a half times more likely to experience a deadly heat wave than a half century ago, and all it took was an increase in the average temperature of just 0.5 degrees Celsius (less than 1 degree Fahrenheit), a new study shows.

For the last two weeks much of Asia has been gripped by a heat wave, with a record high of 53.5 degrees C (128.3 degrees F) set in the southwest Pakistani city of Turbat on May 28 — the world's hottest-ever temperature recorded for the month of May. Temperatures in the Indian capital of New Delhi have soared beyond 44 degrees C (111 degrees F).

The study also found that the number of heat wave days increased by 25 percent across most of India. Areas in the south and west experienced 50 percent more heat wave events, or periods of extreme heat lasting more than three or four days, in 1985-2009 compared with the previous 25-year period.

"The general public may think that a 1 or 2 degree temperature rise is not that significant, but our results show that even small changes can result in more heat waves and more death," said Amir AghaKouchak, another climatologist at UC Irvine and a co-author of the report.
Scientists have warned for years that climate change will make heat waves more intense, more frequent and longer lasting.

The vast majority of India's 1.25 billion people are poor and have few options as temperatures hit sweltering levels, drying forests and riverbeds and wiping out farm animals. They are unlikely to have air conditioners — up to 25 percent still have no access to electricity.

Most in India rely on agriculture for their livelihoods, and climate change is likely to hurt their crops

Most Indian cities and states are not prepared to handle more heat, even if they understand the devastation it can wreak. In 2010, some 1,200 people died in a heat wave in the western city of Ahmedabad

After more than 2,500 were killed in heat-ravaged areas across India in 2015

They accounted for India's fast-rising population and income levels in the analysis, to make sure neither affected the results. In the case of income, they found an even stronger correlation between heat waves and deaths among those who are poor.


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Hi,

Above News is everywhere here in India but since Ahmedabad is mentioned in it, would like to add my 2 cents here.
As I myself is living in this city of Ahmadabad. I am here since 1993 and at that time during the summers Heat was same as today but bit less scorching, Rains were less to very less.

In 2001, massive Earthquake Struck this part of India and everything is changed after that. All of sudden rains are more and regular. Dwarka region was know to have just 3 inches of rain in 3 years before that now get regular and good rainfalls.

I don't know much abt wht happened after earthquake or is this due to heating planet but change are for good in last 15 years.

Now coming to rent(s) on India & China regarding we can pollute this much but u can't.

here is Ground Reality:

1. india almost stop constructing/pushing for major power plants projects. Tata have coal fired plant in my State of Gujarat and it is available for sell @ Re.1. yes u heard it right and it still not finding any takers. India is almost self sufficient in electricity.

2. China : China is not increasing their coal power plants numbers as well. on Name of CPEC, they are dumping them in Pakistan @ 17% interest on loans and it is easy money.

These articles are more like for local consumption to sell Trump Govt. Plans/view and i wish best of luck with him to US of A.

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Nothing statistical.

I was chatting with a cashier at the local store. She is from India.
She said where her family lives -it is 30 degrees at night and 40 in the daytime.

It must be very tough on the population.

My heart goes out to all those suffering in the world.

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B&H Wind started construction of its wind farm last month near the intersection of Bon Homme, Hutchinson and Charles Mix counties, Hornstra said. The project is expected to be completed later this year, he added.

B&H recently sold 39 megawatts of electricity to NorthWestern Energy, adding to the original power purchase agreement of 41 megawatts previously signed by the two parties.

However, Hornstra added that the wind farm’s price compares favorably with the cost of other types of energy. “We can compete very well with coal,” he said.
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“At the start, we organized tours and learned from others,” he said. “At Pipestone, we saw a turbine on the playground, which the school owns. You don’t normally expect to see a turbine there. But it’s paying all of the heating bills and cooling bills for the school, the cost of the turbine, financing – and there is over $20,000 left at the end of the year.”

B&H organizers also toured an operation very close to home – the Elkhorn Ridge Wind Farm near Bloomfield, Neb., in neighboring Knox County, Neb. The operation consists of 27 turbines, with each turbine 410 feet from base to blade tip. Elkhorn Ridge holds the capacity for producing 81 megawatts, enough electricity to serve approximately 25,000 homes.
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Prices for the car start at RMB 93,900, or about $14,000, before incentives.

The E100, which is Baojun's first electric car, is powered by a single 39-horsepower electric motor and has a top speed of 62 miles an hour. The E100 can drive about 96 miles on a fully charged battery, according to GM (GM).

The E100 offers some amenities, such as an entertainment system with a 7-inch screen and built-in WiFi. All versions of the car will have parking sensors and pedestrian alert systems among other safety features.

China is the largest automotive market in the world, and its government is making a big push for electric cars. Already, China accounts for 40% of all electric cars sold worldwide, according to the International Energy Agency.
The E100 costs $5,300 after national and local electric vehicle incentives, according to GM.

More than 5,000 people have already registered to buy the first 200 vehicles, according to GM. Another 500 vehicles will be made available this week, and buyers will be chosen on a first-come-first-served basis, a GM spokerson said. Sales will initially be limited to the Guanxi region of southern China.







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Most of this thread has been on the environment and that is my passion.

I hate thinking of war and conflict etc and usually avoid TV and print news. Some news trickles in via finviz.com/news
Sadly I have been reading of North Korea.

I think if Kim Jong fires missiles at Gaum the USA will retaliate. I would hope the USA would do it with focused strikes just at the missile locations and artillery batteries with conventional weapons. I hope the USA doesn't raise a great nuclear cloud of radioactive particles by using conventional nuclear weapons. It would be such a mesh.

I hope everybody is praying. Maybe God can save us from ourselves.

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Since environmental issues are my day job routine, I think I see what is behind the scenes. And I started to not like the business cases and scams about "green" stuff...

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There are many profiteers in all lines of business, manufactured food, drugs, vent cleaning, car repairs, internet trading companies, GMO producers, the oil industry, nuclear fuel, the list is endless. I very much dislike those who green-wash and false label in environmental industry because of the dire need in the planet for healing.

However, there are those who are honestly working for the good of the planet and the health of people and animals. This thread is more focused on trying to catch those doing good.If you have knowledge of those doing a particularly fine job of doing good and helping please feel free to post them.

(For those on the side of evil and the bad please use another thread. It is hard enough my trying to stay positive in a world of negativity. "Any person can see dirt in the gutter not all can see the beauty in the stars". )

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Meat is a big contributor to climate change. If half of the people on the planet went vegetarian and followed a 2,500 calorie-per-day meal plan, it would eliminate 26.7 gigatons of emissions by 2050.
Wind energy could provide 21.6 percent of the world’s energy by 2050, that would eliminate 84.6 gigatons of emissions.
If 40 percent of urban travelers put down their car keys and instead took buses, trains or subways, 6.6 gigatons of emissions would be saved by 2050.
Fixing refrigeration would slash 89.7 gigatons in that time frame.

Perhaps for the same reason that remodeling a kitchen is more enticing than replacing a water heater, devising greener refrigerant chemicals will never make headlines like solar installations or electric cars do. You just can’t take a great selfie with the inside of an air-conditioner.

