Monthly Archives: October 2011

Optimism versus Ignorance

When it comes to scientific topics like peak oil and climate change, are people’s opinions based on optimism, or ignorance?  Does optimism prevent people from even obtaining the information that would make them less optimistic?  Consider what it took for … Continue reading

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Long-Term Reliability of Power Systems In North America

A summary of: North American Electric Reliability Council. Oct 2006. Summary of 2006 Long-Term Reliability Assessment: The Reliability of the Bulk Power Systems In North America Capacity Margin — Capacity that could be available to cover random factors such as … Continue reading

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The electric grid: fragile, filthy, poorly managed, polluting, inefficient, corrupt

Most forms of alternative energy depend on the electric grid (nuclear, wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower). But the Grid is falling apart. A book review of: Munson, Richard.  2008. From Edison to Enron: The Business of Power and What It Means … Continue reading

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When Will the Lights Go Out?

Alternative energy that generates electricity (wind, solar, nuclear, geothermal, hydropower) depends on the electric grid, which is falling apart because of deregulation already.  In addition it’s also rusting apart at a time when there will be less energy to replace … Continue reading

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BioInvasion

BioInvasion Overview Animals           Diseases          Insects             Ocean              Plants Over 50,000 non-native species cause over $120 billion dollars of damage, per year, in the United States More than 120,000 species have invaded the USA, UK, Australia, India, South Africa and Brazil Invaders … Continue reading

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Plant BioInvasion

Apr 23, 2002 Caspian Environment Struggles As Nations Jockey Over Energy Riches.  ABC news. Scott Dogget. Dec 28, 2004 In a chokehold: California’s native landscape is losing ground as aggressive imports run wild.   Los Angeles Times. Aug 26, 2005  Non-native … Continue reading

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Animal BioInvasion

Mongoose. Brought to kill rats in sugar plantations in Puerto Rico and Hawaii in the 1800s.  Now they’re destroying native birds, amphibians, and reptiles that would have been beneficial for pest control.  12 species of reptiles and amphibians have been … Continue reading

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Insect BioInvasion

Ant BioInvasion Crazy Ants are replacing Fire ants.  This is not a good thing!  If you do some research on crazy ants, you will miss the fire ants.  Researchers reported that where crazy ants take hold, the numbers and types … Continue reading

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Ocean BioInvasion

 7 Sep 2011. Giant Crabs invade Antarctica. New Scientist (original source Proceedings of the Royal Society) More than a million large 3-foot wide crabs have invaded deep Antarctic waters after the water warmed up enough for them to survive.  They’ve … Continue reading

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How and Why Corporate Interests Attack Science. A Detailed Account of the Attack on the Hockey Stick graph

A Book review of: Bradley, Raymond. S.  2011.  Global Warming and Political Intimidation.  How Politicians Cracked Down on Scientists as the Earth Heated up.  University of Massachusetts Press. I would read Oreskes’ “Merchants of Doubt. How a Handful of Scientists … Continue reading

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