Hot Streets Surfaces Get hotter
Black asphalt absorbs heat from Sun: White road surface reflects heat from Sun.
Dark-colored asphalt absorbs between 80 & 95 percent of the sun’s rays.
White road surfaces reflect heat and sun light. Paint & new alternative materials being used.
Example is concrete, or white asphalt, but more expensive choice for road surfaces.
But lasts longer & provides more stable environment for heavier vehicles.
Other alternative materials reduce consumption of natural aggregates/recycles materials
And are being used instead of black asphalt.
Is your car’s catalytic converter about to be stolen?
An Easy Grab and Go process can remove the unit within a minute or two.
Thieves can remove a catalytic converter quickly, often in less than two minutes,
Only tools a thief needs are a wrench or a reciprocating saw (for converters.
Recyclers then extract the metal and resell it for as much as $6,000 an ounce,
Crime or converter theft has risen in tandem with sharply rising metal prices.
Thieves sell to metal recyclers for $20-$200. Usually around $70
Burn, Baby, Burn–Never seems to stop,
Forest management is expensive, labor intensive, & still difficult to implement
‘Forest Fires keep burning out of control in California.
Now state must begin to work with fires, not just fight them.
Means reversing a century of U.S.fire suppression policies & practices.
Focus seems to be about reduction of the fuel that burns in the forest fires.
Can only rely more on deliberate, prescribed burns to clear out vegetation & piles of fuel.
New ways, technology, techniques and planning being gradually mobilized
The Moon & Climate Change are at work.
Higher tides and more coastal flooding are coming to Hawaii & West Coast
Accelerating number of high-tide flooding days to start in the mid-2030s.
Novel statistical model projects future flooding days for Hawaii & California.
Will figure & reflect changes in tidal range and sea-level projections.
Rapid increases in flooding at high tide expected in coastal areas will occur.
Includes Gulf of Mexico and Pacific coastlines, including Hawaii.
Mid-to late-2030s to be the tipping point from which a regional issue transitions.
Kill them pesky weeds the safe way.
People are NOT using Roundup to kill garden & lawn weeds any more.
Organic weed killers are on the market & homemade version easy to make.
Home made weed killers made from vinegar and other household items being adopted.
Home Made Alternative Weed Killer to Commercial Roundup can be easily made.
See formula for home made Organic weed killers made from Vinegar.
Just as powerful without risk to people and pets. Easy & safe solution,
Coral reefs are dying in many global oceans.
Project Underway to create reef restoration technology & recolonization.
Project Underway to create reef restoration technology.
Seeking to restore dead reef off the coast of Caribbean nation Antigua & Barbuda
Effects of climate change have led to coral bleaching & dead reefs.
Grow Food Locally:
Actual economies & advantages to raising food & crops at a local level.
Small-scale integrated localized settlements & economies enable enormous reductions in food costs.
Large savings with production in small scale, highly self-sufficient & cooperative local economies.
Study uses input–output analysis of one product, eggs. to make a local production even more viable.
Illustrates how big the difference & scale between two paths of food production can be.
Involves rarely recognized “diseconomies of scale” in assessing the impact of food sourcing.
Tons of microplastics are floating in the Ocean & in the air over the western United States.
Particles stay airborne for nearly a week–enough time to cross oceans & blow inland from & to the Ocean, particularly West Coast of U.S.
Plastics that are falling from the sky are smaller than 5 ml & from many sources.
Plastic bags & bottles thrown into waterways & break down into smaller pieces of tiny microfibers.
Particles fall off washed synthetic clothing; Then flushed into wastewater treatment plants.
Any remaining microfibers get flushed out to ocean along with the treated water.
$100 million Carbon Mapper project using satellites can detect & measure Greenhouse Gas leaks.
Satellites can also detect chemical signatures for excess salts or fungus on the ground.
And measures intensity of green chlorophyll & track fugitive methane emissions.
This potential to “shake up” the field of greenhouse gas monitoring & verification.
Means now capability to monitor leaks up to more than 80 times the warming power of CO2.
Food security is foremost to the residents & citizens of Hawaii.
Hawai‘i imports more than 80% of its food. Some islands even more.
So each island needs to grow at least 50% of its staple crops to be self-sufficient.
To achieve that level of food security, experts say it will take old values & new tools & money. .
Farmers need more support from incentives, advocacy, state support to gain food sovereignty.
Replacing food imports with Hawaii-grown alternatives would strengthen island chain’s economy.
Apparently thousands of barrels of DDT are still on the Ocean floor after years of litigation.
Recent UC Santa Barbara Study & Senator Feinstein briefing re-surfaced problem.
Thousands of barrels of DDT dumped in 3,000 feet of Ocean may still be there.
Use of Two high tech robots scoped 36,000 acres of ocean floor show barrels of DDT.
Scripps NOAA mapping efforts contributed to the find & confirmed the extent of larger dump area.
EPA intends to implement capping project, placing clean sediment over the contaminated ocean floor to isolate it from bio-availability.
This posting may seem to be remote, not necessarily applicable, & even obtuse.
But Glenn Teves’ recent Online presentation at Cornell shows what can be done with small farmers.
Shows science driving Beginning Farmer Program on Molokai which was triggered by the Law of the Minimum.
The core source is derived from Justus von Liebig’s Law of the Minimum
Growth is dictated not by total resources available, but by scarcest resource.
States that if essential plant nutrients is deficient, plant growth will be poor.
Environmentalist want logging to stop and introduced legislation to do so;
Loggers and environmentalists battled then found common ground
Log company & tree huggers cooperated & saved the town of John Day, Oregon.
Timber industry survived because environmentalist fought to save their jobs.
Realized that some logging was absolutely essential to make overgrown forests healthy.
Eastern Oregon forests were prone to fires.
Loggers and environmentalists were at odds over what ought to be done
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.