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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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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For the Climate Engineering Conference 2014
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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

See Up in Flames

 

- 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

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“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. “
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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.

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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.
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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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- 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

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“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.
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- 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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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.
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- Yes! Make change charming! - Editor

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

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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
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– What if the need for the common good ended greed? We would all be winners and have a living planet! – Editor
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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 

 

 

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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
Report 

- 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.
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- 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.
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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

TonySebaWB
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

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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?

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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.
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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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“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
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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 
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For DOD Wraps Climate Change Response into Master Plans
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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.
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– 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.

Article 

 

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

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FIND A NEW PATH FOR THE $21 BILLION

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The All of the Above energy strategy is not only climate denial

it’s climate denial that is funded with more than $20 billion in taxpayer support each year.

Until our representatives in Washington and around the country find the courage necessary to put people’s interests ahead of rich polluters, this theft of our tax dollars is likely to continue.

The next step for saving the climate should be clear: Stop Funding Fossils.”

StephenKretzmannOilChangeWB

 Stephen Kretzmann, Executive Director of Oil Change International.

- How often do we hear there’s no money for all the good things we need to protect our future. There is money- it just needs to go to the right places! All the comparisons on prices of fossil fuels versus renewables are wrong- add in all the supports and the massive damages and put dollar signs on loss of human and environmental health, and our problems are solved! – Editor

U.S. Government Providing Billions in Fossil Fuel Subsidies to Unburnable Carbon

PriceofOilreportWBToday, Oil Change International released a comprehensive report on fossil fuel exploration and production subsidies in the U.S which demonstrates that at a time when we need urgent action on climate change more than ever, the U.S. government is channeling huge and growing amounts of money to increasing discovery and production of oil, gas, and coal. These federal and state subsidies totaled $21.6 billion in 2013. Article

For the report Cashing in on All of the Above: U.S. Fossil Fuel Production Subsidies under Obama

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“Change is in the air. Solutions exist. The race is on, and it’s time to lead.

Deep decarbonisation is feasible, but it requires global commitment to advancing key low-carbon energy technologies.”

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

- It’s disturbing that even with this huge push, they have said there still remains a 30% chance we won’t make this goal. Politics certainly reduces logic, since a 100% chance of success is the only goal that makes sense. See ACTION below to help get this plan moving forward. – Editor

U.N. Proposes Pathways to Decarbonisation

DeepDecarbonizationreportWBNational teams in 15 of the world’s largest carbon emitting countries collaborated to produce a 194-page report, which outlines the vast technological transformations that each country must make to prevent global warming from exceeding 2 degrees C. The report, launched Tuesday by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the U.N.’ s Sustainable Development Solutions Network, aims to lead the debate in the run-up to the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris. It was the first report of the Deep Decarbonisation Pathways Project (DDPP). Article  For the The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) Report 

ACTION: Stand Up and Be Counted on Climate Change

Message on Climate Change to World Leaders

JeffreySachsactionWBFrom Jeffrey Sachs Director, Earth Institute at Columbia University

This is your moment, as a Global Citizen, to raise your voice to head off disastrous climate change. The 2-degree limit is the last guardrail for a safe global climate. Many of the world’s leading scientists and climate experts have put forward a statement to global leaders for delivery at the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23. Here is your chance to add your name with these illustrious signatories. Be Counted Here 

- Being clever at hoarding money won’t save them if/when climate change hits hard. The very wealthy get behind closed doors far more often and can block important political and economic change. How do we get them to care about the future? – Editor

STUDY: Rich Republicans Are the Worst Climate Deniers

richRepublicansdeniersWBA new study in the journal Climatic Change finds that among Republicans, as levels of income increase, so does their likelihood of “dismissing the dangers associated with climate change.” But among Democrats and independents, there is little or no change in climate views as levels of income increase or decrease. At the lowest income level, the probability that a Republican would give one of these dismissive answers was only 17.7 percent. But at the highest income level, it was 51.2 percent. Among individuals with conservative political orientations, there is a correlation between occupying advantageous positions within industrial economic systems and an unwillingness to acknowledge the risks associated with climate change.

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For the report Public views on the dangers and importance of climate change

- A fun article to read! When a city creates an electric car rental system, it can do wonders for air pollution and more. If powered by wind and solar, this is a total winner! – Editor

Electric ‘Boris cars’ are coming to London- how they work in Paris

subscriptionboothelectriccarParisWBParis’s Autolib’ electric car sharing scheme is looking like a success. Membership is up from 5,650 a month two-and-a-half years ago to 155,000 today. Members have clocked up the fairly remarkable total of 30.4 million miles. The service’s 2,500 Bluecars – hitting 3,000 by the end of this year – are now averaging a total of well over 10,000 rentals every day. A survey showed Autolib’ means fewer cars on the roads of the Paris. Cars used to be like toothbrushes – you didn’t share, you didn’t borrow. But we’re shifting from a possession model to a usage model. A car is a tool for transportation, nothing more. Article and

Bay Area governments make big electric-vehicle buy

A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country. The six cities, two counties and two water agencies have united to buy 90 electric vehicles with the help of a $2.8 million grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The vehicles will save more than $500,000 in fuel costs and about 2 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over five years. The rest of the money coming from funds set aside by the governments and agencies to buy new vehicles. Article 

- Of course, renewable energy and storage solutions vary from location to location. However, this storage solution is amazing and has serious potential for the right locations! Imagine how simple this would be – “between 20 and 40 of these systems would be enough to stabilise a 100 per cent renewable Australian electricity system.” Get out the maps and the backhoes now! – Editor

