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Posted on April 2 at 1:57 p.m.

"The good news is that China recognizes its energy problem and is making big bets on renewable energy. According to The Global Status Report, which was released earlier this month by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, China once again led the rest of the world in renewable energy investment in 2013, spending a total of $56.3 billion on wind, solar and other renewable projects. The report stated that China accounted for 61 percent of the total investment in renewables by developing countries, and that China invested more in renewable energy than all of Europe last year."

"In a rare instance of policy action rapidly following an election promise, Modi’s National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government put renewable energy at the top of its agenda after taking office in May, seeking to reduce India’s overwhelming dependence on coal-fuelled electricity. The targets are ambitious. An earlier target of installing 20,000 megawatts (MW) of solar energy capacity by 2022 has been raised fivefold to 100,000MW. The government also wants to put in place 60,000MW of wind power capacity by then in a country that’s the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind only the US and China."

The biggest emitters are China, US and India. Considering the fact that China has a far larger population than China, the emissions by the US per person is probably the highest in the world.

There should be some way that it is required that carbon emissions are converted to something else. How about growing plants for paper in an enclosed environment with higher than normal CO2 levels?

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Posted on April 2 at 1:56 p.m.

I think I posted this in the wrong thread. Independent - please delete.

On Frickin' Frackin' Fracas

Posted on April 2 at 1:55 p.m.

"The good news is that China recognizes its energy problem and is making big bets on renewable energy. According to The Global Status Report, which was released earlier this month by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, China once again led the rest of the world in renewable energy investment in 2013, spending a total of $56.3 billion on wind, solar and other renewable projects. The report stated that China accounted for 61 percent of the total investment in renewables by developing countries, and that China invested more in renewable energy than all of Europe last year."

"In a rare instance of policy action rapidly following an election promise, Modi’s National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government put renewable energy at the top of its agenda after taking office in May, seeking to reduce India’s overwhelming dependence on coal-fuelled electricity. The targets are ambitious. An earlier target of installing 20,000 megawatts (MW) of solar energy capacity by 2022 has been raised fivefold to 100,000MW. The government also wants to put in place 60,000MW of wind power capacity by then in a country that’s the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind only the US and China."

The biggest emitters are China, US and India. Considering the fact that China has a far larger population than China, the emissions by the US per person is probably the highest in the world.

There should be some way that it is required that carbon emissions are converted to something else. How about growing plants for paper in an enclosed environment with higher than normal CO2 levels?

On Frickin' Frackin' Fracas

Posted on April 2 at 1:45 p.m.

If any employer bases a hiring decision on a small percentage of UCSB students who party, then the job is not worth it.

On County, Cops Brace for Deltopia

Posted on March 20 at 5:20 p.m.

Thank you, State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson.

California has no water to waste.

Now to tackle over-construction.

Ditto, your remark, Jeff Butler.

Many remarks belong in the 5th grade joke room.

On Jackson Goes After DOGGR

Posted on March 20 at 5:15 p.m.

Always great photography - both at work and at play. Well done.

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Posted on March 17 at 8:41 a.m.

This is surely a Tempest in a Teepee, but some of the comments are no better. In the grand scheme of things - which is more important? Excellence at SBCC, or a minor tiff about a tepee. Yet, it has been suggested that all of that excellence be shut down because of a minor tiff. When criticizing, do not appear no better than that being criticized. The Tempest in a Teepee has resulted in a Torrent of Triviality.

I commend Gaskin for a non-confrontational manner. Possibly this will calm matters and allow a further discussion among various people on campus. One thing to remember to those who were upset - "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" when done in a non-commercial manner. The SBCC teepee was an appreciation rather than disrespect. Which is not something that could be said about some comments on this matter.

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Posted on March 7 at 2:14 p.m.

---- Here’s why hundreds of starving sea lion pups are washing ashore in California
Sick, starving and dying sea lion pups are washing up on the shores of California in record numbers this year. In 2015, 940 young sea lions have turned up, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said last week — four times the number California would normally see. But why?

Experts say it’s the warm water. Scientists believe warmer coastal waters force the prey of sea lions — squid and sardines, for example — deeper beneath the ocean’s surface. Then nursing sea lion mothers must look further afield for food, leaving their pups for longer than normal. Deprived of sustenance and weakened, the pups limply wash ashore.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/mo...

