Microplastics Causing Horrifying Problem in the Ocean; Falling from the Sky: Literally Raining Plastic; Bottles, Clothing, Wipes Break Down & Blow As Particles.

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.

Detecting & Tracking Greenhouse Gas Leaks or Emissions from Fossil Fuel Power Plants To Be Done by Satellites; Will Shake Up Methane Monitoring Technology.

$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.

How Hawai‘i Squandered Its Food Security & Sovereignty—Now What it Will Take to Get It Back: Incentives, A Plan, & Home Grown Food; Things Have Changed.

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.

Study Shows DDT Dump Site off Catalina Bigger Than Thought; Half Million Barrels Could Still be in Ocean After $316M Super Fund Suit Settlement Finally Implemented in 2020

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.

Molokai County Agent Applies Law of Minimum to Determine Plant Nutrient Deficiencies; Presented Native Hawaiian Beginning Farmer Program at Cornell

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.

Loggers & Tree Huggers Save Eastern Oregon Timber Industry, Town, & an Economy by Talking, Becoming Partners, Thinning Forests, & Drinking Together

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

No Mo Wait for Wai. Molokai Water System to be Repaired With Added Storage; Upgraded After 80 years; Funded by Combined USDA & DHHL Allocations

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.

“We Will Leave the Light on For You”–Hot Earth or Geothermal Energy Could Replace Fossil & Renewable Fuel Sources of Electricity for Several Years.

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.

Tanking Up Your Car With Gasified Household & Office Waste; Time & More Investment Will Produce Emission-free BioFuels From Trash, Reducing Carbon Dioxide

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.

California’s Leadership in Climate Change Challenged by Lack of Urgency, Bureaucracy, Absence of Off Shore & Wind Sourcing, & Governor’s Demands

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.

Why are Salmon Dying? Chemicals from Tires in Highway Runoff Rainwater Explain Why 90% of Coho Salmon Mysterious Die Each Year

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

It is Going. As GM Goes So Goes the EV Market

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.

Trash Talk. Your Junk Mail is Hot & About to Become TP or Delivery Boxes

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

California “Baggage” Isn’t Carried by Entrepreneur on One Way Texas Trip

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.

Easy Grab & Go–Your Catalytic Converter Was Just Stolen

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.

Hydrogen Pumped Up As “Clean” Fuel Prospect

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.

Putting a New Lid on The To-Go Coffee Cup.

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.

Burn Baby Bummer: Brush & Forest Fires Still Burning All Over California; Massive State & Local Resources Being Mobilized to Stop the Fires; What Can We Do to Prevent More in Future?

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.

Renewable Energy Companies Looking at Going Public at Least Partly; Using SPACs to Test the Investment Water. Past Failures Cause Market Hesitation.

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.

Hungry Super Enzyme That Eats & Bio-degrades Plastics Bottles in Days May Soon Be Boon to Recyclers, Bio Fuels, Water Bottlers, & Environmentalists.

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

CA Gov Sez No Fracking Way; Then Wonders If His Plan Has Power to Stop Hydraulic Fracking by Big Oil; Political Dogfight Coming As Newsom Ponders

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.

New Technology to Forecast Forest Fires is Being Adopted; Now There is an Urgent Need for Technology & Resources To Prevent & Fight Massive Wildfires

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.

Homestead Land Act for Hawaiians on Molokai Becomes Mired in High Costs, Shortage of Money, Bureaucracy, & Molokai Life Style

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,

Desalination has largely been abandoned in Hawaii. But that’s about to change. Now On list of Recommended Sources for Better Water Management for Molokai & Other Islands

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.

Plastic Bottles & Bags Are Only 50% of Recyclables; Cost & Time of Plastic Degradation Remains as Economic, Ecological, & Environmental Constraint

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