How pushing water uphill can solve our renewable energy issues

offriverhydrostorageWBIf renewable energy is ultimately to dominate the market, we will need ways to store the energy so we can use it round the clock. The good news is that it is easy to store energy. All you need is two small reservoirs – one high, one low – and a way to pump water between them. This technique, called “off-river pumped hydro energy storage,” can potentially provide the energy storage that Australia needs to embrace renewables fully. Pumped hydro is by far the cheapest. It has no standby losses while the water waits in the reservoir, and can reach full power in 30 seconds. Using pumped hydro storage to smooth out the peaks in output from a solar power station only adds an extra 25 per cent to the cost. That’s much cheaper than using batteries. Article 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- So many solutions exist. Solarizing new projects in creative ways is fabulous! – Editor

Roadside Noise Barrier to Generate Solar Energy

highwaysoundbarrierWBA novel acoustical barrier that that doubles as a solar power source will be installed along the motorway in the Netherlands, suppressing noise and generates energy at the same time. What is special is that the barrier components consist of two-sided solar cells. We can absorb the morning light from the east and the afternoon light from the west. This will enable us to significantly increase the energy output. Article

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is almost a once in a lifetime opportunity.

If we miss this opportunity for another 50 years,

the rest of the world is going to look at us and wonder why we didn’t think weather and climate and sustainability were important.

PaulChinowskyUofColoradoBoulder2

Paul Chinowsky, co-director of the Institute of Climate and Civil Systems and the Mortenson Professor of Sustainable Development in the University of Colorado

- He’s right! This is big! Most plans for adaptation do not fully consider these critical every day shifts .Every climate plan needs to incorporate these kinds of changes NOW, not 20 years from now! – Editor

Prepare infrastructure for climate change

Much attention has been paid to the likelihood of more drought, fires and floods as the planet warms, but the most significant impact on public infrastructure won’t come from extreme weather events. It will be the change in what constitutes normal weather in various regions — higher temperatures for more sustained periods of time, higher or lower average humidity and rainfall — that will most tax buildings, roads and bridges that were built for one set of conditions and now have to function in another. “Road surfaces get weaker in heat,” Chinowsky said. “Asphalt gets softer. As trucks and cars pass, you get a lot more potholes, more cracking. It won’t be a one time event but a constant thing. That’s the part we don’t talk about, but that’s the part that’s going to have a huge economic impact. The city wants to know what changes from current building standards it should incorporate into the rehabilitation effort to make sure the building doesn’t need expensive repairs in just a few years. Article

- Even investment banks want new visions in electricity! Nu-tility- great word! – Editor

Seven ‘radical’ ideas for Australia’s renewable energy policy

electricitypricessmartAnalysts at investment bank UBS have come up with a suite of policy suggestions that they say could put Australia at the cutting edge of a carbon light de-centralised electricity grid. UBS says the world is transitioning away from carbon-intensive centralised models to a carbon light distributed model. If policy settings were designed to assist the transition to the “Nu-tility” world, where distributed energy takes over from centralised power – there would be a carbon tax, subsidies for storage, incentives for rooftop PV, mandatory time of use meters and networks would be unregulated competitive businesses sharing the pain. Article 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Let’s make the transition even faster! – Editor

Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn’t compete

solarimpactingcoalWBAs early as 2018, solar could be economically viable to power big cities. By 2040 over half of all electricity may be generated in the same place it’s used. Centralised, coal-fired power is over. Last week, for the first time in memory, the wholesale price of electricity in Queensland fell into negative territory – in the middle of the day. “Negative pricing” moves, as they are known, are not uncommon. The impact has been so profound, and wholesale prices pushed down so low, that few coal generators in Australia made a profit last year. Hardly any are making a profit this year. State-owned generators like Stanwell are specifically blaming rooftop solar. In an energy democracy, even free coal has no value. Article

WORKING ON THE ANSWERS . . . . July 4- 10, 2014

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“Obviously, we want the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and every other entity
to move toward renewables in every possible way-
(get) the city to shut down its coal plants and ensure that
all public buildings are sustainable and energy-efficient.
It’s a very long list, and we haven’t developed that list entirely.
It’s a goal, but
I think it’s a life-and-death goal, not only for the future of the city, but the future of the planet.”

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Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz, 5th District

Los Angeles City officials warming up to federal emissions goals

In response to President Barack Obama’s announcement of the federal Clean Power Plan, Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz, 5th District, last Friday introduced a resolution to support the plan and push the city toward cutting its greenhouse gas emissions. At Obama’s direction, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is looking to implement emission guidelines for states, specifically by implementing state-specific, rate-based goals for carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector. “That is a significant and critical step forward on the worldwide climate crisis,” Koretz said. “But that’s not enough — not by far.”
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- A goal is critical, but then how to reach a goal is an ongoing question. Here this county in Washington State is strategizing and coordinating efforts- worth checking out. One glitch- their baseline is 2007 but 1990 would have been better. Congratulations for getting going. – Editor

50×30 Carbon Reduction: Ambitious but Achievable

50-30wedgecarbonreductionSeattleareaWBIn early 2014, the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) asked New Energy Cities to analyze what it would take to achieve meaningful carbon reduction goals at community scale in the near term. The K4C offers a unique opportunity for the County and partner cities to map individual and shared carbon reduction strategies together. The bar is high: King County has set a goal of reducing carbon emissions 80 percent below 2007 levels by 2050 (80×50), with an intermediate goal of 50 percent reduction by 2030 (50×30). To start, New Energy Cities created an Energy Map that depicts a snapshot of community-wide energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for a defined base year. The solutions are mathematically straightforward, but they do require hard work and deep partnership among the County, cities, energy utilities, transportation agencies, building community, and nonprofit service organizations.
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- Recently several friends have confided that they are profoundly worried about climate change and what’s happening politically in the U.S. If we are to get to solutions, deeper emotions have to be dealt with- not an easy task. This report is designed to help! - Editor

