The weather and what not is getting crazy. Forest fires in Colorado turn out to be the most destructive in history every year. First it was Waldo Canyon last year and this year we get the Black Forest fire. In the Midwest we saw a 200 mile plus long storm front roll through this week that spawned tornadoes and the ever popular straight line winds.
For anyone who is a climate change denier, look outside and ask yourself what is going on.
On to the links…
Farm Subsidies Leading to More Water Use—Here is what is messed up about our farm policy in the United States…the programs in place often have the opposite effect of the desired outcome. It’s amazing how messed up these things can get.
Regulatory Nominee Vows to Speed Up Energy Reviews—This just ticks me off because the White House could be making forward progress without Congress, yet is failing to take action because of some political calculus. Ugh!
The U.S. Added 723 Megawatts of Solar during the 1st Quarter of 2013—On top of the good news, the U.S. is expected to add a total of 5.3 GW of solar capacity over the course of 2013. That is enough to power almost 1 million average American homes with carbon free power. Also, a 5.3 GW increase would be more than a 50% increase in the installed solar capacity in the U.S. Damn!
Tea Party Takes On Georgia Power Over Lack Of Solar Energy—Just absorb the delicious irony of that title for a moment. Tea Party…solar…Georgia…yep, solar power is the real deal when the Tea Party in the south is supporting its adoption. Watch out king coal!
Master Limited Partnerships will Bring More Investment to Clean Energy— Master Limited Partnerships (MLPS) are one of those boring, but very important, financing tools used by fossil fuel companies to acquire the capital to build out projects. Congress is working on a bill that would expand the ability to use the tool to renewable energy.
What’s Needed to Get Sustainable Energy for All—Here is what it would take to move the entire world to a more sustainable energy future:
How Big Soda is Losing the Battle for American Hearts and Bellies—If there is one thing that you can do to improve your health—assuming you do not smoke—it would be to eliminate soda—regular or diet—from your daily routine. The stuff is just bad news. Maybe the tide is turning in the war against the corn syrup horde.
Cod Stocks Recover after Years of Overfishing—It seems like the news from restricted fisheries is that stocks will return if left alone for long enough. This is probably little comfort to the people who depend on the cod stocks off North America, which have yet to recover from recent collapses, but it provides hope.
Cheap Food is a Thing of the Past—If there is one thing that will destabilize the world as climate change worsens it will be empty bellies. Deny people their daily bread and riots ensue.
The Cool Factor (With Feathers): New York Chefs React To Pastured Poultry— We are what we eat and we are what are animals eat. We are also what our animals lives are like before they are slaughtered for dinner.
Edible Landscape Transforms Minnesota Lawn—Edible landscaping is awesome and expanses of green grass are tyranny. I love the look of this garden. It’s organic, in the organizational sense, and folksy. I would want one if my front yard were more than a small pizza slice shaped chunk of lawn.
Climbing and Cloning Sequoias—This is an interesting idea. Find the world’s largest trees, clone them, and distribute the clones to create groves of super trees. I doubt that it can have a measurable impact on the carbon in the atmosphere, but it is better than giving up.
Watts For Lunch? (Or Why Humans Are Like Light Bulbs)—All you need to be a human for an average day is the power to light up one 120 watt incandescent light bulb. Interesting.
Tiny Aerosol Particles, Big Impacts—Black carbon, or soot, is a nasty aerosol particle that traps a ton of heat in the atmosphere. Like 650 times more than carbon dioxide alone.
Glamorous Killers Expand their Range—Cougars are making a comeback. The animals are increasingly being seen in suburban habitats. I am guessing that this will become more of a problem like bears in the Front Range.