Coal’s end may be on the horizon

first_imgCoal’s end may be on the horizon FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Should we just give up now?The world’s electrical utilities need to reduce coal consumption by at least 60 percent over the two decades through 2030 to avoid the worst effects of climate change that could occur with more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announced Monday.Such a target seems wildly ambitious: Even Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which tends to be more optimistic than other analysts (and more accurate) about the speed of energy transition, expects coal-fired generation to increase by 10 percent over the period. Hold on though. Is it really such a stretch?After all, U.S. coal-power generation decreased by about a third in the seven years through 2017, to 12.7 billion British thermal units from 18.5 billion, based on data from energy-market consultancy Genscape Inc. In the European Union, black-coal generation fell by about the same proportion over just four years through 2016, according to Eurostat, to 385,925 gigawatt-hours from 544,279 GWh.Across Europe and the U.S., the decline in coal output recently has averaged close to 5 percent a year. If the world as a whole can reach 7 percent a year, it would be on track to meet the IPCC’s 2030 target. The conventional wisdom is that this isn’t possible, as rising demand from emerging economies, led by China and India, overwhelms the switch from fossil fuels in richer countries. That may underestimate the changing economics of energy generation, though.The mainstream view is still that we can’t decarbonize our electricity system fast enough to meet the IPCC’s targets. But a decade ago, the current situation of plateauing demand for coal and car fuel and cratering renewables costs looked equally outlandish. Given the way the world’s energy market has changed in recent years, it’s a good idea to never say never.More: The end of coal could be closer than it lookslast_img read more

3 ways you’re wasting your time in the office

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details We’ve talked before about the need to better manage your time when you’re at the office. You do your research, make a schedule, and look for your weak spots. But just what are those week spots? Here are three ways you keep wasting your time at the office…You treat the symptoms instead of the problem: There’s something not quite right about a process in your credit union. Are you repeatedly putting duct tape over it instead of replacing it? While you may think your solution is an easy one, is it really the right one? Find solutions to problems that are going to get down to the root of the problem and not cause you or your staff to have to waste any more time correcting it.You try to multi-task too often: Multi-tasking isn’t the answer. If you can keep your brain focused on one task at a time, you’ll get through each task as efficiently as you possibly can. Don’t let your to-do list keep you unfocused all day. Go down your list and knock everything out quickly and effectively.You schedule dumb meetings: Okay, some meetings are actually good meetings. But how many times have you left a meeting and then thought to yourself: “That should have been an email.” Before scheduling a meeting, make a list of everything you want to cover and what you need to say about it. Then, take a look at your list and decide if it really needs to be said face-to-face or if it can be effectively conveyed through an email. You’ll often save not only your own valuable time, but your staff’s as well.last_img read more

