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We Underestimate Tesla
Today the Powerwall and Supercharger network support the sale of Tesla cars. Tomorrow, we may see them feeding electric cars beyond Tesla: BMWs, Toyotas, Ubers, Chevy Bolts and others. The same way Amazon has turned its fulfillment centers into a revenue generator, Tesla could turn the Powerwall and Supercharger into a profit center by selling access to other car companies.
Fossil  fuel  industry  fuel  petrodollar  Petroleum  automotive  industry  Auto  Abgas-Affäre  lobby  Tesla  Tesla  Motors  Tesla  Model  S  Tesla  Model  3 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Plastic bottle litter on beaches up 43%, conservationists say
Conservationists say they found 160 plastic bottles for every mile of UK coastline cleaned last year.
The Marine Conservation Society said more than 8,000 bottles were picked up during its Great British Beach Clean Up in September, up 43% on 2014.
It wants deposit return schemes, which give money back to people who return empty bottles, to encourage recycling.
More than 6,000 volunteers collected and recorded litter along 340 beaches across the UK.
The MCS said putting a charge on the bottles of up to 20p, which gets refunded when they are returned, would change behaviour, and called for the UK government to explore the potential of such a scheme.
recycling  waste  management  plastic  nation  plastic  bag  Petroleum  Industry  Wegwerfgesellschaft  ecological  damage  environmental  damage  microbeads  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  deforestation 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Ineos warns Scotland will pass up the chance of an economic lifeline if fracking is banned (From Herald Scotland)
NICOLA Sturgeon has been warned against passing up a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revitalise the Scottish economy after she admitted she is “highly sceptical” about fracking. One of the country’s largest firms intervened after the First Minister revealed her personal view in a bid to counter claims that the SNP is preparing to give the controversial gas extraction method the green light after the Holyrood elections. Ineos, which owns the sprawling Grangemouth petrochemical plant and owns fracking exploration licences for large swathes of central Scotland, said it believed shale gas could become “another Scottish success story like the North Sea” and “pick up the slack” of declining offshore reserves.
fracking  shale  gas  shalegas  Scotland  environmental  disaster  ecological  disaster  carbon  tax  fossil  fuel  Petroleum  Industry 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Brasilien: Nach Giftschlamm-Katastrophe zahlt Samarco Entschädigung - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Das Schlammdesaster im Rio Doce gilt als eine der schlimmsten Umweltkatastrophen Brasiliens. Nun zahlen die Verantwortlichen Schadensersatz - laut Präsidentin Rousseff ein "historisches Abkommen".
Brazil  fossil  fuel  Petroleum  Industry  commodity  prices  BRIC  self-regulation  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  industrial  accident  regulation  regulators  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  mining 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Britain heading for power cuts next winter, say 60 local authorities | Business | The Guardian
bit.ly/1TOwjhT &! A group representing 60 local authorities has warned that recent closures of large power stations have left Britain heading for power cuts next winter, despite assurances to the contrary from the government. [...] National Grid needed to act immediately to fill the supply gap by sending out new contracts for at least 2,500 megawatts (MW) of additional generating capacity – enough to power 2.5m homes. The alliance wants ministers to reconsider the level of carbon taxes, saying this is one of the key reasons why so many coal-fired power stations are being shut down early. [...] In recent years, coal, nuclear and gas-fired plants have been shut because of low prices, high operating costs or old age. Windfarms have been erected and new nuclear facilities promised but energy companies say gas plants cannot be built without higher subsidies. //&! bit.ly/1MpvhlE - UK doesn not meet 15% of EU renewables target, but cuts subsidies for renewables, duh! &! bit.ly/1sL8Kty
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
IEA warns consumers of spike in oil prices - BBC News
[ Saudie's playing game of who has the deepest pockets against USA and Canada ] The International Energy Agency (IEA) is warning consumers not to let cheap oil lull them into a false sense of security amid forecasts of a price spike by 2021. In a report, the IEA said it expects prices to start recovering in 2017. But it forecasts that will be followed by a sharp jump in price as supply shrinks following under-investment by struggling producers.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
UN climate chief Christiana Figueres to step down - BBC News
Ms Figueres said she would not accept an extension of her appointment which finishes this summer. As executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, she played a key role in the talks that lead to the Paris Climate Agreement. Her contribution to the negotiation process was praised as "really extraordinary". [...] Ms Figueres has announced her decision to stand down in the same week as the President of the Paris conference, Laurent Fabius, announced he was stepping aside from that role. He is being replaced by French environment minister Segolene Royal.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Koch Brothers Declare War On Electric Cars - YouTube
introduce a carbon tax, rather than cherry picking! // who is also invested in their "ventures"? Arabs! See also Fahrenheit 9/11 documentary by Michael Moore. //&! Koch Bros Behind Solar Power Fines - youtu.be/E3SDcOZLksk --- ALEC lobby group. //&! Koch Bros Slammed By Billionaire T. Boone Pickens - youtu.be/65Y1RWDdQBI //&! Koch Brothers Caught On Tape - Obama & Osama Compared - youtu.be/hTUjYyae2zw //&! Koch Brothers Destroyed By Bloomberg Report - youtu.be/ENuN2R0je0k //&! Letters Expose Agenda Of Billionaire Koch Brothers - youtu.be/1JdhyI8mmqY //&! Koch Bros Tried To Shut Up Maddow, Bad Idea - youtu.be/J4XQO6bH7_k //&! Zach Galifianakis Slams Koch Brothers - youtu.be/fW96KEbeGTw //&! Koch Brothers EXPOSED: 2014 (ft. Bernie Sanders) - youtu.be/2N8y2SVerW8 //&!
