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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: Today at 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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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: Today at 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
Image below.

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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
Images below.

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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
Images below.

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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
Image below

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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
Images below.

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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 »
<snipped>
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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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: October 16, 2017, 04:05:31 AM »
Breaking:  Oil rig explodes in Louisiana's Lake Ponchartrain, injuries reported
https://www.apnews.com/5806186ef3ba44dc80719d95a447a2ad

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 16, 2017, 12:45:06 AM »
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.
• Previously, SpaceX has said its satellites will provide gigabit speeds at latencies of around 25ms. Those latencies are about as low as cable Internet service; typically, that wouldn't be possible with satellites, but SpaceX plans to use low-Earth orbits.
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/09/spacex-seeks-starlink-trademark-for-its-satellite-broadband-network/

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 16, 2017, 12:32:29 AM »
From the latest NHC update on Ophelia:

http://www.V2G.co.uk/2017/10/hurricane-ophelia-power-cuts/#comment-58647

No 60N cut off this time around!


It's still cut off on the NHC site.  Some outlets are filling it in...  ;)

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at2+shtml/204644.shtml?tswind120#wcontents
Image below.


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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 15, 2017, 08:52:51 PM »
A former energy official for Obama explains why Tesla has the best plan for helping Puerto Rico
It's been almost a month since Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico and the majority of the island still doesn't have power.

About 84% of the island is without electricity, critical structures like hospitals are relying on gas- and diesel-powered generators to remain operational, and the prognosis looks bleak for most residents. It could be another six months before parts of the island regain power.

It's a dire situation that should inspire the federal government to seriously pursue the construction of microgrids — which has been pitched as the best solution to Puerto Rico's long-standing energy issues before the hurricane even struck, Brandon Hurlbut, the chief of staff for the Department of Energy under President Barack Obama, said in an interview.
...
Hurlbut said he would like to see the federal government use resources at the Department of Energy to pursue a clean energy solution, but acknowledges it's unlikely. EPA Chief Scott Pruitt officially reversed Obama's Clean Power Plan this week.

But Musk appears to have the unique ability to cut through the red tape and pursue a microgrid solution, which seems like the best bet.

Rossello spoke with Musk just one day after the Tesla CEO said microgrids could solve Puerto Rico's electric crisis. That kind of public sway shouldn't be overlooked.

At a time where Washington seems unwilling to consider alternative solutions, Tesla could be the best bet for executing a clean energy solution that officials have long said is necessary. ...
http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-energy-official-supports-tesla-plan-puerto-rico-2017-10

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 15, 2017, 08:28:32 PM »
From the Hurricane Season 2017 thread:

Tesla starts shipping Powerpacks to Puerto Rico
Elon Musk said last week that Tesla would accelerate its effort to help bring power back to Puerto Rico after sending a few hundred Powerwall battery packs to the island where the electric grid was destroyed by hurricanes last month.

Now we learn that Tesla is indeed stepping it up with now a new shipment of Powerpacks.

A single Powerpack 2 battery pack has the same energy capacity (210 kWh) as almost 16 Powerwall 2 battery packs combined (each 13.5 kWh).

Tesla’s Powerwall is useful to bring individual rooftop solar installations back online for homes and small businesses, but Tesla’s Powerpack has the potential to bring larger parts of the grid online by working with the electric utilities and combining the energy storage systems with solar farms or other renewable energy sources.

Now several Tesla Powerpacks were spotted at the San Juan airport in Puerto Rico over the weekend....
...
Musk wrote on Twitter last week that they will first focus on helping hospitals and medical centers get stable power as less than 20% of the island currently has power and some regions are still looking at months without power.

But Tesla is looking to work with Puerto Rico beyond short-term solutions and actually try to rebuild the grid to be more resilient with solar power and energy storage.
...
https://electrek.co/2017/10/15/tesla-powerpacks-puerto-rico/

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 15, 2017, 08:20:47 PM »
Tesla starts shipping Powerpacks to Puerto Rico
...
A single Powerpack 2 battery pack has the same energy capacity (210 kWh) as almost 16 Powerwall 2 battery packs combined (each 13.5 kWh).

Tesla’s Powerwall is useful to bring individual rooftop solar installations back online for homes and small businesses, but Tesla’s Powerpack has the potential to bring larger parts of the grid online by working with the electric utilities and combining the energy storage systems with solar farms or other renewable energy sources.

