ENERGY LEAP, THE 10 DAY MAKEOVERS.. OCTOBER 17- 23, 2014

Zero Carbon Retrofits by the Millions

- Diligent efforts have been made to establish high energy efficiency standards for new buildings, but with very little impact because this typically represents an extremely low percentage of buildings, in Europe a mere 1%. We have to retrofit millions of older buildings to slash energy usage (causing about 40% of European emissions), but how? Here’s an exciting and doable plan for millions of homes of low-income people. A fabulous project for multiple reasons! We all need this! Read the entire article and share- this model is great!! Actually, we simply can’t reach carbon goals or stop needing natural gas without this type of plan! – Editor

Energy Leap- Ikea helps sell insulation to Dutch – and UK could be next

retrofithouseEuropeWBThe Dutch consortia Energiesprong (Energy Leap) could give zero carbon retrofits (for low-income homes) across England, using innovative wrap-around insulated panels, if EU funding is approved. More than 100,000 homes across the UK could be given a carbon-neutral retrofit by 2020. (Energy Leap) initiative involves completely wrapping houses with insulated panel-facades that snap on like Lego. Insulated roofs adorned with 24 high-efficiency solar panels each are fastened on top, while heat pumps, hot water storage tanks and ventilation units are stored in garden sheds. The deceptively simple idea behind the initiative has been to finance the roughly 300,000 mass-produced (10-day makeovers) renovations from the estimated €6bn of savings from energy bills that they will make each year.
exteriorinsulationprojectWBWith support from the Dutch government, Energiesprong dangled the carrot of secured long-term contracts for a market of up to 2.3m homes, and then asked a depressed construction sector what solutions they could come up with. The result was the beginnings of a reindustrialisation of the Dutch building sector, with construction companies taking 3D scans of houses to offer factory-produced refurbishments tailored to each house’s dimensions. Trade unions have enthusiastically signed up to Energiesprong.
Must read Article 
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Zero on the Meter; the new standard for all rental-and owner-occupied housing in the Netherlands.
(This includes a vibrant online community for private home owners with an energy-neutral home or remodeling plans.)
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QUOTE
“We see sustainability as a driver of building a new and better IKEA.
It is a driver of a renewal of our business, renewal of our products and a driver of innovation of all kinds.”

IKEAheadPeterAgnefjallWB Peter Agnefjall, chief executive IKEA

IKEA might lead the pack even more! Some smart cookies are running this company! Their entire “embodied energy,” from raw materials to disposal, being equal to one-half of Sweden’s total emissions is a critical analysis, and a wake-up call to every organization, including governments. Buying, consuming, and disposing of goods from around the world is a huge part of GHG emissions, yet often doesn’t even make the list of GHG sources! – Editor

IKEA may tighten carbon rules to protect environment

IKEAstoreWBIKEA Group, the world’s biggest furniture retailer, may introduce an internal carbon emissions price to help its drive to protect the environment and create a “new and better” company. IKEA is also on target to invest $1.5 billion in solar and wind power by 2015 (goal of net zero by 2020), and bought a higher proportion of its wood and cotton from sustainable sources in 2014. After attending a U.N. summit on climate change in New York, Agnefjall said the Swedish furniture giant will consider internal carbon pricing — a system that can give incentives to shift investment from fossil fuels.
About 150 major companies worldwide, including Google, used some form of internal pricing of carbon emissions in 2013 (called “shadow prices”), mostly for long-term planning, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project. The price varied widely, from $6 to $60 a tonne.
IKEA will study how a shadow carbon price “will affect the choices of materials, the investments we’ll make with suppliers.” IKEA has already invested heavily in greener energy. It has 700,000 solar panels on its stores and a commitment to own and operate 224 wind turbines.
IKEA is one of very few companies to assess its entire greenhouse gas emissions — from raw materials to the disposal of its products. For 2013, it put its worldwide total at 28 million tonnes, equivalent to half of Sweden’s total emissions.
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But not all company decision-makers are awake to the fact their children will always live on this planet. – Editor

Walmart Owners Investing Millions Into Anti-Solar Activities

The heirs and still majority owners of the Walmart fortune, the Walton family, have been spending millions of dollars in recent years funding a huge number of anti-solar energy groups, according to a recent study from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). “The Waltons claim to have a deep commitment to sustainability, but their support for anti-solar initiatives tells a different story. The Waltons are investing in efforts that both undercut clean energy and prevent average Americans from benefitting economically from solar power.

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– A good example for promoting solar that could apply elsewhere. – Editor

Tokyo in the spotlight as citizen groups start generating solar power

TokyoCitizensSolarWBThere are currently 20 citizen groups operating or in the planning stages for solar power generation businesses funded by private contributors in Tokyo. Large companies do not get involved in solar projects in Tokyo because they are too small in scale. Tokyo may be an excellent place for citizen-supported power generation projects, which are less focused on making major profits than are large companies. At Tokyo Citizens Solar LLC, a limited liability company established in Setagaya Ward in July, numerous representatives of citizen-supported power generation efforts have joined as employees in the hope that the company will be a “platform” for finding ways to solve problems together.
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For Setagaya Energy for All – with model homes, energy-shift workshops, etc. Good ideas!

 

QUOTE
“Climate change is a global problem.
Its impacts do not respect national borders.
No nation can deal with it alone.
We must work together, building joint capabilities to deal with these emerging threats.”
Chuck Hagel, U.S. Defense Secretary

US Defense Secretary Hagel Outlines Military’s Response to Climate Change “Threat Multiplier”

DefenseClimateChangeAdaptationRoadmapWBWhile U.S. politicians continue to disagree on global warming and its potentially catastrophic consequences, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has just released a report saying climate change will have serious implications for national security. Hagel said the U.S. military refers to climate change as a “threat multiplier” because it has the potential to exacerbate many of today’s challenges – from infectious disease to terrorism. Hagel added that the potential consequences of climate change means politics or ideology must not get in the way of sound military planning. “In the past, the Pentagon’s response to climate change has focused chiefly on preparing military installations to adapt to its effects, as in protecting coastal naval bases from rising sea levels. But the new report calls on the military to incorporate climate change into broader strategic thinking about high-risk regions — for example, the ways in which drought and food shortages might set off political unrest in the Middle East and Africa.”
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For the report Department of Defense: 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap
and For the Dumb Award:
The U.S. House of Representatives, however, has actively acted to prevent the military from considering these risks. Back in May, the House passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) that would have forbidden the Pentagon from using any of its funding to address the national security impacts of climate change.
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Who Will Pay for the Costs and Damages of Climate Change?

Canadian oil and gas companies could be liable for billions of dollars of damages per year for their contribution to climate change caused by toxic greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study. The global financial cost of private and public property and other damage associated with climate change in 2010 has been estimated at $591 billion, rising to $4.2 trillion in 2030. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu recently called on global leaders to hold those responsible for climate damages accountable. “Just 90 corporations – the so-called carbon majors – are responsible for 63 per cent of CO2 emissions since the industrial revolution,” Tutu was quoted as saying. “It is time to change the profit incentive by demanding legal liability for unsustainable environmental practices.”
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and for the report- Payback Time? What the Internationalization of Climate Litigation Could Mean for Canadian Oil and Gas Companies

A Shift from Fossil Fuels Could Provide $1.8 Trillion in Savings, Two New Reports Conclude

ClimatePolicyInitiativeLOGOWBA worldwide transition to low carbon fuels could save the global economy as much as $1.8 trillion over the next two decades, according to two reports published by the Climate Policy Initiative.
By switching to renewable energy sources, the high costs associated with extracting and transporting coal and gas could be avoided. This would free up funds to bolster financial support for wind, solar and other renewables – with enormous sums left over.
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Moving to a Low-Carbon Economy: The Financial Impact of the Low-Carbon Transition
“When all of these factors are taken together, we find that transitioning to a low-carbon electricity system could actually increase the capacity of the global financial system by as much as $1.8 trillion between 2015 and 2035.”
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Moving to a Low-Carbon Economy: The Impact of Policy Pathways on Fossil Fuel Asset Values
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This article is a fine explanation of the conflict of modern agriculture and our vital need for an array of pollinators, very much worth reading, giving details of fundamental issues with pollinators. We are meant to give kudos to Cascadian Farms, yet its parent company, General Mills, is mostly not organic and justifies toxic GMO’s and their poisons, so it’s no accident the film doesn’t mention pesticides or GMO’s or moncultures! The short video can warm our hearts- a small plane spewing out massive amounts of wild flower seeds to help a variety of pollinators, with cheering crowds. Watch it but toxic Big Ag is behind it. – Editor

Serious about saving the bees? Time to rethink agriculture

flowerseedsforbeesfromplaneCascadianWBWe need multicultural pollinator communities if we want to keep eating our favorite foods. This is where the “stop spraying and plant some flowers” campaign comes in. Is it really that simple? Well, yes. But also, no. All these wild pollinators, particularly native bees, need habitats full of plant and structural diversity, which you don’t get in monocultures. Wild pollinators love fruit tree blossoms, but they can’t eat, sleep, and nest inside an almond blossom. They need all the other food and shelter in natural vegetation too. A group of scientists combined data from all these studies and found that wild pollinators had a universally positive effect on fruit production in 41 global crops, regardless of how many honeybees were around. No to insecticides and yes to flowers. Reducing pesticide use, especially neonics, is a given. (And) different kinds of resources need to be within flying distance — that’s less than a mile for most insects. Piles of messy leaf litter, dead wood, and ‘weedy’ ground covers are where many insects hide over winter and feed in between crop blooms. We also need to rethink farms as ecosystems, not production lines.
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Watch Cascadian Farm’s publicity to save the bees
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CREATING CARBON COOPS . . . October 10- 16, 2014

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“People are paying a fortune in their (energy) bills. The way to get them to pay less on their bills is
actually enable people to be charged less by using less of it.
Our view is that if we can get consumers united together, show them a pathway for getting that
(high) level of reduction, then they’re going to look around to help their neighbors out and look at their service providers- where they shop and where they work-
“Here’s my bit; where is your bit?”
energyefficiencyproject2050goalsWB
Charlie Baker
Baker is showing the new external insulation on his home.
Watch this video- How community groups are generating their own energy

 

– Of course, the best energy solution is to not use it in the first place. Too many home energy efficiency projects create only minimal reductions in energy use, but here, it’s a whopping 80%! Coop formation, group participation, mutual help, high goals, and organized publicity are powerful tools. Replicating this project in cities throughout the world would be fabulous! Get a Carbon Coop going where you live! – Editor

