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Renewables / Re: Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)
« on: January 23, 2015, 10:28:46 pm »

Renewables / Re: Sustainable Farming
« on: January 23, 2015, 10:15:40 pm »
This is a VERY smart man. Pay attention to his logic. It is sound.  

No Fossil Fuels Folks  ;D

 In Holyoke, Massachusetts this fellow is growing watercress, figs and all kinds of produce in his "bio shelter"- a totally unheated hoop house.

 He used reclaimed insulation and has a solar powered aquaponic system set up.

 Even in the wicked chill - 7 degrees below Fahrenheit - his bioshelter never went below 29 degrees F.

 He's thinking about growing citrus now - in Massachusetts.

 Look how far a little courage and determination will get you!

 --Bibi Farber
- See more at: http://www.nextworldtv.com/videos/growing-food/growing-food-with-zero-heating-in-massachusetts-winter-.html#sthash.woo8DdwC.dpuf

General Discussion / Re: Darwin
« on: January 23, 2015, 09:53:55 pm »
The boy who’s proud to be a killer

Will Cornick murders teacher in front of classmates in Leeds, England

by Warren Nunn

Published: 22 January 2015

The horrendous stabbing murder1 of an English high school teacher and the comments the perpetrator made afterwards are a potent reminder of the possible effects of evolutionary thinking on impressionable minds.

Some of the sickening comments the teenage student made after the killing included:

“I wasn’t in shock, I was happy. I had a sense of pride. I still do.

“I know it’s uncivilised but I know it’s incredibly instinctual and human. Past generations of life, killing is a route of survival.

“It’s kill or be killed. I did not have a choice. It was kill her or suicide.

“I know the victim’s family will be upset but I don’t care. In my eyes, everything I’ve done is fine and dandy.”1

He had previously said of the teacher on Facebook that “she deserves more than death, more than pain and more than anything that we can understand”.1

Full article here:

Wonders of Nature / Re: Cat and Dog Capers
« on: January 23, 2015, 08:03:01 pm »

My former owner died of natural causes. It's not my fault he was so clumsy ... ;)
Eight Signs your cat is trying to do you in.  ;D

Fossil Fuel Folly / Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« on: January 23, 2015, 07:09:59 pm »
01/23/2015 02:22 PM     
Wow! Europe's Renewable Energy Associations Dominated By Fossil Interests

SustainableBusiness.com News

Europe has been the most aggressive, reliable advocate on addressing climate change and moving to renewable energy, but now, even the motives of their trade associations have to be questioned.

The Guardian reports that Europe's major solar and wind associations have been taken over by fossil fuel companies and utilities that want to slow down renewable energy growth. 

Full article here: 


Renewables / Re: Wind Power
« on: January 23, 2015, 03:36:37 pm »
Wind power to create 4,200 Maine jobs this year, boosts state economy   

by John Lamontagne

in Bingham · Bull Hill · Development · Economy · Hanc ock · Maine · Mars Hill · Oakfield · Rollins · Stetson · The Future of Wind
— 6 Jan, 2015

A new economic report predicts that the wind energy industry could create as many as 4,200 jobs in the state of Maine alone in 2015.

In addition, the report demonstrates that the industry has already invested nearly $550 million into the Maine economy since 2006 and will invest another $750 million in the next few years.

The analysis of wind energy in Maine released today shows that the industry has made a significant positive impact on the state’s economy, not only in terms of investment, but also in terms of creating jobs.  The study states that the industry has been employing more than 1,500 people per year and helping to open new markets for Maine companies.

Conducted by Charles Colgan, Ph.D., and the Maine Center for Business & Economic Research at the University of Maine in conjunction with Wind for Maine and the Maine Renewable Energy Association (MREA), the report’s major findings include:

◾New investment of nearly $1.28 billion between 2006-2018;

◾$1.14 billion in employee earnings over the same period;

◾Creation of 1,560 jobs per year, peaking in 2015 at 4,200; and

◾Development of new markets for 23 Maine-based companies that led to nearly $89.6 million in sales in 2011-2013 and 390 jobs in Maine

Wind for Maine and MREA announced the results of the report at a press conference today and in a press release.

read more: http://www.firstwindblog.com/wind-power-to-create-4200-maine-jobs-this-year-boosts-state-economy/

Renewables / Re: Wind Power
« on: January 23, 2015, 03:15:42 pm »

Photoessay: A Day in the Life of a Wind Farm Operator

Christine Duval, First Wind
 January 23, 2015

Have you ever wondered what it takes to run a wind farm? You’ve seen all the amazing photos taken from the tops of turbines, but do you know what the technician is actually doing up there?

A photographer followed around the crew at the Bull Hill Wind farm in Maine. Here’s a glimpse into their daily lives on the job.