Now several Tesla Powerpacks were spotted at the San Juan airport in Puerto Rico over the weekend (pictures via José Valiente):
...
Musk wrote on Twitter last week that they will first focus on helping hospitals and medical centers get stable power as less than 20% of the island currently has power and some regions are still looking at months without power.

But Tesla is looking to work with Puerto Rico beyond short-term solutions and actually try to rebuild the grid to be more resilient with solar power and energy storage.
...
https://electrek.co/2017/10/15/tesla-powerpacks-puerto-rico/

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Consequences / Re: Wildfires
« on: October 15, 2017, 08:08:04 PM »
California fire response.

Sobering footage by @BerkeleyFD from strike team sent to #TubbsFire in #SantaRosa following main fire front. #CAfire
    https://twitter.com/Weather_West/status/919620116492386305

Video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Rdk4d74j3p8&feature=youtu.be

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 15, 2017, 07:45:49 PM »
Fun fact: With #Ophelia now a major hurricane, 2017 has had 2 hurricanes of each category (1 through 5).
     https://twitter.com/burgwx/status/919221386538823681
Image below.

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 15, 2017, 07:20:54 PM »
Just the picture of a hurricane careening towards Ireland is pretty stunning to contemplate
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/919549477198946304

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 15, 2017, 07:09:29 PM »
Apparently when they programmed the software they were not imagining tropical storms north of 60 deg latitude
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/919554081315844097
Image below.

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 15, 2017, 05:41:01 PM »
Ophelia to Strike Ireland with Cat 2 Hurricane Winds
Hurricane Ophelia has begun a transformation into an extratropical cyclone; even so, it is forecast to impact Ireland head-on with Category 2 hurricane force winds, life-threatening storm surge, and extremely heavy rain.  Strong winds and heavy rain will begin battering Ireland and the United Kingdom today, with the worst arriving tomorrow. The center of circulation of Ophelia will make a direct strike on Ireland’s southwest coast at roughly 2am Monday morning. Ophelia will increase in size as it moves north and east, spreading heavy rain and damaging winds across a broad area. Met Eireann, the official weather agency for Ireland, has raised warnings there, advising people that Category 2 hurricane strength winds are expected near the point of landfall. ...
http://www.weatherboy.com/ophelia-strike-ireland-cat-2-hurricane-winds/


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
WIND:  Gale-force winds are expected to begin across southern
Ireland by early Monday morning and gradually spread northward
across the country during the day.  Hurricane-force winds are
expected to reach the southern portions of Ireland by Monday
afternoon and spread inland across the country into Monday night.
Preparations to protect lives and property should be rushed to
completion by this afternoon.

Wind speeds atop and on the windward sides of hills and mountains
are often up to 30 percent stronger than the near-surface winds
indicated in this advisory, and in some elevated locations could be
even greater.

RAINFALL:  Ophelia is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 2 to
3 inches (50 mm to 75 mm) with isolated totals near 4 inches (100
mm) through Tuesday across western Ireland and Scotland. Across
eastern Ireland, rainfall amounts will average around 1 inch (25 mm)
or less.

STORM SURGE:  A dangerous storm surge is expected to produce
significant coastal flooding near and to the east of where the
center of the post-tropical cyclone makes landfall.  Near the coast,
the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPAT2+shtml/151443.shtml?

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Consequences / Re: 2017 ENSO
« on: October 15, 2017, 05:16:36 PM »
A deep dive into what the current ENSO portends, by New York Metro Weather.

La Nina is in the Atmosphere, but Changes are Possible
After some big warmth, we finally saw some Autumn chill arrive over the past couple of days, which signifies the change of seasons. We are now approaching crunch time when it comes to compiling a winter forecast. In our Winter Forecast Webinar, one of the main topics discussed was the evolution of the La Nina and the effects it is already having on the atmospheric pattern. With La Nina conditions already having been established with regards to feedback in the atmospheric circulation, and the fact that ENSO events tend to peak in November, it would seem to be a given that La Nina would be at least somewhat or even perhaps a major driver this coming winter. And to some extent, we believe that is true. However, there is conflicting evidence regarding the future of the La Nina, and part of this will be evidenced by a pattern change to a +PNA and a trough in the East later this month. These factors will be discussed in detail in this article. ...
https://www.nymetroweather.com/2017/10/14/la-nina-atmosphere-changes-possible/

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 15, 2017, 05:09:13 PM »
NWS San Juan:

Flash Flood warning for the Guajataca Dam extended. Aviso de inundaciones repentinas para la Represa Guajataca extendido. #prwx
     https://mobile.twitter.com/NWSSanJuan/status/919563671818338304

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Consequences / Re: Wildfires
« on: October 15, 2017, 04:38:34 PM »
Communication.

