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Elon Musk Tesla Battery Farm Australia | Tesla Battery
Elon Musk bet he could build a big battery storage (actually, mostly he bought & installed it) to save Australia's use of renewable energy. He won.
environment  ElonMusk  energy 
17 days ago by mcherm
Growing Evidence Says People on Easter Island Were Still Okay When Europeans Landed
Looks like the end of native Easter Island civilization may have been due to Europeans, not due to chopping down all the trees.
via:reddit  sociology  environment 
5 weeks ago by mcherm
CO2: Foe, or… Friend? – Popula
After a few fascinating comments on climate change caused by massive growth of a water plant, this goes on to tell us how compressed CO2 is an excellent solvent with varied and interesting uses.
science  environment  physics  via:HackerNews 
october 2019 by mcherm
Harleysville teen invents spotted lanternfly trap | KYW
This kid invented a spotted lantern fly trap that is significantly more effective than those the state environmental agency gives out.
invention  kids  environment  via:rachel  local 
september 2019 by mcherm
States Hit Electric Vehicle Owners With High Fees - Consumer Reports
Many states actually charge MORE for electric vehicles to use the road than they do for gasoline cars.
environment  evil  via:reddit 
september 2019 by mcherm
We could fund the transition to green energy with 10-30% of the world's fossil fuel subsidy / Boing Boing
If we spent less than 1/3 of the world's fossil fuel subsidy as a green energy subsidy the green energy would be cheaper.
economics  environment  via:boingboing 
august 2019 by mcherm
On the death of my family's dairy farm · Abe Voelker
A really good article on how farming has gotten big in the family farm can no longer survive.
farming  environment  via:HackerNews 
march 2019 by mcherm
Monarch populations in the US west are down 86% this year — Quartz
Populations west of the rockys fell by 86% just this year, and may be below the minimum needed to sustain the migration.
animals  biology  environment  via:HackerNews 
december 2018 by mcherm
Brazil Nuts Are Brought to You by Rodents - Gastro Obscura
A complex ecosystem dependent on several specific animal species is necessary for the Brazil nut tree to propagate.
personal_net  via:HackerNews  environment 
december 2018 by mcherm
How Much Hotter Is Your Hometown Than When You Were Born? - The New York Times
An excellent way to present climate change data, if your goal is to reach people who "don't believe it is real".
via:reddit  nytimes  climate  environment  science  datavisualization 
september 2018 by mcherm
Ancient farmers spared us from glaciers but profoundly changed Earth's climate
Human effects on the global environment may have been visible as early as 10,000 years ago (due to deforestation).
science  environment  globalwarming  via:HackerNews 
september 2018 by mcherm
Sucking carbon dioxide from air is cheaper than scientists thought
Directly capturing carbon from air and burying it is far cheaper than expected -- perhaps as little as 83 cents per gallon of gasoline. However, Hacker News commentators think this is entirely impractical.
science  invention  environment  globalwarming  via:HackerNews 
june 2018 by mcherm
Unexpectedly large impact of forest management and grazing on global vegetation biomass | Nature
If humans were not cultivating and doing other forms of land management, the total biomass of plants would be around 2x what it is.
science  ecology  environment  globalwarming  via:reddit 
december 2017 by mcherm
BBC - Future - Nasa’s ambitious plan to save Earth from a supervolcano
Clever hack: extract geothermal energy from Yellowstone (and other supervolcanos) to get cheap energy AND prevent them from erupting.
science  via:HackerNews  environment 
september 2017 by mcherm
Wyoming bill prohibits power companies from using renewables / Boing Boing
Utterly ridiculous. The only way things like this can arise is a vicious form of "we are enemies so anything you favor, I must oppose". Fortunately, the bill is unlikely to pass.
via:boingboing  environment  evil 
january 2017 by mcherm
The train goes up, the train goes down: a simple new way to store energy - Vox
Storing energy by running heavy trains up and down a slope. 85% efficient, can respond on timescales of minutes, and can store impressively large amounts of energy with only old, well-established technologies.
science  environment  batteries  vox  via:Techdirt 
may 2016 by mcherm
I don’t give a **** if we agree about climate change.
