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Catastrophic Climate Change / Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Last post by AGelbert on May 16, 2021, 03:02:54 pm »
Social tipping points: slouching toward climate salvation

By Marlowe HOOD
Paris (AFP) March 2, 2021

SNIPPET:

Climate action cheerleaders are past masters at stringing together whatever signs of progress are at hand to conjure a glass half full, so good news laundry lists must be viewed skeptically.

There are arguably just as many reasons for pessimism.

Last week UN chief Antonio Guterres noted that -- net-zero promises notwithstanding -- "governments are nowhere close to the level of ambition needed to limit climate change to 1.5 degrees Celsius and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement."

The 2015 treaty calls for capping global warming at "well below" 2C compared to preindustrial levels, and the world is currently on track for double that.

On Tuesday, the International Energy Agency reported that global CO2 emissions have returned to pre-pandemic levels, and then some.

But in all sectors -- energy, industry, geopolitics, finance, public opinion -- a flurry of activity has experts wondering whether the world is, at long last, turning the corner on climate.

"Is the pendulum swinging hard in the right direction? Absolutely," said Gernot Wagner, a climate economist at New York University.

Full article:

https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Social_tipping_points_slouching_toward_climate_salvation_999.html

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Fossil Fuel Folly / The End Polluter Welfare Act
« Last post by AGelbert on May 15, 2021, 01:22:33 pm »
Senator Leahy <Senator_Leahy@leahy.senate.gov>
Thu, May 13, 10:26 AM (2 days ago)
to me

 
Dear Mr. Gelbert:

Thank you for contacting me about reining in subsidies for fossil fuel companies.  I appreciate hearing from you about this important issue.

Climate change poses an existential threat to our planet and all who live here.  Yet responsibility for this crisis is not shared evenly.  For decades, fossil fuel companies have known about anthropogenic climate change and their sector’s contribution to it and spent millions of dollars promoting climate denial and disinformation.  In fact, the twenty largest fossil fuel companies account for more than a third of global greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era.  Despite this, they continue to receive direct federal subsidies and benefit from significant tax loopholes.  I strongly believe that it is time to transition away from fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy infrastructure and a just transition to a green economy.  One of the goals of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan is to eliminate tax preferences for fossil fuels and to make sure polluting industries pay for environmental clean-up.  As Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I look forward to working with President Biden and my colleagues in the Senate to achieve these goals.

On April 15, 2021, Senator Bernie Sanders introduced the End Polluter Welfare Act.  This bill would close a number of tax loopholes and eliminate an estimated $150 billion in federal subsidies over the next decade for the oil, gas, and coal industries. It has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee, of which I am not a member.  Please know that I will keep your thoughts in mind should the End Polluter Welfare Act or any legislation related to the fossil fuel industry come before the full Senate for consideration.

Again, thank you for contacting me.  Please keep in touch.

Sincerely,

PATRICK LEAHY
United States Senator


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Advances in Health Care / Re: COVID-19 🏴☠️ Pandemic
« Last post by AGelbert on May 14, 2021, 03:09:05 pm »
May 14, 2021 COVID-19
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Agelbert NOTE: Many COVID related graphics created over the last year will be gradually posted here. I will endeavor to post daily. Stay tuned.
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Catastrophic Climate Change / Huge Spike In Shipping Containers Lost At Sea
« Last post by AGelbert on May 14, 2021, 02:40:02 pm »

By Ann Koh (Bloomberg) April 27, 2021

The ONE Apus arrives in Kobe, Japan on December 8, 2020, after losing an estimated 1,816 containers overboard approximately 1,600 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii, USA. Photo courtesy W K Webster and Co.

Huge Spike In Shipping Containers Lost At Sea

SNIPPET:

There are a host of reasons for the sudden rise in accidents. Weather is getting more unpredictable, while ships are growing bigger, allowing for containers to be stacked higher than ever before. But greatly exacerbating the situation is a surge in e-commerce after consumer demand exploded during the pandemic, increasing the urgency for shipping lines to deliver products as quickly as possible.

“The increased movement of containers means that these very large containerships are much closer to full capacity than in the past,” said Clive Reed, founder of Reed Marine Maritime Casualty Management Consultancy. “There is commercial pressure on the ships to arrive on time and consequently make more voyages.”

After gale-force winds and large waves buffeted the 364-meter One Apus in November, causing the loss of more than 1,800 containers, footage showed thousands of steel boxes strewn like Lego pieces onboard, some torn to metal shreds. The incident was the worst since 2013, when the MOL Comfort broke in two and sank with its entire cargo of 4,293 containers into the Indian Ocean.

In January, the Maersk Essen lost about 750 boxes while sailing from Xiamen, China, to Los Angeles. A month later, 260 containers fell off the Maersk Eindhoven when it lost power in heavy seas.

The need for speed is creating precarious conditions that can quickly bring disaster, according to shipping experts. The dangers range from stevedores incorrectly locking boxes on top of one another to captains not deviating from a storm to save on fuel and time as they face pressure from charterers, they said. One wrong move can put cargoes and crew at risk.

Full article: https://gcaptain.com/shipping-containers-lost-at-sea/

Agelbert NOTE: It will get much worse (learn why below).

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Renewables / The future of wind farms is vertical! 👍
« Last post by AGelbert on May 14, 2021, 12:30:57 pm »
 
by Fermin Koop  April 27, 2021

A vertical wind turbine in the foreground and a horizontal one in the background. Image credits: Christian T / Wiki Commons.

The future of wind farms is vertical , striking new study claims

Vertical wind turbines are found to be more efficient than horizontal ones.
SNIPPET:

It’s the first study to comprehensively analyze many aspects of wind turbine performance, with regards to array angle, the direction of rotation, turbine spacing, and the number of rotors. It’s also the first research to investigate whether the performance improvements hold true for VAWT turbines set in a series – finding a 15% improvement.

Full article: https://www.zmescience.com/science/the-future-of-wind-farms-is-vertical-striking-new-study-claims/
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Geopolitics / Business and government REQUIRE moral ethical citizens.
« Last post by AGelbert on May 13, 2021, 08:08:21 pm »

May 1, 2021 👉 TPTB cannot expect Christian morality and ethics from people they deprived of Christian education. Business and government require moral ethical citizens. We are headed toward economic ruin. 😟

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"I am a climate scientist because I am a Christian. If you take the Bible seriously, in Genesis it says God gave humans responsibility over every living thing on this planet. It talks about God's love and care for the tiniest and most minute aspects of nature." -- Katharine Hayhoe 🕊️, a renowned Texas Tech climate change researcher and mother of a 13-year-old son, Gavin. May 5, 2021
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Advances in Health Care / COVID-19 Pandemic: May through December 2020
« Last post by AGelbert on May 13, 2021, 02:52:35 pm »
COVID-19 Pandemic: May through December  2020

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Advances in Health Care / Re: Healthy Eating
« Last post by AGelbert on May 13, 2021, 12:50:10 pm »
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