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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: Today at 03:26:11 AM »
EPA PLANS TO ALLOW UNLIMITED DUMPING OF FRACKING WASTEWATER IN THE GULF OF MEXICO
"The EPA is endangering an entire ecosystem by allowing the oil industry to dump unlimited amounts of fracking chemicals and drilling waste fluid into the Gulf of Mexico," said Center attorney Kristen Monsell. "This appalling plan from the agency that's supposed to protect our water violates federal law, and shows a disturbing disregard for offshore fracking's toxic threats to sea turtles and other Gulf wildlife."
http://www.occupy.com/article/epa-plans-allow-unlimited-dumping-fracking-wastewater-gulf-mexico

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: Today at 03:21:27 AM »
Lan is currently the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane in the eastern Pacific and Atlantic ocean
     https://twitter.com/breakingweather/status/921524670297509888

Voter turnout may suffer on Sunday as Typhoon Lan threatens Japan with flooding rain, mudslides
https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/voter-turnout-may-suffer-on-sunday-as-typhoon-lan-threatens-japan-with-flooding-rain-mudslides/70003065

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: Today at 03:09:43 AM »
The lowest price for solar power last year is the highest price now.

Solar power crushes its own record for cheapest electricity ‘ever, anywhere, by any technology’
https://thinkprogress.org/stunner-lowest-price-solar-power-f3b620d04010/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: Today at 03:04:43 AM »
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos inaugurates an impressive new wind farm
Jeff Bezos atop a wind farm breaking it in with a bottle of bubbly is pretty intense. Amazon’s founder made his way up one of more than 100 new wind turbines in Texas celebrating a major renewable energy project coming online.

The 253-megawatt “Amazon Wind Farm Texas” in Scurry County is part Amazon’s long-term goal to reach 100% renewable energy. As of the end of 2016, the company was beyond 40% – and expects to break 50% before the end of 2017.

This is Amazon’s largest wind farm to date. They also own four other large wind farms – 150MW, 208MW, 100MW and 189MW. These projects are located in Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina.

This plant brought the company to over 1,200MW of total renewable energy installed – making them the second largest renewable energy customer in the USA. Google leads at around 1,800MW installed, and Apple is just behind Amazon. The US Defense Department is in fourth place.

Amazon partnered with Lincoln Clean Energy on the project. Lincoln managed the construction of the plant, and will own and operate the facility. Amazon has entered into a long-term agreement to purchase 90% of the facility’s output.

This farm will generate 1,000,000MWh/year. An average US residence uses about 10MWh/year. A single turbine can power 3,000 homes. ...
https://electrek.co/2017/10/19/amazon-wind-farm/

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With so many fewer parts than ICE cars, EVs are expected to have to have fewer things go wrong -- with the drive train, anyway. ;) (That's a big problem for traditional car dealers, who make about 50% of their profits from parts and service.)

EV simplicity wins: Consumer Reports names new Bolt most reliable car in Chevy’s line
It’s often expected for new models to receive low reliability ratings, but Chevy has bucked that trend with the Bolt.  In Consumer Reports’ new reliability ratings released yesterday, while Chevy as an overall brand scored relatively low (18th place), the Bolt came in as the most reliable car the manufacturer sells, out of 15 models (the highest number of models of any manufacturer ranked by CR). ...
https://electrek.co/2017/10/20/bolt-reliable-chevy/

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Portuguese kids hit climate lawsuit crowdfunding milestone

Following the second bout of deadly forest fires this year, seven children are preparing to sue for stronger climate action through the European Court of Human Rights
http://www.climatechangenews.com/2017/10/19/portuguese-kids-hit-climate-lawsuit-crowdfunding-milestone/

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Good news, bad news:  There's a high demand for Bolt EV (Ampera E) in Europe, but a low supply.  Possible reason:  GM really wants to sell them in the U.S., to get ZEV credits it needs to keep selling its ICE cars.