Beyond Storms and Droughts: The Psychological Impacts of Climate Change

psychologicalimpactsclichangeWBWhile existing research has focused primarily on the mental health effects of climate change that will come about from disasters, climate change’s more gradual effects, like rising temperatures and changing landscapes, also have important implications for human psychology.
This report concludes with two sets of recommendations designed to help readers put research findings into action. The first set of recommendations, “Tips to Engage the Public on Climate Change,” is targeted toward climate communicators and policymakers.
The second set of recommendations, “Tips to Prepare and Strengthen Communities” is targeted towards people and organizations- from city planners and public health agencies to disaster relief organizations and faith-based communities- who are interested in strengthening communities’ response to climate impacts.
Report

 

- WOW!- Editor

Rejection of Colorado Coal Mine on Global Warming Grounds Could Be Game-Changer

A U.S. District Court judge ruled that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service both wrongly approved expansion of the West Elk coal mine in Colo., because they failed to take into account the economic impacts greenhouse gas emissions from the mining would have. The federal agencies said it was impossible to quantify such impacts, but the court pointed out a tool is available to quantify the effects of emissions and the agencies chose to ignore it. The tool, the “social cost of carbon protocol,” puts a price on the damages from drought, flood, storm, fire and disease caused by global warming. The ruling could be game-changing.
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Court Rules That New York Towns Can Ban Fracking And Drilling

frackingsignNYWBNew York towns and cities are allowed to pass bans on oil and gas drilling and fracking, the state’s highest court ruled Monday. The New York Court of Appeals upheld the ruling that local governments have the authority to decide how land is used, which includes deciding whether or not fracking and drilling should be allowed on that land. So far, activists say, 170 towns and cities in New York have passed fracking bans or moratoria.
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“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a victory for everyone
committed to taking meaningful action to tackle climate change.
It sends a clear message that the time for delay is over and
the time to clean up and diversify transportation fuels is now.”
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Mary Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board

– The Supreme Court has made some horrendous decisions lately- money should not determine election outcomes, women should be able to determine how many children they have, and more. Yet here’s a decision that makes sense and helps solve climate change! – Editor

U.S. Supreme Court refuses challenge to California climate rule

supremecourtWBThe U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to California’s landmark low-carbon fuel standard, in a blow to out-of-state ethanol and gasoline producers that say the rule unfairly discriminates against their products. The California regulation calculates emissions throughout the life cycle of a fuel by including pollution from production as well as ultimate use. Out-of-state fuel producers claim the standard penalizes them by calculating long transportation distances as part of the overall carbon footprint of their fuels.

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Solar energy is “a truly disruptive technology.”
…in the past 10 years, “the precipitous drop in the pricing for solar, especially utility grade solar.”
“I’m extremely confident” that solar energy will produce a plurality of the energy, and most likely a majority,” used in the U.S. — more than any other single energy source —

“in less than 20 years.”
“That single relationship is going to change — the old model of a generator selling to a customer. The customer’s going to be able to produce their own energy.”
For the first time, we’re going to buy solar for under five cents per kilowatt hour, and that puts solar competitive with wind, competitive with natural gas, competitive with coal, and competitive with nuclear. In fact, it beats them all, and that’s a revolution.”
“…buildings getting their own power on site…
meters running backward, generating more electricity than they’re using.”
“…a giant distributed utility…instead of a utility monopoly.”
“The old model’s going to not work anymore.”
Birthing a Solar Age
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Watch this 8 minute video!
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What an encouraging video! We do have an energy revolution going on right now that can solve multiple problems. It’s our job to help make this happen! – Editor

Today’s Solar Power ‘Revolution’: Powerful Insights from Energy Experts

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“It’s so important to stress that this kind of project is about community ownership.
It’s not about big corporate or city investors taking control.
Local, individual investors can get involved from as little as £25, and people generally see a return that’s significantly higher than anything a high street bank or building society can offer.”
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Paul Rea, chairman of the Four Winds Energy Co-op

Wind energy share offer raises £1m investment in three weeks

fourwindscoopflyerWBA renewable energy co-operative seeking investors to support two community-owned 500 kilowatt (kW) wind turbines in Derbyshire and Yorkshire has raised £1m in just three weeks. It is hoped that the share offer will raise £3.7m by the end of July, while planning applications have already been submitted for further sites.
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- Decision Theatre! Simulations can be a very powerful tool if done well- far better than 4 inch thick written reports, which plague governments everywhere. What a great idea! – Editor

Does climate change impact national security? $20M to find out

decision-theaterWBThe National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) has awarded Arizona State University a five-year, $20 million agreement to research the effects of climate change and its propensity to cause civil and political unrest, known as the Foresight Initiative.
The plan is to create visually appealing computer models and simulations using large quantities of real-time data to guide policymakers in their decisions. Imagine being able to take a 500-page water governance policy and represent it visually so that decision makers could interact with it, make adjustments and see the consequences of their decisions. “It’s not using computers to come up with the perfect answer. It’s using computers as a way to raise questions to decision makers.” The NGA chose ASU’s proposal for its research in the Decision Theater, a group meeting space designed to visualize solutions to complex problems.
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ACTION: CNBC must stop misleading viewers about climate change

