Molokai is a wonderful island in Hawaii. But it needs more water.
The water system on Island of Molokai is in bad repair after years of lack of investment.
Now $37 M capital improvement project to upgrade the 80-year-old Hoʻolehua System.
Enhancements to the system forthcoming consists of Installation of a 200,000-gallon storage tank & upgrades to automation systems.
This is a start.
The Heat is on.
Geothermal energy is clean, renewable resource. harnessed for use as heat & electricity.
Geothermal Project is to tap the intense heat & steam 1 – 2 miles down in the Earth.
Challenge is to develop a process of mining this heat generated from the Earth.
The ultimate source of geothermal energy is radioactive decay of earth elements.
Your house is your next gas station.
Process is Waste gasification or pyrolysis of non-recyclable trash.
Transforming garbage from homes & offices into vehicle fuel.
Trash refineries on verge of commercialized waste gasifiers by making
biofuels more production efficient & release less carbon than fossil.
The objective for California is to generate fewer planet warming emissions in California
by accomplishing fewer blackouts, wild fires, & geothermal disruptions.
CA needs to further reduce conditions & infrastructure that ignite wild fires.
Climate activists say Newsom is setting up State for failure & should do more.
Prized fish are dying while seeking to reproduce. Study Finds out why.
Coho salmon keep dying in streams of Washington state every year.
Study by university scientists has discovered the cause of these fish deaths.
Road run off of car tire chemicals enter streams & waterways causing mass die-off of Salmon on West Coast.
Study has found one added highly toxic chemical in tires on the road washes off and is deadly to salmon.
Chemicals washed off roads is found on every single nearby spawning streams in the Northwest.
Solution is to remove the chemical 6PPD from the streams but no indication of action to do so or how yet
GM intends to continue to be a global automotive source & brand.
So GM is transitioning to & investing heavily in electric vehicles.
In the next 5 years, seeks to be the major source of EV cars & trucks.
Investing $27B by 2025 & set to take on Tesla.
Seeks to refashion itself as a mobility company of the future.
EV revolution could trigger the eventual AV revolution in vehicle market.
And you thought your junk mail was just going to degrade in some landfill — Not the case.
All that paper trash you have been throwing out because COVID has forced you to work at home is being recycled
People working at Home are producing junk paper to be recycled into new paper products.
So paper Industry has found this Junk mail can be substitute source for recycling. More cash for trash
No longer– California Here I Come. Rather many long time residents of the State of California & their companies are moving out of state.
VC and mid sized companies are moving to places considered to not have California constraints.
Texas deemed to provide new & better opportunities without the problems & “baggage” California seems to have.
An Op Ed in the WSJ prompts this digestion & discussion of California issues that is worthy of action by the state government.
Are you subject to conversion?
Or has your converter been converted to a theft stat?
There has been a huge rise in number of catalytic converter being stolen.
Catalytic converters are being cut off mountings under vehicles.
Vehicle owners have to pay $1,000 or more for a replacement converter.
An easy Grab and Go process enables thieves to remove a catalytic converter quickly, often in less than two minutes.
Vehicle owners have at least 10 ways to prevent such theft — and process is working or reducing theft, particularly with commercial vehicles.
What is going to be your fuel of choice in the next 5 years? Probably not fossil.
Hydrogen seeks to be a contender– BUT when is it going to be commercially available & affordable?
The production capability seems to be available from at least 4 major companies.
Green hydrogen is being toted by these consolidating commercial gas industry producers.
But there needs to a lower cost of hydrogen fuel production & distribution drive market & usage.
Plastic lids on coffee cups produce 20,00 tons of Waste every year;
Recycling volume & cost bring on new kind of lid With compostable cup
What to do with these plastic lids causes coffee industry to search for new compostable Cup-Lid Design.
Dealing with 4M plastic lids from coffee cups are waste management problem.
Innovative company comes up with paper coffee cup that has built in lid. Industry is considering.
Mankind has not conquered fire. And California remains on fire.
Fire fighters are seemingly helpless and can only hope to contain the burn.
Even though there are no magic solutions or means to quell the fires, prevention becomes foremost
The erudite Independent Institute has developed a list 26 action-ables to prevent a repeat of this year’s fires.
It does appear the state and local fire & forestry management departments are acting on the list. Now to plant trees.
Investors Not Yet Blowing in the Wind. But the Sun maybe about to shine.
Clean Energy Investors using Special Purpose Acquisition Channel (SPACs) to consider going public.
Renewables seeking to transition Renewables into Wind and Solar using investor money.
