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You'd think the EU would've figured Poland doesn't care by now. It's like if the USA tried to tell Venezuela to not do something.


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^^^....leaving unresolved the issue of whether Poland is a member of the European Union or not.  There is no comparable alliance between the U.S. and Venezuela...at least not in my mind.


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Also the USA is also probably not paying Venezuela  billions of euros every year, while the EU is doing that to Poland. 

 

If they refuse to pay the fine, then I'd expect the EU will just reduce Subsidies until the fines are paid. Of course if they decide logging that forest is worth 17billion euros a year ​(or whatever it is) then I guess they'll just keep logging.


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Researchers develop potentially low-cost, low-emissions technology that can convert methane without forming CO2
November 21, 2017 by Sonia Fernandez

 

As we work to toward more sustainable ways of powering our lifestyles, there is a quest to bridge the gap between the carbon dioxide-emitting fossil fuels we rely on for our most basic needs, and the cleaner, but not yet economically feasible alternative technologies.

 

Read more at: https://phys.org/new...ethane.html#jCp


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If Solar must increase 600% for all new power additions to be solar
brian wang | November 22, 2017 |
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China will install about 54 gigawatts of solar-power capacity in 2017 which is about 80% more than most forecasters had predicted at the beginning of 2017.

“The amount of rooftop solar plants and projects aimed at easing poverty were more than expected and developers rushed to build some ground-mounted solar projects before they have been allocated subsidies,” said Yvonne Liu, a BNEF analyst in Beijing.

New estimates for 2018 are 55 GW for China’s solar power installations.

In 2016, China installed 123 GW of electricity production. 34 GW of it was solar.
281 TWh was added in 2016. 28TWh was solar.

The 54 GW of solar installed in 2017 will likely generate 44 TWh.
China would need to reach 340 GW of solar installation for all the new power generation to be replaced by solar.

 

https://www.nextbigf...o-be-solar.html


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Solar cell discovery opens a new window to powering tomorrow's cities
November 23, 2017 by Ron Walli

 

Buildings of the future may come equipped with windows that can generate their own electricity, thanks to a finding of a team led by Jacqui Cole, a materials scientist from the University of Cambridge, UK, currently based at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

 

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Variable compression engine will increase fuel efficiency by 27%
brian wang | November 23, 2017 |
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The 2019 Infiniti QX50 crossover arrives in 2018 and it will be powered by a 2.0-liter variable compression turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

It will change the distance the pistons travel in their cylinders by as much as 6 mm, or about a quarter of an inch.

Nissan’s chief powertrain engineer, says Infiniti’s VC-T engine is expected to deliver a combined city-highway EPA-rated fuel economy gain of 27 percent over the QX50s’s outgoing 3.7-liter V-6. The VC-T engine is rated at 268 hp and 288 pound-feet of torque. Kiga says the 2019 QX50 will reach 60 mph almost one second faster than its four-cylinder competitors.

 

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Construction of the world's biggest Li-ion battery completed
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Back in March, Tesla's Elon Musk promised to have a proposed battery storage system at the Hornsdale Wind Farm in South Australia up and running within 100 days, or he'd foot the bill. The project clock started ticking in September and the deadline for the big switch on is December 1, and South Australia's Premier Jay Weatherill has today confirmed that it's built and ready to "be energized."

 

 

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"By the 2030s, every second summer over almost all of the entire Northern hemisphere will be hotter than any record-setting hot summer of the past 40 years, the study found. By 2050, virtually every summer will be hotter than anything we've experienced to date."

 

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"By the 2030s, every second summer over almost all of the entire Northern hemisphere will be hotter than any record-setting hot summer of the past 40 years, the study found. By 2050, virtually every summer will be hotter than anything we've experienced to date."

 

https://motherboard....ithin-a-decade-

This might be true if CO2 emissions do not decrease in the next decades, but there is reason to believe that solar power will take over as a primary energy source long before it reaches that level of danger. 

 

The cost per watt of solar energy has been exponentially increasing every two years for the past few decades, and at this rate solar energy is only about sixteen years (or eight more doublings) from fulfilling all the energy needs of the planet.

https://futurism.com...pacity-in-2016/ http://bigthink.com/...rld-in-16-years


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Barren wasteland is coming. Our fate is sealed.

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German court: Ancient forest can be cleared for coal mine
Source: Associated Press

Updated 10:24 am, Friday, November 24, 2017

BERLIN (AP) — A court in western Germany says an ancient forest near the Belgian border can be chopped down to make way for a coal strip mine.

Cologne's administrative court ruled Friday against a legal complaint brought by the environmental group BUND that wanted to halt the clearance of much of the Hambach forest.

The group said it would appeal the decision and seek an injunction to prevent energy company RWE from clearing the trees in the meantime.

Hambach forest has become a focus of environmental protests against the expansion of a vast mine that supplies much of the coal used in nearby power plants.

 

 

Read more: http://www.chron.com...or-12381256.php


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Jury Convicts Climate-Change Activist of Closing Oil Pipeline Valve

 

https://www.courthou...pipeline-valve/

 

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FORT BENTON, Mont. (Courthouse News) – A jury found a climate-change activist guilty of criminal trespass and felony criminal mischief for his part in last year’s four-state effort to shut down pipelines carrying tar-sands oil from Canada.

 

At midday Wednesday after an hour of deliberation, six women and six men from Montana’s Choteau County reached a verdict supporting the state’s contention that Leonard Higgins’ actions on Oct. 16, 2016, damaged more than the few chains that locked the valves controlling the Enbridge pipeline near Big Sandy, Montana.