Opel asks Norwegian dealers to stop taking orders for Bolt EVs (Ampera E) as supply can’t match demand
The situation around the availability of the Chevy Bolt EV in Europe, where it is sold as the Opel Ampera E, has been even more difficult than in the US.  So much so that Opel has now asked its Norwegian dealers to stop taking orders for the new all-electric vehicle as supply can’t match demand.

The situation is especially murky since GM sold Opel and all of its European operations to the PSA Group.  But as part of the deal, GM was to keep supplying Opel with Bolt EVs to be sold in Europe as the ‘Ampera E’.

Apparently, that supply has been nowhere near the level of the demand for the vehicle in Europe and especially in Norway.  Reports came out this week that Opel was ordering a ‘order stoppage’ for the vehicle which prompted rumors that the vehicle wouldn’t be available anymore.

We reached out to the company and Opel spokesperson Christopher Rux responded that they have indeed “suspended taking new orders for the Ampera-e,” but he claims that it is “to focus first on satisfying customers with existing contracts and who are waiting for their cars.”

He says that “nearly 1,000 Ampera-E vehicles” have been delivered in Europe so far, with most of them in Norway, but deliveries have also started in Germany, Switzerland, and Netherlands.

On the other hand, Rux confirmed that almost 5,000 people have placed orders for the electric car in Norway alone.

Rux couldn’t say when those people could expect to get their vehicles – only saying that they “will continue to serve the demand as effectively as possible.” ...
  https://electrek.co/2017/10/20/chevy-bolt-ev-opel-norwegian-dealers-stop-taking-orders/

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Consequences / Re: Wildfires
« on: October 20, 2017, 08:01:28 PM »
Wow.
All 10 of California’s worst fires have now happened since 1991-Oakland Hills.
Tubbs Fire, which partly destroyed Santa Rosa, is now #1
     https://twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/921434044914634752

CAL FIRE PIO:  As damage assessment of the #CAwildfires continues, 8,400 structures were destroyed, many have made the Top 20 Most Destructive List.
     https://twitter.com/calfire_pio/status/921407668354351105
Image below.

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 20, 2017, 07:58:16 PM »
More lost power in Puerto Rico this year than the rest of the US combined. Maria is in the running for the biggest blackout in US history.
    https://twitter.com/trevorghouser/status/921421333132484609
Image below.


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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 20, 2017, 07:47:38 PM »
Day 30—one month:
81% of Puerto Rico is w/o power
30% w/o running water
Daily life, in a word, is "untenable".
https://grist.org/briefly/one-month-later-most-of-puerto-rico-is-still-utterly-destroyed/
        https://twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/921396695841329152

"At this stage in the humanitarian response, these conditions are unacceptable."
One month after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, too many are still waiting to receive aid and are relying on emergency supplies to survive.
Local organizations have stepped up with innovative responses, but aid has been slow to arrive and reach those in need, leaving too many still caught in a day-to-day crisis.
More from @Oxfam on Puerto Rico:
https://www.oxfamamerica.org/press/one-month-on-millions-of-puerto-ricans-still-caught-in-crisis/

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 20, 2017, 07:37:53 PM »
The Weather Channel: 30 days after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the crisis continues. Today, we devote our site to covering it:

 AMERICA, THIS IS STILL HAPPENING
https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2017-10-20-puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-by-the-numbers

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Consequences / Re: Wildfires
« on: October 20, 2017, 03:41:00 AM »
Last year, half of the fire acreage burned in all of Europe lay in Portugal—a country with just 3% of Europe’s land
https://twitter.com/EricHolthaus/status/921177904611983360

Europe’s hurricane-fueled wildfires might become a recurring nightmare
With its vast forests and typically warm and dry summers, Portugal is already Europe’s wildfire capital. And in recent decades, its profound and unique socioeconomic vulnerability to fire has only grown. Last year, half of the fire acreage burned in all of Europe lay in Portugal — a trend attributed both to haphazard forestry practices and climate change bringing hotter and drier weather.

