Fracking over nuclear

It’s not all bad with fracking after all! The recent boom in natural gas supply is related to the current advancement in hydraulic fracking.  After hydraulic fracturing hit the scene, it opened up vast stores of previously unobtainable gas. That led to a big gas boom and the subsequent cheap supply in natural gas for energy production. It’s already had a huge impact on coal mostly, by killing it off and encouraging natural gas power generation.

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Until recently, coal power kept half the nation’s lights on. Last year, for the first time, enough power plants switched to natural gas, to the point that coal was down to providing only a third of the nation’s power.
Shale gas boom is not only stopping the development of new nuclear plant but it’s also forcing the existing nuclear power facility to switch to gas. Nuclear power has always been exorbitantly expensive. Every reactor requires staggering loan guarantees from the government and comes with massive upfront costs. That’s partly why between 1978 and 2012, just one new nuclear power plant was approved for construction in the United States

Lord Smith, chairman of the Environment Agency, of the United Kingdom also supported the move to encourage shale gas fracking in the UK.  I am also joining the team of few environmental professionals that is in support of shale gas fracking but it must be done in a transparent and supervised manner.   I believe the oil and gas companies have been working to reduce pollutions from gas exploration. I want you to look into the present shale gas exploration system and recommend ways to make it better.

 

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2012 was the second-costliest year of natural disaster in history.

2012 saw many natural disasters strike across the nation, causing the death of many American citizens and inflicting billions of dollars in property and infrastructural damage. From hurricanes and earthquakes to droughts, heat waves and wildfires, events were both widespread and severe. These events surely proves that there is climate change and it’s affecting us all.

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According to NCDC’s 2012 weather and climate disasters information, 2012 saw 11 weather and climate disaster events each with losses exceeding $1 billion in damages. This made 2012 the second costliest year since 1980, with a total of more than $110 billion in damages throughout the year. The 2012 total damages rank only behind 2005, which incurred $160 billion in damages due in part to four devastating land-falling hurricanes which includes hurricane Katrina. The two major drivers of damage costs in 2012 were Hurricane Sandy (at approximately $65 billion) and the year-long drought (at approximately $30 billion.)

Droughts and other natural disasters are causing the world a lot of money, lives and properties and according to experts, it is also projected that 2013 will have more damaging drought effects in comparison to 2012. Disasters like these continue to emphasize the need to protect the earth from climate change. We as people should be ready to make sacrifices to reduce climate change as much as we can. I sincerely hope the world leaders understand the predicament we face today and make decisive moves to combat climate change. We as citizens also need to change our life style in order to have a significant impact in protecting the environment.

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Less Smog in California, despite more people and cars.

This is great news coming out of California. Californian environment is reaping the dividend of having strict environmental regulations. As you all know it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get environmental permits to build new fossil fuel power plant or industries in California.  In as much as I do not agree with all environmental regulation in California, I still believe it’s paying off now. The LA Times on June 5, 2013 published a report titled “Despite more people and more cars, California’s smog is in retreat”.

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According to the report, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado led the research, which analyzed decades of data and collected air samples from over flights in 2010. The study found that Southern California’s air chemistry has changed for the better. The amount of organic nitrates in the atmosphere which causes smog has drastically reduced. Ozone and other pollutants have been monitored in the state since the 1960s. Since then, the population in Southern California has tripled, as has the number of cars on the road. Nevertheless, tailpipe emissions have decreased.

The state of California’s stringent emission standard has been credited for this pollution reduction. But I need to remind you that this progress comes with a price. Residences of California are paying for this environment progress with their hard-earned income. And energy productions to the state are offshore from neighboring states to supplement supplies from the few power plants in the state.

Happy father’s day to all the fathers.

 

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Food wastage must stop now!

One of the things that annoy me most in life is seeing people waste food. My travels around the world have shown me how much of a wasteful generation we are.  Few weeks ago I wrote a post title “Climate change is causing starvation in Africa” which reveals how much people are suffering from starvation due to increasing drought and flooding. If reports from several climate experts are to go by, there will be more drought this year especially in the world‘s poor nations. I believe we cannot continue to live this wasteful life especially during these challenging times. In developing nation’s famers struggle with food loss before it gets to the market due to poor preservations or lack of amenities to support advanced food storage systems.

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Apart from the humanitarian implication of not wasting food, World Resources Institute reported on the environmental implication of wasting food. It is reported that you are contribution to climate change by tossing food away.  This is true because you are increasing the waste that is sent to the landfills and also wasting the water that was used in the cultivation of the crops.

According to the World Resources Institute, inside the 1.3 billion tons of food wasted every year worldwide is 45 trillion gallons of water. This represents a staggering 24 percent of all water used for agriculture. Agriculture is already the world’s biggest user of freshwater: The sector accounts for 70 percent of all water use around the world, according to the World Water Assessment Program. Those freshwater resources are diminishing fast, just as demand for them rises from millions of hungry and thirsty people joining the global population.

I think it’s important we reduce our food waste, and most importantly teaching our children not to waste food is necessary.  In the previous blog post talked about in the first paragraph, I explained why it’s important to help poor nation suffering from starvation by contributing to the world food program and assisting them in developing technology to build a sustainable agricultural process.  Kindly send your donations to the World food program by clicking this link.