Bull Hill Wind Farm Video

Bull Hill Wind is composed of 19 wind turbines and powers about 16,000 homes annually.

Agelbert posted comment:

 A. G. Gelbert   
 January 23, 2015 

Thank you, Christine Duval. I love to see people making a decent living working on behalf of future generations on jobs that will never be outsourced.

I predict that, in the near future, both the ten minute climb and the ten minute descent will be eliminated by a one man electric winch elevator.

These "winches" are old technology used by scaffolding workers that wash skyscraper windows. It is simply a drill that attaches to a fitting on the scaffolding frame and cables (you need two men running a drill on both ends to raise the scaffolding evenly - a tricky process if one drill is running faster than the other - not for the feint of heart).

I'm certain a better version for wind turbines will be developed to enable quicker access. Time is money.

General Discussion / Re: Weird Science
« on: January 23, 2015, 02:01:17 am »
Dr. Edgar Mitchell, former astronaut,  talks about the reality of ETs observing humans.  :o

General Discussion / Re: Weird Science
« on: January 23, 2015, 01:12:27 am »

General Discussion / Re: Weird Science
« on: January 23, 2015, 12:57:55 am »
Roswell was that ONE TIME that the USAF told the truth for about 24 hours. Then they went back to the usual mendacity and cover up.   :P

Wonders of Nature / Re: The Fabulous Plant Kingdom
« on: January 23, 2015, 12:31:44 am »
"Parasitic" wasps cause Oak trees to "build" wasp cribs (galls - they taste bitter too!) on the leaves and wood. The tree is unharmed. The wasps get their "houses". 

Agelbert NOTE: Right behind my house I have some Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) trees that get galls on their leaves as well. But those are for a type of moth. It seems insects and trees are symbiotic, not "parasitic", as this video claims. Trees and plants NEED insects for pollination. Trees providing shelter for insects and their offspring is a mark of symbiotic cooperation.  

Climate Change / Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« on: January 23, 2015, 12:08:48 am »

Thoughts on 2014 and ongoing temperature trends  

Filed under: Climate Science El Nino Instrumental Record Reporting on climate — gavin @ 22 January 2015

Full peer reviewed article with eye opening graphics:


Climate Change / Re: Pollution
« on: January 22, 2015, 08:55:00 pm »

Workers receive compensation fourteen years on

After fourteen years 14,000 sick banana workers from Costa Rica have finally received compensation for physical and psychological damage that they suffered after being exposed to the banned crop protection agent Nemagon during the years 1967 to 1979, reports the German website Fruchtnews.de.

It has been proven that Nemagon can cause health issues such as infertility, cancer, miscarriages and genetic malformations.  :(    In 1979 Costa Rica banned the import of Nemagon.

Publication date: 12/18/2014

Chemicals Commonly Used and Their Effects  >:(

Fruit companies use chemicals at almost every stage of growing. Fertilizers are used to keep the soil fertile, herbicides to keep the growing area vegetation free, nematicides to protect roots from damage, fungicides to prevent damaging fungi. Chemicals are even used during the packing process. (http://members.tripod.com/foro_emaus/BanPlan...)

In most plantations, workers are not provided with or cautioned to wear protective safety gear.      Workers are potentially exposed to a virtual Molotov cocktail of chemicals on a daily basis. This exposure without protection is a large contributor to the high rates of negative health effects.

One of the most infamous, Dibromo-chloro-propane (DBCP) is also known as Nemagon.
In the 1950's companies that manufactured the chemical and the federal government were aware of this nematicides chromosome disrupting properties but still approved it for use. In 1977, after a group of factory workers in California were discovered to be sterile after working with DBCP, it was outlawed in the U.S. Dole, however, continued to use the chemical until December of 1978.

The United Nations Environmental Programme presented a case study on Nemagon lawsuits. "I was 21 years old, what did I know? Nobody told us anything. For two years, I applied Nemagon without mask, gloves, or protecting clothing. You pump it directly into the ground. Sometimes, the pressure made the liquid splash right in your face. You could feel the hideous smell across 100 meters" stated a banana plantation worker interviewed for the study. Nemagon has been connected to headaches, male sterility, nausea, cancer, and damage to the stomach, lungs, kidneys, brain, spleen, eyes, blood, and liver.

Other toxins often used in fruit plantations are Timex, Paraquat, and Parathion. One of the primary ingredients in Timex, is Aldicarb. The EPA classifies Aldicarb as one of the most acutely toxic pesticides registered. (http://www.pesticide.org/get-the-facts/pesti...) it has been tied to immune system abnormality, stillbirths and tumors.

Paraquat  , a herbicide, can cause death with one teaspoonful if ingested.  It can also cause permanent lung damage, skin blistering and ulcers, necrosis, temporary loss of nails, dermal burns, nose bleeds, loss of eyesight, liver/kidney/heart failure, and lung scarring.