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Last week, the cable television business channel CNBC was caught seeking out an economist, and known climate change denier, to write an article about the “global warming hoax.” Cindy Perman, the commentary editor of CNBC.com, mistakenly sent an email to DeSmogBlog inviting climate change denier Alan Carlin to write an article about the “global warming hoax” on CNBC’s website. CNBC should be reporting the news, not making the news.
Tell CNBC Managing Editor Allen Wastler: Apologize to your viewers for soliciting a “global warming is a hoax” op-ed.
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Emergency Actions or Let It Get Worse June 27- July 3, 2014

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“If cities are going to drive the revitalization of this nation, then
we need to become the laboratories and incubators of change.
We must be the engines driving the local and national economy.”
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Mayor Johnson, President U.S. Council of Mayors and Mayor of Sacramento
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U.S. mayors call for emergency action on climate change

Conference ofmayorsJune2014WBThe U.S. Conference of Mayors, a bipartisan group that represents the leaders of 1,400 cities, has called on the Obama administration and Congress to “enact an Emergency Climate Protection law that provides a framework and funding for the implementation … of a comprehensive national plan” to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.
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“We know that the next several years will be critical for establishing
the policy and market solutions needed to avert dangerous climate change.
This report shows that well-designed climate mitigation efforts can result in
important economic and social benefits.”
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Charlotte Pera, President and Chief Executive Officer of ClimateWorks Foundation

Climate policies could generate $2.6 trillion a year

Smart climate policies in the US, EU, Brazil, China, India and Mexico could add up to US$ 2.6 trillion to the world’s economy a year, according to the World Bank. The new report, ‘Climate-Smart Development: Adding up the Benefits’, assesses the impact of potential government policies on energy efficiency, waste management and public transport across the six regions. It would also save around 8.5 billion tons of CO2 emissions being pumped into the atmosphere, and save the equivalent energy to taking 2 billion cars off the road.
It finds that implementing these new policies would have significant benefits for the economy, climate and health.
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The timeline to act is really now.
It’s to our detriment to think that we have 50 years to solve the issue of unsustainable agriculture.”
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Danielle Nirenberg, founder Food Tank, a food sector research institute

- It takes years to develop effective and responsible food systems, so Danielle is right- start now. Whether it’s fast rising food prices, or severe events that prevent food from coming in, or numerous food sources no longer available- or all of these- we need to get creative in a multitude of ways to feed cities. Indoor food production must be a part of the new systems, with major advantages- avoiding weather catastrophes, reducing water needs, and far more. This burgeoning field of insects certainly has the “ick factor” but is actually healthier than high-fructose corn syrup that people devour every day. Can we accept these opportunities? – Editor

Brave New Food

Jena MartinAndrew Brentano

Weather is pummeling our food supply through droughts, wildfires and the changing climate. Meanwhile, the global population is exploding. (One answer: eating insects.) In some circles- typically those of the young, affluent and health conscious- the idea of eating insects, or entomophagy, has caught on, fast, spurred on by a 2013 pro bugs-as-food report from the U.N. Meat or no, people need protein, which is where the insects come in. “This bag by itself, which is about the size of a shoebox, will put out about two pounds of edible meat, which is nutritionally equivalent to chicken,” Andrew Brentano, a founder of Tiny Farms, an edible insect farm production company. With one of Tiny Farms’ bags, you can harvest about two pounds of mealworm meat every 26 days. And meat it is. When dried, the insects are more than 50 percent protein. Unlike other food animals, 100 percent of a mealworm is edible. Believe or not — the demand for human-grade edible insects far outstrips the supply. It’s a boom that has happened just in the past year and a half. Tiny Farms can’t make and ship their farms fast enough.
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We’re Tiny Farms- The edible bug company

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Open Bug Farm

Grow your own edible insects, at home. We’re building the world’s first Open Source insect farm kit. “Help revolutionize agriculture.”
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and another business- Bitty Foods makes delicious high-protein chocolate chip cookies with cricket flour-  Website 

Elsewhere: – Seems a bit like a new rendition of an old nursery rhyme- “All the (dictator’s) horses and all the (dictator’s) men couldn’t get (the food to grow) again.”- Editor

North Korea army mobilised as rivers run dry in worst drought in years

North Korea’s rivers, streams and reservoirs are running dry in a prolonged drought, state media said, prompting the isolated country to mobilise some of its million-strong army to try to protect precious crops.
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America’s Largest Companies are Jumping on Clean Energy Bandwagon and Saving More Than $1 Billion a Year

Recent corporate renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction efforts equivalent to PowerForwardreportWBretiring 15 coal-fired power plants
The nation’s largest companies are leaving Washington gridlock on climate change behind and rapidly embracing renewable energy sourcing and greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts, according to a new report. The analysis, released today, reveals that these efforts are the new “business as usual” among many of the country’s largest companies, with 43 percent of Fortune 500 companies having set targets in at least one of three categories: reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improving energy efficiency, and procuring more renewable energy.
The report Power Forward 2.0: How American Companies are Setting Clean Energy Targets and Capturing Greater Business Value, shows that clean energy is becoming mainstream for U.S. corporations – with 60 percent of the Fortune 100 having goals for renewable energy or greenhouse gas reductions.
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When elections are more about money than understanding issues, where will this get us? – Editor