But fixing how we cool ourselves may also help fix the climate. New research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California indicates that adding improved efficiency in refrigeration and phasing out fluorinated gases used for cooling, as mandated by international agreement, could eliminate a full degree Celsius of warming by 2100. Given that the “business as usual” trajectory leads to 4 to 5 degrees Celsius of warming, that is shaving off a pretty big slice.

Hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, account for about 1 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, but they can be thousands of times as potent than carbon dioxide and may account for up to 19 percent of emissions by 2050 if their manufacture continues unchecked.

That’s because from India to the Philippines to South Africa, air-conditioners are increasingly a must-have item. Less than 10 percent of homes in India have units, but air-conditioning makes up 40 percent to 60 percent of the country’s electricity demand in major cities like New Delhi. Businesses and homeowners in Asia and Africa are expected to buy an estimated 700 million air-conditioners by 2030, and 1.6 billion by midcentury. Without major changes in the way we cool ourselves, those units will in turn crank up the global furnace.

“This is going to matter a lot,” said Lucas Davis, an associate professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. “If one is thinking about energy and environment in the next couple decades, you have to think about cooling.”
Controlling Chemicals That Cool Us

One way to curb emissions associated with air-conditioning is already in the works: the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol, the landmark 1987 pact designed to close the hole in the ozone layer by banning ozone-depleting coolants called chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs. Manufacturers found a substitute in HFCs, and while those didn’t degrade the ozone layer, scientists soon discovered that they acted as worrisome warming agents.

The amendment reached last year in the capital of Rwanda binds nations to phase out HFCs, avoiding an estimated half degree Celsius of warming by 2100. It was embraced by environmentalists and industry leaders alike, but its fate in the United States is unclear.

At two recent international summit meetings, the United States was listed as a footnote on all climate change pacts, including the Montreal Protocol. The State Department has neither sent the Kigali Amendment to the Senate for ratification as a treaty nor ruled that the deal does not require a legislative green light. A spokesman said the department had no updates on the matter. At least one powerful lawmaker, Senator James M. Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma, has vowed to oppose the amendment if it gets to Capitol Hill.

Scientists, activists and business leaders are meeting in Bangkok this week to discuss how to finance the phasing out of HFCs. Many there said they were confident the amendment would survive.

“It is imperative that we use the successful process started 30 years ago to protect the ozone layer and to ensure consumer access to technologies worldwide that contribute to health, safety and energy efficiency,” Kevin Fay, executive director of the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, which represents 95 percent of American refrigerant manufacturers, told delegates at the meeting.
Increasing Efficiency of Air-Conditioners

Efficiency doesn’t require a global treaty. It does, however, call for new regulatory policies on manufacturing standards and labeling.

It matters, researchers say, because cooling has a direct relationship with the building of coal-fired power plants to meet peak demand. If more air-conditioners are humming in more homes and offices, then more capacity will be required to meet the demand. So 1.6 billion new air-conditioners by 2050 means thousands of new power plants will have to come on line to support them.

The Lawrence Berkeley study argues that even a 30 percent improvement in efficiency could avoid the peak load equivalent of about 1,500 power plants by 2030.

But most countries have a lot of work to do in modernizing their energy policies.

“Many countries haven’t updated their standards in a while,” said Nihar Shah, a senior scientific engineering associate at the Lawrence Berkeley laboratory and lead author of the study, which examined the markets of 19 nations. “In most of these countries there’s an opportunity to do both things together.”

The countries driving the bulk of demand for air-conditioning — China, Brazil, India, and Indonesia — have energy efficiency improvement policies like labels and incentive programs. But improvements to China’s policies could have sweeping gains, because it is the key exporter to countries primarily in Southeast Asia, where demand is growing. India’s Ministry of Power is working to develop a program for bulk purchases of superefficient air-conditioners, which may include refrigerant alternatives to HFCs.

In India alone, air-conditioner purchases have risen sharply over the past decade. Many believe India will outpace China, which grew from 5 percent market penetration in the mid-1990s to more than 140 percent today, meaning millions of families have more than one air conditioner.

Durwood Zaelke, president of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, a nonprofit based in Washington that commissioned the lab study, said efficiency was not getting enough attention.

“We don’t pay attention to the fact that demand for air-conditioning is growing, just as the world is becoming more populated and richer, and will grow at a much greater rate as the world gets warmer,” he said.
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For instance, Eneco owns Jedlix, an electric vehicle charging unit, which has partnerships with Tesla and BMW and allows car owners to recharge their vehicles inexpensively when there are large supplies of renewable energy on the grid. Jedlix sometimes even pays them to do so.

Eneco is also starting a business called CrowdNett which, unusually, pays customers for some of their power. Eneco looks for people who already have solar panels at home and tries to sell them a large home battery, like a Tesla Powerwall. Surplus power generated by the solar panels is stored in the battery and Eneco taps into a portion of that storage to help balance the electricity grid. Customers will receive 450 euros, or $530, a year for allowing use of their batteries.

The Toon meters allow customers to control their domestic heating settings through a smartphone app, and they have displays that show electricity and natural gas consumption in detail, along with other information like weather forecasts. Much as telephone companies offer discounted devices with longer-term contracts, the Toon typically comes as part of a utility contract; Eneco customers pay €3.50 a month for the meter. In return, customers say it helps them save energy, offering the dual benefits of saving money and cutting the greenhouse gas emissions blamed for climate change. Quby says it has placed more than 300,000 Toons in Dutch homes and has deals to supply the devices to other utilities, like Engie in Belgium and Viesgo in Spain.

Mr. Westenbrink, who lives with his wife in a cozy, century-old house in Krommenie, estimates that the Toon has helped them cut their annual energy bills by nearly a third, to about €2,000. His wife, Karin Krol, says the Toon is also helping their family battle climate change. “We believe that small things can change the environment,” she said. Those who sign up for the Toon cut their average annual energy consumption by around a tenth, according to Quby. Lower energy consumption would not necessarily seem to be in Eneco’s interests, but it figures that any loss in revenue will be more than offset by growth in its services business.

Through Toons, Eneco can monitor the performance of natural gas boilers and solar panels and can send repair people when equipment needs servicing. And, as Mr. Valk, the Quby chief, had hoped, the devices have helped reduce the number of customers who leave Eneco for other providers by 60 percent, the company says.

Eneco has also invested heavily in wind power, in part so that it can assure environmentally minded customers that their power comes from cleaner sources. That has paid dividends: The company has a 10-year contract to supply Google with clean energy for an electricity-hungry data storage center that opened last year in Eemshaven, in the north of the Netherlands.




Daan Berkouwer and his wife, Louise Bokhoven, at their home on the outskirts of Gouda, the Netherlands. They are part of a pilot project using the Tesla Power Wall battery, which is mounted on the side of their house.
Much of Eneco’s strategy is in its infancy. CrowdNett, the battery storage service, has only a few dozen clients, but the utility has big ambitions for the initiative. If enough battery owners sign on, Eneco says, it can use software to electronically aggregate and sell the power, like a conventional utility.

Daan Berkouwer, who works for a water management company, said the combination of financial incentives and the promise of cutting emissions helped him decide to buy a lozenge-shape Tesla Powerwall battery to use with CrowdNett. “When everybody is doing this, then the oil companies can quit with their production,” said the 27-year-old Mr. Berkouwer, who lives with his wife on the outskirts of Gouda, the town famous for its cheese. “Why take out all the oil and demolish the planet if you can do it with clean energy?”