This is what Californians really needed during the fires
...
By late Monday morning, hordes of people in packed cars were headed north, many with no certainty where they were going. In Healdsburg, normally a 20-minute drive from Santa Rosa, but then more than an hour in traffic, the lines for gas stations spilled out into the street and many stations ran out of fuel. The delivery trucks couldn't help because the fire had spread across the highway and shut it down. I could tell who the evacuees were, but it didn't take a reporter's eye. It was obvious. Their cars were packed with belongings (if they were "lucky"), and their eyes were red from smoke, being woken up in the middle of the night, and crying. They appeared in the pharmacy, clutching deodorant, toothpaste, slippers — there was never much, because, where do you start when you lose everything? They filled hotel parking lots, meandering, hoping for a room, or rifling through possessions they'd managed to take. I heard, "my house is gone," more times than I can count.

Communication — or lack of it — during the disaster may be the biggest rub. Oddly, in a city so close to Silicon Valley, the birthplace of thousands of apps that make it easier to get everything with a smartphone (weed, lunch, laundry and a million hardly useful things that I won't mention here), there's been no one good way to share reliable information. In part, that was because many people didn't have cell service and Internet was cut off for many customers.
...
https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/10/12/opinions/californians-needed-fire-alerts-kerr-opinion/index.html

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Consequences / Re: Effects on Arctic Wildlife
« on: October 15, 2017, 04:06:30 PM »
Antarctic, but, hey.  Press release posted on 13 October 2017.

Breeding failure of a colony of nearly 20,000 Adélie penguins highlights need for urgent protections of Antarctic waters
Thousands of Adélie penguin chicks starved to death at the start of 2017 due to unusually extensive sea ice
A colony of over 18,000 pairs of Adélie penguins in Terre Adélie, Antarctica, suffered a catastrophic breeding failure at the start of 2017 with only two chicks surviving. WWF is demanding greater protections of the waters off East Antarctica next week at a crucial international meeting in Hobart, Australia where proposals for a new Marine Protected Area (MPA) will be considered.

Surviving mostly on a diet of krill, a small shrimp like crustacean, Adélie penguins are generally faring well in East Antarctica, but declining in the Antarctic peninsula region where climate change is well established. However, this significant breeding failure at this particular colony in East Antarctica has been linked to unusually extensive sea ice late in the summer, meaning the adult penguins had to travel further to forage for food for their chicks. As a result the chicks starved. ...
http://wwf.panda.org/wwf_news/press_releases/?uNewsID=313791

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 15, 2017, 03:00:32 PM »
Ophelia, the strongest east Atlantic hurricane ever seen, will be one of the strongest storms in Ireland's history.
https://twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/919529680818065408
Image below; GIF at the link.

The Irish Times, on storm forecasts and preparations:
Hurricane Ophelia: Strongest storm Ireland has seen in 50 years
Met Éireann says Ophelia is comparable to Storm Debbie which killed 18 people in 1961
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/hurricane-ophelia-strongest-storm-ireland-has-seen-in-50-years-1.3256472

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Consequences / Re: Wildfires
« on: October 15, 2017, 04:26:04 AM »
LA. Times puts the death toll at 40.

In California, Fires So Fast Hesitation Proved Lethal
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/13/us/california-wildfires-victims.html

California fires: New evacuations ordered for Santa Rosa
The blaze threatening Santa Rosa was a new fire that erupted Friday along state Highway 12 between two other wildfires that have been burning for days.
http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/14/us/california-fires-updates/index.html

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 15, 2017, 04:09:58 AM »
Day 23:
Puerto Rico is going backwards.
91% now without power, up from 83% yesterday.
More than 1/3 w/o water.
Millions w/o 3 meals a day.
     https://twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/918852150557577216

Here’s the why:
“One of the (power) stations in San Juan came down,” according to a spokesperson for the Governor
     https://twitter.com/davidbegnaud/status/918875437765419008



Day 24:
85% of Puerto Rico w/o power, 36% w/o water
Millions w/o enough food
A humanitarian emergency.