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Solar Impulse Continues From Dallas To St-Louis After A Week Pause.

Solar Impulse is the first ever solar plane projected to travel for the west to the east of the United States of America.  This is a Swiss long-range solar powered aircraft project being led by Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg. The project eventually hopes to achieve the first circumnavigation of the Earth by a piloted fixed-wing aircraft using only solar power. To me, major significance of the solar impulse is to open another industry of hybrid and renewable energy planes. The airline industry has been a major contributor to climate change in the transportation industry and the pollutions are not properly regulated because of its complexity.

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This first leg of this trip started from California to phoenix Sky Harbor international airport and later left phoenix on the 22nd of May, 2013 to Dallas Forth Worth international airport. The solar impulse airplane embarked on the third trip on Monday, June 3rd from Dallas, Texas to a stormy part of America – St. Louis, where the Solar Impulse team had put a portable, inflatable hangar to protect it from extreme weather. The third leg of Solar Impulse’s “Across America” odyssey may not have been a record-setting trip like last week’s flight from Phoenix to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport; But St. Louis could rank as the plane’s most challenging layover to date.

Solar Impulse arrived just days after a powerful storm swept through Lambert St. Louis-International Airport, damaging buildings and strewing the runway with debris. That meant the plane’s intended hangar wouldn’t be available – but Solar Impulse’s team said the flight had to go forward anyway. The plane took off at 4:06 a.m. CT Monday, and came in for a landing at 1:28 a.m. Tuesday, making a 21 hours nonstop flight on the 40 miles per hour aircraft.

I think this is a beautiful development, the project will proof that with proper research and development, short haul flight which is increasingly becoming the business strategies for airline operators could be successfully powered by solar energy with the help of a reliable back up battery. The future is bright for solar aircrafts and I believe there are vast un-tapped business potentials in the industry. I want you to start thinking of how you can invest in this emerging industry today.

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Did John Cook really ‘cook the books’?

Few weeks ago when a posted a blog titled; “Scientific Studies Agrees on Human Caused Climate Change” based on information provided by John Cook and his colleagues, I taught I had a good piece of information. It turns out that the post was based on research that has misleading information.  Forbes online contributor James Taylor posted an article that undermines the credibility of this research and I taught it’s important for me to write a sequel on this post explaining why the information provided might be wrong.  After taking a closer look at the paper, investigative journalist report that the authors’ claims of a 97-pecent consensus relied on the authors misclassifying the papers of some of the world’s most prominent global warming skeptics. It was also alleged that the author created a meaningless survey question so as to twist the response to support their desired interest.

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Investigative journalists looked into the research data and found out that Cook and his colleagues wrongfully classified papers by prominent, vigorous skeptics as Willie Soon, Craig Idso, Nicola Scafetta, Nir Shaviv, Nils-Axel Morner and Alan Carlin as supporting the 97-percent consensus. For example the paper classified a peer-reviewed paper by scientist Craig Idso as explicitly supporting the ‘consensus’ position on global warming “without minimizing” the asserted severity of global warming. When Idso was asked whether this was an accurate characterization of his paper, Idso responded, “That is not an accurate representation of my paper”. The papers examined how the rise in atmospheric CO2 could be inducing a phase advance in the spring portion of the atmosphere’s seasonal CO2 cycle. Other literature had previously claimed a measured advance was due to rising temperatures, but it’s shown that it was quite likely the rise in atmospheric CO2 itself was responsible for the lion’s share of the change. It would be incorrect to claim that our paper was an endorsement of CO2-induced global warming.”   You can find the article here for more information on why Cook’s assumptions were not necessarily all correct.

Misleading information like this sometimes makes me doubt the severity of global warming and its relative anthropogenic contributions.   For me, it sometimes reduces the legitimacy of many global warming researches because most of the finding where influence by the underlining ideologies and interests of the authors. I still believe that human activities influences global warming but the degree and significance of its influence cannot be ascertained for now. Remember, in as much as we cannot stop the natural contribution factors to global warming, we should try to reduce human contributions as much as we can.

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Tomorrow is National Trail’s day 2013.

Hey guys, I am presently at phoenix, Arizona and will join other hikers and bikers to celebrate the national trails day. Communities around the nation will celebrate National Trails Day 2013 on Saturday, June 1, 2013 bringing together outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds to celebrate the U. S. trail system. Hiking is a very interesting exercise because apart from the normal body exercise you get from hiking, you also experience a renewal of your mind because it exposes you to another perspective of nature and help you to appreciate nature in different forms.

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This event is a yearly activity traditionally held on the first Saturday in June every year.  National Trails Day was established to recognize the value of recreational trails and the people involved in building and maintaining them. This celebration is an initiative of the American hiking society and has become the world’s largest celebration of trails. Local cities and municipalities mark National Trails Day by holding public events such as walking and biking activities, trail openings, horseback rides, paddling trips, bird-watching, geocaching, gear demonstrations, stewardship projects family entertainment and educational seminars.