How community groups are generating their own energy

Carbon Coop’s unique Community Green Deal programme is working with 12 owner occupiers around Greater Manchester to create a network of eco show houses, retrofitted to achieve emissions reductions of 80%. We believe the process of improving our homes to 2050 standards will be quicker, easier and cheaper if we work together, teaming up with friends and neighbours to share experience, knowledge and reduce costs through bulk purchase.
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Repowering London ( all 3 projects)

- PLEASE take a few minutes in a quiet place to really watch at least 3 of these incredibly powerful, remarkably deep, videos- Julia Roberts as Mother Nature (http://natureisspeaking.org/mothernature.html), Harrison Ford as The Ocean (http://natureisspeaking.org/theocean.html) and the Edward Norton The Soil are all brilliant!. I transcribed every word of all 3- what profound truth! Take the time to watch and then rewatch. Please share these! - Editor

Nature Is Speaking

The Soil
“I am the soil.
I am in hills, and valleys, the farms and orchards
Without me, humans could not exist,
but you treat me like dirt.
Do you realize that I am just a thin skin on this planet?
And that I am actually alive, full of organisms that grow your food?
That I am broken, aching, overused, sick because of you.
You have withered me away to less than half of what I used to be just over 100 years ago.
Are you paying attention?
I am turning to dust.
So maybe you could treat me with a little more respect.
I suppose you still want to eat,
right?”
NatureisspeakingSOILWB
Voice of Edward Norton
Video less than 2 minutes

QUOTE
Energy efficiency is the invisible powerhouse in IEA countries and beyond,
working behind the scenes to improve our energy security, lower our energy bills and
move us closer to reaching our climate goals.”
MariavanderHoevenIEAWB
IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven

IEA Marks Energy Efficiency As World’s “First Fuel”, Worth $310 Billion

A new report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has estimated the global energy efficiency market to be worth at least $310 billion annually, a figure that is growing, and leads the IEA to confirm energy efficiency as the world’s “first fuel”.
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For the report, saying that “Energy savings equate to the entire fuel consumption of the European Union”
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The Carbon Co-op is right! – Editor

Tougher energy efficiency target would boost UK economy by £62bn

A 40% cut in energy use by 2030 through efficiency measures would increase the UK’s GDP by £62bn and create 40,000 new jobs, according to unpublished EU figures. GDP gains are three times higher with a 40% reduction target than with 30%.
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and another article on this report uncovers the anti-earth forces:
These predictions come to us via a study from the independent consultancy Cambridge Econometrics — one which was reportedly suppressed by the EU secretary general’s office in order to not rankle “conservative European states and energy intensive industries.” It’s only coming to light now owing to efforts by WWF to see the report released.
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WAKE-UP FACT
“About 40 percent of the nation’s freshwater withdrawals are used for
cooling thermoelectric power plants.”

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- In case you think lethal chemicals in fracking waste water don’t impact you, the Central Valley aquifers are being pumped to irrigate a huge amount of the food being shipped to your state! Bon appetit! – Editor

Confirmed: California Aquifers Contaminated With Billions Of Gallons of Fracking Wastewater

CalifwateraquifercontaminedbyfrackingAfter California state regulators shut down 11 fracking wastewater injection wells last July over concerns that the wastewater might have contaminated aquifers used for drinking water and farm irrigation, the EPA ordered a report within 60 days.
It was revealed yesterday that the California State Water Resources Board has sent a letter to the EPA confirming that at least nine of those sites were in fact dumping wastewater contaminated with fracking fluids and other pollutants into aquifers protected by state law and the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Nearly 3 billion gallons of wastewater were illegally injected into central California aquifers and that half of the water samples collected at the 8 water supply wells tested near the injection sites have high levels of dangerous chemicals such as arsenic, a known carcinogen that can also weaken the human immune system, and thallium, a toxin used in rat poison. Adding insult to injury, fracking is a water-intensive process, using as much as 140,000 to 150,000 gallons per frack job every day, permanently removing it from the water cycle.
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- One issue deniers love to point to is the phenomenon of Antarctic ice currently expanding. Now there is a scientific explanation to this paradox- huge amounts of land ice are melting into the sea and making the water less salty- and thus more likely to freeze! Weird, but in this case, sea ice increases, at least for a while, because fresh water ice is melting rapidly off the land! And note that it is land ice that raises sea level. – Editor.

NOAA- Record Antarctic Sea Ice Growth Linked To Its Staggering Loss Of Land Ice

AntarcticSeaIceWBThe most important thing to know about Antarctica and ice is that a large part of the South Pole’s great sheet of land ice is close to or at a point of no return for irreversible collapse. The rate of loss of that ice has reached record levels, tripling in the last five years alone. 90 percent of Earth’s ice is in the Antarctic ice sheet, and even its partial collapse could raise sea levels by tens of feet (over a period of centuries) and force coastal cities to be abandoned.
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NOAA’s news release

- And this next article is disturbing- it makes the understanding of our measurement of carbon in the atmosphere questionable since so much as gone into the oceans, only to return to the atmosphere years from now. Let’s get Carbon Coops going! – Editor

Oceans Getting Hotter Than Anybody Realized

ArgofloatWB(Argo floats) are gathering and transmitting data that’s providing scientists with the clearest-ever pictures of the hitherto-unfathomed extent of ocean warming. About 90 percent of global warming is ending up not on land, but in the oceans. Article 

Prepare for climate change — or else, says FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which helps communities recover from natural disasters, is making a big policy change. This is the firstfloodmitigationreportWB time (states) specifically must address climate change. That’s because most states use historical data, not forward-looking data, which predicts more frequent, severe disasters associated with climate change. FEMA’s shrunken austerity budget is stretched to the max because $1-billion-plus disasters are growing 5 percent a year since 1980, according to NOAA. Every dollar spent on prevention saves $4 in recovery assistance. The National Flood Insurance Program is $18 billion in debt and that will increase as floods zones grow from rising sea levels.
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 Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves

Washington DC could face 300 floods a year by 2045

Washington DC could be under siege from rising sea levels by the middle of the century, according to the US Union of Concerned Scientists. According to UCS, global sea levels rose eight inches from 1880 to 2009, and are expected to rise by a further foot (30cm) by 2045. “Without serious measures, frequent flooding will start to disrupt daily life and change the way an area functions—and could do so sooner than most of us anticipated,” said Erika Spanger-Siegfried, a co-author of the report and senior analyst at UCS.
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For the report  Encroaching Tides- How Sea Level Rise and Tidal Flooding Threaten U.S. East and Gulf Coast Communities over the Next 30 Years

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QUOTE
People will have to go someplace and this is one of the more obvious places.
Upstate New York could look like LA in 20 years.
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Steven Leibo, a Sage College professor

- For so many years, people have been asking me in whispered tones “Where do we go to avoid the worst of climate change?” If we gave big bottles of NoDoz pills to government officials and mortgage insurers to wake them up, we might soon just be able to look it up on actuarial tables! – Editor

Climate change will make Albany a big city

Just as the Union of Concerned Scientists study warns that rising high tides will make flooding a regular occurrence along the East Coast, Leibo says the Albany metropolitan area will become a much bigger urban area. Climate change is playing out differently in different locations. People and companies will be increasingly factoring in climate change more and more in the years to come as they decide where to build their future. At a certain point, what is going on with the climate is going to become the driving factor in business decisions, especially concerning real estate transactions and where to invest. Real estate markets and mortgage insurers will be especially sensitive to the long-term consequences of climate change. Ultimately, actuarial tables will force decision makers to look toward this region.
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AMAZING JOY SAVING OUR ONLY HOME . . October 3- 9, 2014

QUOTE
“For each of us there’s also a deep internal dimension to this work.
Being an activist is itself a great leap of faith. It can have a long list of personal costs.
But the rewards—spiritual, of the heart, in terms of inner peace—can be incomparable.
If undertaken in good faith, and with success,
the ability to do movement work can be one of life’s great gifts.
Amazing joy can come with saving our only home.”
HarveyWassermanWB Harvey Wasserman
From the article worth reading- 4 Things We Need to Do to Win the Climate Fight
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QUOTE
Sustainability is now core business for all levels of government –
a necessity, not an option.
National governments are often slow to take up new ideas, so
cities – and mayors – need to show leadership
in sustainability and response to climate change.”

MayorMaxHipkinsAustraliaWB

Mayor Max Hipkins

 

Council Makes Wind/Solar Power Compulsory On New Homes

In a first for Australia, a council has voted to make on-site clean power generation on all new homes and some commercial buildings compulsory. The City of Nedlands in Perth has led the way in turning more of the vast ocean of under-utilised rooftops in Australia’s towns and cities into power generators. For each residential dwelling – a minimum capacity of 1.5kW. For each non – residential development with a value exceeding $1 million – capacity determined by Council with due regard to roof area and height.”
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- By far the biggest subsidy given to these major fossil fuel polluters is the one not listed- the horrendous costs of permanently incapacitating land and water to nourish life for generations to come. If we were to not just ask to tone down the pollution but to require that ALL damages be fully and immediately paid for, balance sheets would suddenly show that renewables and extreme efficiency are our only options! If a Martian were here, I am certain that this common sense conclusion would be obvious! Share this video- get politicians to watch it, too. – Editor

QUOTES
“How are people supposed to be healthy…when we keep having companies pollute our water?
They are killing the forest, and the wildlife, and us humans.”
And
“My children grew up on this land, with the expectation that my grandchildren would be on this land.
Now I can’t do that anymore.
At what point is my garden no longer safe to eat- it’s happening now.
I potentially must pack up everything I own, everything that my essence has become, pack it all up and move it somewhere else. This is very disturbing,
This is my home.
TeresaCoopercoalashvictimWB Teresa Cooper, who’s home and farm have been poisoned by nearby coal ash
From the well-done 10 minute video important to watch- Little Blue: A Broken Promise-
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ACTION: TELL YOUR SENATOR TO SUPPORT STRONG FEDERAL STANDARDS THAT WILL PROTECT US FROM TOXIC COAL ASH.

