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Another climate heat map – state +/- (surprises!)

Another climate heat map – state +/- (surprises!)

Grist quickly points out that that map can lead to incorrect inferences at a quick blush, quote: “But there’s more to the data than meets the eye. Saha says that some of the states that seem to be lagging behind, including California and Washington, already had fairly low carbon intensity before the study period began. (Carbon intensity is a measurement of the carbon emitted per dollar of economic growth.) In other words, the large cuts in the Northeast may reflect…

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WAPO on temp changes in CO/UT – farmer hell

WAPO on temp changes in CO/UT – farmer hell

Quote: “Here, on Colorado’s Western Slope, no snow means no snowpack. And no snowpack means no water in an area that’s so dry it’s lucky to get 10 inches of rain a year. A few months after taking the photo, Kehmeier stared across the land his family had tilled for four generations and made a harsh calculation: He could make more money selling his ranch’s water than working his land.” (my bold) source Here’s the area talked about My gasp…

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Bumblebees ‘farm’ flowers to accelerate pollen production

Bumblebees ‘farm’ flowers to accelerate pollen production

Some days, I read somehting and all i can say is ‘WOW’ – incredibly interesting and something that I did not know – one of those ‘blow me away’ factoids. A recent study of bumblebees and how they can influence flowers to accelerate pollen production was one of them … and scientists have yet to figure out how they do it – only that they can, and do! Source Quote below is the kernel of their findings, “Based on their…

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Grist answers, “What’s the more climate-conscious diet: plant-based or place-based?”

Grist answers, “What’s the more climate-conscious diet: plant-based or place-based?”

It’s a great and often asked question … the full post is here. The answer in a nutshell, quote: “The most effective change you can make to your diet, in terms of greenhouse gas reduction, is to go plant-based and limit meat consumption. That’s it. It’s also certainly lower impact in terms of water usage.”

WOW – Google’s smart energy usage ideas

WOW – Google’s smart energy usage ideas

I can’t even comment on it except, “wish I thought of that”! quote: New carbon-intelligent computing platform Our latest advancement in sustainability, developed by a small team of engineers, is a new carbon-intelligent computing platform. We designed and deployed this first-of-its kind system for our hyperscale (meaning very large) data centers to shift the timing of many compute tasks to when low-carbon power sources, like wind and solar, are most plentiful. This is done without additional computer hardware and without…

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Ecosystem destruction & virus infections

Ecosystem destruction & virus infections

Wow … this was eye opening https://grist.org/climate/these-scientists-saw-a-pandemic-coming-now-theyre-trying-to-stop-the-next-one/ Quote: “Over the past century, the human population has exploded. At the height of the 1918-1919 Spanish flu pandemic, the global population was around 1.8 billion, less than a quarter of what it is today. In the past century, millions of humans have spent years slaughtering wildlife; cutting down trees; placing cows, chickens, and pigs in close contact with wild animals — providing ample opportunity for viruses to make a deadly leap. Even…

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Bike lanes, yes!

Bike lanes, yes!

A recent study on economic impact of adding bike lanes came back with interesting results. Quote, “Researchers studied 14 corridors in 6 cities — Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Memphis, Minneapolis and Indianapolis — and found such improvements had either positive or non-significant impacts on sales and employment. Essentially, adding improvements like bike lanes largely boosted business and employment in the retail and food service sectors.” Adding bikes is one step to reducing cars … less carbon, less pollution, less noise,…

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Cool tech to keep streets safe for non-car people (like me)

Cool tech to keep streets safe for non-car people (like me)

I almost never drive … and if I do, there must be multiple destinations or something to do that is worth the carbon guilt … However, as I walk, run, bike everywhere, I am constantly ‘on alert’ due to people driving cars who seem to just want to make it hard for non-car people Grist published a spot on a company that is coming up with some help for us … Quote: “Tara Pham’s company, Numina, generates the granular data…

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2 scientific reports sustainable energy

2 scientific reports sustainable energy

2 recent studies were published that I found interesting and worth the read. The first is about the solar panel cell chemistry improvements. Even with all my semiconductor design and manufacturing experiences, I found this science complicated but encouraging. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200415133625.htm The second is complex modeling on the impact of wind turbines and their disruption to the micro weather (air-flow) patterns if capacity was increased. Even the authors’ description of the modeling was complex. Yet again, way encouraging if we can…

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Will solar energy push out now – COVID-19 consequence?

Will solar energy push out now – COVID-19 consequence?

From Seeking Alpha editors today, quote: “Solar stocks (TAN -6.2%) are under notable pressure today, possibly due to disappointment over the U.S. stimulus bill which failed to contain any specific help for the renewable energy industry. While solar companies can apply for loans just like any other business, the bill does not include the tax credit extensions and direct pay provisions sought by the industry. Solar names trade sharply lower: RUN -16.5%, SPWR -13.6%, JKS -13%, CSIQ -10%, ENPH -7.3%,…

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Dem candidates on climate

Dem candidates on climate

Grist put together a really good side-by-side of the two remaining plausible Dem candidates and their climate positions Closing paragraph quote, “That idealism, which is easy to denigrate as naivete, may be Sanders’ biggest weakness heading into Sunday’s debate. Meanwhile, Biden’s biggest weakness is a different kind of idealism — the hope that technology and market-based solutions, without major changes to the fossil fuel industry, will be enough to confront the scale of the climate crisis. (Both candidates have called…

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A car even i could love …

A car even i could love …

It’s not fast; it does not have a huge range for battery … but Quote: “The business plan, too, frames the Ami as a scooter replacement when it hits streets this June. You could buy it outright for $6,600, or you could lease it for $22 per month (with about $3,000 down), or rent it for 30 cents a minute with ride-share apps. The monthly lease is on par with current e-scooter subscriptions, though the minute-by-minute rate is about twice what the…

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Indicator species – ‘canary in goldmine’ – not good enough

Indicator species – ‘canary in goldmine’ – not good enough

A new research report is out that concludes, quote: “By combing through a public dataset of over 1,000 species and 64 habitats in British Columbia, they were able to compare the surrogacy value of each species — a numerical score based on the association of two species through their use of shared habitats. They found that a mixture of five to 10 game and non-game species offered the best value as surrogates for biodiversity conservation.” And a bit more, “We…

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Grist advice – “avoid jargon!”

Grist advice – “avoid jargon!”

A corporate president I interfaced with often one time said to our team, “you have completely failed to understand the power of the English language.” How we use language has tremendous impact on what we can accomplish with other humans. Grist has some great advice! Key words and their ‘non jargon’ explanation … which would you prefer to hear? (quoted below) Carbon footprint: How much carbon-dioxide emissions can you attribute to a country, company, or maybe your neighbor? The answer…

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Upside to wind power?

Upside to wind power?

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200224183457.htm Quote – no comment needed The United States could generate 20% of its electricity from wind within 10 years, without requiring any additional land, according to Cornell University research published in Nature Scientific Reports. “The United States currently produces about 7% of its electricity from wind energy,” said Sara Pryor, professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. “This research shows that a quadrupling of the installed capacity of wind turbines from 2014 levels will allow us to attain the…

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