 

Higgins and four other activists participated in a coordinated effort to simultaneously shut down oil pipelines in Washington state, Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota. On that October morning, protest organizers made phone calls to the pipeline companies 15 minutes before the activists were to manually close the valves, allowing pipeline control centers to stop the flow of tar-sands oil themselves. In each case, a few men accompanied the activists to film the action, and once they had closed the valves, the activists peaceably surrendered to law enforcement.

 

In his brief closing arguments, Choteau County prosecutor Steve Gannon told the jury the cost of the damage Higgins caused should be more than the $938 to replace the chains and actuator cover. It should include the labor and mileage that Enbridge employees racked up while trying to confirm that no other vandalism had occurred, Gannon said.

 

Conclusion: “I was surprised I didn’t get to talk about climate change at all. It was important to show what my intent was and what my state of mind was. But anytime I came anywhere close to talking about climate-change science – which scares me more than the verdict today – I was stopped from speaking,” Higgins said.

 

 

 

Maybe Enbridge should be charged their share of the costs of "labor and mileage that" workers dealing with climate change related problems have to incur.  Of course, that would constitute government interference, while somehow convicting Higgins does not involve such interference.  At least that seems to be the prevailing logic of conservative lawmakers and libertarians.  


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'Trash islands' off Central America indicate ocean pollution problem
November 24, 2017 by Noe Leiva

 

Floating masses of garbage off some of the Caribbean's pristine beaches offer grim evidence of a vast and growing problem of plastic waste heedlessly dumped in the ocean, local residents, activists and experts say.

 

https://phys.org/new...rica-ocean.html


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Mexico creates vast new ocean reserve to protect 'Galapagos of North America'
Source: Guardian

Fishing, mining and new hotels will be prohibited in the ‘biologically spectacular’ Revillagigedo archipelago
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Mexico’s government has created the largest ocean reserve in North America around a Pacific archipelago regarded as its crown jewel.

The measures will help ensure the conservation of marine creatures including whales, giant rays and turtles.

. . .

Mexico joins Chile, New Zealand and Tahiti in taking recent steps to preserve the ecological systems in their territorial waters.

Conversely, President Trump is considering shrinking two marine national monuments in the Pacific: Rose Atoll and the Pacific Remote Islands. These would be opened to commercial fishing, along with the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, off the coast of New England, the Washington Post has reported.

 

Read more: https://www.theguard...f-north-america


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Diplomats flee Delhi amid worsening smog crisis
The solution to the problem, however, isn't that simple.
E.A. Crunden
Nov 23, 2017, 8:00 am

 

Delhi’s staggering pollution levels have begun to push out diplomats and spark international upheaval. But experts say diplomatic exodus won’t solve the larger issue facing the developing and heavily industrialized city.

Pollution in Delhi has dominated Indian headlines for weeks and attracted the attention of the international community. Costa Rica’s ambassador to India made waves earlier this month when she temporarily relocated to the city of Karnataka.

 

https://thinkprogres...s-89e0f18beadc/

 

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Reuters finds 3,810 U.S. areas with lead poisoning double Flint’s

 

https://www.reuters....s-idUSKBN1DE1H2

 

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(Reuters) - Since last year, Reuters has obtained neighborhood-level blood lead testing results for 34 states and the District of Columbia. This data allows the public its first hyper-local look at communities where children tested positive for lead exposure in recent years.

 

While the number of children with high lead levels has plummeted across the U.S. since lead paint and gasoline were phased out in the 1970s and 1980s, many communities remain exposed to the toxic heavy metal, the data show.

 

In all, Reuters has identified 3,810 neighborhood areas with recently recorded childhood lead poisoning rates at least double those found across Flint, Michigan, during the peak of that city’s water contamination crisis in 2014 and 2015. Some 1,300 of these hotspots had a rate of elevated blood tests at least four times higher than Flint’s.

 

Reuters defined an elevated result as any test higher than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s current reference number of 5 micrograms per deciliter, the level at which the agency recommends a public health intervention.

 

The news agency obtained the data, broken down by census tract or zip code, from state health departments or the CDC through records requests. U.S. census tracts are small county subdivisions averaging 4,000 residents. Zip codes have average populations of 7,500.


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And yet some people think we don't need new infrastructure and investment to fix this problem? How sad is that!


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About half of hydraulically fractured wells exist within 2 to 3 kilometers of domestic groundwater systems: study
November 27, 2017 by Julie Cohen

 

How safe is the water you drink? For the 45 million Americans who get their drinking water from private groundwater wells rather than a public utility, the answer is decidedly murky. The Environmental Protection Agency regulations that protect public drinking water systems don't apply to privately owned wells, leaving owners responsible for ensuring their water is safe from contaminants.

 

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Japan approves two more nuclear reactors to restart
brian wang | November 27, 2017 |
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The governor of Japan’s Fukui Prefecture has today approved the restart of units 3 and 4 of Kansai Electric Power Company’s Ohi nuclear power plant. The utility reportedly plans to restart both units by mid-March.

Of Japan’s 42 operable reactors, five have so far cleared inspections confirming they meet the new regulatory safety standards and have resumed operation. These are: Kyushu’s Sendai units 1 and 2; Shikoku’s Ikata unit 3; and Kansai’s Takahama units 3 and 4. Another 19 reactors have applied to restart.

 

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