This year, the sheer scale of the fires has been staggering. On Sunday alone, wildfires burned at least 300,000 acres — more than is normally burned in an entire year. Smoke from the fires quickly spread as far away as London.
...
“It really is a textbook example of wildfire as a socio-natural hazard,” José Miguel Pereira, a forest ecologist at the University of Lisbon tells Grist via email. Or to put it another way, human activity is making wildfires worse. These infernos are a product of our disregard for the fact that nature is now almost entirely something we’ve created — these disasters aren’t natural. ...
http://grist.org/article/europes-hurricane-fueled-wildfires-might-become-a-recurring-nightmare/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Boring, boring ol' Elon Musk...
« on: October 19, 2017, 10:19:56 PM »
Maryland's Governor said to 'get ready' for Elon Musk's Hyperloop that will connect Baltimore and Washington D.C.
"The tunnels will be built primarily under existing state highways, and the state is supporting the project and will work with the company to expedite the permitting and approval process," a represenative for the Governor's office said in an email. ...
http://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-hyperloop-maryland-larry-hogan-boring-company-2017-10

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Policy and solutions / Re: Boring, boring ol' Elon Musk...
« on: October 19, 2017, 07:43:52 PM »
Stuff just got real!  :o

Elon Musk’s Boring Company is starting work on Baltimore-DC underground Hyperloop
Earlier this morning, we reported about Elon Musk announcing that his Boring Company is getting a second multi-million dollar boring machine.

Now we might have an idea where that new machine is going after what appears to be a new digging site spotted in Maryland today.

Earlier this year, Musk announced a project to create an underground hyperloop system between New York and Washington DC.

The idea is to leverage both the tunnel boring technology that the Boring Company is working on and Musk’s original idea for a new mode of transportation called hyperloop, which consists of pods with electric propulsion in a near-vacuum tunnel or tube in order to achieve extremely high speeds.

Now a site just south of Baltimore in Maryland with a visible ‘The Boring Company’ logo was spotted this week by a Redditor DJB_2015...

It looks like a staging area for the entrance of a digging site – similar to what we have seen from The Boring Company at their tunnel entrance in SpaceX’s parking lot.

Larry Hogan, Governor of the State of Maryland, confirmed that they are working with the company for a “rapid electric transportation” system between Baltimore and Washington DC...

It sounds like it could be the first leg of the New York city-DC underground hyperloop route announced by Musk earlier this year.
...

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 19, 2017, 07:33:49 PM »
Puerto Rico projects:  Hydroelectric, efficiency, and "liquefied gas."

PR gov’t unveils 6 Public/Private Partnerships in energy, education, maritime
Puerto Rico government officials announced Monday the first six public-private partnerships to modernize and diversify power generation and transmission; transform the quality of life of the public university system; fix parkings; and to improve and expand the island’s maritime transportation system. ...
http://newsismybusiness.com/unveils-education-maritime/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 19, 2017, 07:30:24 PM »
Next step, Musk to do a box batteries included?

I would think any utility-size battery company would be on the phone trying to make a partnership with these folks.  So much simpler to configure a storage system if you already know what the input looks like.

Tesla has so many emergency- and back-orders, I don't see them standardizing to this extent just yet.  But I bet it will happen.  :)

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Consequences / Re: Wildfires
« on: October 19, 2017, 07:13:18 PM »
California:

Updated statewide wildfire map as of this morning
#NorthBayFires #BearFire
     https://twitter.com/NWSBayArea/status/921059662358810625
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Science / Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
« on: October 19, 2017, 07:08:55 PM »
In this age of anti-science in the U.S., here's a win for science in the state of New Mexico:

Facing Public Outcry, New Mexico Restores Evolution and Global Warming to Science Standards
Students will learn the age of the Earth, too.
New Mexico’s public education agency announced late Tuesday that it would restore references to evolution, global warming, and the age of the Earth that had been stripped out of the state’s proposed science education standards. The reversal comes after an outcry by teachers, scientists, students, and others—the culmination of which was a day-long public hearing on Monday in which scores of people spoke out against the draft standards. ...
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/10/new-mexico-reversal-science-education-standards-climate-change/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Boring, boring ol' Elon Musk...
« on: October 19, 2017, 06:54:39 PM »
Elon Musk tweeted:
Second boring machine almost ready. Will be called Line-Storm, after the poem by Frost. "And be my love in the rain."
    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/920844783542853633
Image below.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Pope Francis' Encyclical on Climate Change
« on: October 19, 2017, 02:51:06 AM »
<snip>
When the Catholic Church can lecture the US government about recognizing the truths of science, we've turned some strange corner.
Terry

 ;D  So true!