Attending this year’s event will be my first time and it promises to be an interesting one. Reaching a mountain  peak is like sitting on top the world. I will be reaching the Peak of Camelback Mountain and hope you join me on this trip. Try to go hiking tomorrow and even if you don’t have a hill close to where you live, do something like biking, horse-riding or another activity to join in celebrating the day. Kindly check 2013 Trial’s day web link for more information on trails day activities in your neighborhood.

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It’s time for family planning fellas.

This post is a continuation to my previous post titled “Climate change and overpopulation”. I believe it’s important to curb this outrageous population growth in other to make significant impact on climate change. One important tool for population control I will be talking about today is family planning. Family planning is often overlooked when we talk about climate change because we cannot easily correlate the direct relationship to climate change. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change considers population growth to be one of the most consistent factors contributing to climate change but technology based (and market driven) solutions continue to get more political will and attention.

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Family planning has always been a grave topic to talk about in today’s world because of its religious and political implications. I think is time for us to speak out. It’s important to manage the world’s population and have children that we truly can afford to take care of. Since the beginning of the industrial age, the benchmark widely used is the historical moment when carbon emissions began to skyrocket.The earth’s population has increased several folds. Right now, we’re growing at an average of about 78 million more people per year, and most of that growth is happening in areas where pregnancies are unplanned and often unwanted. Every year 200 million women get pregnant, and a third of those women did not plan their pregnancy.

One very important point to note is that industries will only produce products that they have market to consume. If the world’s population is reduced or the growth is curtailed, then there will be less need for mass production which will at the end force  industries to be efficient in their production line. I know population is associated with sensitive issues like sexuality, contraception, abortion, migration, and religion. But increasing women’s reproductive rights should be at the heart of the climate discussion, in the same basket as strategies like increasing energy efficiency and researching new technologies. Spread the word about family planning today.

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More talks about Moore, Oklahoma Tornado.

The news media has been going gaga about the devastating tornado incident at Moore Oklahoma on Monday, May 19, 2013. I am still in awe of the terrific natural disaster that left about 24 people dead and over hundred injured.  The people of Moore, OK got a visit from nature that left a mark never to be forgotten.  Moore, OK is a city I know very well and still drove through it last month on my way to Oklahoma City.

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Two of the 24 people known to have been killed in the tornado that pulverized Moore,a suburb of Oklahoma City on Monday were infants, the local medical examiner’s office announced Wednesday.Case Futrell, 4 months old, and mother Megan Futrell, 29, died of blunt-force trauma, according to an information sheet released by the Oklahoma City medical examiner’s office. A cousin told the Oklahoman newspaper’s online edition that Megan Futrell had sought refuge from the storm for herself and her baby in the walk-in cooler of a 7-Eleven that was destroyed in the storm.

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The other infant victim in the disaster is 7 month old Sydnee Vargyas.  Sydnee and her 4-year-oldsister KarrinaVargyas were the youngest of four children of Laura and Philip Vargyas.  The girls were home with their mother when the storm struck and destroyed their home and took their lives. Seven of the remaining eighth children that died in the tornado were student of the Plaza Towers Elementary School with their ages between 8 and 9 years old.

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Moore Mayor Glen Lewis, on Wednesday, said he will propose an ordinance in the next couple of days at the Moore City Council that would modify building codes to require the construction of reinforced shelters in every new home in the town. This kind of ordinances should not be limited to Moore alone. All tornado prone areas should emulate such regulations too.  I really don’t know how to console these grieving families for their losses but I hope the good God replenishes their pains with good tidings.

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I think the best thing we can do as human is to support those affected in this disaster with both emotional and financial support. You can send your gift through the American Red Cross by visiting the donation link here.

God bless you as you donate.

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Scientific Studies Agrees On Human Caused Climate Change.

This is a ‘zip-it’ notice to all the climate skeptics out there (laughs…). A study from the University of Queensland is revealing an overwhelming consensus among scientists that recent global warming is human-caused. Many environmental skeptics have always been arguing why we should not believe that anthropogenic climate change is real.This study puts that to rest and substantiate the reasons man-made climate change is real. The study is the most comprehensive yet, and identified 4000 summaries, otherwise known as abstracts, from papers published in the past 21 years that stated a position on the cause of recent global warming — 97 percent of these endorsed the consensus that we are seeing: human-made, or anthropogenic global warming.

John Cook who led this study said “these findings prove that there is a strong scientific agreement about the cause of climate change, despite public perceptions to the contrary. There is a gaYou-Control-Climate-Change-773583ping chasm between the actual consensus and the public perception. It’s staggering given the evidence for consensus that less than half of the general public think scientists agree that humans are causing global warming.” I think this is significant because when people understand that scientists agree on global warming, they’re more likely to support policies that take actions to stop it. It also helps to reduce the criticism of the climate change regulatory programs.

It’s not only man-made effect that causes climate change, the earths itself will experience a level of change since it’s not static in nature and there is evidence of life on it. Those changes are natural and we have no control over. The most important thing to note here is that since we cannot control the nature effects on climate change, we should do something to manage those we can control. We should work together to reduce human activities the influences climate change. Talk to someone about climate change today.

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