Arnold Schwarzenegger: even if global warming isn't real, pollution is still real, and we have to start working on clean technology.
politics  globalwarming  environment  via:HackerNews 
december 2015 by mcherm
A New Analysis of U.S. Counties Shows Where Electric Vehicles Cause More Pollution Than Gas Cars - CityLab
This researcher says the pollution to generate electricity for electric cars is as bad or worse than the pollution from the cars themselves and it varies greatly by geography.
environment  science  via:HackerNews 
july 2015 by mcherm
Indonesian mud volcano probably human-triggered | Ars Technica
We "punctured an area of high pressure water" causing $3 billion in damages.
nature  environment  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
july 2015 by mcherm
A big eclipse is hitting Europe this month. What will that mean for solar power? - Vox
Apparently an eclipse actually CAN affect solar power generation enough to matter. Here is some history and background.
vox  via:vox  environment 
march 2015 by mcherm
“Man can’t change climate,” only God can, says Senate chair of Environment & Public Works - Boing Boing
The chair of the Senate Environment committee believes that man cannot affect the climate, only God can.
politics  environment  via:boingboing 
january 2015 by mcherm
Why Google Gave Up [on Cheap, Clean Power]
They couldn't find ways to generate power cheaper than coal and even if they did it wouldn't be enough to stop runaway global warming.
globalwarming  environment  google  personal_net  via:HackerNews 
january 2015 by mcherm
Inside Beijing's airpocalypse – a city made 'almost uninhabitable' by pollution | Cities | The Guardian
The pollution in Beijing, China is so bad that it's basically a rehearsal in survival on a planet with a hostile atmosphere. And it shows just how bad things can get without people doing anything about it.
TheGuardian  via:boingboing  environment  china 
december 2014 by mcherm
BBC News - The Dutch boy mopping up a sea of plastic
He wrote a high-school science project proposing a way to actually clean up plastic from the world's oceans. He did a TED talk about it, which allowed him to raise money. Now he's trying to actually implement his plan.
environment  invention  via:HackerNews 
october 2014 by mcherm
We’ve killed off half the world’s animals since 1970 - The Washington Post
The population of non-human vertebrates on earth is half the size of when I was born.
animals  environment  via:HackerNews 
september 2014 by mcherm
Louisiana Loses Its Boot — Matter — Medium
Lousiana is shrinking. It's iconic outline isn't quite accurate anymore. The reason is mostly us holding the Mississippi in place.
maps  via:reddit  environment 
september 2014 by mcherm
xkcd: Cold
XKCD on global warming: it's been happening and we've already shifted our expectations.
science  environment 
march 2014 by mcherm
xkcd: Land Mammals
Humans are a huge portion of all mammals; our lifestock makes up the rest. The wild animals are practically negligible.
environment  animals  via:xkcd 
march 2014 by mcherm
Trees Call for Help—And Now Scientists Can Understand
When trees are under drout stress the columns of liquid undergo cavitation. These scientists figured out how to detect that with a microphone, so they can hear when trees are thirsty.
personal_net  science  environment  via:reddit 
april 2013 by mcherm
Solar: It's about to be a whole new world.
Solar energy is soon going to be cost effective compared to other sources of energy. That will change things, a lot.
via:boingboing  science  environment  NoahSmith 
january 2013 by mcherm
Researchers recreate bee collapse with pesticide-laced corn syrup
Evidence that colony collapse syndrome in bees is caused by a particular family of pesticides.
science  environment  biology  via:reddit 
april 2012 by mcherm
BBC News - Charles Darwin's ecological experiment on Ascension isle
At Darwin's urging, the Brits planted trees on this barren island and successfully built a functioning ecosystem.
via:reddit  environment  science 
september 2010 by mcherm
why even bother with science
[Climate Science] If you can't accept the conclusions of 98% of scientists whose FIELD IT IS, then why even bother with science? If that high a percentage is to be discounted ENTIRELY, then we are in deep trouble. This may be the only political issue whose results could be catastrophic PERMANENTLY.