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Policy and solutions / Re: The Hyperloop
« on: October 19, 2017, 02:48:14 AM »
the Hyperloop technology is likely to be viable

Sounds like a group of normally very cautious people haven't found a fatal flaw.

And they're willing to back that up with money.  Or with a partnership, anyway.

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 19, 2017, 02:36:23 AM »
Rachel Maddow reported last night that the number of patients being treated aboard the USNS Comfort, with its 1,000 hospital beds, was up to... 40.

One of the people responsible for the disastrous response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was just tapped to head the Department of Homeland Security -- which oversees FEMA. 

Video:  Trump picks leader of failed Bush Katrina response to lead DHS: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/trump-picks-leader-of-failed-bush-katrina-response-to-lead-dhs-1075692099737

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Policy and solutions / Re: The Hyperloop
« on: October 19, 2017, 12:00:38 AM »
The "other" major hyperloop company, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), has a "viable" and insurable product, according to Munich Re insurance company.
HTT and Munich Re have formed a strategic partnership
Germany's Munich Re was tasked with carrying out a risk report of HTT's project and found it was feasible.

"Although as yet unproven in real-world testing, the Hyperloop technology is likely to be viable, and represents a realizable integrated system," Munich Re said in a report released on Tuesday. ...
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/17/hyperloop-transportation-technologies-viable-can-be-insured.html

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 18, 2017, 11:54:26 PM »
About the distribution of water from a Superfund site.

Desperate Puerto Ricans are drinking water from a hazardous-waste site
Dorado, Puerto Rico (CNN) Jose Luis Rodriguez waited in line Friday to fill plastic jugs in the back of his pickup truck with water for drinking, doing the dishes and bathing.

But there is something about this water Rodriguez didn't know: It was being pumped to him by water authorities from a federally designated hazardous-waste site, CNN learned after reviewing Superfund documents and interviewing federal and local officials.

Rodriguez, 66, is so desperate for water that this news didn't startle him.

"I don't have a choice," he said. "This is the only option I have."
...
http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/13/us/puerto-rico-superfund-water/index.html

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 18, 2017, 11:34:28 PM »
Typhoon Lan should reach "super typhoon" status on Friday -- equiv to a Cat 4+ hurricane.
Close call for Tokyo on Monday.
     https://twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/920737930959884289
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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 18, 2017, 06:52:07 PM »
In response to Archimid's comment about donations, I found this link:

SAN JORGE CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION
SANTURCE, PUERTO RICO
San Jorge Children's Foundation is the only private pediatrics hospital in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. It services all pediatric sub-specialties; thus, making it a unique institution in its class.
https://sanjorgechildrens.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 18, 2017, 06:46:41 PM »
Hi, Archimid!  Thanks for the update;  please keep us advised when you can.


Miembros de la @PRNationalGuard llevan agua potable a residentes de la comunidad Barahona en Morovis. ¡Gracias! #PRSeLevanta
https://twitter.com/ricardorossello/status/920681173080297473
Video:  PR National Guard tanker trucks offer potable water for people to fill their containers.


Puerto Rico is the 1st natural disaster (Maria) where @FEMA is still delivering water & food after the 3rd week, & now going into a 4th week
     https://mobile.twitter.com/DavidBegnaud/status/920687595734126592


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Science / Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science
« on: October 18, 2017, 06:22:21 PM »
    Trump's War on Knowledge.

“The experts are terrible,” Donald Trump said during his campaign. “Look at the mess we’re in with all these experts that we have.” It is hardly surprising, then, that his administration is over-stocked with know-nothing fundamentalists. Across the board, he has appointed amateurs who are hostile to science and sport obscurantism as a badge of honor. Accordingly, the policies they have adopted are as stultifying as they are noxious. ...
   (Article link below.)