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Ford Motor (F) Announces MOU for All-Electric Vehicle JV with Zotye Auto in China; JV is 50/50

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Anhui Zotye Automobile Co., Ltd., a major manufacturer of zero-emission all-electric vehicles in China.

The goal of the MoU is to explore the establishment of a joint venture for the development, production, marketing and servicing of a new line of all-electric passenger vehicles in China. The announcement is consistent with Ford’s vision for a more sustainable auto industry, as well as efforts to contribute to societal goals of improving air quality and addressing climate change.

“The potential to launch a new line of all-electric vehicles in the world’s largest auto market is an exciting next step for Ford in China,” said Peter Fleet, Ford group vice president and president, Ford Asia Pacific. “Electric vehicles will be a big part of the future in China and Ford wants to lead in delivering great solutions to customers.”
China is the fastest-growing market in the world for new energy vehicles (NEVs). Ford expects the market for NEVs in China to grow to six million units per year by 2025, of which approximately 4 million vehicles will be all-electric.
Zotye Auto is a pioneer in the Chinese all-electric vehicle segment and was one of the first automakers to produce all-electric passenger vehicles in the country. It is the market leader in China’s all-electric small vehicle segment. Zotye sold more than 16,000 all-electric vehicles through July this year, representing a growth of 56 percent year-over-year.

Vehicles produced would be sold under an indigenous brand owned by the new joint venture and would aim to capture a sizeable share of China’s all-electric passenger vehicle market. Additional details, including information about the brand, products and production volumes, will be announced at a later date, pending a final definitive agreement and regulatory approvals.

“The MoU between Zotye Auto and Ford opens the door for us to explore our cooperation in the development of clean energy vehicles,” said Jin ZheYong, chairman and president, Anhui Zotye Automobile Co., Ltd., based in Huangshan, Anhui province. “This presents us with an exciting opportunity to leverage each other’s strengths in achieving a win-win situation for both parties’ growth in the fast-evolving Chinese electric vehicle market.”
As part of its global electrification commitment, Ford has invested $4.5 billion to make electric vehicles that offer customers more capability, productivity and performance. Ford plans to introduce 13 new electrified vehicles globally in the next five years, including an all-electric small SUV to be sold in Asia, North America and Europe. Ford also recently announced an ambitious China electrification strategy and confirmed that 70 percent of all Ford vehicles sold in China will have electrified powertrain options by 2025.

The new 50:50 joint venture would be a major step forward in building on Ford’s electrification initiatives and will significantly expand Ford’s footprint in China, along with the company’s successful joint ventures, Changan Ford and Jiangling Motors Corporation.

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The Couple Who Bought Barren Land In 1991 And Transformed It Into A 300 Acre Wildlife Sanctuary, by Shreya Pareek

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Meanwhile, the leaders of the battery pack are expanding. AES recently teamed up with Siemens on a joint venture, Fluence, focusing specifically on energy storage system development. Fluence will deal in AES’ Advancion and Siemens’ Siestorage platforms, the companies said, adding it will target the development of new energy storage capacity across 160 countries worldwide.

Tesla is looking in another direction. It already has the largest portfolio of completed energy storage projects globally, at 300 MWh. What it is looking for now is integrating future storage systems with wind and solar electricity producers.

When Tesla said it had won a deal for the construction of the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery storage facility in Australia, it noted that the deal involves partnering with local wind power producer, Neoen, which will supply the battery complex with electricity.

At the same time, AES is working mainly with traditional utilities to supply them with energy storage capacity, focusing on constantly improving the energy density and efficiency of its arrays. Tesla’s all-renewables focus is well documented, and now it could give it the lead in the energy storage race.

Earlier this month, Tesla closed another partnership, with wind power leader Vestas, to develop integrated wind power-energy storage solutions. The Danish company announced earlier this year that it has big plans for energy storage, with Chairman Bert Nordberg telling Reuters that the company had 3.2 billion euro (US$3.84 billion) in cash and no debt, so it could afford some good investments. So far this year, Vestas has invested in almost a dozen battery storage makers.

Energy storage, according to AES’ CEO Andres Gluski, is “the Holy Grail for renewables.”
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I watched parts of this video



At 1:13, near the end he wraps up the presentation with his discussion with a shaman of the Amazon and the problem facing humanity.

I recommend to start here and continue on until the end of the Hermetic dialogue. 1:28

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not ehough people are interested in a living and healthy Earth, everyone is led by money and lust

Yes, too many are, as you said, led by money and lust.

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Nevertheless, I care. It is the central core of my mission of this life.

And one is one. And adding another that is two.

Focus your attention on the good and those who do good. And the more energy you direct to the good the more you strengthen it.

The creative intelligence, the force of infinite power, is there. And will work through you.
Your purpose is only to be a channel.

Let the bad flow by. Give them no energy of attention. Dream of the good, of the beautiful of the healed garden of Eden, the jewel of the planet given us. Then work tirelessly, endlessly, never giving in to discouragement, for manifesting the good.

The door to the kingdom is narrow and the way is hard. The path to destruction is wide and the way easy and traveled by the many.

Keep the faith!

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Paul Allen Wants to Use Satellites and Software to Fight Illegal Fishing
The Microsoft co-founder is donating $40 million to the effort
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Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen, concerned about illegal fishing depleting global fish populations, will spend $40 million to develop a system that uses satellite imagery and data-analysis software to help countries spot and catch unlicensed fishing boats.

Called SkyLight, the system is being tested in the Pacific Island of Palau and the African nation of Gabon. Allen is trying to use technology to aid enforcement, particularly in countries with thousands of miles of coastline to patrol and few resources to do so. Allen will announce the initiative at the Our Oceans Conference in Malta on Friday.

Illegal fishing accounts for about 20 percent of the world’s catch, costing up to $23.5 billion a year, according to the World Wildlife Foundation, and placing additional stress on a wild fish population that has declined by about half since 1970. Overfishing raises the risk of conflict among fishing nations and raises the risk of hunger and joblessness in an industry that provides employment for more than 1 in 10 of the world’s people. Allen, an avid diver, has backed other ocean health projects and is also active in conservation efforts like trying to save the African elephant population by using drones and sensors to track their movements.

“The stakes are high and the threat is real,” said Dave Stewart, general counsel and head of government affairs for Allen’s Vulcan Inc. “Very few countries have access to timely, actionable intelligence and technology to address this issue. We are developing an illegal fishing intelligence network that will bring this to them.”

About 90 percent of the world’s fishing grounds are being harvested at or beyond sustainable limits. Some species, such as the southern bluefin tuna, are threatened with extinction. Shrinking supplies off the central and western coast of Africa have raised concerns about future food shortages there. In the Mediterranean and Black seas, catches have fallen by a third since 2007.

SkyLight, which will be broadly available in the first half of next year, takes multiple data sources from satellite images, to shipping records to information manually collected by officials standing on docks, and uses machine learning software to track and predict which vessels might be operating illegally. Over time, Vulcan is building its own database of all the boats it tracks. That allows countries to better focus limited resources. Some of the countries impacted have “one enforcement boat that goes out once a month if they have gas money,” he said.