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Plastic waste in Pacific Ocean washed up on Hawaii beach - in pictures | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian
A new report released at Davos highlights some startling facts about the huge environmental and resource impacts of a fast growing plastics industry - bit.ly/1QebFEW
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Obama climate initiative: Supreme Court calls halt - BBC News
this is akin to taking plaster to fix a crumbling high rise: limiting the emissions and putting cost on emissions for one industry, seen as heavies polluter in public eye ... while livestock industry is biggest +50% of them all. // what is needed is a carbon tax that also includes environmental and ecological cost (ie deforestation, water pollution from pig waste - livestock farming) and if we are already there, what about antibiotic-resistance? A Marschall Plan for the future of earth and its occupants. A future for us. // If and import doesn't have a carbon tax, tariffs have to be enacted on imports based on their damage to environment, ecology and carbon emissions. ... // economic damage & public health problems and health inequality in the future is deferred taxation for the next generation // Obama isn't bold enough. Not Utopian enough.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
'BPA-free' plastic accelerates embryonic development, disrupts reproductive system in zebrafish : science
Yeah. You know why? Because we replaced BPA with another plasticizing compound that does the exact same thing. BPS, the BPA replacement chemical, is structurally very similar to BPA and, therefore, we shouldn't be shocked when it exerts a similar impact on the reproductive system. Because we need the plasticizers to serve a particular function in the production of plastics, they are relegated to a fairly particular type of chemical structure. This means there all pretty likely to look the same and act the same. That is, as weak estrogens.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Warning: your festive meal could be more damaging than a long-haul flight | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/meat-industry - A kilogramme of beef protein reared on a British hill farm can generate the equivalent of 643kg of carbon dioxide. A kilogramme of lamb protein produced in the same place can generate 749kg. One kilo of protein from either source, in other words, causes more greenhouse gas emissions than a passenger flying from London to New York. //&! http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/23/eat-less-red-meat-and-cycle-more-for-your-and-the-planets-health // [...] I’m not suggesting that you eat no meat or other animal products. I am suggesting that we should all eat far less. Save the splurge for Christmas. And even then, choose carefully. [ Reductarian ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Meat In Moderation: Media Reacts to WHO Cancer Report - YouTube
Response as expected. Moderation and Balanced. Its Position. Positioning as part of your lifestyle, life, reward yourself, treat yourself. most known "have a break have a kit kat. [...] [and share]" And Pick Your Poison, YOLO you know. Mass media are also reliant on Food Industry Advertising, stupid! Obvious conflict of interest. Editor "No you can't go so hard on them, write it in a balanced way." // First Video from their Channel - World Health Organization: Meat Causes Cancer! - youtu.be/ATvv71ycifU //&! http://nutritionfacts.org/video/everything-in-moderation-even-heart-disease/ & http://nutritionfacts.org/video/optimal-diet-just-give-it-to-me-straight-doc/ //&! FOOD (Junk Food, Engineered Sweets to addiction) AS REWARD FOR CHILDREN- youtu.be/dmSFAO13dV4?t=4m40s - child abuse in the making. Developing bad habit. Later in life you come home from a stressful day ... and reward yourself with food and alcohol, because you feel emotionally drained and stressed out.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The Chemical in Cupcake Wrappers and Cookware Might Be Causing Cancer | Mother Jones
C8 is in a chemical family called PFCs (perfluorinated chemicals)—the same water- and stain-proofing class of chemicals used to make rain gear, pizza box and popcorn bag liners, stainproof upholstery treatments, and those waxy slips that hold pastries at cafes. Dozens of studies have linked PFCs to all sorts of health problems, from kidney and testicular cancer to increased risk of miscarriages. (3M phased out the chemical from production in 2002 due to potential health hazards.) [...] PFC contamination may not be isolated to the Ohio Valley. According to an Environmental Working Group (EWG) report that uses recent EPA data, C8 has been found in the drinking water in 94 counties serving more than 6 million Americans. (An interactive version of this map is available here.) [...] The EPA is in the process of investigating C8's health effects; in the meantime, it has set voluntary C8 safety standards to be used by utility companies. [...] avoid nonstick, stainproof, or waterproof items