Mars Life Would Spit Out the Water

first_img(Visited 86 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Finding minimal amounts of salty water contaminated with perchorates is not helpful to life.The optimistic astrobiology reporter Pallab Ghosh at the BBC is at it again, tantalizing readers with thoughts of Martians. In his piece “Is there life on Mars?” he retells the history of his optimistic antecedent, Percival Lowell, who spent his fortune seeking the “canals” on Mars that he mistranslated from Schiaparelli’s map. Ghosh whisks the reader along to Vikings 1 and 2 that, in 1976, seemed to present negative results on the life question. But now, he says, new findings about gullies on some craters has provided “The strongest evidence yet that water still flows on the Martian surface.” And everyone knows what that means:For there to be life, there needs to be liquid water. Evidence for that has been growing and earlier this week Nasa [sic] seemed to have the the strongest evidence yet that some is still there – albeit in small amounts.The discovery confirms that the Red Planet is still geologically active and, tantalisingly, it increases the possibility that it may currently harbour simple living organisms….The discovery confirms that the Red Planet is still geologically active and, tantalisingly, it increases the possibility that it may currently harbour simple living organisms.Ghosh seems to have an affection for the word “tantalizing” which is mostly what he does in his article. He ends with a quote that tantalizes the imagination:“If we find life on Mars and it can be shown to be of a different origin to that on Earth, then that essentially means that the Universe is teeming with life. It seems almost impossible that life could spring up by chance on two adjacent planets if life was rare.“But can two examples in the same solar system around one star mean the universe is teeming with life? Looks like a bad case of extrapolation. As for life springing up by chance, maybe he needs to think a little about the numbers (see online book).Ghosh’s imagination sprang from water to life (hydrobioscopy). What if the water is so bad, Martians would spit it out? Nadia Drake at National Geographic is a tad more realistic:You might think that the first human explorers on Mars will park next to a salty stream and use it to manufacture fresh drinking water. Maybe they could even find life in damp Martian nooks and crannies, areas where the dusty red planet can still fuel microbes.Reality is much more subtle. Finding evidence for flowing water is not the same as finding life. Right now, scientists don’t know where this water is coming from, or if the chemistry in these Martian seeps is even life-friendly. And unfortunately, chances are it will be a long time before we can get there to find out.Drake also points to evidence from Earth that is not encouraging to Mars-lifers:[Chris] McKay notes that the type of salts near the Martian streaks, called perchlorates, form different watery mixtures than the salts we’re most used to on Earth. In fact, it’s possible the perchlorate streaks could behave similarly to Antarctica’s Don Juan Pond, which is the saltiest liquid water body on Earth—and totally dead.“Such a brine is not suitable for life and is of no interest biologically,” McKay says. “Nothing can live in the brine of Don Juan Pond.”Jonathan Amos at the BBC News is also optimistic about water and life, but realistic about the chance of finding it on Mars without contaminating the planet with our own germs. “Wherever there’s water, there’s a good chance life can thrive,” he tantalizes, but then descends into the depressing realities of trying to get close to those crater slopes with spacecraft to check them out.Maybe instead we should just look for Martians on Earth. PhysOrg published an article titled, “Rock samples from Western US teach how to hunt for life on Mars.” This article even got religion:The search for life beyond Earth is one of the grandest endeavors in the history of humankind—a quest that could transform our understanding of our universe both scientifically and spiritually.One again, tantalizing suggestions tempt the reader to think that if water is there, life must exist (or at least be possible). The NASA announcement, though, presents “salty” water. Salt is not good for cells trying to emerge (4/15/02). Perchlorates are worse.Since it’s so hard to study Mars directly, there’s an easier way: study rocks that look like fossil microbial mats. Stromatolites, the “apartment buildings” of microbes could, in the meantime, teach scientists how to use instruments to detect life if they ever find similar rocks on Mars and return them to Earth some day. They could, that is, if scientists find a way to distinguish them:She [Alison Olcott-Marshall, U of Kansas] said microbial and non-microbial rocks are found in similar environments, with identical preservation histories for millions of years, and many of the same chemical parameters, such as amounts of organic carbon preserved in the rocks.Let’s say we get a sample return from the 2020 Mars mission, and it has a layered appearance. We will still only look “tantalizingly” like maybe there might have been perhaps life once upon a time on Mars, but they won’t know, because it could be “non-microbial.”All this hydrobioscopy depends on clean water. Chris McKay, despite his optimism, knows that. In Live Science‘s piece “Why is water so essential to life,” he compares water to other liquids like methane, for which we have no evidence life could make something of it instead of water. The article admits, though, that “the briny flows” detected by NASA “may be too full of chlorine-based salts to support life” — how then, exactly, does this “raise the odds that Mars could have life right now”?Perhaps Mars had a lot more water in the past. Or maybe it’s there and we just can’t see it.Researchers in Barcelona are revisiting accounts of Martian megafloods, inferring past events from geological evidence. Science Daily ups the perhapsimaybecouldness index:A recent study puts forward a new explanation for the Martian megafloods: enormous discharges of subterranean water that dug out the biggest flood channels in the solar system over 3 billion years ago….In the words of the Geology Department researchers, “Our research suggests that, given that the process was regional rather than global, there could still be large reservoirs of subterranean water trapped under the surface of Mars, in the areas around the old northern ocean, or in other parts of the planet where seas and lakes formed at the same time.” “Traces of ancient environments capable of sustaining life forms similar to those on Earth could have been preserved in sub-surface materials that are now exposed,” claim R. Linares and M. Zarroca. “The results obtained could have clear implications both for exobiological research and for future human activity on Mars.”These researchers think the floods were local rather than global, resulting from oceans, lakes and glaciers. One of their illustrations superimposes the estimated Martian floods over Europe, showing large parts of Spain, France and eastern Europe inundated.It’s evident that much of astrobiology depends on divination techniques deriving from the imaginations of their own hearts (1/17/07 commentary). They imagine themselves gaining understanding, both scientifically and spiritually. Since spirits are not made of atoms, these prophets betray their dependence on imaginary religions of their own devising.last_img read more