politics  via:reddit  environment 
august 2010 by mcherm
Banana equivalent dose - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
How to explain low levels of radiation to the general public? Measure it in terms of how many bananas it is.
science  environment  nuclear  physics  marketing  via:HackerNews 
june 2010 by mcherm
New Jersey’s crazy war on oysters | Analysis & Opinion |
NJ says "don't use oysters to clean up polluted water". The purported reason is that someone might eat one by mistake and get sick, then blame the NJ seafood industry.
environment  via:boingboing 
june 2010 by mcherm
The Facts About Bottled Water
An infographic with facts about bottled water.
environment  infographics  via:reddit 
december 2009 by mcherm
nagash: 1491
Claims that the native population in the Americas was far more populous than thought before Columbus (all killed by epidemics from Europe). And that they may have "created" the Amazon jungle.
via:HackerNews  science  environment  history  personal_net 
november 2009 by mcherm
Coal Ash Is More Radioactive than Nuclear Waste: Scientific American
I am a bit skeptical, but here is a reputable source claiming that coal released more radioactivity into the environment than a nuclear power plant generating the same amount of electricity.
science  environment  energy 
october 2009 by mcherm
Is it a sin to leave your cell phone plugged in overnight?
Leaving chargers plugged in wastes so little electricity that it's not worth worrying about. Change one more bulb or skip one hot bath instead.
slate  via:HackerNews  gadgets  environment  electronics 
october 2009 by mcherm
The Green Issue - Batteries Not Included - NYTimes.com
An entrepreneur who is trying to build an electric vehicle where you refuel by swapping out the battery.
environment  cars  personal_net  nytimes 
april 2009 by mcherm
What Poison Ivy Has Been Up To While You Weren't Paying Attention - Boing Boing
Poison Ivy grows faster and has more of its active ingredient when CO2 levels rise.
via:boingboing  nature  environment  boingboing 
april 2009 by mcherm
CFLs Causing Utility Woes | Slashdot
Compact Florescent Lights use more power than they claim (significantly more) because of their surprisingly low "power factor".
physics  environment  slashdot  via:slashdot 
april 2009 by mcherm
Take a look at the Ecofont
A rather silly font: they put holes in the letters "to save on ink". I give it no credibility.
via:slashdot  environment  typography 
december 2008 by mcherm
West Nile Virus Website - PA
Site giving times and information about mosquito treatment in our area.
local  environment 
august 2008 by mcherm
Where the Linear Crosses the Exponential -- Kevin Kelly -- The Technium
Three interesting observations summarized from a different essay, vaguely related to global warming. (1) bioengineered plants could bury carbon, (2) environmentalism is a secular religion, (3) these choices are governed by interest rates.
via:boingboing  globalwarming  environment  kevinkelly  economics 
july 2008 by mcherm
Teenager's Science Fair Project May Deliver Us From Plastic
Student science project: isolate a bacteria from soil that can decompose plastic bags. Successful!
science  environment  via:digg 
may 2008 by mcherm
Daylight Saving Wastes Energy, Study Says - WSJ.com
Study on the actual affects of daylight savings time on energy use: it makes it WORSE.
science  environment 
march 2008 by mcherm
Quest to make cattle fart like marsupials - Climate Watch - theage.com.au
Bacteria in the stomachs of Kangaroos fully digest the plant material so they don't fart methane. Can we introduce these bacteria to cows?
via:digg  science  environment 
january 2008 by mcherm
Carbon sequestration by burying trees
The author calculates the cost of carbon sequestration by just burying wood pulp in the desert and it's approximately the same as EU carbon credits.
environment  blogentry 
december 2007 by mcherm
Community Energy : Utility Provider, PECO
Web page for the company that sells the wind power to PECO. Looks like it would cost around $8/month (for a month with no appreciable use of AC).
environment  windpower 
october 2007 by mcherm
Wind Energy: Commercial Wind Power in Pennsylvania
Excelon owns Peco so if I buy "Peco Wind" I'm getting it mostly from the Waymart Wind Farm
environment  windpower 
october 2007 by mcherm
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