Robert Reich - Facebook Post:
Ariel Dorfman provides a useful list of ways Trump and his administration are shortening the lives of Americans:

1. An estimated 2.3 million American construction workers, miners, and road-crew laborers face life-threatening injury and illness because the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has delayed the enforcement of rules protecting them from silica dust, which is incontrovertibly linked to increases in cancer and lung disease.

2. Deaths will rise among those who toil in shipyards and on construction sites because a regulation created by the Obama administration to reduce exposure to the carcinogen beryllium has been reversed.

3. Miners are at greater risk because inspections in coal mines to identify hazards have been curtailed.

4. Families in Appalachia will be further endangered because the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have been ordered to stop studying how pollutants produced by mountaintop-removal mining may lead to increased rates of cancer, birth defects and respiratory disease.

5. The lives of millions will be shortened because more than 30 rules safeguarding Americans from pollution have been rolled back: they will slowly die from increased heavy metal effluents in waterways; they will die if emission standards for vehicles are relaxed; they will die because chemical spills will be more frequent and our water, air, and soil less clean.

6. More children will get ill and die if parents opt out of immunization programs encouraged by the president’s reckless promotion of the completely debunked “theory” about a link between vaccination and autism, a belief seconded by Tom Price, until recently the head of Health and Human Services, who once said that “vaccines are the equivalent of human experimentation.”

7. In addition, millions more will die prematurely because Trump by executive order has cut health insurance subsidies by $7 billion – thereby forcing insurers to raise premiums or co-payments, and making insurance unaffordable. And he is allowing insurers to offer fewer benefits, which will harm people with pre-existing health problems.

8. And a large number of children will lack the health coverage they need if the Children's Health Insurance Program runs out of money, which is soon to happen.

We are the richest nation in the world, and richer than we've ever been. This is barbaric.

What do you think?
https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/posts/1734421803237075


Trump's War on Knowledge
http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2017/10/12/trumps-war-on-knowledge/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Pope Francis' Encyclical on Climate Change
« on: October 18, 2017, 04:22:07 PM »
The Pope just criticized the US for abandoning the Paris climate agreement
“We see consequences of climate change every day,” the pope said in an address to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) at its headquarters in Rome.

“Thanks to scientific knowledge, we know how we have to confront the problem and the international community has also worked out the legal methods, such as the Paris Accord, which sadly, some have abandoned,” he said. ...
http://www.businessinsider.com/paris-agreement-trump-us-pope-2017-10

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: October 18, 2017, 01:47:44 AM »
Fully-self-driving technology can't come soon enough.

Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody’s Counting
https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2017-10-17/smartphones-are-killing-americans-but-nobody-s-counting

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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: October 18, 2017, 01:40:09 AM »
Meanwhile, a man from Katy, Texas is still missing today after a gas rig explosion in Louisiana.

Regulators Reviewing Drilling Rig Safety Rules
https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/energy-environment/2017/10/17/243081/regulators-reviewing-drilling-rig-safety-rules/amp/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: October 18, 2017, 12:22:17 AM »
But clean energy jobs will grow quickly. Solar and wind installation, for example.  Other new jobs will be created as we come to accept the need to act:  Efficiency updates for homes and buildings.  Coastal hardening and retreat.  Infrastructure upgrades.  Oilfield rehabilitation. Tree planting.  Urban farming.  Health care.  Clean energy education.  There will be plenty of jobs -- just different than what we think of today!


Edit:  and recycling dead ICE cars!  ;D

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 18, 2017, 12:06:58 AM »
Want to add a solar farm?  Here's everything you need.
Batteries not included. ;) ;D

Solar farm in a box – 500 homes worth of solar power in a standardized kit
One of the world’s largest solar manufacturers in the world, GCL System Integrated Technology, has designed and sold their first out of the box ready solar farm – the ‘2.5MW Solar Block.’

GCL is a vertically integrated solar manufacturing company – they’re the largest polysilicon manufacturer globally, and along with making solar wafers and cells, they’re involved in solar panel final assembly. Their goal in designing the Solar Block is to lower the cost and speed the deployment of utility-scale solar power. The units can be daisy chained into larger plants.