Floods submerge ONGC sites in Tripura

first_imgIncessant monsoon rains weredisrupting operations of the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) in Tripura. Rain triggered floods submerged its drilling sites especially in northern part of the State.Tripura Asset of the ONGC on Tuesday confirmed that its operational activities were severely affected due to rains. ‘The drilling location at Pechartal of Unakoti district hds been affected by torrential rains’, ONGC spokesperson Debashis Saraswati said in a statement.He said that the RIG location at Pechartal had been flooded by rain water which left heavy equipments submerged. The water level in the particular site was continuously rising, he added.Mr Saraswati informed that the crew and staff were safely evacuated from the site. Experts capped ‘X mass tree’ on the well to keep it secure.The exploration work would remain suspended there till climate situation limps back to normality.ONGC was also worried about another drill site at Panisagar in Unakoti district. The location had been submerged forcing suspension of work.Meanwhile, heavy downpour disrupted normal life across the State on Tuesday. Several localities and roads were flooded due to water logging.last_img read more

Cabinet launches consultation drives

first_img Bahamas to hold historic Cabinet Meeting outside of Capital PNP Administration to Meet the Press in Post Cabinet debriefing TCI begins loan re-financing talks Related Items:cabinet meeting, consultative drive Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Jan 2016 – During the recent meeting, Cabinet approved for the National pharmaceutical policy and a draft agriculture policy. In the case of the pharmaceutical plan, or NPP the document has already been prepared and endorsed by the Ministry of Health; it is also supported by the Pan American Health Organization.The public consultation on agriculture is aimed to update the current national plan. last_img read more

SD Sheriffs Department uses specialized dogs to help fight crime

first_imgSD Sheriff’s Department uses specialized dogs to help fight crime Posted: February 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- President Trump, earlier today, at a rally in El Paso talked about how K9’s are a valuable asset to border protection.Deputy Kirsten Racine, who is a k9 handler with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, talked to KUSI about what it’s like being a handler.Full comments on the K9’s at President Trump’s rally: February 21, 2019last_img read more

President Trump Dismisses Grand Spending Caps Deal

first_img ADC AUTHOR President Donald Trump Thursday night dismissed the idea of a bipartisan two-year spending caps deal to avoid billions in mandatory defense and nondefense spending cuts, reported.“House Democrats want to negotiate a $2 TRILLION spending increase but can’t even pass their own plan. We can’t afford it anyway, and it’s not happening!” Trump tweeted.Earlier in the week House Democrats failed to gather enough support for a $1.3 trillion budget that would have eliminated $126 billion in budget cuts for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 beginning Oct. 1, as ADC reported.The scrapped House budget vote would have increased defense spending by $17 billion and nondefense spending by $34 billion for 2020, but the administration says the legislation would increase spending nearly $2 trillion over 10 years.The administration’s 2020 budget keeps the mandatory nondefense cuts, but proposes diverting billions in DOD funds into a Pentagon account that is not subject to caps. The move would need to be approved by Congress, driving the need a larger bipartisan budget deal to resolve spending differences.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced last week that he has engaged in talks with the White House and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to negotiate a bipartisan budget agreement.Army photo by Sgt. James McCannlast_img read more