Along with the tracking network, countries will also get access to Vulcan’s in-house scientists and business analysts, who will help advise them on how to make the best decisions about fishery management, the number of fishing licenses issued and appropriate penalties for illegal fishing

The service is cloud-based and will enable different countries to communicate and share information as boats move from one country’s waters to the next, a challenge currently. Allen’s donation will cover the cost of setting up the service and starting with the initial countries. Vulcan is charging participating countries for using SkyLight but plans to use the funds to expand and sustain the program rather than as a money maker, Stewart said.

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even such good people with big money can't help our planet, because there are another, who are against this....they rule our world (in economical way), we don't know them, but it is not favorible for them to save the Earth...One question - where they plan to live?

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Yes, too many are, as you said, led by money and lust.

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Nevertheless, I care. It is the central core of my mission of this life.

And one is one. And adding another that is two.

Focus your attention on the good and those who do good. And the more energy you direct to the good the more you strengthen it.

The creative intelligence, the force of infinite power, is there. And will work through you.
Your purpose is only to be a channel.

Let the bad flow by. Give them no energy of attention. Dream of the good, of the beautiful of the healed garden of Eden, the jewel of the planet given us. Then work tirelessly, endlessly, never giving in to discouragement, for manifesting the good.

The door to the kingdom is narrow and the way is hard. The path to destruction is wide and the way easy and traveled by the many.

Keep the faith!




"It is the central core of my mission of this life."

Add me, now you have 3

Nice thread aquarian - lots of good information, although it is sad. Especially since most people do not care about the well being of our planet.

I find this thread interesting because recently I started working on a side project to invest (buy and hold strategy) in "green" companies since i believe they are the future. If you look, many of them are (i believe) under priced right now, likely due to uncertainty around global warming (trump pulling out of the paris agreement, regulations, oil companies owning the banks and government, ect). But i think it is only a matter of time before there is a global awakening and the green companies take over.

Anyways, good luck on your journey and i hope you continue to post here!

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"It is the central core of my mission of this life."

Add me, now you have 3

Nice thread aquarian - lots of good information, although it is sad. Especially since most people do not care about the well being of our planet.

I find this thread interesting because recently I started working on a side project to invest (buy and hold strategy) in "green" companies since i believe they are the future. If you look, many of them are (i believe) under priced right now, likely due to uncertainty around global warming (trump pulling out of the paris agreement, regulations, oil companies owning the banks and government, ect). But i think it is only a matter of time before there is a global awakening and the green companies take over.

Anyways, good luck on your journey and i hope you continue to post here!

Josh

Hi Josh!

Many thanks!

Welcome aboard!
t is great to have another on the team.

I find the media likes to pull us down by overwhelming us with bad news. But that is who they are. Like the mafia using fear, terror and darkness to control. It is like a poisonous snake you don't blame it for being a snake, but you avoid it and continue on your path.

Last night I watch a youtube about a new battery. I haven't researched it yet but here is the link:


Lithium-Ion Battery Inventor Introduces Fast-Charging, Noncombustible Batteries - Cockrell School of Engineering

"A team of engineers led by 94-year-old John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has developed the first all-solid-state battery cells that could lead to safer, faster-charging, longer-lasting rechargeable batteries for handheld mobile devices, electric cars and stationary energy storage."

There are good things happening and the more we share the stories of good the more they will happen.

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Doug Selsam Inventor of Superturbine(R)

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In this video is the 1948 panhard dyanavia
which got 80.7 mpg.

With the improvements in engines since then one would likely be able to get over 100mpg, but even without that think about how many hundreds on millions (or billions?) of gallons of gasoline could have been saved in the last 69 years.

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20 VINTAGE VEHICLE DESIGNS THAT DEFINE COOL




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Don't want to pick a fight but who counted the fish to determine 70% are gone....and I don't buy one third of gasoline is consumed by idling(among other things I was a ASE mechanic).
At the risk of offending my Asian friends the Chinese and the Japanese are the worst of the bunch....they still buy rhino horns, elephant tusks, whale meat, and just want the gall bladders from black bears...and on and on. Basically they won't stop until what they want is extinct.


In my opinion, there is no need to count this. You could simply look at the dropping ratio every year and subtract that from an estimated amount of fishes in the sea. However, the problem still persists even if that quote is wrong. Climate change and other resources are being exhausted and will be exhausted with time that is just a fact. We just need to ask ourself what are we doing today to change that.

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After being on the helicopter ride and see the immense sea of palm oil trees the local commented:

"It's so sad
It's so bad."

I couldn't have said it better
So sad and SO BAD


orangutans several thousand to 1,000
reserve - the need to restore the canopy

each individual orangutan needs 5 to 6 square km
but 5 individuals in 1 sq km (so should be 25 30 sq km)


--at this point in the video I just felt like crying

I couldn't watch the rest.

My heart went out to the poor orangutans.

A brave few people battling against the enormous onslaught of huge corporations, outgunned and out manned--
I hate seeing mankind's greed and overpopulation and self-interest devouring all before it.--

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitrogen_trifluoride

Greenhouse gas

NF3 is a greenhouse gas, with a global warming potential (GWP) 17,200 times greater than that of CO2 when compared over a 100-year period.[12][13][14] Its GWP place it second only to SF6 in the group of Kyoto-recognised greenhouse gases, and NF3 was included in that grouping with effect from 2013 and the commencement of the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

Applications

Nitrogen trifluoride is used in the plasma etching of silicon wafers. Today nitrogen trifluoride is predominantly employed in the cleaning of the PECVD chambers in the high-volume production of liquid-crystal displays and silicon-based thin-film solar cells.

Elemental fluorine has been introduced as an environmentally friendly replacement for nitrogen trifluoride in the manufacture of flat-panel displays and thin-film solar cells.[11]

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Efforts are being made to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and combat global warming, yet a new problem is surfacing: Ocean acidification. The ocean has been absorbing man-made carbon dioxide. However, this is causing the ocean to turn acidic, and is negatively impacting coral, shelled creatures, and even the phytoplankton that are the foundation of marine food webs. Some have pointed out that this could disrupt various ecosystems. We'll take a look at this new aspect of global warming.

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Here is a video:



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Plastic problem is far worst than the video hints at. Plastic in the ocean will break into micro particles which fish eat and fills their gut starving them. Plastic in the ocean had been a huge problem for a long time. After decades still just talk and eyedropper solutions.

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It's rather a shame that people don't get at the root of the prb - the making of plastic.
It's is totally unnecessary.

For decades a similar material to plastic has been made from (corn) sugar. This "plastic" can be made for bags, containers etc - anything petrol based plastic can. It biodgrades quickly and completely.

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Can anyone find more info on this?

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Global Warming’s Worst-Case Projections Look Increasingly Likely



In fact, the new paper is the latest in a growing series that project larger impacts than previously predicted or conclude that climate change is unfolding faster than once believed.

Notably, Arctic sea ice is melting more rapidly than the models can explain

For this study, the scientists collected more than a decade’s worth of satellite observations concerning the amount of sunlight reflected back into space by things like clouds, snow, and ice; how much infrared radiation is escaping from Earth; and the net balance between the amount of energy entering and leaving the atmosphere. Then the researchers compared that “top-of-atmosphere” data with the results of earlier climate models to determine which ones most accurately predicted what the satellites actually observed.

