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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby dohboi » Fri 16 Jun 2017, 17:03:41

https://robertscribbler.com/2017/06/16/ ... ent-117027

Big Win For Solar Revolution, Public as Nevada Reinstates Net Metering

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Renewable Energy Record Set in U.S.

The U.S. set a new renewable energy milestone in March, in data released Wednesday. For the first time, wind and solar accounted for 10 percent of all electricity generation, with wind comprising 8 percent and solar coming in at 2 percent.

The report was published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), which collects and disseminates environmental data that is used to inform policymakers.

Wind and solar generation typically peaks in the spring and fall when there is less energy demand, and the EIA expects April to continue the record-setting 10 percent trend. That 10 percent mark is expected to slip in summer months, but 2016 saw an overall growth in renewables.
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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017 ... gy-record/

(Note: This is still far below the level that most people think renewables are at now, and of course even further away from where we should be, but it's some kind of progress, i guess, and this is a happy talk thread, so now I'll shut up about it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEpx5TNvx7w :-D :-D )


Half the US Population Lives in Cities or States That Are Working Towards the Paris Agreement Climate Goals

We estimate that approximately 53% of residents in the US live either in a state that has adopted goals in line with Paris Climate Agreement or in a city that has. Together these cities and states generate about 40% of US CO2 emissions...


https://www.climateinteractive.org/anal ... ate-goals/

(Thanks to Sig and ASIF for those last two.)
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Re: Happy Talk

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Sweden passes climate law to become carbon neutral by 2045

Legislation makes Sweden the first country to significantly upgrade its ambition since the world agreed a climate deal in Paris, in contrast with US backsliding

Sweden has committed to becoming a net-zero carbon emitter by 2045, under a law passed in parliament on Thursday.

Lawmakers voted 254 to 41 in favour of the proposal, which was developed by a committee involving seven out of eight parliamentary parties. Only the far right Swedish Democrats did not engage in the consultation.

The legislation, which takes effect from 1 January 2018, takes a similar form to the UK’s 2008 Climate Change Act. It establishes an independent Climate Policy Council and four-yearly cycle for updating the national climate action plan...

The Nordic country becomes the first to significantly upgrade its ambition in light of the international climate deal adopted in Paris in 2015. It was previously targeting carbon neutrality by 2050...


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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby onlooker » Wed 21 Jun 2017, 14:55:42

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world ... ebook-post
Ten-year-old Texas schoolboy invents device to stop babies dying in hot cars
“"If you think the economy is more important than the environment, try holding your breath while counting your money"”
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Newfie » Wed 21 Jun 2017, 16:49:48

We are at our Newfoundland cabin for the summer. A big project was to replace the old rotten deck. Got it off yesterday, foundations in, and it's framed out with the decking lying there to be screwed down. I hurt my back picking up a welder a few weeks ago, so this escapade has set me on my arse pretty good. Tomorrow I'll try to get it screwed down then on to the steps.

The down side are the black flies. DEET seems to work pretty good but when it's calm the buggers are everywhere. They try to bite anything not DEET covered in luring my eye lids. A couple got up my pants legs, one made it to me nutz! That'll make you do the gig!

It's supposed to rain all day Friday. Hooray! I'll get a rest.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby dohboi » Thu 22 Jun 2017, 20:29:36

World's biggest coal company closes 37 mines as solar power's influence grows

The largest coal mining company in the world has announced it will close 37 mines because they are no longer economically viable.

Coal India, which produces around 82 per cent of India's coal, said the mines would be decommissioned by March 2018.

The closures, of around 9 per cent of the state-run firm's sites, will reportedly save around 8,000,000,000 rupees (£98m).

India's solar sector has received heavy international investment, and the plummeting price of solar electricity has increased pressure on fossil fuel companies in the country.

The government has announced it will not build any more coal plants after 2022 and predicts renewables will generate 57 per cent of its power by 2027 – a pledge far outstripping its commitment in the Paris climate change agreement.

Plans for nearly 14 gigawatts of coal-fired power stations – about the same as the total amount in the UK – were scrapped in May, signalling a seismic shift in the India's energy market.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby baha » Fri 23 Jun 2017, 10:18:58

The onions are on the drying rack and I will dig some potatoes today.
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Lima beans will start soon, The corn is as tall as me, Melons are blooming, and I am sick of Squash :)

Any good ideas on how to store squash?
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby pstarr » Fri 23 Jun 2017, 14:35:12

You can dry any squash on the vine, even yellow squash and zucchini and it will turn into a gourd with seeds inside that rattle. Let it get real big, dried and hoary. I know, I lost one in the weeds and low and behold . . . MUSIC!
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby baha » Fri 23 Jun 2017, 17:09:02

Thanks Pstarr :)
That's cool. I'm already falling behind on squash and there's only two mounds. This year has been a gardener's dream. I've only had to water a few weeks. I just let Mother Nature do her thing...She's saying...enjoy it while you can. :shock:
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby baha » Fri 23 Jun 2017, 18:06:38

Look at that! This is post 500, in 10 years...Does that mean I am no longer crude and heavy? :) I wonder what comes next?

Couldn't I just be a solar dude now? You should know me well enough...
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Hawkcreek » Sat 24 Jun 2017, 13:36:03

How about -
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Newfie » Sat 24 Jun 2017, 13:51:10

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Just around the headland from our cabin. Taken this morning.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Ibon » Sat 24 Jun 2017, 15:14:41

Great picture Newfie.... The image I had of you in my head was not that far off!
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Newfie » Sat 24 Jun 2017, 15:27:56

My condolances! ;)

The funny thing is the picture I have in my head of me is as a clean shaven 20yo. 8O

But after too many years in the concrete jungle I've gone ferral.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby pstarr » Sat 24 Jun 2017, 18:34:22

That's a happy picture, replete with an iceberg!

We had a heat-wave today here behind the Redwood Curtain. All of 70f, took a grueling hike in the Arcata Community Forest.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Cog » Sat 24 Jun 2017, 19:43:34

I'm reminded of Santa Claus.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Newfie » Sun 25 Jun 2017, 05:19:56

I once had a 40ish lady ask to have her picture taken with me, because I look like Santa Clause. The glow went off the moment when I asked if she wanted to sit on my lap.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby baha » Sun 25 Jun 2017, 06:14:07

Ha, Ha...Pleased to meet you Captain.

I didn't mean to insult your ship by calling it a boat :) How many people does it take to run a ship like that?
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Newfie » Sun 25 Jun 2017, 09:18:17

Baha,

Just 1. Anymore than that and you surrender your freedom.

It's easier with my Wife helping, especially when I need sleep.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Tanada » Mon 26 Jun 2017, 17:47:47

Soon the Arctic Ocean will be ice free and all those expensive cargo ships traveling from the East Coast to China will have a much shorter route to travel.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Ibon » Mon 26 Jun 2017, 17:52:22

Tanada wrote:Soon the Arctic Ocean will be ice free and all those expensive cargo ships traveling from the East Coast to China will have a much shorter route to travel.


That is not happy talk here in Panama, that is existentially worrying!
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