Stormy Weather In Solarville: Amazon Joins Walmart In Saying Its Tesla Solar Panels Spontaneously Ignited From Zerohedge Many people theorized that the bail out “buy out” of Solar City, advocated for and led by Elon Musk, would eventually come back to bite Tesla. And now it looks as though we may be witnessing this first hand, not only in the collapse of Tesla’s solar business, but now in repeated allegations from a second multi-hundred billion dollar retailer claiming that Tesla’s solar panels ignited on their own. Tesla solar energy systems reportedly went up in flames at an Amazon warehouse in Redlands, California last June and now Amazon has stated that it has no further plans to buy solar energy systems from Tesla, according to CNBC. The news comes after Tuesday, when we reported that Walmart had suit Tesla over solar panels that ignited on their own and caused fires on top of 7 stores in recent years. Walmart claimed that Tesla only inspected 29 of more than 240 sites with Tesla solar roofs on them up until the day of the lawsuit. Read the rest of the story here. HT/ozspeaksup Like this:
What Permaculture got Wrong — Dispelling Five Common Myths Many people who are new to small-scale organic farming come in with a lot of expectations and assumptions on how things are going to be. The romantic idea of living off the land and farming within a sustainable community has lured them closer to taking action and getting something going, whether it be a small farm, an off-grid homestead or perhaps just an ambitious garden. A lot of these folks have been inspired by the Permaculture movement, read the books of Bill Mollison, watched YouTube videos with Geoff Lawton and dreamed up enough ideas about herb spirals and forest gardens to make your head spin. I was exactly one of those people when I started my farm, I was inspired by Mollison and Lawton immensely and the idea of a self-sustaining farm was my dream and I was going to make it a reality, no matter the cost. I’d like to start with some definitions of terms that are going to be helpful to understand if this article is going to be effective. Permaculture Context 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Climate change: Where we are in seven charts and what you can do to help Image copyright Getty Images The UN has warned that the goal of limiting global warming to "well below 2C above pre-industrial levels" is in danger because major economies, including the US and the EU, are falling short of their pledges. But scientists at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - the leading international body on global warming - argue the 2C pledge in the 2015 Paris accord didn't go far enough. The global average temperature rise actually needs to be kept below 1.5C, they say. So how warm has the world got and what can we do about it? 1. The world is now nearly one degree warmer than it was before widespread industrialisation, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The global average temperature for the first 10 months of 2018 was 0.98C above the levels of 1850-1900, according to five independently maintained global data sets. (If you can't see this chart tap or click here) If this trend continues, temperatures may rise by 3-5C by 2100. 2. 3.
Greening the Desert | Greening the Desert Why are 10,000 migrant children missing in Europe? Europol, the EU's police intelligence unit, estimates that around 10,000 unaccompanied children have gone missing in Europe over the past two years. The BBC World Service Inquiry programme asks why so many have disappeared. "There are different reasons [children] arrive unaccompanied," according to Delphine Moralis, secretary general of Missing Children Europe. "Some of them have been sent by their parents hoping that their child would have a better chance at life, some of these children have been separated from their parents by smugglers as a way of controlling them, and some would have lost their parents in the chaos." In 2015, according to Missing Children Europe, 91% of the children who arrived in Europe on their own were boys, and 51% were from Afghanistan. Image copyright Getty Images But the profile of these unaccompanied children is changing. So what's happened to all these missing children? "Smugglers are exploiting the children that they bring into Europe," said Delphine Moralis.
Promesse de fleurs, plantes pour le jardin : vivaces, arbustes, grimpantes, bulbes a fleurs. Graines. Très large gamme de graines potagères et de plants et bulbes potagers Five things we have learned from the IPCC report BBC environment correspondent Matt McGrath outlines five key takeaways from one of the most important reports on rising temperatures issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Their study, on the impacts and possible methods of keeping temperatures from warming by more than 1.5C, has just been launched in South Korea. It is 'seriously alarming' but surprisingly hopeful Image copyright Getty Images There's no doubt that this dense, science-heavy, 33-page summary is the most significant warning about the impact of climate change in 20 years. "It is seriously alarming," Amjad Abdulla, a lead author on one of the chapters from the Maldives, told BBC News. "The small islands will be the first, but nobody can escape; it is quite clear." But while the warnings about the dangers of letting temperatures go beyond 1.5C are dire, the report says, surprisingly perhaps, that the world can keep below the limit. Every little helps It's not option A, B or C; it's option A+B+C
Caper Species of plant with edible flower buds and fruits Capparis spinosa, the caper bush, also called Flinders rose, is a perennial plant that bears rounded, fleshy leaves and large white to pinkish-white flowers. The plant is best known for the edible flower buds (capers), used as a seasoning, and the fruit (caper berries), both of which are usually consumed pickled. The taxonomic status of the species is controversial and unsettled. Plant The shrubby plant is many-branched, with alternate leaves, thick and shiny, round to ovate. Environmental requirements Thorny caper flower in Nahal Neqarot, southern Israel The caper bush requires a semiarid or arid climate. The caper bush has a curious reaction to sudden increases in humidity; it forms wart-like pock marks across the leaf surface. Cultivation The caper bush has been introduced as a specialized culture in some European countries in the last four decades. Propagation Orchard establishment Harvest
China May Soon Have a Second (Artificial) Moon Moonlit skies over the Chinese city of Chengdu may soon get a boost from a second moon. City officials recently announced plans to build an artificial moon, launching it to hang over Sichuan province's capital city by 2020, Chinese news site People's Daily Online (PDO) reported. The illuminated orb is intended to complement the light of Earth's existing moon, and will be eight times brighter than the natural satellite, Wu Chunfeng, chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co. Ltd. (CASC) — the primary contractor for the Chinese space program — told PDO. [Photos: Mysterious Objects Spotted on the Moon] In fact, light from the artificial moon is expected to save the city money by doing away with the need for streetlights, Chunfeng added. Though the human-made moon will light up only Chengdu, the glowing ball will be visible across China and even overseas, Asia Times reported.