Oil and Gas Industry Buys Colorado Fracking Election

frackcoloradoWBIn what may have been the most expensive and farce of an election in the history of Colorado, the oil and gas industry has likely spent $1 million to buy a fracking election in the city of Loveland, CO. When the votes were tallied last night for a two-year fracking moratorium in Loveland, “no” votes squeaked out a victory. Protect Our Loveland was likely outspent by a 100 – 1 margin by the most profitable industry on the planet.
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- Of course these dangerous chemicals should not be blasted deep into the ground for many reasons, but then they shouldn’t be above ground, exposing everyone, either. Guess that only leaves not using them at all! – Editor

Colorado suspends oil and gas wastewater disposal well after quake

Disposal of wastewater from oil and gas drilling into a Colorado well was ordered halted this week after seismic activity was detected in the area, state regulators said. It is the latest in a string of events linking oil and gas operations with seismic activity in the United States as energy drilling increases.
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Dumping (of fracking waste water) seems to be a really ongoing problem.
We’re seeing dumping down old mineshafts and dumping on roads where the spigot at the end of the tank is [allowed] to dribble all the way to the [disposal] well.”
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We have a health risk. In Ohio, we’re just ignoring it. With each law, we’re getting weaker, not stronger.
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Julie Weatherington-Rice, senior scientist at Bennett & Williams Environmental Consultants, Ohio
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US fracking boom threatens water supplies

There is no overarching policy regulating how the industry uses water. In the Energy Policy Act of 2005, a provision known as the “Halliburton loophole” exempts oil and gas operations from almost all federal air and water regulations, leaving protection of these basic life necessities to the states.
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Retired Pa. health staffers say department muzzled them on fracking

Two retirees from the Pennsylvania Department of Health say its employees were silenced on the issue of Marcellus Shale drilling. One veteran employee says she was instructed not to return phone calls from residents who expressed health concerns about natural gas development. “We were absolutely not allowed to talk to them,” said Tammi Stuck, who worked as a community health nurse in Fayette County for nearly 36 years. Another retired employee, Marshall P. Deasy III, confirmed that some nurses told him they were not allowed to respond to complaints about gas drilling and the subject of natural gas development was considered “taboo” and was not openly discussed among fellow employees.
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Fracking chemicals could mess with your hormones

The researchers analyzed 24 chemicals commonly used by frackers — noting that those chemicals represent a small subset of the hundreds of chemicals used in fracking, many of which are kept secret. Not only were most of the studied chemicals found to mess with our estrogen and androgen systems, but some of them were also found to affect hormones that prepare our bodies for pregnancy (progesterone), that break down sugar (glucocorticoid), and that regulate growth and development (the thyroid system). Only one of the 24 chemicals did not affect any of the hormonal systems studied.
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Endocrine Disrupting Activity of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals and in vivo
Adverse Health Outcomes

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Hormone-Disrupting Activity of Fracking Chemicals Worse Than Initially Found

Mixtures of these chemicals act together to make their hormone-disrupting effects worse than any one chemical alone, and tested drinking water normally contains mixtures of EDCs.
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WHAT ADVERTISING SHOULD BE!

A MUST WATCH AND SHARE VIDEO!

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See what yes is doing

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Excerpts from this clever video “advertising” the truth in soothing voice, lovely music:
“We’re making the energy that hurts communities and harms the environment.
We need the energy to always ask:
Is there a better way to increase our year-end bonuses?
Are there ways to take fresh water from fish-bearing streams and dump more polluted water into our rivers?
Can we lobby the government to weaken regulations and impact aboriginal communities with impunity?
Can we cover up our impacts and accelerate climate change?
These are the questions we ask every day in playing our part to destroy the world we share.”

 

- THIS is the kind of advertising we need! Once forests and rivers are gone, they’re gone! Once hormone-disrupting chemicals have changed the sex of your baby from boy to girl, it’s done. Once your thyroid is shot, it’s pills every day for the rest of your life. There are many forms of emergency. – Editor

New Campaign Spoofs Suncor’s “What Yes Can Do” Green PR Blitz

SumOfUslogoWBA new website launched today by the corporate accountability group SumofUs.org asks ordinary Canadians to take a closer look at oilsands major Suncor’s latest ad campaign, “What Yes Can Do.” By launching their own version of the ad campaign at www.whatyescando.org , SumofUs.org is questioning the disparity between “what yes can do” as Suncor puts it, and “what yes has done” in the Alberta oilsands. SumofUs.org’s alternative campaign brings the pleasantries of corporate advertising into stark contrast with the difficult reality of oilsands development as it affects local water, the industrialization of the boreal forest, vanishing local caribou populations, and First Nation’s treaty rights.
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Welcome to SumOfUs

SumOfUs  is a new world-wide movement for a better global economy.
Here’s what we stand for:
Governments that answer to citizens – not corporations
The right of communities to manage and protect their own environment and natural resources
Business models that put people and the planet first instead of being driven by shortsighted greed.
(And more, of course)
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CALL IT BLOOD OF OUR MOTHER . . . . . June 20- 26, 2014

QUOTES
Before standing by to see sacrilege committed against our sacred elders (earth, oil and others),
we prefer to see our own death, the collective suicide of the U’wa people.
If in our fight for what is ours we have to take the final step, so it will be.
If to defend life we have to give our own, we will do it.”
Letter to Colombian citizens
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“The U’wa People state that we will use all of the legal, political, and cultural resources at our disposal to

defend our ancestral territory. We believe that this is a just and dignified struggle, not only for the U’wa, but for all of humanity the degree to which
humanity needs air, water, earth, and healthy food to be able to continue existing.”
Statement released last week

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- It’s hard for Americans who are so mobile to really grasp how cultures can be destroyed when the functionality of traditional homelands are annihilated. If Americans were deeply committed to NEVER moving away from where they are now, our attitudes about land and water contamination, as well as impacts from climate change, would rapidly and radically shift. Many, many people have asked me where to go when the local climate gets too bad. The fleeing response- “I’ll be okay because I will just leave”- allows the option of inaction for these escalating crises. Yet there are people who are profoundly attached to their land and their entire land-based culture. They can’t accept the fleeing response.