toxiccoalashWBIt’s unbelievable. What do most coal plants do once they scrub down their chimneys and collect all the toxic coal ash pollutants that didn’t escape into the air? They dump it into open, unlined and unmonitored pits.
These coal ash dumps can blow toxic dust over our communities and leach heavy metals into our drinking water supplies. That’s why the Environmental Protection Agency is considering regulating the substance as a toxic waste.
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– The movie clearly shows how people are victims of monumental lies. We indeed do have data on health impacts- here is only a portion, but in a sane world it would be enough to end fracking. – Editor

Fracking’s Waste Pit Emissions-The Big Unknown

WastePitChemicalGuideWBHere’s what we know about the potential health impacts of airborne chemicals released from fracking’s vast waste pits. As oil and gas drilling spreads across the United States, scant attention has been paid to air emissions from the waste the boom has created. Inside Climate News reporters found that because of a 1988 exemption from federal hazardous-waste laws sought by the oil and gas industry, the waste is classified as non-hazardous. This has left waste pits virtually unregulated and put nearby residents at risk of exposure to chemicals like toluene and benzene, which can cause cancer. Here’s, however, what we do know about the potential health impacts of 4 airborne chemicals released from waste pits.
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Open Pits Offer Cheap Disposal for Fracking Sludge, but Health Worries Mount
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- Do Americans have basic rights to keep our land, air, and water free of poisons that harm our health, make our water undrinkable, and contaminate our land to the point we cannot drink tap water, safely grow food and pass the land down to our children and grandchildren? If we were revising our Constitution, wouldn’t we guarantee this basic safety as a fundamental right? It is certainly worse than someone coming and burglarizing your home!
Such profound violation of fundamental human rights made me wonder what the Tea Party folks think. While most of their beliefs may be viewed as deeply distorted, there are some concepts that could be applied to this issue. The Left and the Right can join hands when they meet on the other side of the circle. – Editor

TEA PARTY QUOTES
As citizens, it’s our responsibility to petition our government to do the right thing.
When politicians of any party act against our interests, it’s up to us to call attention to their failures, immediately, loudly and as publicly as possible.”
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“Special interests must be eliminated.”

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– Mountaintop removal to mine coal is clearly a horrifying violation of human rights and creates permanent destruction of entire eco-systems, let alone creating more climate change. Finally, a brave judge makes a court decision that moves the needle a bit more towards sanity. – Editor

More Bad News For Coal- Mountaintop Removal Nixed By Court

A federal judge ruled that the US Environmental Protection Agency was within its rights to put the kibosh on a permitmountaintop-coal-removalWB for the massive Spruce No. 1 Mine mountaintop removal operation planned. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson concluded that the agency’s veto of a Clean Water Act permit for Arch Coal’s Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County was “reasonable, supported by the record, and based on considerations within EPA’s purview.”
The other bad news for coal this week (is) the skyrocketing surge in cases of progressive massive fibrosis, aka black lung, among coal miners in Appalachia.
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– Resistance to change by big energy corporations can really slow solutions down. This report provides some valuable ideas that could be very useful. – Editor

Advantage Local – Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

localenergyownershipreportWBSolar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities – but only if they keep them local! A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) Advantage Local explains how local ownership allows citizens to have a stake in their own energy production, and “flips the grid” toward a more democratic energy future.
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For the new report Advantage Local- Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

 

 

– Since the 1990’s Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)’s Amory Lovins has been explaining the need to create exponential increases in car fuel efficiency, including switching to light- weight materials. He even let this dreamed Hyper-Car’s potentially profitable designs be available for free! Silence for too many precious years. Now we can hope this move- still far too expensive and tiny “concept-car” production- will spread across the entire auto industry. It’s TIME! – Editor

The Hypercar Lives

When VW released the European fuel economy ratings for its new, limited-production XL1 passenger car last summer, you could almost hear the automotive world’s collective jaw drop. The XL1 came in at a staggering VWXL1WBefficiency equivalent of more than 230 miles per U.S. gallon of gasoline. The XL1 is named for its engineering goal: develop a production car that can drive 100 kilometers on 1 liter of fuel (235 miles per U.S. gallon). That was the charge in 1999 to VW engineers.
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QUOTE
“The bar is high, but the goal isn’t unrealistic.”
Tadashi Mizuishi, consultant at Nomura Research Institute

- All goals we set in today’s world must be as far as imaginable to net-zero energy! Reduction of need for energy is first. 75% reduction in energy use is GREAT- and doable!! – Editor

Japan Pushes Zero-Energy Structures

JapanZEBWBSolar-panel experiments are part of strategy to replace nuclear power. The latest green building doesn’t just have solar panels on the roof. It has them on three sides, too. Taisei Corp., a Japanese construction firm, says its office here south of Tokyo cuts energy use by 75% compared with a typical office and generates its power entirely through solar panels, pointing the way to a new era of zero-energy structures that generate as much energy as they use. The building, which opened in May, is on track to have net zero energy usage in its first year of operation.
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– Destroying what is left of our national heritage- our lands, our water, and our ecosystems- for today’s craze for fossil fuels makes no sense. Really, the call needs to be banning until there are no toxins used or generated, no contribution towards climate change, and equitable distribution of finances. Humm, might take a while.
The real moves need to be to institute every energy efficiency measure possible, every support for renewable energy, and to end every subsidy to fossil fuels, including any exemptions and “blind-eyes” for toxins released. Allowing carnage of land and people by exempting fossil fuels industries from responsibility for health damages and destruction and pollution of people’s homes, crops, land and water is a HUGE subsidy that does not get counted. We changed car manufacturing into airplane production in just 6 months during wartime, so rapid change can happen! – Editor

Senate Dems call for ‘strongest possible’ fracking regs

TheHillWBA group of Senate Democrats called for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Friday to issue the “strongest possible” safety standards for fracking operations on public lands. “As stewards of these lands and resources for the American people it is therefore critical that the final rule for hydraulic fracturing on public lands offers stringent protections for the safety of workers, our water, air, lands and public health.”
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EPA data shows US greenhouse gas emissions rising

The latest data shows US greenhouse gas emissions rising. Emissions from 8,000 large industrial sources in 2013 were up 0.6% on the previous year, driven by an increase in coal use for power generation. After falling 10% between 2005 and 2012, US greenhouse gas emissions have turned in the wrong direction.

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EVERYBODY CAME . . SEPTEMBER 26- OCTOBER 2, 2014

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We said it would take everyone to change everything — and everyone came.

2646 EVENTS. 162 COUNTRIES. Now, more than ever, we are a big, beautiful, unified movement. We are coming together around the world like never before to demand a brighter and more just future for everyone. The march in New York City was by far the largest climate march in history. This wrap-up is just a snapshot of how profound and important the People’s Climate Mobilization was.
For the wrap-up that include numerous news articles  Article 

ACTION: Give 350 your input for next steps

To see 400,000 people in the streets shows that there’s incredible energy behind this movement. New things are possible now that weren’t on the table even a matter of weeks ago. We are united like never before. Give your input on the next steps for 350!
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Five ways Ban Ki-moon’s summit has changed international climate politics forever

unclimatesummit2014WBThe UN climate summit in New York decided nothing – but it has helped put climate change back on the agenda. 120 government leaders each made 4 minute speeches about climate change at the United Nations. Did it make any difference? Yes, but not in the ways you might think. The UN climate summit did not conclude in a grand ‘agreement.’ But that was not its purpose.
First, most of these heads of government had never made a speech about climate change before.
Second, some of the speeches were significant in themselves, with new policy commitments.
Third, the summit stimulated a series of commitments by businesses, governments and others on climate action in specific fields.
Fourth, the summit introduced a new rationale for such action.
Fifth, and perhaps most important of all, the summit has re-energised the climate movement.
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To see 3 minute UN Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio, speak at UN climate change summit

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QUOTE
“We can make today the day we stop pointing at each other in blame and instead chart a new course together.
We have never faced a crisis this big, but we have never had a better opportunity to solve it.
We have everything we need to wake up to a different kind world
We need our leaders to be brave and their choices to be bold.
They will either remember us as the generation that destroyed its home or
the one that finally came to respect it.
We have every reason in the world to act.
We can’t wait until tomorrow.
This is our only home.
You can choose today to make a world of difference.”

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WHAT’S POSSIBLE: UN Climate Summit Opening Film

New Film for over 120 world leaders World Leaders on the Urgency of Global Warming
Morgan Freeman narrates an inspirational message of hope and a call for action from world leaders. Here is an excerpt of the ending- so powerful! Worth sharing! 4 minutes can create a new vision!
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a short, wonderful article on how, once one gets the “ah-ha moment,” your life can suddenly develop astonishing meaning! All of us can- and must- get really involved!

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10 best leaders’ pledges at the UN summit

climateUNsummitobamaWBAt the UN’s climate summit yesterday, we heard around 16 hours of speeches from 162 world leaders. Amid the bluster, repetition and recycling of old commitments was a handful of meaningful pledges for new action. Here we present the 10 most ambitious pledges from leaders and their representatives announced during the summit.
France pledged US$ 1billion to the Green Climate Fund, matching Germany’s earlier commitment. Smaller contributions brought the total to $2.3 billion – still some way off the US$15 billion target. While most leaders are shying away from revealing their long term goal until next year, Uruguay came out with a specific target, saying it would reduce its emissions 85% by 2030.
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7 areas of climate action at the UN climate summit

Feeling overwhelmed by the UN climate summit and its outcomes? We’ve summarised some of the main action areas where governments, business and civil society have pledged new action on climate change.
1. Food security 2. Forests 3.Finance 4. Short lived pollutants 5. Renewable energy 6. Sustainable transport 7. Cities
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President Obama’s 2014 UN Climate Summit Speech- 12 minute video

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– There’s no doubt that for years, most media have failed miserably to cover climate change with the importance and multi-faceted nature it deserves. Amazingly, with hundreds of thousands of people marching in the streets, it wasn’t deemed a suitable topic of conversation! – Editor

Sunday News Shows Ignore Historic Climate March

Sunday news shows on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and Fox failed to cover the People’s Climate March, a massive protest against climate change being held September 21 in New York City in conjunction with events in more than 150 countries worldwide. Meet the Press, Face the Nation, State of the Union, and Fox News Sunday ignored the event, which is being touted by participants as “the largest mobilization against climate change in the history of the planet.”
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ACTION: Help us make this week Climate Action Week so we don’t lose the energy and momentum we delivered in the streets

Here is your personalized “Climate Action Now!” check list— 6 easy steps you can take to demand climate action and keep up the pressure in Washington, throughout the country, and around the world.
takeaction@edf.org
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QUOTES
“John D. Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil, moved America out of whale oil and into petroleum.
We are quite convinced that if he were alive today,
as an astute businessman looking out to the future,
he would be moving out of fossil fuels and investing in clean, renewable energy.”
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Stephen Heintz, president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund
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“This is a threshold moment.
This movement has gone from a small activist band quickly into the mainstream.”