The failure of renewables companies in 2013-2015 is making transition investment hard in 2020.
SPACs about to come to the rescue.
Enzyme Eats Plastic Bottles. Researchers have re-engineered plastic-eating super enzyme to degrade bottles.
Could result in break down of millions of plastic bottles in a matter of hours over a few days.
Degrading enzyme process might be ready to start eating your plastic trash as soon as next year.
Super-enzyme, derived from bacteria naturally evolved the ability to eat plastic.
Thus could enable the full recycling of the bottles & other plastics in the near future
What the Frack is going on? Newsom has promised to faze out gas powered vehicles and fracking.
But, Unions & oil companies do not think Governor understands worker plight if ban in effect.
So appears that Issue being punted by Newsom to CA legislature.
Measures of this magnitude need full support of Newsom’s growing influence & leadership.
Looks like either all out fight or delay til 2022.
Figuring out what a forest fire is going to do is an ongoing problem.
Fire fighters are using methods & models from the past and from new technology.
A web of fire stations, camera, & satellites provide vegetation & moisture levels.
Will help officials plan evacuations & power shutoffs.
Fire Technology comes from Technosylva now being used by Cal Fire & 3 utilities.
Rothermel model is mathematical equation to explain rate of fire spread.
Has been used for years to try to predict fire behavior & still relied upon.
Land management is a constant challenge to communities, areas, and governmental states.
Hawaii and the Island of Molokai is no exception
What seemed to a Godsend to Hawaiian people was the Homestead Act.
The ideas of giving native Hawaiian acreage to grow crops and food for themselves was needed,
However, pineapple companies, bureaucracy, and leadership intervened & brought neglect & inaction,
Access to Water & it management is becoming a central issue as Climate Change & Local Crop production increases.
Water districts, local governments, & agricultural jurisdictions are going to be more critical as dependency on water supply grows.Reverse osmosis uses a high pressure to separate water molecules from the seawater-side of a chamber.
Water then flows through a membrane to the freshwater-water side.
New programs are kickstarting a movement. Investors are seeking to make desalination a viable option.
The Islands of Hawaii including Molokai are considering developing desalination plants & sourcing for communities.
In spite of sustained recycling processes, only about 50% of plastic bottles, bags, and packaging are be recycled.
This means that there are plastic product that are not be recycled for various reasons.
There is an almost urgent need for new technology, investment, and governmental focus on recycling and reuse of plastics and other materials
Fresh vegetables delivered to your door. That’s what a new app does for COVID bound produce shoppers.
The leading provider an apparent national strategy of delivering fresh vegetables to customer doors is CropSwap.com.
The app offers local produce in an easy ordering and convenient delivery service in major cities.
Customers can arrange subscription or regular deliveries while growers post their produce offerings online.
Nearby farms arrange pickup and delivery service & the app has routing feature for delivery drivers.
Produce will be delivered within 12 hours of the order.
Not cool. Air Conditioners do not seem to be able to keep up with rising temperatures and climate change.
Air conditioners are contributing to rolling blackouts as use of Solar & Wind increases.
There is a serious lack of electric power generation on the grid causing concern.
Use of solar & wind will steadily reduces indirect greenhouse-gas emissions generated by air-conditioning units.
Developing smart grids could help electricity systems deal with the peaked demand.
Taking on Climate Change. Just when the Country seemed to be ready to build on the momentum for action to cope with Climate Change, the Pandemic hit.
The lack of leadership from the national U.S. government has muddled priorities, down graded climate standards, regs, and enforcement
By and large. the division about which way to go has stalled the movement when there is NO time to waste. The Time article is almost a must read. Says it all.
Microplstics are pollutants and are of the greatest concern to environmentalists.
Know and learn the major sources.
Washing Microplastics down the drain does not remove them even by using wastewater treatment, processes, or filtration systems.
Eventually this creates problems and a kind of finely grained plastic particles in the environment & spreads to the ocean.
More Research is a must and hopefully this is and will happen. To be Continued.
The U.S. cannot send it waste to China any more. Technologies have been developed to process and breakdown plastics, electronics, and all recyclable materials.
The process of dealing with all this waste is dirty, dangerous, and almost daunting.
Companies like AMP Robotics are enabling AI & Robotics to handle this massive cleanup and breakup of industrial and domestic waste.
Now we need more government and private enterprise to utilize and integrate the use of these recycled materials.
Has the time for carbon-free power finally arrived?
The investment community seems to think so even though cautious to make sure green tech returns real green.
COVID-19 has impacted the growth in Green Technology but investors are determined to avoid the poor long term record of the past