This is a gripping story. Here the U.S. has given $100 million to protect the pipeline. Is it moral to expose innocent people to such risk? Shall we continue to use oil from such revered lands? – Editor

Will the U’was be forced to threaten to commit mass suicide again?

A gas company wants to drill on indigenous people’s ancestral territory in Colombia. The U’wa have threatened to repeat that ultimate protest (of mass suicide) if oil development is allowed to go forward on their land. These were no PR stunts. Over the last decade, the U’wa have watched while the pipeline that runs just north of their reservation has been bombed over 500 times by leftist guerrillas. Over one and half million barrels of crude oil have spilled onto land that borders their sacred home. The U’wa have watched as their oil-rich neighboring territories have become centers of human rights abuses – perpetrated mostly by pro-government paramilitaries. The message is clear: Oil equals violence.
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Blood of Our Mother

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The U’wa are the latest example of an ongoing tragedy that involves us all. First, our collective addiction to oil is driving the demand for oil that is systematically destroying the world’s last pristine ecosystems and devastating the last isolated indigenous cultures. With even major oil companies agreeing that a phase out of fossil fuels will happen in the next century, one has to ask-is it worth it? Known oil reserves hold decades worth of supply for the global economy- must we really destroy these last few untouched places and peoples for a few months more?
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- There are some non-native people who reject the idea of the fleeing response and truly want to protect the land around them and under their feet. There are some strong words in this video. – Editor

Caretakers and Warriors

Watch the 7 minute video on people’s reactions to the tar sands and its pipeline.
Alberta tar sands region is the size of Florida! TransCanada’s original pipeline spilled more than 30 times in one year.
Here are excerpted quotes. There is a similar tone, here, about the need to protect the land for future generations that the Columbian tribes have.
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DoreenFtMcMurrayAlbertaWB“You can see all the pictures (of the tar sands) in the media. It just doesn’t capture the enormity of it unless you are here yourself. We have an obligation to and duty to protect future generations. That is our number one obligation. “
Doreen, Fort McMurray- the source of the tar sands, Alberta, Canada

 
MeghanWB“We will come together as a family and fight as long as we have to. And spend our sleepless nights, all of our stress and worries because it is a big deal to us. We will do whatever it takes to fight the pipeline.
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NebraskafarmeronpipelineWBJim, Polk County, Nebraska- offered $ 244,000 to reroute pipeline through his farm – he declined
“It’s been five generations that my family has farmed this land that I farm now, and the sixth generation (enjoy this farm life.) I’d like to see my family continue. The $244,000 was not enough money for my grandchildren to not be able to drink this fresh, cool, clean, bountiful water supply that I drink all my life. I want the generations to farm- somebody’s gotta feed the world.”

 

 

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“I appeal to Australia and other countries not to behave selfishly over the catastrophic prospect facing small island developing states.
History will judge you harshly if you abandon us to our apparent fate of sinking below the waves
because you don’t want to make the necessary adjustment to your domestic policies.”
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Rear Admiral Bainimarama of Fiji
Prime Minister Abbott of Australia said he would not adopt any climate policies that would “clobber the economy”.

Having worked with numerous island cultures, being forced to leave your island forever leads to gut-wrenching culture shock and trauma. – Editor
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- Whether you are looking at the frightening speed and complexity of climate change or the destruction of more and more ecosystems from fossil fuels, the truth is a livable world in the future depends on a rapid shift to renewable energy. Naysayers abound, typically buoyed up by the black industries.
But of course we can shift! And we must, so here are some good, easy visuals on solar power meeting global needs. Help make the possible happen. Add to this even more- wind, efficiency, reduction of wastes, local food – and our future will be green! – Editor

Here’s How Much Renewable Energy It Would Take to Power the Entire World

revisedmapsolarglobalpowerWBThere are numerous advantages to solar energy. One is that it doesn’t pollute, so the generation process is carbon-neutral. The other is that the sun gives us energy for free which will never run out.
Some 3.49 million square kilometers are available for solar thermal power facilities in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt alone. Worldwide, the potential high-energy solar sites far outstrip any plausible need. Though the theoretical solar facilities would be very large indeed, it wouldn’t take a gargantuan amount of effort to switch over. The United Nations estimates 170,000 square kilometers of forest are destroyed each year; three years of similar effort into solar power conversion would do the job.
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- Such intriguing policy shifts! The U.K. government new policies towards energy supplies and renewable energy now provide a much better model for how policies can lead to meaningful, more democratic, change that could really speed up the renewable transition. The U.S. needs to follow here- get the details and make comparable things happen in your area! – Editor