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In fact, the world will have to cut another 800 gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions this century for the earlier warming estimates to hold. (By way of comparison, total greenhouse-gas emissions stood at about 49 gigatons last year.)

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energy cost of building wind turbine recovered in 6 months of operation
(life is usually 25 years so 50 times recovery)

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The rise and rise of the Chinese plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market is unstoppable, with yet another record performance in November — 84,000 new passenger PEVs registered last month. That’s almost double last year’s total for November. That 84,000 also put the year to date (YTD) count over 490,000, up 60% year over year (YoY).
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  • 70% of all the fish in the ocean are gone
  • 50% of the world's forests are gone
  • the Amazon is still being destroyed at a rate of the size of Belgium each year
  • Madagascar has been almost completely deforested
  • millions of acres of arable land are being lost to desert each year (China and Africa)
  • Russia flares so much natural gas that from the shuttle it is visible.
  • toxic waste is being dumped in the oceans and the fine is only $25,000
  • they still allow dragnet trawling
  • Japanese herd dolphins into a bay and slaughter them alive filling the water full of blood
  • Chicken hatcheries confine the birds so tightly in cages that to keep them from pecking themselves to death (i.e. committing suicide) they cut off the beaks -incredibly painful and they grind up the male chicks alive.
  • veal comes from baby calves that are never allowed to move or see sunlight.
  • we have released so much CO2 into the atmosphere that the oceans are turning to carbonic acid which dissolves the coral reefs - nurseries of the ocean.
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the list goes on and on..
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one third - yes one third of all gasoline consumed by vehicles is from unnecessary idling. It causes more wear on your engine to idle it for 30 seconds while parked then to turn it off and on - not to mention the gas - so turn off your engine when you stop your car or are stuck in a traffic jam and go into the store.


The one in bold is awful. I don't know why we as a species are so cruel. I'm amazed we haven't wiped ourselves out yet.

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The one in bold is awful. I don't know why we as a species are so cruel. I'm amazed we haven't wiped ourselves out yet.

Yes it is amazing we are so cruel.

That we will wipe so many other beautiful creatures along the way that is so disturbing.

I can't understand why we think it is a game to cram so many of us on the planet. What is wrong with only having one or two children per family? With so much habitat being destroyed the poor animals we are supposed to protect and nurture are being wiped out.

So cruel, so sad so bad.

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This is an excellent video - very well made with excellent clips and editing.
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Students from Holland created a community project in Peru to bring water to a small community on the edge of the Atacama desert in Peru. They way they did it with community involvement and training on of the locals (Nestor) on every facet of the project is commendable.


Not only did they harvest water from the fog but also set up a diverse garden with fruit trees, medicinal trees and plants and vegetables. Everything is 100 percent organic and they way they organized the garden is to help the land become more fertile and with better nutrients each year, building the soil.



An important feature is biochar (min 7:00) which provides:
1. water retention
2. housing of microbial life - the microorganisms can thrive
3. nutrient retention





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Contrast The Nature Conservancy (TNC)s actions and its unwillingness to talk about the results of these failed ventures with that of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

In Bird Society Leads by Example: Operates Large Wind Turbine at Headquarters
https://www.wind-works.org/cms/index.php?id=85&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=4234&cHash=de535bba2d17ff5e3eb11ebb753fcd76
, I explain how one EnNGO--one specifically devoted to protecting birds--confronts head on the dilemma posed by using wind energy to power its facilities. They didn't choose a token device, or a sham Potemkin wind turbine, they chose a real, working, commercial-scale wind machine. They forthrightly dealt with all the questions, conflict, and anger that that decision entailed. They saw it as part of their mission to explain what is necessary to confront climate change. And they openly explained how and why they reached the decision they did and what they've learned so far.

Unfortunately, that's not how TNC nor many other American EnNGOs work.

TNC depends on donor support for its survival. Misuse of donor funds can seriously erode its ability to raise money for its mission of buying and preserving land. TNC's reaction to the Palmyra scandal is simply to clam up.

As a volunteer with the TNC here in California I am aware of the good work they do. Without them even more of California would be despoiled by development. For those of us who support TNC's mission, maintaining the public's trust in TNC's integrity should be a top priority. Hiding ill-conceived ventures from the public in a cloud of secrecy and obfuscation doesn't serve TNC's long-term interests or the interests of environmental preservation.

Wind energy is a field where TNC has no expertise. They should have done more homework--if they did any at all. The tragedy of TNC's foolish venture with a ducted device on Palmyra Atoll is that the whole experience could have been avoided with a few phone calls or even a trip to a library. (Remember those?)

Ducted devices have a long, sad history. The end is never a happy one. Dew Oliver went to prison for his fraud in the 1920s and it's been downhill ever since.

WIND-WORKS: Details Ducted Wind Turbines[tt_news]=4974&cHash=b0ce320f971b8803d13a39ab25b1b622

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-23/electric-buses-are-hurting-the-oil-industry

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-07/china-launches-worlds-first-all-electric-cargo-ship
The battery system contains 1,000 lithium-ion packs, which can be supported with additional units if the cargo is heavier or needs to travel a longer distance.
China just launched its first all-electric cargo ship, which will travel 50 miles at a top speed of 8 miles per hour on a single charge. Though it will be able to carry 2,200 tons of cargo with every haul, that battery capacity is barely enough to fulfill any transatlantic shipments. It will take just two hours to recharge, which is about as much time the vessel needs to unload at a destination.

China is the leading producer of solar panels and wind turbines. The development of this major innovation in China means that the ship will have ample exposure to innovators in green space who could help the electric ship become a global product.

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/01/01/shenzhen-completes-switch-fully-electric-bus-fleet-electric-taxis-next/

One city in China, Shenzhen, has more electric buses than all of America’s biggest cities have buses

If 16,359 buses sounds like a lot, that’s because it is. As shared by our friend and contributor Tim Dixon on EV Obsession, that’s approximately 3 times as many buses as New York City has in its fleet (all buses), and nearly 8 times the total Los Angeles has.

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While the exact cause of these die-offs is not entirely understood, a recent report has linked Monsanto's Glyphosates to the global decline in honey bees.

Monarchs and honey bees are critical components of the food chain, and if massive die-offs continue, well, it could disrupt the food supply for humans.




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A brand new survey of 73 scientific reports that was just released has come to the conclusion that the total number of insects on the globe is falling by 2.5 percent per year. If we stay on this current pace, the survey warns that there might not be “any insects at all” by the year 2119. And since insects are absolutely critical to the worldwide food chain, that has extremely ominous implications for all of us.



The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review.

More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century.


The researchers set out their conclusions in unusually forceful terms for a peer-reviewed scientific paper: “The [insect] trends confirm that the sixth major extinction event is profoundly impacting [on] life forms on our planet.

“Unless we change our ways of producing food, insects as a whole will go down the path of extinction in a few decades,” they write. “The repercussions this will have for the planet’s ecosystems are catastrophic to say the least.”