And the President is golfing. Again.
https://twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/919233371871633409


Puerto Rico: US officials privately acknowledge serious food shortage
US government providing 200,000 meals a day to meet needs of 2m people
‘There is no urgency in the government response to this humanitarian crisis’
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/11/puerto-rico-food-shortage-hurricane-maria#img-1


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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 15, 2017, 04:00:59 AM »
Ophelia is now a major hurricane, the first in recorded history in this part of the Atlantic Ocean & the strongest ever to threaten Ireland.
     https://twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/919228894032560128

Taking @splillo's earlier plot, here's #Michael's location relative to #Ophelia. Ophelia became a major hurricane >1 month later in season.
     https://twitter.com/pppapin/status/919224833896050689
Image below.

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: October 15, 2017, 02:25:26 AM »
After Senator Bob Corker’s “White House as Adult Day Care” tweet, more and more WH staffers are opening up about the unmistakable signs of Trump’s dementia:

Gabriel Sherman, speaking on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show, says that prominent Republicans and Trump advisers told him, “This president is erratic, he… stays up late at night calling people.  People who have spoken to him on the phone say he repeats himself over and over again, he rambles in conversations.”  Video: http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/watch/steve-bannon-warned-president-trump-about-the-25th-amendment-1070986819553

“I HATE EVERYONE IN THE WHITE HOUSE!”: TRUMP SEETHES AS ADVISERS FEAR THE PRESIDENT IS “UNRAVELING”
"In recent days, I’ve spoken with a half dozen prominent Republicans and Trump advisers, and they all describe a White House in crisis as advisers struggle to contain a president who seems to be increasingly unfocused and consumed by dark moods."
The article:  https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/10/donald-trump-is-unraveling-white-house-advisers


At a recent press event to celebrate the signing of yet another Executive Order designed to destroy Obamacare, DT forgot to sign it.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-briefly-forgets-sign-executive-order-hurt-obamacare-article-1.3558499

You’ll recall he had the same mishap last March.
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/326796-trump-appears-to-forget-to-sign-executive-orders

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: October 15, 2017, 02:01:28 AM »
From Facebook:  About the Non-Presidential response to the death and destruction happening due to the California wildfires.

We are safe in a hotel for another night. Well, those who know me knew my silence on the politics involved here would not last long. If it bothers you, I understand but it's time to say this. I just watched a man on television describe how his wife died in his arms in Santa Rosa and a mother in tears recounting her son succumbing to the flames in their driveway while trying to escape. People have been burned alive. A women who barely survived the carnage in Las Vegas lost her house. A woman in a wheelchair was waiting to die until a brave sheriff's officer risked his life to save her. Rescuers are finding bodies burnt beyond recognition; other reduced to bones and ash. So far, 36 people have lost their lives, 100,000 people have been evacuated trying their best to find shelter and almost 6,000 structures have been totally destroyed. People are enduring unimaginable circumstances. Also, there is no telling how many pets and wildlife didn't make it. No one can really imagine what this hell is like.

Not that I really care what he says or does, but Trump has not tweeted one word, made a speech, or shown any compassion at all for the victims of the California wildfires. Nothing. Zero. Worthless liberal heathens that we are and not as deserving as the dead red states of Texas and Florida. Are the dead in California less dead? Are their destroyed homes homes not a big deal? Are 100,000 refugees just a statistic? Others do care what the president says and his silence is deafening. If nothing else, the incredibly courageous and selfless firefighters, police, pilots, doctors, nurses and other civil servants deserve thanks and acknowledgment.

Finally, anyone who respects the educated professionals whose lives have been devoted to studying the earth and it's climate, understands that the warming earth and oceans increases the severity of nature's worst tragedies. Like fires, hurricanes and tornadoes as any American could see with their own eyes this year. Warm waters, torrential rains, overgrown brush, excessive heat, severe droughts and hurricane force winds are all a result. This is going to happen again and again as the Trump administration and their GOP and corporate enablers continue to dismantle all efforts aimed at slowing or reversing climate change. This is the new reality.
https://www.facebook.com/johnehrenfeld125/posts/10210572506853761


Oh, by the way, he's gone golfing again this weekend.
I would be more angry, except for the fact that keeping him out of the White House, and away from news and communications, lessens the chance he will do something even worse.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/how-much-time-trump-spending-trump-properties-n753366

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: October 14, 2017, 07:56:49 PM »
San Diego, California.  Covering the monthly payment for two Teslas by renting them out for car sharing, on seven days each month.