How U.K. policy is ushering in a new age of community energy

turbinesUKchangingrulesWBRecent policy announcements indicate that the U.K. government is now redressing imbalances and tilting the economics of renewable energy in favor of community energy.
Another exciting development is the government’s commitment to “shared ownership,” which would place a requirement on new-shore renewable energy projects to offer local communities the right to buy-in to the projects and share in the financial benefit
The real game-changer, however, would be “direct supply,” the ability of community energy companies to sell electricity directly to their members. This would enable community energy companies to capture some of the margin between the wholesale and retail price of power which can be 60 to 80 percent of the price paid by retail consumers. Crowdfunding is also allowing us to envisage the day when individual investors can put their money to work without having to route it through the centralised financial system.
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Oakland votes to keep coal and oil trains away

traininoaklandWBThe city of Oakland, Calif., wants to stop trains carrying crude, coal, and petroleum coke from reaching local refineries and export terminals. The city council voted unanimously to “oppose” the “transportation of hazardous fossil fuel materials” along existing rail lines and through “densely populated” and waterfront areas — which includes much of the city. The city will now formally urge California and regional governments to take action on oil-train safety, and will consider formally opposing projects that threaten to bring fossil fuel–bearing trains into Oakland.
The Oakland City Council also approved a fossil-fuel divestment bill. Among other things, the city will now urge its pension funds to dump their dirty-energy stocks.
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- Oakland was right! – Editor

The new oil crisis: Exploding trains

oilspillmapWBCommunities throughout the U.S. and Canada are waking up to the dark side of North America’s energy boom: Trains hauling crude oil are crashing, exploding and spilling in record numbers as a fast-growing industry outpaces the federal government’s oversight. This year has already shattered the record for property damage from U.S. oil-train accidents, and almost every region of the U.S. has been touched by an oil-train incident. We’ve got tens of thousands of people who are vulnerable to an accident.
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- Some well-deserving organizations will now have solar power! Helping non-profits while increasing solar is a great win-win. This model can be done in ANY area! Try it! – Editor

Sol Not Coal is 100% funded!

Help us install solar electric systems at high-impact community organizations. Let’s pave the way for clean energy TODAY! This campaign started on May 15 and closed on June 18, 2014.
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Too Little, Too Late? Oops?

citizensclimatelobbylogoWBCitizens Climate Lobby just released a study by the non-partisan organization Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI), a comprehensive analysis of the impacts of a carbon fee-and-dividend in the United States, with 100% revenue distribution of the money to the public in equal shares as direct payments.
The next Presidency will be a new opportunity, but this time groundwork must be done. How can we make the next President understand what is needed before he or she is elected? We must get the concept of a carbon fee with 100% of the funds going to the public into the political conversation. This approach spurs the economy, increasing the number of jobs by 2.1 million in 10 years. Emissions decrease 33% in 10 years, 52% in 20 years.
ACTION: Call your local Congress person on June 23 to support climate solutions and specifically the simple honest fee-and-dividend approach.
The next day several hundred CCL members will be visiting Congress people at their offices in Washington. Calls from constituents on the preceding day could make their visits more effective.  Calls from constituents on the preceding day could make their visits more effective.

Information to help you make the call
For 3 page summary of carbon tax study
For the full study

MAKING ADAPTATION SIMPLE AND GREEN

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As our world heats up, the temptation to buy air conditioning is strong, requiring upfront money and large amounts of electricity. Here clever inventers achieve the cooling goal without either.
We all need to get creative!
Let’s help others by reducing our “needs.” – Editor

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PROTECTING EDENS for June 13- 19, 2014

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“Unless people get off the couch,
who’s going to protect them?”
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Steve Lipski, landowner, Parker County

- When governments are in cahoots with the fracking industry, victims can be defenseless. The state’s “investigation” found that the levels of methane in Steve’s water were conveniently and magically within the legal limits, yet outside investigators found levels ten times higher- a very dangerous level, and in addition, identified the source- nearby fracking. 

That’s fire coming out of the water pipe! Watch the video! Steve Lipski is disillusioned because the government’s tests were so inaccurate, clearly protecting fracking, not people. The plea is for residents to act together. - Editor

‘Conclusive Link’ Between Fracking, Aquifer Contamination Found in Texas

firefromwaterfrackingTXWBIndependent scientists who have reviewed a water analysis conducted by state authorities of a Texas resident’s drinking well say the chemical signatures found in the water may provide “the nation’s first conclusive link” between fracking operations and aquifer contamination. Though a state investigation said it found the chemical analysis of the water inconclusive, experts shown the results say the commission was simply wrong. “And not just by a little,” reports local ABC-affiliate WFAA News who shared the results with several scientists, “but by a lot.
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ACTION: Why be poisoned for profit- tell the Feds not to support exporting our natural gas
The Cove Point liquefied natural gas terminal in Maryland is one huge project that we can and must put a stop to. As a gas export facility, Cove Point would mean increasing demand for yet more fracking, more drilling, more pipelines.

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“It has the potential to leave a toxic legacy that could turn much of Ohio into potential superfund sites.”
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Alison Auciello, Food and Water Watch

- Human health clearly is not a concern to some corporations and governments. Radioactive wastes will destroy health for endless generations. Is today’s convenience of high energy consumption worth sacrificing the health of future kids? – Editor

Loopholes Enable Industry to Evade Rules on Dumping Radioactive Fracking Waste

One of Pennsylvania’s most active drilling companies attempted on Tuesday to quietly ship tons of radioactive sludge, rejected by a local landfill, to one in nearby West Virginia where radioactivity rules are still pending. It was only stopped when local media reports brought the attempted dumping to light. (Also) Ohio, still has weak regulations for solid fracking waste. Over 100,000 tons of solid waste from Pennsylvania drilling wound up disposed in Ohio.

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“The white man seems to be destroying everything. Try to change the way you think and tell your children while they’re growing up that it’s very important to respect nature, to respect indigenous peoples, and not to destroy everything, not to finish everything.

All over the world indigenous people are having problems with the destruction of their land and forest. Everywhere I look there is occupation and destruction of the natural balance.