One of the biggest impacts of insect loss is on the many birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish that eat insects. “If this food source is taken away, all these animals starve to death,” he said. Such cascading effects have already been seen in Puerto Rico, where a recent study revealed a 98% fall in ground insects over 35 years.

And without bees and other pollinators, humans would be in a world of hurt. You may have heard that Albert Einstein once said the following…

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.”
In the US, the number of honey-bee colonies dropped from 6 million in 1947 to 2.5 million just six decades later.



Fewer phytoplankton means less thiamine being produced. That means less thiamine is available to pass up the food chain. Next thing you know, there’s a 70% decline in seabird populations.

This is something I’ve noticed directly and commented on during my annual pilgrimages to the northern Maine coast over the past 30 years, where seagulls used to be extremely common and are now practically gone. Seagulls!

Next thing you know, some other major food chain will be wiped out and we’ll get oceans full of jellyfish instead of actual fish.

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Beginning in Feb 2017, as part of China’s broader “National Sword” campaign, the largest buyer of recyclables from the US, banned 24 types of solid waste from being imported and placed tougher restrictions on the ones it continues to accept.



Ewall noted that burning trash releases “28 times more dioxin pollution” than burning coal, emitting “the most toxic chemicals known to science,” like mercury and lead.

“It destroyed the sense of community, because people that were here moved. You cannot sell the house. It has destroyed the foundations,” local activist Zulene Mayfield told Ruptly.

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Tesla’s main factory in Nevada will soon have capacity to produce 35 GWh worth of batteries, enough to take up 60,000 to 85,000 tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent (“LCE”) all by itself.

The Chinese government is determined to get more EVs on the road to help alleviate the country’s severe air pollution problems. That has translated into a goal of having EVs make up 20% of sales (7 million cars) by 2025.

China is also building gigafactories to get there. Indeed, according to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence’s Simon Moores, China accounts for almost 60 percent of the 40 lithium-ion battery metals megafactories his firm is currently tracking.

Tianqi and Gangfeng Lithium, its two biggest players in the space, have been busy creating vertically integrated lithium operations that include interests in lithium operations, chemical processing of that lithium and battery manufacture.

Brines Versus Hard Rock: Two Key Sources Of Supply

South America, Australia and China dominate the world’s lithium production, with Chile, Argentina, Australia and China accounting for 85% of the world’s lithium production, or 216,000 tonnes of LCE in 2017.

The “Lithium Triangle,” formed where the borders of Chile, Argentina and Bolivia meet, provides the largest proportion of that production.


Lithium there is produced by evaporating the salty brines (“salars”) that populate this high-desert part of the Andes.

Lithium carbonate is generated by pumping the briny water in these areas to surface and then moving it through evaporation ponds to bring the LCE to a salable concentration level. This process takes about 12-18 months.

The other primary source of lithium is from hard rock mining, primarily in Western Australia. The Greenbushes mine south of Perth contains the world’s largest spodumene deposit, which is the primary lithium-containing hard rock mineral.


There are two primary intermediate products from lithium mining, lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide. As mentioned, lithium prices are usually quoted in terms of lithium carbonate equivalent (“LCE”).

Lithium hydroxide is gaining greater prominence in the industry, however, as EV OEMs like Tesla have developed a preference for batteries that use the lithium derived from lithium hydroxide.

A desire to reduce the expensive cobalt content and increase the more power-dense nickel content of the batteries has led to this preference.

And while the lithium carbonate produced by lithium brines can be converted into lithium hydroxide with an extra step, it is generally less expensive to generate lithium hydroxide directly from spodumene.

Lithium Market Dominated By Handful Of Players

Just as a few regions account for a vast amount of the world’s lithium production, a few companies generate the vast majority of this global supply.

The key players are:

• Albemarle — North Carolina-based Albemarle is a specialty chemical company that derives roughly a third of its revenues from lithium production.

• SQM — Short for Socieded Quimica y Minera de Chile, SQM is a state-run, diversified chemical company that controls key lithium production facilities in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

• Livent — Spun off from specialty chemical producer FMC in 2018, Livent is another key player in the lithium space. The company’s October IPO raised $390 million in a turbulent market for global stocks.

• Tianqi Lithium — The Chinese company added to its 51% ownership stake in the Greenbushes Mine in Australia recently by taking a 24% stake in SQM. The controlling stake in Greenbushes is through its control of Talison Mining, a joint venture with Albemarle. It has filed for a Hong Kong listing.

• Gangfeng Lithium — Gangfeng is China’s largest lithium compounds producer and the second largest overall. It is one of the most vertically integrated of the major lithium companies. Like Livent, the company recently listed (on the Hong Kong exchange) and had a rocky debut due to global market volatility.

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Roughly 70% of all produce sold in the U.S. has pesticide residue in it, even after it is washed, according to a new report from the Guardian. According to data from the US Department of Agriculture and analyzed by the Environmental Working Group, strawberries, spinach and kale have the heaviest pesticide presence, while sweetcorn, avocados and pineapples had the lowest presence.

more than 92% of kale that was tested had two or more pesticide residues in it. A sample of any conventionally farmed kale could contain "up to 18 different pesticides", according to the report.

Dacthal was the most common pesticide found. It was detected in about 60% of kale samples and is banned in Europe and classified as a possible carcinogen in the U.S.

Other foods that the group warns about include grapes, cherries, apples, tomatoes and potatoes. Foods like avocados, onions and cauliflower were found to be {less poisoned}



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Giant Void Hidden Under Antarctica’s Ice Threatens Vast Glacier

The void is large enough to have once held 15 billion tons (13.6 billion metric tons) of ice, but much of that ice has melted during the past three years, according to NASA.

The cavity is colossal, about two-thirds the area of Manhattan and nearly 1,000 feet (300 meters) tall. It's growing at the bottom of Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica, and it's rapidly enabling ice melt above it.

Thwaites Glacier is about the size of Florida and currently responsible for roughly 4 percent of global sea rise. https://www.livescience.com/62435-thwaites-glacier-sea-level-study.html

If the entire glacier melted, the resulting water could raise world ocean levels by more than 2 feet (65 centimeters), the researchers said. Moreover, the glacier acts as a backstop for neighboring glaciers, meaning that it slows the rate at which they lose ice. If those glaciers melted, too, sea levels could increase a whopping 8 feet (2.4 meters), the research team said.
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The climate bullshit fund

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"The overwhelming evidence of the IPBES Global Assessment, from a wide range of different fields of knowledge, presents an ominous picture," said IPBES Chair, Sir Robert Watson. "The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide."

The average abundance of native species in most major land-based habitats has fallen by at least 20%, mostly since 1900. More than 40% of amphibian species, almost 33% of reef-forming corals and more than a third of all marine mammals are threatened. The picture is less clear for insect species, but available evidence supports a tentative estimate of 10% being threatened. At least 680 vertebrate species had been driven to extinction since the 16th century and more than 9% of all domesticated breeds of mammals used for food and agriculture had become extinct by 2016, with at least 1,000 more breeds still threatened.

"Ecosystems, species, wild populations, local varieties and breeds of domesticated plants and animals are shrinking, deteriorating or vanishing. The essential, interconnected web of life on Earth is getting smaller and increasingly frayed," said Prof. Settele. "This loss is a direct result of human activity and constitutes a direct threat to human well-being in all regions of the world."