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Ellen Dorsey, executive director of the Wallace Global Fund
For a great speech in March, 2013

Rockefellers, Heirs to an Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity From Fossil Fuels

John D. Rockefeller built a vast fortune on oil. Now his heirs are abandoning fossil fuels. The family whose legendary wealth flowed from Standard Oil is planning to announce on Monday that its $860 million philanthropic organization, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, is joining the divestment movement that began a couple years ago on college campuses.
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King Coal’s reign crumbling as demand falters, Carbon Tracker warns

New report finds falling prices, low demand, and environmental legislation could see $112bn-worth of future projects rendered uneconomic. The latest research from the Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI) paints a bleak picture for the thermal coal industry of plummeting coal prices, returns, and share prices with little hope of a rebound without “significant increases in demand” that would fall foul of a growing body of regulation to clamp down on greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.
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The people who oppose (climate change action) are really hurting our children and grandchildren and
making the world a much worse place.
We should not be aligned with such people.
They are just literally lying.”

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Eric Schmidt, Chairman Google Inc. (GOOG)
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ACTION- Tell the CEOs of Yahoo! and eBay: End your ALEC membership today!

Google made international headlines when it ended its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) — an extreme right-wing lobbying group pushing climate denial legislation at the state level. Google’s chairman said they left because ALEC was “literally lying” about climate change. Less than 48 hours later, Facebook and Yelp announced they’re following Google’s lead and dumping ALEC too.
This is BIG! Two other major tech companies, Yahoo! and eBay, have yet to drop ALEC. If more companies join the exodus, it could snowball beyond ALEC including campaign contributions to climate deniers in Congress – a major obstacle to climate action.
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TIME TO LINK ARMS . . . . . . September 19- 25, 2014

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“I will link arms with those marching for climate action.
We stand with them on the right side of this key issue for our common future.
Action on climate change is urgent.
The more we delay, the more we will pay in lives and in money.”
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Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary general

Ban Ki-moon to join climate change march

The secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, is to join a public march calling for action on climate change this weekend. His unusual step – high-ranking officials do not normally attend mass public protests – is a measure of how high the stakes are at a summit next week of world leaders, called by the secretary-general, to discuss climate change.
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QUOTE
“We’re going to sound the burglar alarm on people who are stealing the future.
We’ve watched the summer Arctic disappear and the ocean turn steadily acidic.
It’s not just that things are not getting better.
They are getting horribly worse.
Unlike any other issue we have faced, this one comes with a time limit.
If we don’t get it right soon, we’ll never get it right.”
Bill McKibben, co-founder of the group 350.org

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Busy Days Precede a March Focusing on Climate Change

The run-up to what organizers say will be the largest protest about climate change in the history of the United States has transformed New York City into a beehive of planning and creativity.
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ACTION: Participate in a march near you. Go to the website for a complete list. ClimateDeclarationtosignWB

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And sign the Ceres Climate Declaration.

So what can you do to participate in Climate Week? No matter where you are next week, you can take a few simple steps to support action on climate change.
The Climate Declaration, which has now been signed by 1,000 companies and thousands of individuals, calls on U.S. policy makers to take action on climate change.
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QUOTE
“What is needed is an unprecedented re-channeling of investment from today´s economy
into the low-carbon economy of tomorrow.
Investors are owners of large segments of the global economy as well as
custodians of citizens’ savings around the world.
Having such a critical mass of them demand a transition to the low-carbon and green economy is exactly the signal Governments need in order to move to ambitious action quickly.”
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Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme.

- On the radio yesterday, a speaker was arguing that having big business participate in climate talks was dreadful- we need small local businesses. Yes, we need to localize our economy, but if we make the mistake of waiting until that is done, it will be too late. Big money speaks very loudly- we need them now. – Editor

Trickle Of Renewable Energy Investors Turns Into Flood

Days before UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convenes the Climate Summit at the United Nations to spur climate action and facilitate a global climate agreement in 2015, nearly 350 global institutional investors representing over $24 trillion in assets have called on government leaders to provide stable, reliable and economically meaningful carbon pricing that helps redirect investment commensurate with the scale of the climate change challenge, as well as develop plans to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels.
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For the statement 2014 GLOBAL INVESTOR STATEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

 

 

– At a climate meeting here in Santa Fe this week, the discussion of investing away from earth-destroying companies and moving to supporting solutions was begun. Green Century is only one of numerous green funds, but these 5 reasons are a quick and easy synopsis of why this must happen. I’d even remove the word “consider.” – Editor

looking at the chimney-stalksFive Reasons to Consider Divesting from Fossil Fuels

1. Get Your Investments in Line with Your Values
2. Reduce Corporate Influence on Energy Policy
3. Strengthen the Climate Movement
4. May Reduce Exposure to Stranded Carbon Assets
5. Reinvest in the Solutions
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-insectpateWB Our previous article about insects for food upset a few readers. This new article, however, not only points out an emerging, thriving trend across the world, but also some amazing solutions to current problems. Did you realize that about half of all the seafood eaten is now farmed? And that these farmed seafood species are typically being fed forms of seafood, sometimes 8 times more weight than the resulting farmed fish- a huge waste?
We now have a sensible solution to this major destruction of ocean life- insects!
Another possible problem solver is that large quantities of waste can be used to feed insects. In commercial factories, one factory in a year can process 110 tons of waste a day that feed insects and then can make seven tons of edible mag meal a day!
My grocery store now carries yummy cookies made with cricket flour!! The potential for an array of entirely new and powerful solutions is growing daily and has huge climate implications! Some statistics show that our current agricultural/food systems actually cause nearly 1/3 of our total climate emissions! Your eating can cause far more climate change than your car! This, in addition to soil destruction, heavy water usage in dry areas, use of dangerous chemicals, loss of habitats, and more, means we need to get creative and rethink food sources. This is offering hope- and excitement- for innovators! – Editor

Insects to Feed the World Conference 2014

EdibleInsectsFAOreport2014WBThe first international conference on insects for food and feed brought over 450 participants from 45 countries together to discuss the state of the art in edible insect research, business and policy. Feed industry leaders, insect breeders, universities, NGOs and other stakeholders gathered for the first time, with a clear message – insects for feed and food are viable solution for the protein deficit problem.
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Seriously- watch this amazing video- only 5 minutes- you’ll be amazed 
For the report Edible insects: future prospects for food and feed security 

 

– More and more, food is going to be grown indoors, and a great solution is to use existing buildings, rather than creating massive amounts of demolition rubbish going off to the dump. Dreaming big like this makes sense! If the energy-intensive non-local 18 wheelers stopped hauling food to your town, is your city prepared with multiple and bountiful sources of food that can be continuously grown? – Editor

Proposal to turn San Francisco’s Candlestick Park stadium into a gigantic hydroponic greenhouse

Surrounding the stadium is a new green-roofed, terraced podium that interfaces with the surrounding Candlestick Point redevelopment master plan, sheltering beneath it a marketplace for locally-produced urban agriculture and food goods.
The repurposed stadium enables the growth of sod on its seating tiers in addition to rotating food crops, while the main field offers the potential for housing occasional concerts in between times of harvesting and planting.
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P.S. What do you notice about Candlestick Park, the round white circle?
When we plan for the future, we have to consider shifts in multiple variables.
They missed an important one here.
How many years left before it would be floating aquaponics?

 

MARCHING AT CRUNCH TIME . . . . August 29- Sept. 4, 2014

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ACTIONS: Make the March, Use the Ride Boards, Create a Group Transit, and/or Host a Movie Party Before

Can’t decide whether to go to the big climate march? This might convince you.

Have you been dithering over whether to make your way to the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21? Maybe this will inspire you to just book that train, bus, or ride-share spot already. It’s the trailer for Disruption, a climate documentary premiering on Sept. 7 — exactly two weeks before the big march in NYC. Even if you can’t make the march, you could host or attend a screening of the movie.
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On September 7th, people will host screenings of “Disruption” in living rooms and libraries, on campuses and in community centers.
To register for a screening of the very well-done movie- http://watchdisruption.com/screenings/
Getting To and Staying in New York City
On this page, you’ll find links to available buses, trains, rideboards and creative group transit ideas near you to get the NYC for September 21st. Help coordinate a Bus or Train in Your Community. 

 

- There’s no doubt of the importance of the talks at the U.N. in a few weeks, and here is yet another warning. – Editor

Global warming is already here and could be irreversible, UN panel says

Greenland global warmingA 127-page draft report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, obtained by The Associated Press, paints a harsh warning of what’s causing global warming and what it will do to humans and the environment. It also describes what can be done about it. The language is more stark, and the report attempts to connect the different scientific disciplines studying problems caused by the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and gas. “Continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive, and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems. Currently observed impacts might already be considered dangerous.”
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QUOTE
What gives us the right to play with our climate (using geoengineering)?
It’s a crazy thing to even be considering doing.
But considering how badly we’ve screwed up the climate, then maybe we’ve got to fix it.
It’s crunch time.”
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Dr. Hugh Hunt, University of Cambridge

Geoengineering creeps from sci-fi to reality

SPICEclimateengineeringprojectWBScientists, artists and policymakers pondered whether to hack the planet at a meeting in Berlin this week. The conference has brought together interested parties to talk about how geoengineering could help reverse the warming that over one hundred years of industrialization has produced. They are talking about whether it should be done. And they are talking about whether they should talk about it. (A) concern is the potential for unintended consequences that would almost inevitably accompany large scale attempts to change the climate of an entire planet. Others worry that it could be seen as a “quick fix” and quell the urgency around deploying traditional mitigation tools, such as renewable energy.
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- We CAN change! Here’s such a clever program. Save real energy by manipulating electric hot water heaters and use the money to buy solar for non-profits! Every town needs to have clever rethinking to create win-wins for renewables. – Editor

Water heater project helps W.Va. church go solar

sokarpowerforchurchMosaicWBA community-funded project involving water heaters will pay the $55,000 cost of a 60-panel solar energy system installed on the roof of Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church. About 100 Shepherdstown area residents and businesses have agreed to have demand-response controllers installed on their electric water heaters. Mosaic Power pays customers $100 year to participate in the program. The Shepherdstown participants will donate their payments to the church to pay for the system.
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Price of wind energy in U.S. at all-time low

windreportWBWind energy prices—particularly in the central United States— are at an all-time low, with utilities selecting wind as the low cost option,” Berkeley Lab Staff Scientist Ryan Wiser said. “This is especially notable because, enabled by technology advancements, wind projects have increasingly been built in lower wind speed areas. Key findings:
Wind is a credible source of new generation in the United States.
Low wind turbine pricing continues to push down installed project costs.
Wind energy prices have reached all-time lows, improving competitiveness.
Looking ahead, projections are for solid growth in 2014 and 2015.
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Pope Francis understands the threat of climate change and our moral responsibility to act.
We urge him to take appropriate steps to stop the Catholic Church from fueling the climate crisis
through its investments, and use the power of his office to call on
Christians and non-Christians alike
to align their investments with their values.”