The neurotoxin Parathion is used as an insecticide that can cause sweating, dizziness, convulsion, cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, central nervous system depression, paralysis, coma, and death.  (http://www.pan-uk.org/pestnews/Actives/paraq...) (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12554434) (http://www.epa.gov/ttnatw01/hlthef/parathio....)

From Costa Rica to Nicaragua, to Guatemala, the Honduras, Africa and beyond farm workers have been suffering from the effects of exposure to these chemicals. Employees and their families are effected either by direct contact or a result of environmental contamination of the soil and groundwater. The men and women on these plantations suffer from sterility, miscarriages, depression, cancer, skin infections- basically the host of symptoms associated with the chemicals they work with and are sprayed with every day.  


The pesticide atrocity of Nicaragua: Nemagon survivors seek justice after being poisoned


Renewables / Re: A High-Renewables Tomorrow, Today:
« on: January 22, 2015, 06:38:03 pm »
Put your fossil fuel dirty energy where the sun don't shine, "amigo"...   ;D

01/21/2015 06:30 PM     

La Paz, Mexico: 100% Solar Powered

SustainableBusiness.com News 

An entire city in Mexico will soon be getting all its electricity from solar energy.   

Costa Baja Mooring area of La Paz, Mexico

La Paz, in the Baja region (where there's 50% more sun intensity of San Diego), shut down a polluting thermoelectric plant because two solar plants are replacing it.

The first - the only utility-scale solar plant in the country - is online, Aura Solar 1. This year, Grupotec 1 starts operating. They are both 30 megawatt projects, taking up about 144 acres combined.

 They will send electricity to the local utility under a long term power purchase agreement that says it will be sold at the same price as "the current local cost of generation by two diesel thermoelectric plants." 

Amazingly, Aura Solar 1 can generate 82 gigawatts of electricity a year because of the intense sun there, supplying 162,000 people. The $100 million project consists of 131,800 tracking PV  modules on 100 acres.

You can see La Paz at the bottom of the Baja Peninsula - the solar projects are next to the airport. Besides reducing fossil fuel emissions and cleaning the air, it will halt the logistical dangers of importing and transporting hydrocarbons through environmentally protected areas such as the Sea of Cortes, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.


Renewables / Re: Wind Power
« on: January 22, 2015, 06:09:02 pm »

01/22/2015 02:56 PM     China Leads World On Wind Additions Again; Offshore Wind Creates Double the Jobs As Drilling
SustainableBusiness.com News

The results are in for wind industry growth in 2014, with the US and China continuing their leadership positions.

Developers in the both countries (and Germany) rushed to get projects in the ground before incentives declined or expired -leading to 4.7 gigawatts (GW) added in the US and an impressive 20.7 GW in China, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

In the US, projects had to be started by the end of 2014 - which means a good year ahead   - and in China, the feed-in tariff will soon be cut.  :P

Last year, capacity grew 38% in China, where a total of 96 GW of wind is now installed, says BNEF. After leading the world with 16 GW installed in 2013, China's government raised the target to 200 GW by 2020.   ;D

Even though China leads on capacity, the US pumps out more wind energy.     

The other top countries for wind additions are Germany (3.2 GW), Brazil (2.7 GW) and India (2.3 GW).

The 947 MW Alta Wind Energy Center in California. it is the biggest wind farm in the world so far.

Jobs From Offshore Wind

Just as the US is about to get its first - if tiny - offshore wind farm and Republicans get ready to push for extensive offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic, another report shows the advantages of offshore wind. 

Offshore wind would create double the jobs and double the energy as offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, reports Oceana, while drilling would actually threaten the 1.4 million jobs in fishing, tourism and recreation. And the threats begin with oil exploration - where seismic airguns blast the ocean floor from Delaware to Florida, harming millions of fish, dolphins and whales.

"Unlike offshore drilling, offshore wind provides power directly to coastal communities where we need energy the most, without the risk of oil spills or carbon pollution,"
says Andrew Menaquale, author of the report and energy analyst at Oceana. "It's time for the US to use the lessons learned from more than 20 years of offshore wind development internationally and apply them to generating clean, renewable energy off our coasts."

Findings include:

•In 13 years, offshore wind could generate more energy than all economically recoverable offshore oil and gas resources.

•Gradual offshore wind development for the next 20 years, would supply electricity to over 115 million households.

•Extracting all recoverable oil would meet 5 months of demand, and 10 months of gas demand at current consumption rates.

•The Atlantic Ocean contains less than 4% of US oil reserves and less than 3% of gas reserves.

A previous study shows offshore wind could power the entire Atlantic coast, while creating 300,000 jobs, and would also protect the coast from devastating hurricanes.

Read Oceana's report, Offshore Energy By the Numbers:
Website: http://usa.oceana.org/reports/offshore-energy-numbers


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