The first sale of the product was as part of a 5MW project in Australia. The press release says the 5MW project will be built in four months – “Upon the completion of all preparation work, construction will begin in late October, and the whole project will be completed by next February.” Other deals are already signed with customers on multiple continents. ...
https://electrek.co/2017/10/17/gcl-poly-2-5mw-super-solar-block/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: October 17, 2017, 06:15:43 PM »
Watching the slow death of hybrids: Volvo announces the first car in their Polestar performance brand will be a hybrid -- but all future cars of that division will be fully electric.

Volvo’s Polestar unveils performance electric car, announces new ‘Tesla Model 3 competitor’
https://electrek.co/2017/10/17/volvo-polestar-unveils-performance-electric-car-tesla-model-3-competitor/

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 17, 2017, 05:51:26 PM »
Hurricane Allison was, until Harvey, the modern storm all others in Texas were compared to.

Allison (2001) rainfall is on the left, while Harvey (2017) rainfall is on the right.  Same map area.  Same color scheme.  #nocomparison
     https://twitter.com/drmetwatch/status/920177800694435840
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Consequences / Re: Wildfires
« on: October 17, 2017, 03:24:34 AM »
@climateguyw The first image produced 103° heat. What will the second (occuring next week) bring? Temps may be 5° above daily record.
    https://twitter.com/edgarrmcgregor/status/920079728542752768
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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 16, 2017, 10:14:30 PM »
New wind turbine efficiency so great, utilities ‘repowering’ farms early
Warren Buffett owned MidAmerican Energy is upgrading wind turbines in Iowa early in their lifetimes in order to take advantage of the newest innovations in gear boxes and blades. Since only small parts of the already developed wind farms need be upgraded – these moves will increase the profitability of the farms. Wind turbines are evolving at a fast enough pace that waiting for standard end of life (30 years) means leaving money on the table.
...

Interestingly –

After refurbishing some of the turbines at the Diablo Winds project in the Altamont Pass in California, researchers found that the fatality rates fell by 54 percent for raptors and 66 percent for all birds.

MidAmerican estimates that repowering the farms would increase output from the turbines by 19-28%. Annually, wind farms lower in output by about 1.7% per year. The lifetime of a wind farm has historically been around 30 years. ...
https://electrek.co/2017/10/16/new-wind-turbine-efficiency-so-great-utilities-repowering-farms-early/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: October 16, 2017, 10:06:57 PM »
Tesla Model 3 “production hell” update:

Oppenheimer analyst Colin Rusch said that he met with Tesla last week, along with other investors, and he wrote in a note to clients today (via Barron’s):

“Tesla indicated that all the production equipment for Model 3 was installed and working and that all vehicles were moving through the manufacturing line. We understand the delayed ramp is due to a small number of suppliers failing to deliver on time.”

He added that “at least one of those suppliers has been fired and replaced by insourcing.” ...

As Musk has said, production can only proceed as fast as its slowest supplier....

Tesla Model 3 production bottlenecks are due to suppliers, says Oppenheimer after meeting with management
https://electrek.co/2017/10/16/tesla-model-3-production-bottlenecks-suppliers-oppenheimer-meeting-management/


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Consequences / Re: Places becoming less livable
« on: October 16, 2017, 08:32:38 PM »
Miami, Florida.

We’ll call this the “halftime show”. #KingTides not quite as high as 2 weeks ago, and a warmup to the king of King Tides in November.
    https://twitter.com/JohnMoralesNBC6/status/919986632836698113

City of Miami: Starting tomorrow 10/17 - 10/21, #KingTides will be affecting #Miami.  Please take necessary steps to mitigate the effects of tidal flooding
     https://twitter.com/CityofMiami/status/919940510940303360
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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 16, 2017, 08:15:28 PM »
#HurricaneOpheila - Coastal defences completely breached in #Galway... 😲  #Ophelia #staysafe #Opheila 
https://twitter.com/PierceKennedy/status/919954683619348480
Brief video at the link.