POLICE LOG for August 24 Motorcycle Crash Package Stolen Speeding on Shawsheen Ave

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, August 24, 2019:A walk-in party reported a stolen package from Grove Avenue. (3:19pm)Police notified DPW to fix flag in veteran’s area of Wildwood Cemetery. (3:22pm)Police came across a mail truck parked roadside without flashing lights on Andover Street. Truck was having mechanical issues and was towed. (3:55pm)A motorcycle was involved in a crash on Boutwell Street. Fire Department transported operator. Motorcycle towed. (5:21pm)A caller reported a black Subaru with a loud exhaust keeps racing in and out of Billerica on Shawsheen Avenue over the past hour. Wilmington Police notified Billerica Police. While in area, Wilmington Police clocked motorcyclists going 67 MPH and contacted Billerica. Wilmington Police were unable to locate Subaru. Police also heard fireworks in the area. (11:51pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 28: OUI Arrest; Trash Truck Fire; Car vs. MotorcycleIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 30: $11.00 Found & Turned In By Good Samaritan; Car vs. Mailbox; Car vs. Brick WallIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Existing security arrangement to continue

first_imgLaw enforcement agency men beefed up security in the capital on Thursday morning. Photo: AsaduzzamanInspector general of police (IGP) Jabed Patwari on Thursday said the security arrangement taken across the country centring the verdict against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case will continue as long as it is needed, reports UNB.He came up with the remark after visiting six policemen, who were injured during clashes with BNP supporters in the city before the special court at Bakshibazar sentenced the BNP chief to five years in prison in the much-talked-about graft case, at Rajarbagh Central Police Hospital in the city in the evening.The special security measures were taken to protect people’s lives and property apprehending probable untoward incidents centring the verdict.“We’ve arranged area-based security measures across the country,” the IGP said.Replying to a question, he said police were given strict instructions to ensure that no innocent person is harassed or arrested.“Like in the past, we didn’t carry out a mass arrest, rather a targeted arrest,” Jabed said, adding that those who faced arrest warrants are being arrested. And the number of arrests is a little bit more than the usual one.”He said security measures were good throughout the day today (Thursday). “We’ve taken the responsibility of treatment of the six injured policemen.”The IGP further said if anybody tries to engage in arson terrorism again, they will not be spared.The six policemen were injured in clashes with BNP leaders and activists at various places, including Kakrail and Bakshibazar, in the capital on Thursday.last_img read more

ICE Confirms 27 Cases Of Mumps In Detention Facilities Across Texas

first_imgCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)3-D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped mumps virus particle.Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told News 88.7 on Thursday there are 27 confirmed cases of mumps in detention facilities across Texas.As we reported this week, there are 13 cases in the Houston area. The Houston Contract Detention Facility has eight confirmed cases and the Joe Corley Detention Facility, located in Conroe, has five cases.Seven cases of mumps among Houston ICE detainees were first reported on Saturday. The Houston Health Department said in a statement that the seven adults were detained during their infectious period, and that there was no evidence the disease was transmitted outside the facility.The remaining 14 cases of mumps are in the San Antonio Area of Responsibility (AOR), as ICE refers to the geographical sections within the state. The largest cluster of cases is at the South Texas ICE Processing Center, in Pearsall, where ten people are infected.ICE also confirmed two cases at the Rio Grande Detention Center, in the Laredo area; one case at the Laredo Processing Center; and one case at the Port Isabel Detention Center in Bayview, Texas.Another 17 ICE detainees at the Johnson County Jail in Cleburne are under medical segregation after prior exposure to an active mumps case. Officials said those individuals will be returned to the general population in detention once the incubation period has passed and they test negative for the virus.Though most people recover within weeks from mumps, it is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing.Symptoms of mumps include fever, body aches, loss of appetite and swelling of the parotid glands. In rare cases, it can lead to more severe complications that require hospitalization.The mumps vaccine is a routine part of childhood shots in the United States, though not all countries have as high vaccination rates. Sharelast_img read more