"Plunge is far faster than in Arctic and may lead to more global heating, say scientists" 'Precipitous' fall i...
Monday, April 29, 2019
Friday, April 26, 2019
"For the past 148 years, Yosemite’s Lyell Glacier has taught us about the Earth — how it was created, where it was going, and now, how it might end"
By Daniel Duane
On a cool September morning in 2014, among lodgepole pines under blue mountain sky, Greg Stock shouldered a backpack full of camping gear and scientific equipment. Boyishly slender and athletic at 45, Stock is a climber, caver, and serious reader of books about mountaineering and the natural world. He holds the enviable job title of Yosemite National Park Geologist and mostly loves the work, especially the part he was bound for that day — the study of Yosemite’s last two glaciers.
Stock and several companions started their walk in Tuolumne Meadows, the high-country jewel of Yosemite and everything that I would ever wish to find in the pastures of heaven — many square miles of grass and wildflowers surrounded by white granite domes that reflect sunshine like polished glass. Stock followed the John Muir Trail south out of those meadows into an immense U-shaped gorge called Lyell Canyon, 8 miles long and 3,000 feet deep, carved out of granite by long-vanished glaciers during dozens of ice ages. Evergreens dot the sloped walls of Lyell Canyon — straight lodgepoles down low, bent whitebarks up high.
In that drought year of 2014, dry meadow grasses carpeted the canyon floor in pale gold. Down the middle, the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River trickled through wide, meandering oxbows. The great irrigator of Tuolumne Meadows and drinking-water source for San Francisco, that river thunders deep in spring but flows in autumn thanks to meltwater from Stock’s destination, the Lyell Glacier.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
"Finally it’s had to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy October 2018, closing 142 stores in the process"
50 Failing Companies At Risk Of Going Out Of Business In 2019
1. J. Crew
The clothing company favored by former first lady Michelle Obama has been closing some of its stores due to plunging sales over the years. It also closed its bridal store and parted with its creative director, Jenna Lyons, and CEO, Millard “Mickey” Drexler. Drexler confessed he thought the company’s troubles stemmed from raising prices.
2. Sears Holdings
Sears Holdings has undergone trouble for a decade, with their sales continuing to decline. It sounds like they’ve tried nearly everything — cost cuts, asset sales, store closures, and layoffs — but RetailDive says this hasn’t helped the giant department store out too much. Finally it’s had to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy October 2018, closing 142 stores in the process.
3. 99 Cents Only
The retailer offering discount goods has found itself between a rock and a hard place, facing competition from companies like Dollar General, Dollar Tree, and Walmart. In December 2017, the company reported a net loss of $27.1 million on top of $33.6 million in losses the second quarter and $8.8 million in Q1.
BIG RETAIL COLLAPSING?
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
"We children are doing this to wake the adults up. We children are doing this for you to put your differences aside and start acting as you would in a crisis. We children are doing this because we want our hopes and dreams back"
My name is Greta Thunberg. I am 16 years old. I come from Sweden. And I speak on behalf of future generations.
I know many of you don’t want to listen to us – you say we are just children. But we’re only repeating the message of the united climate science.
Many of you appear concerned that we are wasting valuable lesson time, but I assure you we will go back to school the moment you start listening to science and give us a future. Is that really too much to ask?
In the year 2030 I will be 26 years old. My little sister Beata will be 23. Just like many of your own children or grandchildren. That is a great age, we have been told. When you have all of your life ahead of you. But I am not so sure it will be that great for us.
I was fortunate to be born in a time and place where everyone told us to dream big; I could become whatever I wanted to. I could live wherever I wanted to. People like me had everything we needed and more. Things our grandparents could not even dream of. We had everything we could ever wish for and yet now we may have nothing.
Now we probably don’t even have a future any more...
WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME
END OF STORY???
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Monday, April 22, 2019
"Overall it appears that while a good number of the entities that sought to begin the transition of commercial vehicles from purely liquid or gas fueled options, to hybrid electric or pure electric have failed, there are some that have survived and are still supplying solutions today"
Electric Commercial Vehicles, a ten year update – Part 1
Just over ten years ago on April 9, 2009 the original article “Electric Commercial Vehicles” was posted at The Oil Drum web site. The article was prompted by an exchange in the discussions following a “Drumbeat” post about nine months earlier in which I had rattled off a series of links to articles from the web site autobloggreen.com that were specifically about electric or hybrid commercial vehicles of one kind or another. I should note that autobloggreen.com is the one of the first places I saw the term “Peak Oil” and when I saw the term more than once I decided to do look it up, which eventually led me to theoildrum.com. As they say, the rest is history.
