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Mike The Blacksmith Post number 26156 Posted: 15th February 2020     Subject: Some good news
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The United States saw the largest decline in energy-related CO2 emissions in 2019 on a country basis – a fall of 140 Mt, or 2.9%, to 4.8 Gt. US emissions are now down almost 1 Gt from their peak in the year 2000, the largest absolute decline by any country over that period. A 15% reduction in the use of coal for power generation underpinned the decline in overall US emissions in 2019. Coal-fired power plants faced even stronger competition from natural gas-fired generation, with benchmark gas prices an average of 45% lower than 2018 levels. As a result, gas increased its share in electricity generation to a record high of 37%. Overall electricity demand declined because demand for air-conditioning and heating was lower as a result of milder summer and winter weather.
Mike The Blacksmith Post number 26166 Posted: 24th February 2020     Subject: Tesla tree cutting
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Bloomberg) -- Tesla Inc. has overcome a legal roadblock standing in the way of Elon Musk’s plan to build an electric-car factory in Germany.

A Berlin-Brandenburg court on Thursday ruled that Tesla can resume cutting down trees at a forest site in the small town of Gruenheide to make way for its first assembly plant in Europe. That puts the U. S. carmaker on track to start construction before the start of a crucial breeding period for local wildlife in March.

The court found that local authorities didn’t violate laws when they allowed work on the factory to start, throwing out a complaint by Gruene Liga Brandenburg, an environmental group that claimed Tesla and local authorities were sidestepping regulations to rush the project. ... 3722173.html
Mike The Blacksmith Post number 26391 Posted: 19th June 2020     Subject:
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World CO2 Emissions, China the largest producer of green house gasses.

China’s carbon dioxide emissions increased by 3.4 percent last year, higher than the ten-year average growth rate of 2.6 percent, BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy showed on Wednesday - the highest growth rate of Chinese emissions since 2011.
Chinese CO2 emissions accounted for the single largest share of global carbon emissions last year – 28.8 percent, according to BP’s annual statistics report. ... missions.pdf ... ce-2011.html
Morgana Post number 26432 Posted: 9th July 2020     Subject: Project Force: Could the world survive a nuclear winter?
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Project Force: Could the world survive a nuclear winter?
The consequences of a nuclear war would extend far beyond the blast itself, killing millions of people across the globe.
by Alex Gatopoulos 2 Jul 2020

Firestorms triggered by burning cities create a huge plume of smoke, soot and ash. The plume rises above the clouds, into the upper atmosphere of the planet,
where it will stay, encircling the globe, shielding the Earth from the Sun's light, cooling the planet.
This is the scenario we could expect following a nuclear clash between nations.
The term nuclear winter was coined in the 1980s as scientists began to realise that the horrors of a nuclear war would not be confined to explosive blasts and radiation.

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Morgana Post number 26439 Posted: 15th July 2020     Subject: Green New Deal
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What if we actually pulled off a Green New Deal? What would the future look like? The Intercept presents a film narrated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and illustrated by Molly Crabapple.

Set a couple of decades from now, the film is a flat-out rejection of the idea that a dystopian future is a forgone conclusion. Instead, it offers a thought experiment: What if we decided not to drive off the climate cliff? What if we chose to radically change course and save both our habitat and ourselves?

We realized that the biggest obstacle to the kind of transformative change the Green New Deal envisions is overcoming the skepticism that humanity could ever pull off something at this scale and speed. That’s the message we’ve been hearing from the “serious” center for four months straight: that it’s too big, too ambitious, that our Twitter-addled brains are incapable of it, and that we are destined to just watch walruses fall to their deaths on Netflix until it’s too late.

This film flips the script. It’s about how, in the nick of time, a critical mass of humanity in the largest economy on earth came to believe that we were actually worth saving. Because, as Ocasio-Cortez says in the film, our future has not been written yet and “we can be whatever we have the courage to see. ”

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Mike The Blacksmith Post number 26468 Posted: 5th August 2020     Subject: The Dirty Secrets Of ‘Clean’ Electric Vehicles
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The widespread view that fossil fuels are “dirty” and renewables such as wind and solar energy and electric vehicles are “clean” has become a fixture of mainstream media and policy assumptions across the political spectrum in developed countries, perhaps with the exception of the Trump-led US administration. Indeed the ultimate question we are led to believe is how quickly can enlightened Western governments, led by an alleged scientific consensus, “decarbonize” with clean energy in a race to save the world from impending climate catastrophe. The ‘net zero by 2050’ mantra, calling for carbon emissions to be completely mitigated within three decades, is now the clarion call by governments and intergovernmental agencies around the developed world, ranging from several EU member states and the UK, to the International Energy Agency and the International Monetary Fund.

Mining out of sight, out of mind

Let’s start with Elon Musk’s Tesla. In an astonishing achievement for a company that has now posted four consecutive quarters of profits, Tesla is now the world’s most valuable automotive company. Demand for EVs is set to soar, as government policies subsidize the purchase of EVs to replace the internal combustion engine of gasoline and diesel-driven cars and as owning a “clean” and “green” car becomes a moral testament to many a virtue-signaling customer.

