It’s Friday the 13th and I am wondering how we got here. By here I mean the current situation that we find ourselves in. A situation where a literal madman is President of the United States and restrained solely by his incompetence. A situation where a dime store version of that same madman is the elected leader of the United Kingdom and taking that country down a ruinous path purely for vanity. A situation where we all realize, at some level, that our climate is changing because of our behaviors but we act as If we are powerless to change.
Are we doomed?
On to the links…
American Trash: How an E-Waste Sting Uncovered a Shocking Betrayal—You should just assume that whatever you drop off to be recycled is not going to be recycled. Whether it is e-waste being shipped around the world to illicit dumps or plastic being burned in an incinerator the idea and reality of recycling in the West is broken.
The Dark Side of Recycling—Not buying as much stuff that needs to be recycled is the important thing, not figuring out ways to recycle our trash. Remember: reduce, reuse, and recycle. The first R is the most important because it is the most impactful.
Air Pollution is Much More Harmful than You Know—Air pollution is a prime cause of cognitive impairment in people who are exposed. Naturally, the Trump administration wants to allow companies to pollute even more because…reasons.
New Energy Secretary: Trump has Directed Agency to Find ‘Different Ways to Utilize Coal’—When no one wants to use your product you have to find new markets. Get ready to hear a lot about coal as Trump heads out on the never ending campaign rally. It’s about the only thing his mind can get a handle on anymore.
Move Over, Coal: Gas now Emits More CO2 in U.S.—It was bound to happen as coal was replaced by natural gas. However, it brings home the fact that while natural gas is better than coal it is not better than renewables.
Natural Gas Companies Call for Carbon Tax—When an industry is amenable to a tax on itself you know that it is trying to protect itself from something far worse.
Island Utility Aims For Two-Thirds Renewable Energy By 2020—Kauai can show us the future.
A 2.9-Megawatt Solar Project For 10 Schools & 24% Of Richmond Public Schools’ Electricity Needs—How much energy could we make if we covered all of our big buildings with solar panels. Let’s say its twenty percent or so. That means without using any additional land we could make twenty percent of our energy from existing buildings at the point of use.
Electric Car Battery Production Causes Less CO2 Emissions than Once Thought: Study—The holidays are not over yet, so you might end up in an argument with your Fox News loving drunk Uncle Carl who thinks that the production of a single battery for a Tesla is the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez running aground because Alex Jones told him so.
Nissan Showcases Brake Regen Tech With LEAF Christmas Tree—As the owner of a Nissan Leaf I wish there was a way for me to know how much energy I have recaptured through regenerative braking. Like a little dash readout or something.
These 3 Supertrees can Protect Us from Climate Collapse—Anyone who knows me knows that I am a “tree guy.” I believe that trees hold the potential to save us from a climate catastrophe if we are willing to help reforest the planet. Whether it is forests of “super trees” or just basic trees in your suburban yard, it is trees that have the power.
The No-Flush Movement: The Unexpected Rise of the Composting Toilet—Is this really a thing? I get composting toilets for people who do not want to deal with a septic system or who have an otherwise “off grid” lifestyle.
Will Buffalo Become a Climate Change Haven?—Will there be any havens when the climate crisis gets bad?