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Jamie Henn, Communications Director and Co-Founder, 350.org

Pope Francis petitioned to drop fossil fuel investments

PopedivestmentWBThe campaign to persuade organisations to abandon their investments in the fossil fuel industry has gained particular traction among religious groups. In July, the World Council of Churches, representing half a billion Christians worldwide, voted to divest. However, this does not encompass the Catholic Church, which has more than double that membership. A petition urging Pope Francis to divest from fossil fuels was launched today by climate activist group 350.org and partner organisations. According to the International Energy Agency, no more than a third of proven fossil fuel reserves can be burnt if the planet is going to stay below an internationally agreed limit of 2C of warming.
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ACTION: Sign the Petition- Divest the Vatican 

Where Can Fossil Fuel Investments Go?

FossilfueldivestmentchallengereportWBFossil fuels have been a financial cornerstone for decades. More than $5 trillion is invested in 1,469 oil and gas companies and 275 coal companies. A Bloomberg New Energy Finance White paper asks where can fossil fuel investments go. If divestment continues, financial institutions will need to find new investment vehicles for billions of dollars.
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For the report Fossil fuel divestment: a $5 trillion challenge

 

 

What You Need to Know Before You Invest in Solar Energy

californiasolar-anchWBSolar energy is one of the greatest investing opportunities of our generation with well over a trillion dollars in annual market potential around the world. But with all that potential comes tremendous risk, particularly as new technologies emerge. With new products popping up every week, how should investors look at the solar energy industry? Here are four keys I’ve developed after years of covering the industry.1. Make manufacturers prove it! 2. Bet on cost reductions over technology improvements.3. Understand the risk a company is taking. 4. Remember the bottom line. The IRS is encouraging investors to support our growing energy renaissance, offering you a tax loophole to invest in some of America’s greatest energy companies.
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For the report The IRS Is Daring You to Make This Investment Now 

Energy companies in Texas are setting money on fire

gasflareTexasWBThe Express News spent a year going over stacks of documents and data (on) the oil and gas industry in Texas. What the investigation found was that fracking operations in the remote Eagle Ford shale were keeping the more valuable oil they produced while venting the natural gas into the atmosphere. Sometimes they just released it directly into the air. Other times they burned it first, which converted it to carbon dioxide. Between 2009 and 2012, they had let go of enough natural gas to keep 335,700 typical Texan households in warm houses and hot dinners for a year. If most companies had to follow regulations that required them to do things like this, there’d be a lot less fracking. This is a story that is new to the Eagle Ford shale, but it’s not new to North Dakota, where an estimated $100 million worth of gas a month -a third of what is pulled out of the ground – is flared off. In North Dakota, landowners are actually suing for lost revenue, since they only get compensated for what is sold, not what is thrown away.
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This series is amazing! Forget the “Bridge” idea. The White House needs to see this! The real solution, of course, is to switch to renewables! Tweaking a bad system doesn’t work when we are up against an unrelenting deadline on climate. – Editor

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- We can’t move forward if no one knows how! I sent this paradigm-shift, net-zero model to our local college doing trades training- this is so useful! Get this idea going in your town! – Editor

Electrical unions launch net-zero energy training center

netzeroplustrainingWBThousands of electrical workers soon will be trained each year as “Total Solution Providers” — skilled in the most advanced energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart grid technologies. The Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute in Los Angeles will train union members in demand response, grid reliability technology, utility-scale battery storage, advanced building and lighting controls and plug load strategies.
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Installed solar is cheaper in many other places outside the U.S. This kind of rethinking to make renewables simpler- and thus cheaper- needs to be done everywhere. – Editor

Streamlining Solar- How AB 2188 Came Into Being

solarCalbillWBGovernor Jerry Brown did not realize how backwards California’s solar regulations were until he visited Germany in the summer of 2013. The soft costs of getting a solar system in California can be eight times as they are in Germany. The Germans have a single system for the entire country. Governor Brown was impressed. So impressed that he started making inquiries about how to streamline California’s permitting process. That was how AB 2188 came into being.
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- Here is yet another source of embodied energy that that we talked about last week and often escapes the data collectors. The Zero Waste movement is vital. – Editor

Trash Burning Worsens Air Pollution- not included in climate modeling

trash-burningWBThe open burning of waste, whether at individual residences, businesses, or dump sites, is a large source of air pollutants. These emissions, however, are not included in many current emission inventories used for chemistry and climate modeling applications.
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CAN’T PRINT MORE PLANET . . . . . . . . August 15- 28, 2014

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“We’re in the red and gambling with ecological bankruptcy, as the fracking debate shows.
If it chose to, the Government can always print more money, but it can’t print more planet.
Ecological overshoot should lead the political agenda.”
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Andrew Simms, climate economist at Global Witness

Earth is in overdraft just EIGHT months into the year

EarthoverdraftforestWBHumans have used up the natural resources the world can supply in a year in less than eight months, campaigners have warned. The world has now reached ‘Earth Overshoot Day’, the point in the year when humans have exhausted supplies. This includes natural resources such as land, trees and fish, and means today we have outstripped the planet’s annual capacity to absorb waste products such as carbon dioxide. For the remainder of 2014, we will be living on resources borrowed from future generations, scientists claim. For the rest of the year, the world is in ecological debt, with food stocks and forests being depleted, land degraded and carbon dioxide building up in the atmosphere. The problem is worsening, with the planet sliding into ‘ecological debt’ earlier and earlier. In 1961, humans used only around three-quarters of the capacity Earth has for generating food, timber, fish and absorbing greenhouse gases, with most countries having more resources than they consumed.
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– Here’s another way to look at our consumerism. “Embodied energy” is the sum of all the energy required to produce any goods or services. Did you know that some estimate that roughly 30% to 40% of the emissions each one of us creates come from the things we consume? Even if our home, office, and car(s) are 100% solar or wind powered, we are still responsible for climate emissions. It’s not just driving to the Big Boxes; it’s also what we haul home.
At this remarkable, innovative “Climate Camp” held in Santa Fe this month, one session was on embodied energy, starting with various items we might have at home, made with basic materials (metals, paper, and plastics) and going all the way back through multiple steps including regional warehouses, manufacturing, container ships, to the bulldozing of lands to extract the basic resources. “Energy Buttons” were put on any step requiring energy (all major steps). The session, of course, ended with some solutions- a variety of ways to greatly reduce our waste stream.
This Climate Camp should be implemented in a variety of ways all over the country! This article, alas, only hints at how this Climate Camp was done, and its real potential. Contact Global Warming Express to find out more. – Editor

Climate Camp- Girls’ interest in helping environment gaining momentum

ClimateCampGWEAug2014WBGlobal Warming Express Camp participants make 3-D maps with dough to learn about Earth. The camp came to be after a pair of Santa Fe girls set out to educate the community and world about global warming. Students today are not given many hands-on opportunities to really experiment with science. The Global Warming Express camp “will provide them with more skills to understand their world. Instead of looking at the world’s problems, they can look at multiple solutions.” “Science is fun. There is no reason anyone should dislike science. If it’s not fun, people are doing it wrong.”
Genie Stevens said she is working with others to raise funds to offer Global Warming Express as an after-school program in both public and private schools this coming school year.
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- “There is no away” is the third rule in the embodied energy session. The kids at Climate Camp learned that the dumpster is only the very last resort, and that anything put in there does not really go “away. – Editor

Zero Waste World- When the economy goes in circles, everybody wins

zerowasteworldWBWelcome to the emerging world of the circular economy. Faced with rising prices for energy and raw materials, along with pressures from environmentalists and regulators who have passed “extended producer responsibility laws” in Europe and some U.S. states, forward-thinking companies are finding ways to take back, reuse, refurbish or recycle all kinds of things that would otherwise be thrown away. In contrast to the traditional “take-make-dispose” linear economy, which depletes resources, a circular economy is an industrial system that is restorative or regenerative by intention and design. Inspired by nature, a circular economy aspires not merely to limit waste but to eliminate the very idea of waste: Everything, at the end of its life, should be made into something else, just as in the natural world, one species’ waste is another’s food.
The transition to a circular economy could generate savings of more than $1 trillion in materials alone by 2025.
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The first rule in the embodied energy session is “Everything comes from somewhere.” We know electric cars must soon come in very large quantity, and paying China to destroy its environment to glean rare earth minerals is still destruction. Rethinking how we do everything is in order these days! – Editor

No Rare Earths in Next Generation Electric Vehicles

rareearthmineralsresearchforelectriccarsWBA variety of electric motors that use no rare earth minerals are being developed in the United States to power future generations of electric vehicles. China supplies nearly all of the world’s supply of rare earths. These minerals are found in other countries, including the United States, but are difficult to mine safely. China controlled the world’s supply due to low labor costs and lax environmental regulations. In August, China announced it would cut production of rare earths by 20 percent to improve the environment and consolidate the industry, prompting complaints to the World Trade Organization by countries that produce hybrid cars.
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Oregon Rejects Key Permit for Coal Export Terminal

nocoalexportsWBThe state of Oregon stood up to dirty coal exports today by denying a key dock-building permit. This denial is a major victory for residents and climate activists who have waged a huge, high-profile campaign against coal exports. Coal export proponent, Ambre Energy asked the Oregon’s Department of State Lands for permission to build a new loading dock to ship Powder River Basin coal down the Columbia River to ocean-going ships bound for Asia. Oregon said no, saying the coal export project “would unreasonably interfere with the paramount policy of this state to preserve the use of its waters for navigation, fishing and public recreation.” Today’s decision marks the first time a Pacific Northwest state agency formally rejected a coal export permit.
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– Are we really protecting our rivers and our drinking water by prohibiting fossil fuel transport? You bet! Here’s an example of why this is so important, in addition to climate change. – Editor
Duke Energy Spilled At Least 5,000 Gallons Of Diesel Into The Ohio River
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“To change everything,
it takes everybody.”