Yet, if one looks under the hood of “clean energy” battery-driven EVs, the dirt found would surprise most. The most important component in the EV is the lithium-ion rechargeable battery which relies on critical mineral commodities such as cobalt, graphite, lithium, and manganese. Tracing the source of these minerals, in what is called “full-cycle economics”, it becomes apparent that EVs create a trail of dirt from the mining and processing of minerals upstream. ... 12c2ac04650b
Morgana Post number 26481 Posted: 17th August 2020     Subject: Forecasting Marine “Bioinvasions” in a Warming World
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Forecasting Marine “Bioinvasions” in a Warming World
Modern material technology and climate change are facilitating the global movement of ocean life like never before.
Can we learn to detect species introductions earlier on?
August 12, 2020

AT RHODE ISLAND’s Weekapaug Point, sea boulders stand stout in the spray, while low tide lingers in pools piled with life.
Green crabs dip under drying red seaweed, while sea squirts slouch and sway over the stones.
A stripe-legged shore crab scurries, stops, and pinches angrily at me. Periwinkles line the rocks like rough wallpaper, ingrained, it seems,
into the very structure of the shoreline.

Many of the creatures found in New England tidepools are not native to the region. Photo by Glenna Barlow.
It may come as a shock to some, as it did to me during my trip to Weekapaug this February, that not one of these creatures is native to New England. Such is the nature of many marine species introductions, which have impacted nearly every coastline in the world for at least the last 500 years: Organisms find their way into waters far beyond their native ranges, often aided by human activities, and establish populations well below the surface of common cultural awareness. These organisms — from the smallest of diatoms and shellfish to sizable salmon and gigantic white-spotted jellyfish — can devastate local ecosystems, destroy coastal infrastructure, and cost billions of dollars to combat every year.

According to a Pews Oceans Commission report, “Bioinvasions is a broad term that refers to both human-assisted introductions and natural range expansions, ” though the typology and terminology of these invasions are often as complex as the issues they attempt to describe. The long history of marine bioinvasions is enmeshed with travel and trade, colonization and war, fisheries and aquaria, and the countless physical means of carriage, called vectors, that allow humans — and the organisms we bring with us — to reach oceanic habitats all around the globe. Exploratory, military, and cargo vessels, which have crossed the sea daily for centuries, are the most infamous vectors. A single ship can harbor hundreds of “fouling” species on its hull, each with the potential of establishing an invasive population in the region where that ship is headed. Ballast water, stored as a stabilizing mechanism in huge tanks belowdecks, can take up entire communities of organisms at one port and release them thousands of miles later in another where they are not naturally found. While seemingly innocuous, other vectors like scuba fins and wetsuits can hide and transport tiny hitchhikers in their creases and fibers. Fishermen, too, feeling sorry for their leftover live-bait, may release hundreds of worms — as well as the non-native snails, crabs, and algae they were packaged with — into new habitats every year.


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Morgana Post number 26483 Posted: 18th August 2020     Subject: Beautiful Mural in Warsaw Eats Up Smog, Purifying The Air
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Beautiful Mural in Warsaw Eats Up Smog, Purifying The Air Equal to 720 Trees
By Andy Corbley -Aug 15, 2020

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Warsaw, Poland became the latest city to feature public art projects that also clean city air, as a giant mural made of special, sun-activated, smog-cleaning pigments was painted by local artists.

Organized by the sportswear company Converse as part of their City-Forests campaign, the mural was produced using photocatalytic paint with titanium dioxide that attracts airborne pollutants before converting them into harmless nitrates through a chemical process involving sunlight.

Through this process the mural reportedly purifies the surrounding air equal to 720 trees, and when the campaign is finished, the murals spread across several countries should be doing the work of 3,000.

The mural was erected on a building facing a popular metro stop and features a collection of smiling flowers entangled among high rise buildings. Polish artists Maciek Polak and Dawid Ryski designed the image, which was executed by the local artist hub Good Looking Studio, involving expert muralists.

Amid the flowers are the words “Create Together For Tomorrow, ” a positive message to inspire change, which Converse officials feel will help welcome people who are returning to their daily commutes after periods of COVID-19 isolation.

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Morgana Post number 26555 Posted: 26th September 2020     Subject: Update...The Ocean Cleanup - 1
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From Trash To Treasure - The Ocean Cleanup Material | Cleaning Oceans | The Ocean Cleanup
24 Sep 2020

The plastic we are working with has been floating in the ocean for possibly decades.
When transforming it into something new, we wanted the material to evoke a reminder of where it's been.
Register for our first product made with certified ocean plastic here:

In October, we expect to show you what we managed to make of our first plastic catch from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
We are looking forward to sharing this with you, and enabling you to take ownership of the plastic and give it a new chance.
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Trash accumulates in five ocean garbage patches, the largest one being the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located between
Hawaii and California. If left to circulate, the plastic will impact our ecosystems, health, and economies.
Solving it requires a combination of closing the source, and cleaning up what has already accumulated in the ocean.

The ocean is big. Cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch using conventional methods – vessels and nets –
would take thousands of years and tens of billions of dollars to complete. Our passive systems are estimated to remove
50% of the Great Pacific Garbage patch in just five years, and at a fraction of the cost.

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Morgana Post number 26556 Posted: 26th September 2020     Subject: Update...The Ocean Cleanup - 2
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How we turn trash into treasure

On October 24th we will present our first product made with plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
During this live stream, Boyan Slat (Founder and CEO) will share how we can take our plan full circle:
recycling our catch into beautiful, sustainable products to fund the continuation of the cleanup.

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