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Consequences / Re: Wildfires
« on: Today at 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
Image below.

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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
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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
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
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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 »
<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
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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):
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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.
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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
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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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