 

– Having thousands of people show up to this extremely important event is critical. Some will not want to spew carbon getting there, so make an event happen where you are. We will have one in New Mexico’s capital Santa Fe. World leaders need to get serious! – Editor

TAKE BIG ACTION: People’s Climate Mobilisation: A Global Invitation

A weekend to bend the course of history
ClimateMarchNYCWBIn September, heads of state are going to New York City for a historic summit on climate change. With our future on the line, we will take a weekend and use it to bend the course of history.
In New York City there will be an unprecedented climate mobilisation – in size, beauty, and impact. This moment will not be just about New York or the United States. Heads of state from around the world will be there, as will the attention of global media.
Our demand is for Action Now, Not Words: take the action necessary to create a world with an economy that works for people and the planet – now. In short, we want a world safe from the ravages of climate change.
Register your event or join scheduled events throughout the world here. After you register, we’ll send you additional resources so you can ensure you’ll have a successful event.
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To say you will go to the march in New York or join a march elsewhere

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“I think a lot of people hear the word ‘injection well’ and they don’t realize they inject wastewater into the ground.
I said the poisoned waters travel under the feet of all the people in the area.
That’s a true statement.
‘Bitter’ speaks about something not desirable, not something you’d ever want to drink.”
Michael Boals, who put up billboards

 

– Fracking is visible, but what is happening to precious, irreplaceable underground water is not. Here one man has decided to raise consciousness in his own way. – Editor

Brine firm sues over biblical fracking billboard

An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against “poisoned waters” on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds. The complaint by the company and Rodney Adams, who owns the land and operates the well site, contends the wells are safe, legal and meet all state safety standards. Michael Boals, a 55-year-old timber harvester, refuses to pull his billboards, which he said cost him more than $1,000.
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– Most people don’t go to meetings that present this kind of research. Delving into the science of parts per million or even billion fails to motivate the majority of people, despite its tremendous importance. Billboards reach far more people! – Editor

Health alert over fracking’s chemical cocktails

Fracking is once again in trouble. Scientists in the US have established that some chemicals used in the controversial process of fracking to extract gas and oil could represent health and environmental hazards. Such additives, which are necessary for the extraction process, include: acids to dissolve minerals and open up cracks in the rock; biocides to kill bacteria and prevent corrosion; gels and other agents to keep the fluid at the right level of viscosity at different temperatures; substances to prevent clays from swelling or shifting; distillates to reduce friction; acids to limit the precipitation of metal oxides. Eight substances were identified as toxins. And even innocent chemicals could represent a real hazard to the water supply.
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– Maybe this U. K. Ad Council should come help the U.S. Congress be more honest, too! Of course there is no such thing as “clean coal!” Start with clear-cutting of beautiful mountain forests to blast in mountain-top removal and go from there, as they did in the embodied energy session. – Editor

U.K. Ad Council Rules ‘Clean Coal’ Isn’t Clean, Bars Peabody Energy From ‘Misleading’ Public“

coalasco2WB“Clean coal” is not clean. Even if the best coal plants had completely eliminated emissions of acid rain pollution and mercury — which they haven’t — you’d still have that pesky carbon pollution to destroy a livable climate and ruin the lives of billions of people. So it should not be surprising that the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has barred Peabody Energy from using the term “clean coal” to imply coal is emission-free or “the solution for better, longer and healthier lives.”
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A Public Wiki Shines Light on North America’s 4 Million Oil & Gas Wells

wellwikimapWBWhen residents of America’s fracking communities want to know if a particular oil or gas well in their neighborhood has a good environmental track record, they usually face the cumbersome task of searching through state records, which can take hours. Now, a new website called WellWiki is trying to eliminate that frustration by making user-friendly data just a click away. WellWiki currently lists data on more than 250,000 oil and gas wells drilled in Pennsylvania since 1859. Other sites also offer oil and gas data to the public.
SkyTruth and FracTrackerprovide maps and satellite images of drilled regions, and FracFocus is a registry where operators disclose certain information about the chemicals they use during fracking. WellWiki is different, however, because it combines data extracted from state databases and a Wikipedia-like mentality that allows the public to contribute their own stories.
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– “We need interested stakeholders like you to complement these numbers with narrative-driven content, just like with Wikipedia” – To help

Renewable energy provides 100% of all new U.S. generating capacity in July 2014

According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, all new U.S. electrical generating capacity put into service in July came from renewable energy sources: 379 megawatts (MW) of wind, 21 MW of solar, and 5 MW of hydropower. Renewable energy sources now account for 16.3% of total installed operating generating capacity in the U.S.
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“No one really knows what international gas prices are going to do in the future.
This means that relying on gas is a big gamble- a gamble that the study found
could cost a typical Australian family of four almost $500 more a year.
By contrast, renewables are a sure bet.”
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Dr Jenny Riesz, lead researcher

Gas gamble could cost 40% more than renewables in low-carbon shift

Relying on gas-fired electricity generation “as a serious option” for reducing greenhouse emissions and cleaning up Australia’s power sector could cost up to 40 per cent more than a shift to renewables, and leave Australian households $500 a year worse off, a new report has found. The UNSW report found that rising and uncertain gas prices were likely to create a market where investment in renewable energy generation would become the cheaper and lower risk option for Australia.
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WORKING WITH STRANGE BEDFELLOWS . . . . . . . . . August 8-14, 2014

QUOTE
“It was like a perfect storm. If the water goes away, land values go down,
agriculture goes away and everybody loses.
We all have to work together and model best practices, or we’re not going to be successful.
We needed to solve this together. “
KelleyBellCommunityWaterDialogueWB

Kelley Bell, VP of Social and Environmental Impact at Driscoll’s

 

- What a great example of diverse groups working together for a win-win result! We ALL need to join with others to face our local issues. Not so strange, really, because in New Mexico, indigenous peoples and Hispanics have shared water cooperatively for hundreds, if not thousands of years. – Edito

Community Water Dialogue- Growing A Solution To California’s Groundwater Crisis

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Three years before the California drought became a national crisis, national berry giant Driscoll’s knew it had a major problem with water, in the valley’s $895 million a year agriculture industry.
Driscoll’s didn’t just watch the water go down the drain. It (helped create) a consortium of strange bedfellows who are sometimes at each other’s throats –landowners, rival growers, academics, government agencies and nonprofit groups. Yet the group today is deploying a mixture of low-tech and high-tech strategies in its effort to replenish the depleted groundwater basin and protect the agricultural economy.
In 2010, it partnered with local landowners and growers, the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County and other groups to launch a bold public/private partnership, the Community Water Dialogue, to solve the valley’s water problems.

Article 

 

Gathering together even with rivals is a powerful tool! Here’s another example. – Editor

Why companies should buy more renewable energy

PowerForwardcorporationsWBThe World Wildlife Fund and World Resources Institute approached General Motors, along with 12 other companies, to collaborate on renewable energy, enabling us to stop reinventing the wheel every time we try to buy more renewable energy. Together, the group developed the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, a clear set of guidelines to help utilities, utility commissions and renewable energy providers understand how they can help make investments easier for companies and meet rising demand.
Article
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Powering Businesses on Renewable Energy- Increasing Access to Renewable Energy
The Buyers’ Principles frame the challenges and the needs of large renewable energy buyers. The principles are intended to help facilitate progress on these challenges and to add the corporate buyer perspective to discussions underway across the country on the future of our energy and electricity system.

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- This international list includes Billy Parish of Mosaic whom we covered last week. Even small amounts add up with enough people! – Editor

TOP 5 Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Platforms

crowdfundsolarschoolsUKWBOne of the biggest impediments to widespread change has always been finance. Now, the emerging finance method of “crowd funding” has provided a new way to leave out third parties, provide energy and monetary benefits to investors and democratize energy in the true sense. The five platforms listed are the top leaders in renewable energy crowd funding.
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Energy storage solutions help match demand for electricity with supply by renewables

NRStorflywheelenergystorageWBA company that is commercializing new technology for storing energy has won a contract to deliver a two Megawatts flywheel energy storage facility for Ontario. It will be the first commercial test in Canada of flywheel technology, a mechanical battery that stores electricity as kinetic motion in a spinning rotor levitated on magnetic bearings. Energy storage really allows the operator to take in more renewable energy.
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For more information

 

- Summer means fabulous corn! Yet at my all-organic produce coop, there was none- ordered from California but none available. Drought! Here’s a concept to begin to rethink how and what we grow, for food and biofuels. This is part of the Green Transitions for ethical finances and the 2014 report emphasizes that big money- large institutional portfolios- need to invest in our Green Transition. Yes, large investors can move markets, and we, as possible small investors in various institutional plans such as retirement, etc. can help make this critical transition happen! – Editor

Saltwater Agriculture: A New Look at Water

© Copyright 2012 CorbisCorporationMost of the world’s attention is focused on supply, conservation, pollution and recycling the 3 percent of fresh water on our planet. Yet, 97 percent of the water on Earth is saline! I have long followed unnoticed research on the 10,000 salt-loving halophyte plants, which can grow in deserts and thrive on seawater. The huge promise of seawater agriculture for making Earth’s advancing desert regions productive with abundant seawater is still overlooked.
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- Why not 80%- always use “stretch” goals! – Editor

QUOTE
“The upward trend we’ve reported since 2009 aligns with our recommendation that investing at least
10% of institutional portfolios directly in companies driving the global Green Transition
appropriately updates strategic asset allocation models both as opportunities and as risk mitigation.”