Compiled by 145 expert authors from 50 countries over the past three years, with inputs from another 310 contributing authors, the Report assesses changes over the past five decades, providing a comprehensive picture of the relationship between economic development pathways and their impacts on nature.

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Presented with comment... except
except my heart goes to the guy in India --- since 1979 he has been working for the planet not himself .. kindred soul my trading success shall make the dreams of the good reality...

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enjoy - but also see it in your mind.
Please see the healing of the planet..

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Filmed more than a decade ago this only touches on the extent of the global catastropy.

The ice shield has become lubricated by water at the base and huge amounts are rushing downhill. It is not a question of the melt rate but the slide.

(note the mention of 7 meters - its not just the rise of levels but also the change in salinity

All these icebergs could water the desert and grow trees another project for me once I have made my money... :-)
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78millions tonnes of plastic a year globally

practically none of it gets re-cycled

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More than 4,000 schools across France have closed in the last week as meteorologists noted that the mercury hit 45 Celsius last Friday.

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What if we were to stop trying to be the policeman of the entire world and we redirected our funds currently being used for wars of agression and regime change to actually helping the planet and it's people?

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What if we were to stop trying to be the policeman of the entire world and we redirected our funds currently being used for wars of agression and regime change to actually helping the planet and it's people?

It is a vast amount of money. The number I have heard is that the USA spends more than any other country on Defense and 52% of the the entire world's war budget.

Undoubtedly you could forest the entire USA desert and most of Africa.

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The article is about the

Growing oranges in the winter
'https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD_3_gsgsnk

but also contains info on the harm of GMO&pesticides

https://healthvox.net/2019/09/14/documentary-nebraska-retiree-uses-earths-heat-to-grow-oranges-in-snow/

Here are some clippings of the article

Genetically modified seeds, the weed killer Roundup (glyphosate), and other dangerous agro chemicals and pesticides have hijacked our food system. This chemically-based method of industrial agriculture has irrevocably damaged the soil. It kills the microorganisms that provide the nutrients needed for plant growth and nutrition, depleting the soil minerals that enrich our food.

Because of soil depletion, fruits and vegetables grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than those grown today;1 each successive generation of pesticide-resistant, gene-altered fruits and vegetables now is less nutritious than the one before.

Herbicides like Roundup and pesticides which include the notorious chlorpyrifos, atrazine and neonicotinoids, have endangered much of the U.S. food system, polluted our water systems and contributed to resistant pathogens.

The so-called Dirty Dozen with the highest pesticide concentrations include strawberries, apples, nectarines, peaches, celery, grapes, cherries, spinach, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. Human consumption of pesticides has been linked to cancer risks
https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/04/29/pesticide-exposure.aspx
, fertility problems and other health concerns.

Fortunately, there are safe, effective and natural alternatives for almost any pest problem that an individual gardener might come across. For example, a mashed garlic paste combined with a little cayenne pepper or horseradish made into a homemade garden spray will discourage most pests.
https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/05/23/edible-garden.aspx


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The child petitioners – aged between 8 to 17 – allege that Member States’ failure to tackle the climate crisis constitutes a violation of child rights. They urge the independent body to order Member States to take action to protect children from the devastating impacts of climate change.

“Change needs to happen now if we are to avoid the worst consequences. The climate crisis is not just the weather. It means also, lack of food and lack of water, places that are unliveable and refugees because of it. It is scary,” said Greta Thunberg.

The complaint was filed through the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a voluntary mechanism which allows children or adults on their behalf to appeal directly to the United Nations for help if a country that has ratified the Protocol fails to provide a remedy for a rights violation.


Deputy Executive Director Charlotte Petri Gornitzka. “We fully support children exercising their rights and taking a stand. Climate change will impact every single one of them. It’s no wonder they are uniting to fight back.”

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She tells the truth.

"Our biosphere is being sacrificed to make a few. richer at the expense of the many"

"We have not come to beg you to care. You have ignored us in the past and you will continue to."

Speech 3:26min
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It is disgusting how many buy into the sales BS of the PR company that delay action on Big Tobacco by 30 years. Bug tobacco new the truth and they waged an effective disinformation war on the public "weal there are two side to the debate"

Big oil hired the same bullshit artists with the same devastating effect- 30 years of delay on the world crisis.

The house is burning down. Are you dancing on the decks of the titanic??

Are you celebrating your own stupidity and ignorance, shouting joyfully what an ill-informed idiot you are?

This is not whether you think basil or cilantro will enhance the flavor of your salad debate. This is the life of the planet - its plants, animals, fish and insects.

Two hundred species are going extinct each day!!
Let me repeat that
Two hundred species are going extinct each day!!
well I am sure you didn't listen or really think about what that means so I will repeat
Two hundred species are going extinct each day!!

every day
every day, every day, day after day....

Are you deaf to the pain of the planet's life?

Do you only care about govt giving more and more subsides by govt to fossil fuel companies.. lining the pocket of the rich, fat, sickening ugly at the top?

the reality has been crustal clear. - but you leave your car running and talk about education of your children for their future.. SHAME ON YOU!!!

8 years only 8 years

and you party on on the decks of the titanic, Sing songs of "technology will save us" to the tune to "hey its all about me.."

THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE!!!



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David Wallace-Wells: ‘Why climate change is gravely worse than feared'


" we did the damage and so we can undo the damage.
Nearly everything about it is within our power"

Bullshit David!
Bullshit!!
- fossil fuel elites - CEO, PR AND Media did the damage. We the people have NO say on what they did how they lied to the masses and the evil of their hearts to continue to kill the planet.

How many CEOs (PB Shell, Exon -etc) called to say well=-done?
How many journalists said - we;ll done - not alarmist enough - I too will Learn an tell the story?
How many politicians aid - well done - yes it was we politicians with the power to implement change that choose inaction. - we will/are going to take massive action NOW.

We haven't written this story - they have and they love it - the dollars and the destruction.

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That shows where restoring nature or preventing its loss provide the biggest benefits, says Balvanera.

The magnitude of those impacts won’t be mitigated by technology or infrastructure, she says. South Asia would have to build thousands of water treatment plants to provide the clean water people need, while nature can do it for free. Madagascar can’t afford to build seawalls to protect its coasts but it could restore its coastal communities of mangroves and seagrasses.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/billions-face-food-water-shortages-over-next-30-years-as-nature-fails/ar-AAIApPM

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https://climateandsecurity.org/2019/08/01/army-war-college-the-u-s-military-is-precariously-underprepared-for-climate-change/

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Although I believe we should be good stewards of our beautiful planet. I just do not get all the irational aniexity? Im more in line with the late George Carlin. My favorite liberal! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EjmtSkl53h4

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As ExxonMobil heads to court this week for a New York lawsuit accusing it of misleading investors about climate change, a team of researchers at George Mason, Harvard and Bristol universities tracked evidence of a decades-long campaign of alleged deception at the oil giant that the scientists say has confused the American public.

Their report issued Monday draws parallels between the campaigns launched by tobacco companies to delay dangerous health findings from smoking to the fossil-fuel industry’s go-slow response to climate change.The authors highlighted the tactics used by the campaigns, “including trotting out fake experts, promoting conspiracy theories and cherry-picking evidence.”