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
TTIP bringt Rekordzahl von Gegnern auf die Straße
&! http://www.internet-law.de/2015/10/noch-ein-paar-allgemeine-gedanken-zu-ttip.html - TTIP hat aber noch eine ganz andere Dimension. Es verfestigt den Ansatz der westlichen Welt als Closed Shop. Damit wird die Kluft gegenüber Schwellen- und Entwicklungsländern verstärkt, die nicht nur bei diesem Abkommen außen vor bleiben. Das ist gerade angesichts der aktuellen „Flüchtlingskrise“ ein Ansatz den man überdenken sollte. Wer Fluchtursachen bekämpfen und die Situation in den Heimatländern der Flüchtlinge verbessern will, kann nicht gleichzeitig Abkommen wie TTIP befürworten. Vielmehr müssen wir den Blick auf eine gerechtere Weltordnung richten und genau dafür steht TTIP nicht.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Volkswagen Congress Hearing: Emissions scandal - watch live - YouTube
VW USA subsidiary CEO Michael Horn. // 'VW the people's car.' 36:40 - I had no understanding what a defeat device is & that it could be installed to cheat emission tests. [<< Symptom of being a conglomerate! Corporate Culture & Values.] min 38:09 - Is hardware, software & even has to do something with the fuel tank. In some models (gen 2) its just software & a sensor. // 49:20 - framing of the answer with EPA (influenced?), cars on the road right now, even they are not passing emissions test, "are legal & safe to drive for the owners." // min 57 NOx, air pollution. 'compensation will be part of discussion'. 40 times than allowable limit. // 1:11:00 - according to him, @ the current state of investigations, this was out of the engine-drivetrain-engineering/software/emissions department within VW. Was not a corporate executive decision from the top. [My 2 cents: more likely decision was made within those departments due to pressure from top to make the test pass happen. << 1:51:00]
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
What the VW scandal means for diesel cars - Newsnight - YouTube
"we will find other manufactures that installed defeat devices." // lax regulation and regulators, conflict of interest (partially financed by car manufacturers) with European Regulator/Test Center. // EU manufacturers focused R&D on Diesel. Japan and USA focused their R&D on Hybird and Electic technology. Could be long-term bet gone horribly wrong for EU manufacturers, especially for VW. Costing (long-term) shareholders and jobs (local, german economy). This saga will not end in 2-3 years. This has long-term implications, future sale, future models, outdated technology ie range of hybrid and electric cars. Competitiveness undermined long-term on many vecotrs. //&! youtu.be/3Pgdl9gsGeQ &! youtu.be/7DIGh7lNUoE &! youtu.be/hOTKIZgppbs - Volkswagen Cheating Scandal: How It Was Exposed &!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
‘What is the Government’s role in the fight against cancer?’
“From the APPGC’s standpoint, if the past few years have been about putting in place the tools required to reduce the ‘cancer gap’ between the NHS and other comparable health systems, then the next years will be about putting the tools to good use, driving up standards, highlighting best practice and shining a light on dark corners. [ ie prevention? like diet and lifestyle changes? as well as taxing addictive food?! holistic across policy tools and avenues ... ]
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The health implications of the diesel scandal - BBC News
[ http://www.spiegel.de/thema/abgasaffaere_bei_volkswagen/ ] The diesel scandal started as a worry for car owners. Yet, according to Prof Alistair Lewis, an air pollution expert at the University of York, "it is overwhelmingly a health story". The costs of not doing more to tackle air pollution can be measured in "thousands of deaths and billions of pounds, all passed on to the taxpayer", he says. "The real costs here are the ones the taxpayer picks up in terms of providing extra healthcare," he explains. "The only reason we measure NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) and particulates is because they are harmful to health." //&! youtu.be/HG8Kpfs4ZYs - Krank dank VW?