In this post, I have looked back at what has happened to the companies and products featured in that article and will elaborate on what I found. I will attempt to discuss as many of the companies and products mention in the article as possible. If you visit the original 2009 article, all the pictures are now missing since links to external images were used rather than images hosted at theoildrum.com. I am somewhat surprised that I was able to find many of the pictures that I used in the 2009 article and will be using them in this article as much as possible. The first picture below was the lead picture for the 2009 article.
Battery Electric Vehicles
Battery Electric Vehicles are a class of electrified vehicles that use only electric motors for motive power and rely on batteries for the electricity to power their motors. BEVs carry no fuels on board except in the case of those which may use fuels for heating but, there are no internal combustion engines of any kind built into the vehicle.
TOP TRENDS ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Friday, April 19, 2019
Thursday, April 18, 2019
As they see it, global warming stands to make corporate security as high-stakes in the
21st century as it was in the 19th.
By NOAH GALLAGHER SHANNON
Climate Chaos Is Coming —
and the Pinkertons Are Ready
CAN ANARCHISM SAVE EARTH?
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Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
"We can’t know exactly what is ahead, but it is clear that moving away from fossil fuels will be far more destructive of our current economy than nearly everyone expects"
The true feasibility of moving away from fossil fuels
One of the great misconceptions of our time is the belief that we can move away from fossil fuels if we make suitable choices on fuels. In one view, we can make the transition to a low-energy economy powered by wind, water, and solar. In other versions, we might include some other energy sources, such as biofuels or nuclear, but the story is not very different.
The problem is the same regardless of what lower bound a person chooses: our economy is way too dependent on consuming an amount of energy that grows with each added human participant in the economy. This added energy is necessary because each person needs food, transportation, housing, and clothing, all of which are dependent upon energy consumption. The economy operates under the laws of physics, and history shows disturbing outcomes if energy consumption per capita declines.
There are a number of issues:
- The impact of alternative energy sources is smaller than commonly believed.
- When countries have reduced their energy consumption per capita by significant amounts, the results have been very unsatisfactory.
- Energy consumption plays a bigger role in our lives than most of us imagine.
- It seems likely that fossil fuels will leave us before we can leave them.
- The timing of when fossil fuels will leave us seems to depend on when central banks lose their ability to stimulate the economy through lower interest rates.
- If fossil fuels leave us, the result could be the collapse of financial systems and governments.
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NOT AN EASY TRANSITION
Monday, April 15, 2019
"about a fifth of the total -- had been drilled so systematically over nearly a century that more than 40 percent of their oil has been already extracted, a considerable figure for an industry that usually struggles to recover more than half the barrels in place underground."
The biggest Saudi oil field is fading faster than anyone guessed
It was a state secret and the source of a kingdom’s riches. It was so important that U.S. military planners once debated how to seize it by force. For oil traders, it was a source of endless speculation.
Now the market finally knows: Ghawar in Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest conventional oil field, can produce a lot less than almost anyone believed.
When Saudi Aramco on Monday published its first ever profit figures since its nationalization nearly 40 years ago, it also lifted the veil of secrecy around its mega oil fields. The company’s bond prospectus revealed that Ghawar is able to pump a maximum of 3.8 million barrels a day -- well below the more than 5 million that had become conventional wisdom in the market.
"As Saudi’s largest field, a surprisingly low production capacity figure from Ghawar is the stand-out of the report," said Virendra Chauhan, head of upstream at consultant Energy Aspects Ltd. in Singapore.
WHAT IS SAUDI ARAMCO?
Friday, April 12, 2019
"several prominent scientists including a Nobel laureate biologist have noted that no technology was yet available to deflect the asteroid "
Asteroid to Hit Earth in 2046 - Emergency IPCC UN Panel Formed
Scientists have today revealed that thanks to new radar imaging system, a 20 km-wide asteroid is on a probable collision course with earth and they calculate it has an 85% probability of striking the planet between 23-25 August, 2046. Observers from centers in Chile to Finland have confirmed the observations and are urging governments worldwide to begin efforts to avoid a global catastrophe. The plan is to mobilize industry and research together into an effort to deflect the asteroid before a collision. Briefed earlier in special meetings, the UN has formed an Intergovernmental Panel on Cosmic Catastrophe (), to consider options and advise governments. The asteroid is of a similar size to that associated with the dinosaur extinction.
The plan however has immediately run into opposition from dozens of retired scientists and bloggers.
“This is just alarmist talk based in computer models. So far there is no solution to the 3-body problem in gravity and this is clearly a much more complicated N-body problem. The system is chaotic and tiny errors in measurement will blow the computer models away” said Prof Al Kaos. He dismissed the accuracy with which solar orbits are determined and navigation of planetary rockets. “The dirty secret is that they are making course corrections all the time. Tell me how Hyperion will look next year before telling me where an asteroid will be in 2046”. Scientists acknowledged some but have stuck to their probability estimate.
Many Are Coming Our Way