Environment and climate change

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That sounds exciting. I got real excited about Graphene too several years ago. They still talk about it. I still see no fat lady.

Graphene power: Physicists build circuit harvesting limitless, clean energy
https://www.studyfinds.org/graphene-pow ... an-energy/
“An energy-harvesting circuit based on graphene could be incorporated into a chip to provide clean, limitless, low-voltage power for small devices or sensors,” says lead researcher Paul Thibado in a university release.

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Graphene, that was supposed to be the next big thing, yeah ..

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3rdside wrote:
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Graphene, that was supposed to be the next big thing, yeah ..
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Haha ..

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This hurricane Ida coming toward New Orleans looks really scary. I hope all of you who live in the area are keeping safe.

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Carey, stay safe.
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Carey - hope you and yours are all right.

Graphene and tektites made my morning, thanks!

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Phoenix shatters November temperature record that stood since 1949

And it wasn't just Phoenix that experienced record weather. Every corner of the region rewrote its record books in November, including some century-old records that fell during the month's final days.
https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather- ... 49/1055221
While Phoenix couldn't get its thermometers below 80 degrees, residents in Denver failed to see theirs drop below 32 F to contribute any snowfall, producing the first snowless November the city had ever recorded. The previous record for the latest snowfall was Nov. 21, set in 1934.

With no measurable snow since April 22, the city has now gone 223 consecutive days, as of Dec. 1, without the wintry precipitation its nearby mountains are famous for. The all-time record of 235 days, set in 1887, sits within reach.

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How Manchin used politics to protect his family coal company
https://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/0 ... y-00003218
Manchin’s political power over the clean energy sector has national implications today. But he has wielded his influence for years. And one of his main goals has always been to protect coal.

In 2009 he used one of his last actions as governor to sign a renewable energy law. The measure was described as a way to increase the state’s amount of clean power to 25 percent by 2025.

But it also shielded the waste coal that helped build Manchin’s fortune. Classifying it as an alternative energy source allowed utilities to count it toward their renewable electricity goals.

That infuriated some members of his own party, who saw the law as a way to jump-start the state’s transition to a cleaner future. It hasn’t worked. More than a decade after the law was enacted, just 6 percent of the state’s power is derived from renewable sources.

Eighty-eight percent comes from coal.

“Everything that he does, everything that he did when he was governor, everything that he has done while he is a senator, is going to advance his best interest and the interest of the people who put money in his pocket, period,” said Nancy Peoples Guthrie, who was a Democratic state lawmaker at the time. “That’s all you need to know about Joe Manchin.”

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What a shock that the Dems can't pass any environmental legislation when the swing vote is a guy from a rich oil family. It isn't rocket science.

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Rich coal family.

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Both of the planet's poles experience extreme heat, and Antarctica breaks records
https://www.npr.org/2022/03/19/10877524 ... eat-arctic
Earth's poles are undergoing simultaneous freakish extreme heat with parts of Antarctica more than 70 degrees (40 degrees Celsius) warmer than average and areas of the Arctic more than 50 degrees (30 degrees Celsius) warmer than average.

"They are opposite seasons. You don't see the north and the south (poles) both melting at the same time," Meier told The Associated Press Friday evening. "It's definitely an unusual occurrence."

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Both of the planet's poles experience extreme heat, and Antarctica breaks records
https://www.npr.org/2022/03/19/10877524 ... eat-arctic
Earth's poles are undergoing simultaneous freakish extreme heat with parts of Antarctica more than 70 degrees (40 degrees Celsius) warmer than average and areas of the Arctic more than 50 degrees (30 degrees Celsius) warmer than average.

"They are opposite seasons. You don't see the north and the south (poles) both melting at the same time," Meier told The Associated Press Friday evening. "It's definitely an unusual occurrence."
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How is this weather event not getting more attention here and around the world? This is catastrophic. This isn't a 6 or 7 degree increase, which would alarm me. This is up to 90 degrees warmer for 4 days now in Antarctica!?
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AmareIsGod wrote:
Mon Mar 21, 2022 7:35 am
How is this weather event not getting more attention here and around the world? This is catastrophic. This isn't a 6 or 7 degree increase, which would alarm me. This is up to 90 degrees warmer for 4 days now in Antarctica!?
This is a good question overall. Even though it's 90 degrees warmer, it's still well below freezing, so the giant 2 mile deep ice sheets are still not melting, as it's still the coldest place on earth.
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In2ition wrote:
Mon Mar 21, 2022 8:38 am
AmareIsGod wrote:
Mon Mar 21, 2022 7:35 am
How is this weather event not getting more attention here and around the world? This is catastrophic. This isn't a 6 or 7 degree increase, which would alarm me. This is up to 90 degrees warmer for 4 days now in Antarctica!?
This is a good question overall. Even though it's 90 degrees warmer, it's still well below freezing, so the giant 2 mile deep ice sheets are still not melting, as it's still the coldest place on earth.
It is far warmer than it has ever been this time of year in that part of the world by an astronomical landslide though. This is like not worrying about your house burning down because the fire is only in the kitchen.
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We're basically completely fucked as a species / planet, sooner than most people think. I'm 42 and I think the planet will be very different by the time I'm retirement age. The world we're leaving to people my children's age may not resemble the current one much at all. I think their generation is going to be really, really pissed at all us oldies who fucked this up.

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AmareIsGod wrote:
Mon Mar 21, 2022 8:46 am
In2ition wrote:
Mon Mar 21, 2022 8:38 am
AmareIsGod wrote:
Mon Mar 21, 2022 7:35 am
How is this weather event not getting more attention here and around the world? This is catastrophic. This isn't a 6 or 7 degree increase, which would alarm me. This is up to 90 degrees warmer for 4 days now in Antarctica!?
This is a good question overall. Even though it's 90 degrees warmer, it's still well below freezing, so the giant 2 mile deep ice sheets are still not melting, as it's still the coldest place on earth.
It is far warmer than it has ever been this time of year in that part of the world by an astronomical landslide though. This is like not worrying about your house burning down because the fire is only in the kitchen.
I'm not saying it's not concerning. It is bizarre and doesn't make sense that both poles would be warming like this at the same time, since they are both in different seasons. I've never heard of the Antarctic being 90 degrees above normal before, and it sounds like this is beyond expected. It would be nice to get an actual logical reason for this.
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