Some, without understanding much of the science, like to cut-and-paste articles that bolster the denier belief - regardless of whether they say anything significant or truthful. Hopefully, the above sequence of articles will indicate

a) that there never was an "hiatus". It was masked by the PDO.
b) 2014 was the hottest year on record; and 2015 will probably be even hotter.
c) there is an alarming decrease of Arctic Ice.
d) the hotter it gets, there could be some alarming feedback processes that will accelerate the pace of GW.

There is much more - but interested readers can find it easily on the internet.

On Focusing on Climate Change

Posted on March 7 at 2:11 p.m.

---- The Arctic sea ice is melting. It is melting far more rapidly than ever expected.
This loss is measured in the form of square kilometers melted, in the form of ice thinned, in the form of new, blue water visible. Yet it is a loss beyond mere numbers and measures. A loss that has a profound impact to the Earth and its climate systems.
http://www.livescience.com/50023-melt...

---- Are We Entering a New Period of Rapid Global Warming?
One crucial point is that global warming didn’t “stop” during the hiatus: the world’s oceans actually gained heat at an accelerated pace. Trade winds blew more strongly from east to west across the Pacific, consistent with the tendency toward La Niña conditions, as described in this open-access article by NCAR’s Kevin Trenberth and John Fasullo. Over parts of the central tropical Pacific, trade winds averaged about 3 mph stronger during 1999-2012 compared to 1976-1988. These speeds are higher than for any previous hiatus on record, bolstering the idea that other factors may have joined this negative PDO/IPO phase. The faster trade winds encouraged upwelling of cooler water to the east and helped deepen and strengthen the warm pool to the west—enough, in fact, to raise sea level around the Philippines by as much as 8 inches. Other parts of the deep ocean warmed as well. A new study led by Dean Roemmich (Scripps Institution of Oceanography) maps the areas of greatest ocean heating from 2006 to 2013 and finds that significant warming extended to depths of greater than 6600 feet.
http://www.wunderground.com/blog/Jeff...

---- Mighty El Niño is back – here's what you need to know
El Niño transfers huge amounts of heat from the oceans to the atmosphere, and there are hints that this El Niño, combined with the already very warm global oceans, could bring about a new phase in global warming. An associated slow-moving indicator of Pacific Ocean temperatures, called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), reached record levels in December and January. A persistently strong PDO is associated with cold winters in the eastern US and drought in California – we've had both in abundance this year.

Should the PDO stay strong, it will essentially join forces with El Niño and increase the odds that 2015 will rank as the warmest year on record globally. Last autumn, I wrote that a PDO signal like we're currently seeing could kick off a surge of global warming over the next five to 10 years.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/d...

---- Researchers find warmer ocean waters cause increasing methane emissions
Read more: http://www.cctv-america.com/2015/01/2...

..... continued

On Focusing on Climate Change

Posted on March 7 at 1:43 p.m.

I thought you were better than reading Breitbart.

1) Watch Ocean Acidification in Real Time
http://www.scientificamerican.com/art...

2) Ocean acidification is already a reality for Washington State's large shellfish industry, because oyster and other larvae can't form shells. Acidic water dissolves shells, and if the water is acidic enough, it can for pits in the shells of mature animals. But XPrize and other scientists warn that could just be the beginning if the world's oceans can't be healed, fearing that acidifying water will damage the small organisms that whale's rely on, and is damaging coral reefs and other parts of the ocean ecosystem.
http://www.king5.com/story/tech/scien...

3) WALPOLE, Maine — Something was wrong with the larvae.

Bill Mook noticed the newly born oysters of his coastal hatchery often failed to thrive after heavy rainfalls. The storms left the brackish seawater he was pumping into his tanks from the nearby Damariscotta River estuary too acidic for the pinhead-sized mollusks.

To stay in business, he had to change the pH balance of the water. And as heavy storms have become more frequent in recent years, he has had to adjust that balance more often to keep the oysters alive.

His experience reflects drastic changes in the chemistry of coastal waters, the result of increasing acidification, which have been setting off alarms among fishermen, climate scientists, and policy makers from Cape Cod to Casco Bay.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/201...

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