No cars allowed: Georgia considers highway just for trucks ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia transportation officials are exploring the idea of a separate highway for trucks only. It would be the first highway of its kind in the United States, said John Hibbard, the Georgia Department of Transportation’s operations director. WABE Radio reports that the toll-free highway would stretch 40 miles from metro Atlanta to Macon. It would give trucks their own separate roadway, which would have its own exits and entrances, Hibbard said. San Francisco Green Film Festival INSPIRED TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT Have you seen a festival film and started thinking “What can I do?” Then check out our ‘Take Action!’ guides: Find out how you can get involved and have an impact on some of the most pressing environmental issues. 4th SAN FRANCISCO GREEN FILM FESTIVAL THEMES This year the headline theme for the Festival is Water in the West. As we face the worst drought in years, we want to connect you with the ideas and organizations that will protect this precious resource.
*****Elon Musk's big battery brings reality crashing into a post-truth world Elon Musk’s agreement to build the world’s largest battery for South Australia isn’t just an extraordinary technological breakthrough that signs coal’s death warrant. It’s potentially a game changer in the way we do politics, reinserting the importance of basic reality into a debate which has been bereft of it for too long. There’s been a lot written in recent years on the idea that we are living in a “post-truth” world. Climate writer David Roberts brought it to my attention around 2010, when I was grappling with the idea that dinosaur politicians and rent-seeking corporates not only weren’t telling the truth about climate change and energy: they were actively dismissive and destructive of the very idea of truth.
News From PESWiki PESWiki Blog A lot of action here presently. Most of the new stuff is going here. 10 TED Talks on predicting the future Art Playlist: 9 talks that give a new view of nature Most people rarely feel compelled to stare at grains of sand. But when those same grains are magnified hundreds of times and rendered in three dimensions, they appear like individual pieces of colored glass crafted by a skilled artist — no two pieces the same. In today’s TEDTalk, photographer turned microbiologist turned inventor Gary Greenberg […]
All-electric ferry cuts emission by 95% and costs by 80%, brings in 53 additional orders The operators of the first all-electric ferry in Norway are starting to get some good data on the vehicle and it’s nothing short of impressive. They claim that the all-electric ferry cuts emission by 95% and costs by 80% compared to fuel-powered counterparts and the results are attracting customers. The ferry in question is called “Ampere” and it was put into operation back in May 2015 with the aim to reduce NOx and CO2 emissions, as well as noise pollution on the water. Study traces ecological collapse over 6,000 years of Egyptian history Depictions of animals in ancient Egyptian artifacts have helped scientists assemble a detailed record of the large mammals that lived in the Nile Valley over the past 6,000 years. A new analysis of this record shows that species extinctions, probably caused by a drying climate and growing human population in the region, have made the ecosystem progressively less stable. The study, published September 8 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), found that local extinctions of mammal species led to a steady decline in the stability of the animal communities in the Nile Valley. When there were many species in the community, the loss of any one species had relatively little impact on the functioning of the ecosystem, whereas it is now much more sensitive to perturbations, according to first author Justin Yeakel, who worked on the study as a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is now a postdoctoral fellow at the Santa Fe Institute.
This new device stores solar energy in a liquid - and releases it on demand Would you buy a smartphone that only worked when the sun was shining? Probably not. What it if was only half the cost of your current model: surely an upgrade would be tempting? Ecosystem services Humankind benefits in a multitude of ways from ecosystems. Collectively, these benefits are known as ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are regularly involved in the provisioning of clean drinking water and the decomposition of wastes. While scientists and environmentalists have discussed ecosystem services implicitly for decades, the ecosystem services concept itself was popularized by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) in the early 2000s. This grouped ecosystem services into four broad categories: provisioning, such as the production of food and water; regulating, such as the control of climate and disease; supporting, such as nutrient cycles and crop pollination; and cultural, such as spiritual and recreational benefits. To help inform decision-makers, many ecosystem services are being assigned economic values.
List of 9 free educational websites by: True Activist. With internet, access to free education is possible, but with increasingly restrictive copyright laws and incompatible technologies its potential is hindered. Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. BP: Oil Demand to Peak by 2040, With 5x Growth in Renewables BP predicted that global oil consumption is likely to peak by the late 2030s partly due to the rise in renewable energy, electric vehicles and increasing regulations on single-use plastics. The British oil giant released its "Energy Outlook" on Tuesday forecasting that demand for oil will peak at about 110 million barrels per day between 2035 and 2040 before gradually slowing and plateauing. Consumption is currently around 97 million barrels per day. BP's annual Energy Outlook is based on predictions from its "Evolving Transition" scenario, which reflects government policies, technological and societal trends.
World wildlife populations halved in 40 years - report 29 September 2014Last updated at 17:29 ET By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst In Nepal, habitat loss and hunting have reduced tigers from 100,000 a century ago to just 3,000 The global loss of species is even worse than previously thought, the London Zoological Society (ZSL) says in its new Living Planet Index. The report suggests populations have halved in 40 years, as new methodology gives more alarming results than in a report two years ago. The report says populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined by an average of 52%. Populations of freshwater species have suffered an even worse fall of 76%.
This crucial mineral could transform Chile into a key player in the e-revolution Lithium is one of the most important raw materials used in top-notch battery technology. It will become even more important once the e-mobility revolution gets into full swing. While smartphone batteries use some 3 grams of the light metal, 30 grams are built in to laptop batteries, but standard e-car batteries can use 10 kilos of lithium. Some car models by U.S. maker Tesla have 40 kilos in their battery packs. As our infographic shows, Chile has reserves of around 7.5 million metric tons slumbering under its surface. Stop Railing on the Unemployed; Our Problems Are Structural – 27 June, 2013Posted in: Articles, Equality In western cultures it is all to easy to finger point and rail on the unemployed. Due to us living within the confines of a work to earn to pay to live system we find ourselves in a position of needing some form of employment. This sets us up into an environment of structural violence and desperate competition against each other in class warfare, which is a race to the bottom to see who can accumulate the most before we die. So long as we operate under this antiquated and outmoded system we will have a certain level of unemployment that is only likely to grow as our population expands. Currently there are nowhere near enough full-time employment opportunities and part time jobs not only result in underemployment, but still leave people dependent on the social welfare system.