They pointed to specific examples employed by ExxonMobil XOM, +0.23% , including an ad that ran in the New York Times in 2004 that read like an editorial. It advocated a “balanced” scientific approach to climate-change study, giving much weight to those skeptical of the prevailing research, even as the broader science community was united.

“Climate deniers directly impact the scientific community — and, in turn, its ability to serve the public good — by forcing climate scientists to respond to bad-faith demands and arguably causing a chilling effect pressuring scientists to underplay scientific results,” wrote George Mason’s John Cook, Harvard’s Geoffrey Supran and Australia-based Bristol’s Stephan Lewandowsky and colleagues. The academic findings largely echo 2015 reporting by the Los Angeles Times and Inside Climate News that detailed ExxonMobil’s anti-climate-change campaign.

ExxonMobil had previously dismissed much of the prevailing research as the work of anti-oil activists and paid media placement, although its own internal documents going back to the 1950s show that in-house scientists were explicitly aware of the potential dangers of human-caused climate change caused by their product. Exxon has more recently joined certain private sector-led global pledges to promote more energy sources.

Read: Companies are too slow with shift to carbon neutral, say investors with $35 trillion at stake

On Tuesday, New York’s lawsuit, which alleges the company misled investors, is set to go to trial in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. The trial is the culmination of an investigation into Exxon and its accounting practices covering four years and three New York attorneys general. It is expected to include as a witness former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was Exxon’s chief executive from 2006 to 2016.

The suit said the company’s misrepresentations caused investors to overvalue its stock. It estimated the damage to shareholders to be between $476 million and $1.6 billion. Exxon shares are up about 0.8% in the year to date, but down 8.4% in the past three months. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.57% is up 15% in 2019.

Exxon has denied wrongdoing and said a reasonable investor wouldn’t expect to know such internal details, the Wall Street Journal reported. The company has also accused the attorneys general involved, all Democrats, of being motivated by politics, which the office has denied.

The company has created its own public relations campaign to address the #ExxonKnew controversy.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy has sent her own notice to Exxon of her office’s intent to sue in civil court for violating the state’s Consumer Protection Act “by engaging in unfair or deceptive acts” regarding the sale and branding of fossil fuel products.

Exxon’s lawyers have asked the Superior Court of Massachusetts’ Suffolk County to wait at least until the New York trial has ended.

New York’s result could have major implications for the future of climate-related lawsuits.

Federal judges have tossed out earlier climate-change cases, including when New York, San Francisco and other cities sued oil companies in the past several years to recoup costs incurred from the effects of rising global temperatures.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/fossil-fuel-climate-stalling-straight-out-of-big-tobacco-playbook-experts-say-as-exxon-court-case-to-begin-2019-10-21?siteid=rss&rss=1

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I'm sure that the 9,500 scientists who authored the IPPC report would love be be labelled "irrational".

Big Oil just loves labeling the rational as "irrationally anxious" it warms their black hearts.

10 years - 200 species a day..
10*365*200= 730, 000 species so irrationally anxious... rather extinct.

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10:26 AM 10/28/2019

Usually deniers of reality use emotive words.
Why?
Well they have no facts, no evidence, no rational no logical argument.
Nothing

So what to do? - "throw" emotive condescending adjectives.
Supported by facts or evidence?
- no naturally not. (that would require some work, perhaps research)
Their goal is to actually undermine logic and rational thought by name-calling.

Supported by logic?
-No otherwise they would present a logic argument.

Resorting to name calling is sure tell-mark of those with no evdience, logic, or scientific fact to support them.

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Scientists are known to use the scientific method - hence the name.
The scientific method sets an hypothesis then a test and then collects evidence to support or refute the test.
Measurable and verifable facts.

"Irrational"? -no
"Illogical"? - no
"anxiety"? -- the opposite of this - scientific and verifiable.

9,500 scientists who have dedicated years of higher eduation, years in the field and their life-work to the study write detailed, documented, verifiable papers and studies to reach an over-whelming and crystal clear conclusion that humans are the cause for the pending catastrophic scenario to the planet's health and future.

This compliation of hundreds of thousands of hours of pain-stakng research, study and work all support what has been known for 30 years.
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The emotive name-caller?
-no facts
-no testing
-no support for his name calling.

Just name calling.
And by this hopes to degrade important issues into name-calling wars - the first to throw mud wins.

The title a book by the CEO that raised Caldwell Reality number 1 and a billion dolar comany. says it all
"never fight with a pig- you both get dirty and he loves it"

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"But the truth is that we never used to see fires of such ferocity and intensity year after year. Yes, there have always been wildfires in California, but something has changed.

So why is this happening?"

Gosh! I wonder?!





"The Kincade Fire was only about 10 percent contained early on Sunday, but thanks to this extreme wind event the level of containment has now fallen to 5 percent.

In other words, this fire is completely and utterly out of control."

"Pacific Gas & Electric is telling us that “nearly 2.7 million people lost electricity” on Sunday, and they are expecting more blackouts in northern California during the week."


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"Diablo Winds" Are Ferociously Whipping "Out Of Control" Wildfires Across Vast Stretches Of Northern California

https://www.zerohedge.com/health/diablo-winds-are-ferociously-whipping-out-control-wildfires-across-vast-stretches-northern

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less than 8 years

"irrational" to want to avert planetary catastrophe?

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11:12 AM 10/28/2019

https://climateandsecurity.org/2019/08/01/army-war-college-the-u-s-military-is-precariously-underprepared-for-climate-change/

The US military - not known for being nervous "anxious" nellies

Has this to say:

"Sea level rise, changes in water and food security, and more frequent extreme weather events are likely to result in the migration of large segments of the population. Rising seas will displace tens (if not hundreds) of millions of people, creating massive, enduring instability."

"A warming trend will also increase the range of insects that are vectors of infectious tropical diseases. This, coupled with large scale human migration from tropical nations, will increase the spread of infectious disease. "

"The increased likelihood of more intense and longer duration drought in some areas, accompanied by greater atmospheric heating, will put an increased strain on the aging U.S. power grid and further spur large scale human migration elsewhere. Power generation in U.S. hydroelectric and nuclear facilities will be affected. This dual attack on both supply and demand could create more frequent, widespread and enduring power grid failures, handicapping the U.S. economy."

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Surprise, surprise!!

Keystone spill


BIg oil spill.

oBAMA CRAP PUSHED through this crap---
The Keystone Pipeline was shut down this week after it ruptured and spilled in North Dakota.

TC Energy – formerly known as TransCanada – said on Wednesday that it shut down the 590,000-bpd line after it detected a drop in pressure. “TC Energy immediately began the process to shut down the pipeline, activated its emergency response procedures and dispatched ground technicians to assess the situation,” the company said.

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4:16 PM 11/2/2019

In the Netherlands, hundreds of earthquakes linked to gas extraction have damaged thousands of homes and buildings. France and Germany have banned fracking, and Scotland and Wales have long had their own moratoriums on the technique.

“To contaminate a major food-growing area for a little bit of gas is insane,” a retired university professor, Celia Briar, told The New York Times in 2018.

On Twitter, his co-leader, Sian Berry, wrote: “Banning fracking is for life, not just for Christmas.”

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