We should be finding a solution together to preserve the forest for the future of our children and our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren.
What’s going to happen when it’s all gone, when it’s all destroyed and there’s nothing left?”
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Chief Raoni Metuktire, Brazilian Amazon indigenous Kayapo population

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- The word Eden is important. Our world is many, many Edens and the entire global chemical system gives them all life-giving support. The message for thousands of years has been Don’t Destroy Eden! Here’s one victory.

The problem with protection of ecosystems is that all you have to do is lose once, and it’s gone forever. The fight to protect our world’s Edens- even down to our own local water supply- requires insistent and constant vigilance. The more we succeed, the more attitudes and practices shift, and respect for the Earth becomes the norm. It’s up to us. – Editor

Oil drillers promise to withdraw from Africa’s Eden

MAM 10273There will be no drilling in paradise. Soco International, a British oil company, has abandoned plans to drill for oil in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The park is a World Heritage Site, and UNESCO says it is Africa’s richest trove of natural beauty and biodiversity. However, the park is still not entirely safe. The DRC government has yet to remove overall permission for oil companies to search and drill for oil.
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You and more than 750,000 activists from around the world helped us make this happen, and we cannot be more grateful.
To donate to help World Wildlife Fund continue to win
For other Edens- The World Heritage List includes 981 properties with outstanding universal value. whc.unesco.org/en/list/

 

 

- Amazing! China is waking up and empowering people with new tools to fight pollution. Hopefully this will lead to a world-wide movement of citizen actions actually backed by governments, not hindered by governments! – Editor

Chinese smartphone apps sniffs outs polluting sources

A Chinese environmental organization says it has created a new smartphone app that can monitor intensities of air pollution, allowing the “naming and shaming” of the factories or power plants producing it. Mounting pressure from residents of the country’s smog-bedeviled cities has pushed the pollution issue to the forefront. If the air quality is bad you can switch (to the factory map) and see (which polluter) is in your neighborhood. It will be a very effective tool for people to voice out their concerns. Chinese government changed its environmental protection laws to give activist groups more power to identify companies whose emissions exceed newly established limits. The new laws will place no limits on the size of fines that could be levied against polluters.
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Korea’s Ministry of Environment Launches “My Town Air Quality” App

The Ministry of Environment announced that it is launching an upgraded version of “My Town Air Quality,” a smartphone application that provides air quality information and PM10 or finer dust forecasts.
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- The first step before converting to renewables is to reduce energy usage. Driers are a huge waste of energy! For thousands of years people dried their clothes without energy-consuming driers! Our household has not used a drier in many years, preferring to line the shower curtain with wet clothes on hangars, plus elsewhere a wooden rack. It’s easy. One can reduce energy usage by buying new appliances- our old refrigerator is in its dying process, so we are getting a very energy-efficient model that passes the new, 2014 tighter EPA requirements. Yet for so many processes, just cutting back is free or even saves money- less water usage, less electricity, less gas, less trash and no dryers. It’s all possible and easy! – Editor

Dryers waste $4B a year in energy costs

U.S. consumers are wasting $4 billion annually to power clothes dryers. A typical electric dryer may now consume as much energy per year as the combined use of an efficient new refrigerator, clothes washer and dishwasher. Americans spend $9 billion annually to operate inefficient dryers, 75% of which are electric. He says they could save $4 billion of that — and reduce heat-trapping carbon-dioxide emissions — if all electric units were updated to the most efficient hybrid heat pump model sold overseas, mostly in Europe.
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Finland Sets New, Ambitious Goal For Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

FinnishGovernmentplanWBFinland became the latest European country to set itself a new and newly ambitious goal for cutting its greenhouse gas emissions. The Climate Change Act legally commits the country to reducing its emissions 80 percent below their 1990 levels by 2050, and enters into legal force in 2015. Article  and
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 Automaker Rankings 2014: The Environmental Performance of Car Companies

AutoRankings2014WBThe numbers are in, the scores are tallied, and the winner is clear: Hyundai-Kia is the Greenest Automaker in our 2014 environmental rankings. All eight of the best-selling automakers showed improvements in the rankings, which measure the pollution emissions of each automaker’s fleet. Thanks to strong federal and state emissions standards, the average new car has gotten 43 percent cleaner since 1998. Despite this progress, the Detroit “Big Three”—Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler—still lag behind, with higher than average smog-forming and global warming pollution emissions.
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For the report Automaker Rankings 2014The Environmental Performance of Car Companies
ACTION: Encourage Ford’s new CEO to lead the pack on cleaner cars.

P.S. World’s Most Fuel-Efficient Car Makes Its Debut
The world’s most fuel-efficient car has just arrived on dealer lots in Germany and Austria, but don’t expect it to be sold in America anytime soon. The Volkswagen XL 1, a diesel-electric hybrid, gets about 260 miles per gallon.
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- Patents can hold back critical innovations. We need so much more creative thinking, and Elon Musk gives us another great example. Seems to make business sense, too. – Editor

Tesla Will Open Its Supercharger Patents To Promote EVs

Tesla will release the patents it holds on its proprietary SuperCharger technology in order to promote standardized charger designs for EV’s. The thinking at Tesla is that standardized recharging systems will drive acceptance of electric vehicles forward and help put more EV’s on the road sooner. The Tesla Superchargers are far and away the fastest way to charge an EV, able to deliver a full charge of 265 miles of driving to a Model S in about an hour. Nobody else even comes close.
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For a really neat map showing where Tesla’s 96 North America charging stations are and an amazing chart comparing miles of range among different chargers when charged for ½ hour (one 10, another 14 and Tesla 170!)

 

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