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
How can plastic bag addiction be cured? - BBC News
From Monday large shops in England will charge 5p for each plastic bag. But how did shoppers get so used to free carrier bags in the first place, asks Chris Stokel-Walker. //&! bit.ly/1RgOTfj - Perhaps the crisis of conscience has eased and people have got used to the idea of their wastefulness again. The charge is clearly needed. But will it work? And does it go far enough? [ 5p isn't a pain, 50p probably. because then its seen (perceived) as overpriced/rip-off. but the consumer does not see, is not aware of the actual current cost and long-term cost to the environment, ecology, and knock-on economic damage of cleaning it up in 20-30 years because we have to to save the planet! where are the behavioural economic experiments when you need them? ] - make video arguing for a 50p price tag and study from dan ariely to conduct such a study.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Volkswagen's Scandal is Libor on Wheels - Bloomberg View
There's never just one cockroach. That's what we learned from the market-rigging scandals in recent years. Be it the London Interbank Offered Rates, currencies, metals, oil or… (you get the picture), it turned out that every bank and broker that touched every market benchmark left grubby fingerprints of fraud, collusion and deceit. So the revelation that Volkswagen cheated for years on tests measuring how much damage its diesel engines do to the environment raises a mammoth question: Who else did the same? //&! bv.ms/1KFQ16P - PR/spin doctor/marketing/reframing // Corporate Governance is always the topping on the Cake. It is never the Cake, nor part of the cake batter. Period. >> bv.ms/1LQdO4Y //&! Climate Politics and the Volkswagen Scandal - bv.ms/1QG2Y5f &! Volkswagen and the EPA's Dirty Little Secret - bv.ms/1KCDog5 // show change has to be bottom-up! Incremental Individual Personal Changes en mass! Same with Whole Food Plant Based Diet/Vegan.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Fed chief Yellen says US rate rise still likely this year - BBC News
The US remains "on track" for an interest rate rise this year, Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen has said. The central bank head said as long as inflation was stable and the US economy was strong enough to boost jobs, the conditions would be right for a rise. Despite expectations of a rise this month, the Fed held rates, in part due to fears about global economic growth. Ms Yellen, speaking at the University of Massachusetts, said US economic prospects "generally appear solid". Speaking a week after the Fed delayed that long-anticipated hike, she said she and other policymakers did not expect recent global economic and financial market developments to significantly affect the central bank's policy. Much recent inflationary weakness is due to special and likely temporary factors, such as a strong dollar and low oil prices, she said. //&! http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-09-25/janet-yellen-s-flip-flop-confuses-markets
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Wasser: Mineralwasser, Leitungswasser - Welches ist am besten? - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Eine Gefahr droht dagegen aus der Politik: Das Handelsabkommen TTIP könnte dazu führen, dass die eher strengen europäischen Regeln für den Einsatz von Pestiziden aufgeweicht werden. "Zum Beispiel dürfen amerikanische Äpfel mit einem fünfmal so hohen Restgehalt des Gifts Captan verkauft werden, als in Europa erlaubt ist", sagt Ole Braukmann von Hamburg Wasser. Er fürchtet, dass die deutschen Bauern bald ebenfalls mehr spritzen: "Für den Gewässerschutz kann die diskutierte Angleichung der Gesetze einen Rückschritt in die Siebzigerjahre bedeuten."
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Government-backed egg lobby tried to crack food startup, emails show | Business | The Guardian
USDA official joined American Egg Board in planning to ruin Hampton Creek, Silicon Valley firm that created plant-based egg alternative and Just Mayo // nyti.ms/1LDafUR &! bit.ly/1QaVE1U &! on.fb.me/1hFul3F // &! redd.it/3k8fy0 - Want to Make Enemies Fast? Try Inventing a Vegan Egg //&! youtu.be/2oTp-C5lT0Y - US Government Conspiracy Against Vegan Eggs & Mayo! //&! FDA Threatens Just Mayo For Making Egg-Free Mayo - youtu.be/KcvvYjZyKAk //&! The GREAT EGG CONSPIRACY: Lies, Corruption & Kevin Bacon - youtu.be/IsgDwSvkJdM //&! NOBODY HAS BEEN FIRED!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
How plunging oil prices have created a volatile new force in the global economy | Business | The Guardian
The new Saudi strategy has caused ripples across the world, knocking off pricey drilling operations everywhere from the Arctic to South America. More broadly, lower energy prices have delivered a blow to oil-dependent nations, pressuring state-run oil firms, causing a currency slump in Nigeria, and contributing to major economic contractions in Venezuela and Russia. Some experts also say that the Saudis are hoping to cut off the fracking boom at its knees. If they’d allowed prices to stay high, US production would have continued to grow rapidly.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Plastik - Die Geißel der Welt-Meere - YouTube
>> "Kinderspielmacher werden nie fuer Kinder [und deren Sicherheit und Gesundheit] hergestellt. Sondern um Geld zu machen fuer den Hersteller." & "Wir muessen uns vor unserer eigenen dummheit schuetzen." - Cradle to Cradle
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november 2014 by asterisk2a

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