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If humans were logical, we would have solved this climate mess long ago. So, how do we appeal to folks and get results? Here are some useful and charming ideas- and great pictures- for reaching the hearts of energy and water customers. – Editor

What Disney can teach you about messaging to utility customers (yes, Disney)saveenergyWB

Be practical. Bring dollar savings to the forefront. But also, be a little sentimental. Emotion drives
behavior. Be multi-generational. Be topical. Be clever. A little humor goes a long way. But also, be quickly understandable. Be cute.
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- If we really cared about the health of our citizens, we would not do fracking. Poisons will eventually end up in drinking water even if regulations are followed. – Editor

Drilling Company Owner Gets 28 Months In Prison For Dumping Fracking Waste pollutedriverfrom frackingWBInto River

The owner of a small Ohio oil and gas drilling company who ordered his employees to dump tens of thousands of gallons of fracking waste into a tributary of the Mahoning River was sentenced to 28 months of prison. He admitted having his employees dump fracking wastewater into the Mahoning River tributary 33 times. The recurring pollution had a devastating effect on the creek’s ecosystem. The pollution ultimately flowed into the Mahoning River, which is a source of public drinking water for the cities.
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Sowing Confusion About Renewable Energy

AmoryLovinsWBReaders of The Economist may have been surprised to read in its 26 July 2014 section the “clear” conclusion that solar and wind power are “the most expensive way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” while “nuclear plants…are cheaper,” so governments are foolish to boost renewables and mothball nuclear. As soon as The Economist featured his paper, their inboxes lit up with incredulity: could his conclusions possibly be true? They’re not. Dr. Frank’s conclusions don’t even pass the giggle test.
How does Dr. Frank reach his contrarian conclusions? By using, apparently unwittingly, obsolete data, and incorrect methods.
There are so many mistakes that just nine data points can carry the whole load. My colleague reconstructed Dr. Frank’s spreadsheets and simply updated the nine most egregiously outdated figures. Presto! The conclusions flipped. The new, correct, story: first hydro (on his purely economic assumptions), then wind, solar, gas, and last of all nuclear—still omitting efficiency, which beats them all.
Article
For 6 minute video of Lovins’ talk Solar power’s rapid growth and the myth of storage breakthrough’s necessity

 

- Where is “away”? Since our planet isn’t air- tight compartmentalized, and we know that Fukushima radioactivity has even entered the U.S. food supply, “there is no away” reason alone should end toxic power plants. – Editor

Tepco Set to Miss Target for Fukushima Radioactive Water Cleanup

FukushimacleanupWBTokyo Electric Power Co. looks likely to miss a deadline to filter out a cancer-causing radioactive isotope from water stored at its wrecked nuclear plant in Fukushima. Equipment delays and the failure to stop radiation contamination of groundwater indicates the utility’s president will be unable to meet a commitment he made to Prime Minister Abe last year to treat all water at the site by March 31, 2015. Levels of toxic water at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant are rising at a rate of 400 tons a day as groundwater seeping into basements mixes with water used to cool reactor cores that melted down in the accident. The site had more than 373,000 tons of radioactive water needing treatment as of July 29.
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- Not only is this amount of money enough to change calculations about the expense of nuclear (and typically it’s far more than projected), but taking 20 years is quite disturbing because sea levels are rising, and procrastination of decommissioning coastal nuclear plants could be disastrous. – Editor

Southern California Edison facing $4.4B bill to decommission nuclear plant SONGS

Southern California Edison has requested that the San Onofre Community Engagement Panel review the formal decommissioning plan, environmental evaluation and updated cost estimate to decommission the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). The work is estimated to cost $4.4 billion to safely complete the 20-year decommissioning of San Onofre.
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– Wouldn’t people who are awake not want to own property in such risk-taking states? What was that definition of insanity? – Editor

Climate Change Law in New York Bridges Partisan Divide

cuomolawWBAdapting for climate change is no longer just a recommendation in New York State. It is about to become the law. New York lawmakers passed a measure in June requiring that communities design projects to handle the impacts of climate change such as rising sea levels, heavy flooding and more intense storm surges. The legislation—known as the Community Risk and Resiliency Act (S06617)- affects infrastructure ranging from bridges and parks to wastewater management systems and covers projects that need government funding or permits. It is expected to be signed into law by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo by the end of the summer.
New Jersey, rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy two years ago, hasn’t addressed the issue of climate change. At Republican Governor and presidential hopeful Chris Christie’s direction, boardwalks and seaside towns are going up just as they were before 2012. State officials have told scientists that climate change isn’t on the state’s agenda. Similarly, Republican-controlled Florida has ignored the issue, even though scientists warn it will be the state most impacted by climate change in the U.S.
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For the law

 

Giant floating duck could provide solar energy for Copenhagen
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While 100 wind turbines to be placed inside Copenhagen’s city limits may have upset some city dwellers concerned about their environmental impact, it’s easy to imagine that a solar-panel-covered duck floating about in the harbor would be an altogether more popular element of the government’s green energy strategy and
therefore be less likely to, ahem, ruffle the feathers of the local population.
Article 
- Yes! Make change charming! - Editor

SHARING THE BUCKET . . . . . . . . . . . . . AUGUST 1-7, 2014

QUOTE
When the brilliant Elon Musk was asked why he gave away for free some extremely valuable electric car patents,
he answered with his big vision:

If we are in a ship with holes together, we’re all bailing water out, and we have a great bucket design
then, even if we are bailing out way better than others,
we should probably share the bucket because we are all going to sink.

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Elon Musk
Video
– What if the need for the common good ended greed? We would all be winners and have a living planet! – Editor
and
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- Dangers increase exponentially as our greed fills our neighborhoods in multiple ways with fossil fuels. “Crude oil wasn’t supposed to explode, until it started exploding.” This could be catastrophic for dense urban areas. Entire sections of major cities downtown could go up in flames. This video is worth watching! – Editor

Bomb Trains- The Crude Gamble of Oil by Rail

BombTrainsWBIt’s estimated that 9 million barrels of crude oil are moving over the rail lines of North America at any given moment. Oil trains charging through Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, and Canada’s Quebec, New Brunswick, and Alberta provinces have derailed and exploded, resulting in severe environmental damage and, in the case of Quebec, considerable human casualties. With 43 times more oil being hauled along US rail lines in 2013 than in 2005, communities across North America are bracing for another catastrophe.
(Note: You can look up whether you live in a danger zone)
For this important 23 minute video 

 

 

QUOTE
Every day in the U.S. at least 2 billion gallons of fluids are injected into more than 172,000 wells to enhance oil and gas production.. Because much of the population relies on underground sources for drinking water, these wells have raised concerns about the safety of the nation’s drinking water.

DRINKING WATER-
EPA Program to Protect Underground Sources from Injection of Fluids Associated With Oil and Gas Production Needs Improvement
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- Even the government is finally noticing! – Editor

GAO Report: Drinking Water at Risk from Underground Fracking Waste Injection

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released its report today show(ing) that the EPA’s program to protect drinking water sources from underground injection of fracking waste needs improvement.
Article
For the report 

QUOTE
The oil industry buys off our politicians. You can’t get elected in the state of Louisiana without oil money, or

you’ll have a shadow cast over your every move,”
and
There’s no excuse for what the oil and gas industry has done to our state.
We could be the state of green jobs, but they are here for the long term and they don’t take responsibility.
They have made our land, fishing, and health unsustainable.”
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Cherrie Foytlin, Louisiana woman who’s husband is still chronically ill from the oil spill

Subsidy Spotlight- Paid to Pollute and Poison

The money spent buying influence pays off in spades for the industry. In early June, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed a bill to protect oil and gas companies from lawsuits by people harmed by the industry. The state’s Attorney General is now concerned that this could let BP off the hook from paying people hurt by the oil spill.
Article 

- Here is the plan of how California can be 100% renewables, and if they can, any state can! We would have dropped fossil fuels long ago IF we had had reality-based economic analyses. Being sick is not cheap! Extreme weather from climate change is also not cheap! – Editor

How To Power California With Wind, Wave, And Solar windfarmCAWB

A new study has been released by Stanford researchers showing how California could convert to an all-renewable energy infrastructure that is both technically and economically feasible. The plan outlines what it would take to make the change, and all the benefits that would come with it.
Article 

QUOTE
I think the most interesting finding is that this plan will reduce social costs related to air pollution and climate change by about $150 billion per year in 2050, and that
these savings will pay for all new energy generation in only seven years.”
Mark Delucchi, University of California, Davis and co-author
Article 

For the study A roadmap for repowering California for all purposes with wind, water, and sunlight-
Highlights:
Roadmap to repower California’s all-purpose energy with wind, water, sunlight (WWS).
All new energy WWS by 2020, 80–85% existing energy WWS by 2030, 100% by 2050.
Creates ∼220,000 more 40-year jobs than are lost.
Avoids 12,500 pollution deaths/yr., $103 billion/yr. health costs, $48 billion/yr. climate costs.
Electrification reduces power demand by ∼44%, and WWS stabilizes energy prices.
Study 

- So how do we get the money to really push renewables forward? Can you take 20 minutes to listen to a tangible, realistic, and inspiring vision of how to finance 100% clean energy, while creating an economy that allows ordinary people to invest in this life-giving transition? Billy Parish is great!! – Editor

100% Renewables: Late and Fast

BillyParishWBExcerpts:
Clean energy can save millions of lives and create a safer world. EXXON made $122 million profit per day last year! Change is happening faster than any analyst predicted. We made $6 million in loans in clean energy with zero default today and 100 % on time payment. We can build a world powered by wind, water, and sun. We
can only do it if we take power into our own hands. We can build the number one platform for the clean energy economy- people’s money!
Great video

 

 

 

– Transitioning to electric cars could free us from a current major use of fossil fuels, and it can come very quickly! Help make it happen! We don’t need to poison our people, and thus weaken our society. A sick population does not create a happy and productive country. – Editor

The Electric Car Revolution: Why Electric Cars are Likely to Dominate in the Next Decade electriccarrisingWB


The number of electric cars on the roads has been doubling or tripling every year for the past several years.
Although electric cars represent just approximately one percent of the automobile market, the growth trend is similar to what we’ve seen for every other disruptive technology. From a certain point of view, we could say that electric cars are about halfway to market domination.
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MORE TONY QUOTES

How much surface area would be needed to generate enough energy to power every car-mile in America with solar power? The answer is:
875 square miles.
That is, one square with 4 sides, each 29 miles long.” P. 112
AND
To power just one-third of the gasoline car-miles in America, oil uses 143 times the surface area that
solar would need to power ALL electric car-miles.
The disruptive potential of solar lies not just in its low cost but in its distributed nature.
Wal-Mart is expected to cover 218 square miles in 2015.
Wal-Mart alone could power one fourth of all electric cars in the U.S.
All Wal-Mart would need to do is cover its rooftops with solar and its parking lots with solar canopies.” P. 184