A couple paid for two Teslas by sharing them on the Airbnb for cars — here’s how they did it
http://www.businessinsider.com/turo-rental-used-to-pay-for-tesla-2017-10

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: October 14, 2017, 07:53:31 PM »
Shell buys NewMotion, Europe’s largest electric charging partner.  NewMotion's Level 2 chargers will nicely complement the fast chargers Shell is installing at some of its gas stations.  Is this an indication Shell realizes the shift away from gasoline is inevitable -- and coming soon?

It is always unfortunate when instead of actually investing in growth and expanding offerings large companies just buy out others. This doesn't increase the amount of charging infrastructure available but artificially makes it look like Shell is expanding the charger network. It also decreases competition inevitably leading to higher prices and worse service.

Many of the commenters on the article were concerned that Shell's plan was to buy the charging network and then trash it, to keep favor with ICE cars.  I don't think one network will make or break EVs (except maybe Tesla's superchargers  :) ).  Let's hope this transaction encourages other networks -- and oil companies, and car makers! -- to step up their game.  More fast chargers, in particular, would likely do well.

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: October 14, 2017, 02:30:50 PM »
Shell buys NewMotion, Europe’s largest electric charging partner.  NewMotion's Level 2 chargers will nicely complement the fast chargers Shell is installing at some of its gas stations.  Is this an indication Shell realizes the shift away from gasoline is inevitable -- and coming soon?

Oil giant Shell accelerates electric vehicle effort with acquisition of network with over 30,000 chargers
https://electrek.co/2017/10/13/oil-giant-shell-electric-vehicle-chargers/

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Policy and solutions / Re: Cars, cars and more cars. And trucks, and....
« on: October 14, 2017, 02:22:49 PM »
EV-magnet Norway is considering a tax on heavier EVs.  But it's a fraction of the tax imposed in Denmark and Hong Kong -- and less than Norway's own tax on ICE cars.

Understanding Norway’s new proposed ‘Tesla tax’ on electric cars
https://electrek.co/2017/10/13/tesla-tax-norway/

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 14, 2017, 04:18:20 AM »
Mexico City earthquake update:  Fast and shoddy construction since the previous earthquake may have led to many of the building collapses seen in the recent quake.

6,000 complaints ... then the quake: the scandal behind Mexico City's 225 dead
Before the earthquake, Mexico City residents lodged thousands of complaints about construction violations. Many of the buildings in question collapsed
https://amp.theguardian.com/cities/2017/oct/13/complaints-earthquake-scandal-mexico-city-dead-construction-collapse

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: October 14, 2017, 03:55:15 AM »
The USNS Comfort hospital ship, in Puerto Rico with 800 specialized medical personnel, 1,000 hospital beds and 11 operating rooms, and the capability to make fresh water, as of three nights ago was treating:  8 patients.

   New York's Governor Cuomo salutes a volunteer medical effort that is being provided free transportation to PR by JetBlue:  https://twitter.com/nygovcuomo/status/918610731821686784

From USNS Comfort: With about 750 specialists on the boat, since it arrived doctors have barely seen 100 patients
https://twitter.com/BiancaJoanie/status/918879843911196673
Article in Spanish at the link.

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Consequences / Re: Wildfires
« on: October 14, 2017, 03:32:41 AM »
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Fire official says 5,700 homes and buildings destroyed, 90,000 people displaced by Northern California wildfires.
     https://twitter.com/JWilliamsAP/status/918972176417431552

Not sure I’ve ever seen air quality this bad in the US
     https://twitter.com/passantino/status/918996324254588928
Image below.

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Consequences / Re: Wildfires
« on: October 14, 2017, 03:30:04 AM »
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Watched some more videos:
Almost everywhere there was a gas pipe still burning in the ruins. Why couldn't they shut off the gas when the fire approached? But I guess this wasn't a major factor.


When you are running for your life, stopping to shut off the gas is the last thing on your mind.  The fire was literally at many people's doorsteps when they were awakened.  Some were trapped inside their homes by the flames.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-wine-country-santa-rosa-napa-fire-20171009-story.html

http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/amp/Sonoma-County-officials-opted-not-to-send-mass-12271773.php

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/western-wildfires/fight-against-california-wildfires-enters-new-phase-search-bodies-n810281

http://www.latimes.com/local/abcarian/la-me-abcarian-sonoma-fire-20171012-htmlstory.html

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