Ophelia full tide at Tramore (taken out window) @barrabest @StormHour @MetAlertIreland @metofficestorms
     https://twitter.com/muddybootsguide/status/919972011228778497
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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 16, 2017, 08:08:51 PM »
Preliminary Hurricane #Harvey rainfall maps have been produced/released from WPC. #txwx #houston
     https://twitter.com/rqhart/status/919967556013887499
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Consequences / Re: Wildfires
« on: October 16, 2017, 07:06:54 PM »
MOPITT’s carbon monoxide data (tracer for pollution from #wildfires + more) now avail in near-real-time   https://earthdata.nasa.gov/mopitt-data-now-available-in-lance

https://twitter.com/AtmosNews/status/919968118486814720


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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 16, 2017, 05:26:19 PM »
Wales' Environment Secretary has announced an ambitious target for energy generation in the country. She wants 70 percent of the nation's electricity to be generated by renewable sources by the year 2030.
https://futurism.com/wales-sets-new-goal-of-70-percent-clean-energy-generation-by-2030/

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Consequences / Re: Wildfires
« on: October 16, 2017, 05:16:12 PM »
Hurricane Ophelia winds feeding wildfires in Spain and Portugal today.

Exceptional view of *THICK smoke* from fires in N Spain and Portugal being advected N into France and the UK! Image: NASA Terra / MODIS
https://twitter.com/severeweatherEU/status/919938832568672257
Image below.

Portugal and Spain wildfires: Dozens dead and injured
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41634125

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 16, 2017, 05:14:06 PM »
Ophelia winds feeding wildfires in Spain and Portugal today.

Exceptional view of *THICK smoke* from fires in N Spain and Portugal being advected N into France and the UK! Image: NASA Terra / MODIS
https://twitter.com/severeweatherEU/status/919938832568672257
Image below.

Portugal and Spain wildfires: Dozens dead and injured
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41634125

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 16, 2017, 04:53:32 PM »
Don't spend too much on hardware. SpaceX's satellite Internet will be up and running in a few years.  ;)

SpaceX’s worldwide satellite broadband network may have a name: Starlink
• The launch of 4,425 operational satellites is slated to begin in 2019 with the system reaching full capacity in 2024.
• Previousl...
"She said that SpaceX will begin testing the satellites within months and launch one prototype before the end of this year."

Mmmm 4,425 more bits of cool junk in LEO.  Kessler Syndrome anybody?  (Alarmist?  Moi??!!)

SpaceX intends to traverse that space regularly, so I'm guessing it's not as big a hazard as we think.  However, Musk did mention that the SpaceX BFR ship could be used to gather up old satellites and space debris and remove them from orbit.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: October 16, 2017, 04:42:08 PM »
Explosion was on a natural gas platform that receives and stores gas from multiple fields.  In shallow water, only 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from shore.  7 injured, 1 missing.  "No environmental impact" expected to Louisiana's Lake Ponchartrain.  "This is not a Deepwater Horizon."

Search ongoing for missing worker after gas platform explosion
http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/jefferson/7-rescued-1-missing-after-platform-fire-in-lake-pontchartrain/483610188

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Consequences / Re: Wildfires
« on: October 16, 2017, 04:19:55 AM »
SKY7 showing the immense amount of smoke coming from the #NunsFire this evening. Poor Air Quality continues in the North Bay.
     https://twitter.com/DrewTumaABC7/status/919722590523944960
Image below.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 16, 2017, 04:12:53 AM »
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Could we fly cell tower transceivers with drones?  If so, we should have some on standby for situations like this.

"The US Federal Communications Commission has approved Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc’s application to provide emergency cellular service to Puerto Rico through balloons."

Alphabet, which announced its Project Loon in 2013 to use solar-powered, high-altitude balloons to provide internet service in remote regions, said in an FCC filing it was working to “support licensed mobile carriers' restoration of limited communications capability” in Puerto Rico.Oct 6, 2017

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/07/puerto-rico-cell-phone-service-to-be-restored-by-google-balloons

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