“The BP oil spill alone was 80 times larger than the surface area that solar plants would need to
power every electric vehicle car-mile in America.
No one ever heard of a solar spill.” P. 185

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From his new book Clean Disruption,
Tony Seba, Stanford University professor and author Clean Disruption
We can’t get enough of the great ideas from the book Clean Disruption! – Editor

THE DINOSAURS WILL LOSE . . . . . . July 18- 31, 2014

QUOTE
A house in Lancaster, California, in 2020, with no subsidies, is going to
generate solar energy (on-site) at four to five cents.
The cost of transmission will be seven cents- five cents- no less than that.
Solar generation on site will be lower than just the cost of distribution and transmission.
The utilities will have no business.
That is not a sustainable business model and
will happen everywhere.”
From the 7 minute video- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zfupm32Wnc
AND
Should solar continue on its exponential trajectory,
the energy infrastructure will be 100-percent solar by 2030.
(Yet,) the solar growth rate could actually accelerate.
As a rule when technology product achieves critical mass (the point of no return),
its market growth actually accelerates.
From his new book Clean Disruption, page 38

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Tony Seba, Stanford University professor and author Clean Disruption

 

This new International Energy Agency report is clearly The Dinosaurs’ Prediction! The world is moving forward with solar, solar-powered electric cars, local, organic food and more, and Tony Seba in his new and visionary book Clean Disruption spells out how very rapidly technological changes can occur, and totally change our society. – Editor

How to Lose $40 Trillion

The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently released a report calling for $40 trillion in new investments to meet the world’s energy needs until 2035 [1].There are three main components in the IEA investment scenario:
Oil would get $13.7 trillion
Gas would get $8.8 trillion, and
The Power Sector would get $16 trillion.
In other words, according to the IEA, the future of energy is basically like the past.
But the future of energy will not be like the past. Not even close.
If the IEA had made a 20-year projection of the phone market starting in 1995, they would have said that landline phones would dominate the market by 2015. Overwhelming evidence points in one clear direction: the industrial age of energy and transportation will be over by 2030. Maybe before. Don’t believe in the Clean Disruption? The IEA wants you to invest $40 trillion in conventional energy (nuclear, oil, gas, coal) and conventional utilities. It’s their Kodak moment. It’s your money.
Article
For the International Energy Agency report 
Do read this book! Feel good and hopeful! My local bookstore got me Clean Disruption- you can buy it online, too For book 

SAP EV Charging Station

Would we have even known what this is ten years ago?

For picture

China’s Latest Mandate: 30% of Government Cars Need to Be Electric or Use Alternative Fuel

China has mandated that at least 30 percent of government vehicles purchased in the next two years will have to be fueled by alternative energy sources. The plan for “new-energy vehicles,” China’s term for alternative fuel vehicles, includes electric cars, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen electric fuel cell vehicles. Along with buying the cars, the Chinese government will also have to build charging stations, which could help open the market for more consumers to buy electric vehicles.
Article 
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– What a great mantra- PV4EV! People are doing this now! Make it happen! – Editor

Why it makes sense to pair solar with electric vehicles- The PV4EV solution is within reach

It is clear that as prices for PV and EVs continue to fall, more and more homeowners will opt for what we can call the PV4EV solution. Even though a PV system can be costly, the savings from driving on sunshine versus driving on fossils can easily make up for the initial cost in a few years’ time- generally around ten years — good but not great, at least from a purely economic perspective. However, as costs for solar continue to fall and gasoline costs continue to rise, the payback period will become shorter.
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QUOTE
“In markets, momentum is everything and right now we have momentum –
more and more people are really piling in.
They have been sitting on the sidelines waiting to see how it went and
now they are saying ‘I should buy (green bonds) because it just makes sense’.
SeanKidney,climateBondInitiativeWB
Sean Kidney, Climate Bonds Initiative chief executive

– Dinosaurs are everywhere! Yet even savvy investors are wising up and will play a critical part in making clean transitions! Put your money where the science is! – Editor

Green bonds market grows by 60% in a year

Green bonds : the Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm near New BrightonThe market for green bonds has grown 60% this year compared to 2013, surpassing expectations and leading experts to say a niche has now become mainstream. The climate bonds initiative (CBI) and HSBC said that green bonds with a total value of $18.3bn (£10.7bn) were issued in the first half of 2014.The figure greatly exceeds issuance of $11bn in 2013. So-called green bonds are designed to raise capital for the low-carbon economy.
Article
For the report Bonds and Climate Change-The State of the Market in 2014
and

World Council of Churches divests from fossil fuels

cathedralWorldCouncilofChurchesnofossilfuelsWBA group representing half a billion Christians has said it will no longer invest in coal, oil and gas. A decision by a global coalition of 345 churches to stop investing in fossil fuels has been hailed by divestment campaigners as the most important commitment yet. The World Council of Churches, which represents over half a billion Christians from 150 countries, said that they would no longer fund oil, coal and gas, and recommended that their members follow suit.
Article 
For the Council of Churches 

Military Bases Face Hurdles in Climate Change Adaptation

The Department of Defense has 7,600 military installations across all 50 states and 40 foreign countries. They perform diverse functions, but they have one thing in common: climate change could cost them big in the coming decades unless adaptation measures are taken soon. The military has already taken some action. Planning for climate change impacts is being folded into base Master Plans around the world. And renewable energy projects have popped up on a few installations, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing power separate from the grid. Beyond the walls of its bases, the Pentagon has also recognized that climate change presents a threat to national security.
Article
From the Government Accounting Office, in a report that states there are still roadblocks to preparing for the future – CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: DOD Can Improve Infrastructure Planning and Processes to Better Account for Potential Impacts. June 30, 2014
Report 
and
For DOD Wraps Climate Change Response into Master Plans
AND
The U.S. House still has dinosaurs! Unbelievable! Truth will win out; it’s only a matter of when. – Editor

House votes to direct the Pentagon to disregard climate change assessments

dinosaurbehind CapitalThe U.S. House-passed 2015 Defense Appropriation bill apparently intends to have the Pentagon stop using leading scientific assessments of global climate disruption in national security planning. The Pentagon takes climate change and its impacts seriously and has included these issues in two Quadrennial Defense Reviews. But an amendment by a coal-state Republican would direct Department of Defense to disregard the U.S. National Climate Assessment and the IPCC international assessment. This is a radical amendment.
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ACTION: SIGN HERE TO SUPPORT THE CLIMATE SCIENCE STUDENTS BILL OF RIGHTS

Science education that includes the facts about climate change is being withheld from ClimateScienceBillofRightsWBkids across the country. Withholding evidence about our changing climate, and the cross-disciplinary scientific facts that explain it, robs from students the opportunity to formulate solutions to the biggest global challenge their generation — and succeeding generations — will face.
America’s kids deserve to learn about climate change as part of a 21st century science education. For that reason, it is time to affirm a Climate Science Students Bill of Rights.
Sign Up 
Also read Parents Blast Climate Denial In Schools: ‘You Have To Teach Real Science’

 

Another big, important government dinosaur is how we grow our food. Chemical, GMO, and other large corporations dictate the vast majority of our food production; yet, we could do so much better and still have plenty of food! Basing our food production on poisons makes no sense. If soils and ecosystems are kept healthy, these chemicals are not needed. Dr. Elaine Ingham shows this, as do many others.

Here are 3 really big reasons (there are more!) to actively support the organic food movement- significantly reducing and sequestering CO2 emissions, protecting the threatened pollinators that are essential for a very large percentage of our food, especially fruits and vegies, and stopping the further buildup of toxins in our food, especially from GMO foods. – Editor

Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change

Simply put, recent data from farming systems and pasture trials around the globe show that we could sequester more than 100% of current annual CO2 emissions with a switch to widely available and inexpensive organic management practices, which we term “regenerative organic agriculture.These practices work to maximize carbon fixation while minimizing the loss of that carbon once returned to the soil, reversing the greenhouse effect.
Rodale Article 
For the document 

and
– This article explains that when bees are exposed to the pesticides in the neonicotinoid group, they do not die right away, but even small doses- less than one-billionth of a gram- can cause the majority of bees to die through colony collapse in the winter. The chemical industry has claimed repeatedly that “neonics” are safe for bees, but this article clears up the issue- we cannot continue neonics- they indeed are killing our pollinators! Neonics are used in massive amounts- but not on organic foods! They are also used in commercial ornamental crops- buy your garden plants from an organic nursery. No Big Box stores! They can be so toxic, they will kill pollinators in your garden! Neonics are in the tissue and can’t be washed off! – Editor

The Summer Bees Poisoned, Winter Bees Die

BIRCforWBIPM Practitioner, June 2014, p. 13 (not available on-line. You can subscribe. Where professional pest control people learn how to use safe methods.)

Sub-lethal exposure to neonicotinoids impaired honey bees winterization before proceeding to colony collapse disorder
Article (only incomplete abstract available)
and
When Roundup Ready soybeans were first released, maximum residue levels (MRL) of 5.6mg/km were considered extreme. Since then, the MRL allowed in the EU and U.S. has been raised to 20 mg/kg. Residues are higher because of more frequent glyphosate applications and applications later in the season.
Food Chemistry Volume 153, 15 June 2014, Pages 207–215
Compositional differences in soybeans on the market: Glyphosate accumulates in Roundup Ready GM soybeans
Highlights- Glyphosate tolerant GM soybeans contain high residues of glyphosate and AMPA. Soybeans from different agricultural practices differ in nutritional quality. Organic soybeans showed a more healthy nutritional profile than other soybeans. This study rejects that GM soy is “substantially equivalent” to non-GM soybeans.
Article 

and
– With the levels of this poison possibly being 20 times higher than before, can we say “So what?” This study was repressed for years, and now repeated stringent scientific review has allowed it to be re-released. If you see the photos of the rats in this article (left out here intentionally because they are so disturbing), you might well want to work on labelling GMO foods and eating organically to provide a safety net for your and your family’s health. This is not the only study to reveal potentially serious health issues. – Editor

Seralini republished: Roundup-ready GMO maize causes serious health damage

A scientific study that identified serious health impacts on rats fed on ‘Roundup ready’ GMO maize has been republished following its controversial retraction under strong commercial pressure.

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ACTION: Fight for the basic human right of knowing what is in your food, join MomsAcross AmericaWB

Action