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The blah-blah-blog

As time permits, I'm going to put the esoterica I encounter related to climate change here rather than trying to update the various pages. So this will be in reverse chronological rather than logically organized within the structure of the rest of this website. Please don't rely on this as a consistent and current source for climate change information updates. Sadly, we cannot rely on our corporate-controlled mass media for good information on this, and my time is limited.
Past blog pages:
2019: May    June    July    August    September    October    November    December   
2020:
January    February    March    April    May    June    July [COVID gap]
2021: October-December
2022: January-February    March    April    May-August    September    October    November-December
2023: January    February    March-April    May-July    August-September    October-November    December
2024: January    February    March    April    May   


Never underestimate the ability of humans to overestimate their own intelligence. - moi


2024.07.10 To me, killing off your paying clients and destroying their property that they insure seems like a questionable growth strategy.

Insurers called out for 'contradiction': Supporting oil and gas industry but raising premiums (CTV News)


2024.07.09 If you can't produce enough power because it's hot, shouldn't you be looking at cooling the planet down?

While AESO says they have sufficient generation capacity, in fact they are importing power to meet demand, notably from BC.
Alberta summer electricity use record set as sweltering conditions continue (Calgary Herald)


2024.07.09 This is climate change in your face: making your property worthless and unaffordable or impossible to insure.

Florida Insurance Warning Issued as Fears Grow of Collapse (Newweek)


2024.07.09 How to get to lower GHG emissions: make good options available, let people decide instead of fossil fuel sector.

Ireland's greenhouse emissions lowest in 30 years (BBC)


2024.07.09 Another first in category data point. It won't be the last.

First local extinction due to sea level rise identified in the US (Phys.org)


2024.07.09 Hunh, hotter weather is real, and is probably linked to global warming. Who knew?

Canada draws link between June heat wave and climate change with new attribution analysis (CBC)


2024.07.08 Imagine if you could provide electricity when needed without burning stuff.

Nova Scotia’s 1st Grid-Scale Battery Energy Storage Facilities (CleanTechnica)


2024.07.08 When it's too hot for a thermal power plant to run, it's just too hot. Why are we determined to keep making the planet hotter?

High temperatures, unplanned outage caused Alberta's grid alert Monday night (Calgary Herald)


2024.07.08 A real net-negative shipping fuel solution - definitely not hydrogen hype

Newly trialed biofuel from bio-based wastes promises to revolutionize shipping: 'We're excited to be part of this journey' (TCD)
For a better sense of the drop-in biofuel solution than in the TCD article, hop over to the Mash Makes Biofuel (for marine use) page.


2024.07.08 We are now at 1.5C warmer than pre-industrial temperatures - for a year. Given the trajectory, the Paris Accord target is toast.

Temperatures 1.5C above pre-industrial era average for 12 months, data shows (The Guardian)


2024.06.29 Keeping stuff out of landfills reduces GHG emissions. Avoiding making replacements by reuse reduces GHG emissions. Hero.

Where others see hospital trash, this Montrealer imagines a recycling revolution (Montreal Gazette)
Personal story. 1999, I was working in a building that was being gutted (the company was being dissolved). As part of the gutting, they were tearing out institutional ceiling clocks (Simplex). They were going into the same trash bins on the floors as other debris. It took me a couple of days, but I found a decision-maker and learned they paid to have the trash hauled away by weight. So, I contacted a local hospital that I knew used similar gear and asked it they would take donations. Yep. Talked to trash-making boss, and he got his guys to put the clocks aside. Wednesday was the big trash haul day, so end of work day Tuesdays, I took my (electric) car from my off-site parking space, parked in the loading bay for a few minutes, and carried boxes of clock bits to my car. Made arrangements at the hospital to drop stuff off on my way home Tuesdays. That went on for a few months. About 300 pounds a load, and likely 12-15 loads. 10-12 clocks a week. Reduced maintenance costs for a hospital, reduced mass going to landfill. Unfortunately, I missed the first few weeks of such material being trashed.


2024.06.29 Zero-emissions cargo ship on 194 nautical miles (one-way) route - now in service

World's largest electric container ship Greenwater 01 sets sail between Chinese cities (Times of India)


2024.06.28 Zero-emissions tugboat, quiet, more powerful, reduce fuel cost

Crowley Christens 1st Fully Electric Tugboat in USA (Clean Technica)


2024.06.26 When you were an oil company until 2021 and need low-emissions heavy haulers that have to work and be affordable ...

BHP rejects hydrogen and hybrids, will go straight to electric for giant haul trucks (The Driven)


2024.06.26 I don't think we can reform an industry built on smoke - carbon credit offsets have big issues

‘Reform or go out of business,’ carbon offsetting industry told (The Guardian)


2024.06.25 Axe the tax? Canada doesn't even make the top ten on the list.

Visualized: The Price of Carbon Around the World in 2024 (Visual Capitalist)

For perspective, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the Canadian government has collected about $22 billion in 3 years; or about $8 billion expected for 2022-23. CFIB neglects to mention that the costs paid on the feebate by businesses are tax deductible and are generally passed onto customers. That's why the customers, not the businesses, get the rebates. CFIB also neglects to mention that the federal government doesn't keep any of the money for general revenue; it is ALL passed back to Canadian citizens as a quarterly rebate.

I'll also point out that while Canadians are paying about $8 billion a year in CAI fees, that is actually less than the Canadian government has provided to the Trans Mountain Expansion dilbit pipeline, which is just one incentive taxpayers provide to the multi-national fossil fuels sector. (As of mid-2024, taxpayers have provided a minimum of $34 billion in direct payments, but not including environmental costs, or higher insurance and health costs which will result from additional climate change consequences, so that Asia can get cheaper oil. The point of this pipeline is to ensure this oil is NOT used in Canada or for the benefit of Canadians.


2024.06.25 It's probably 25 years away, OK maybe 20, so why worry about it now? It's just the ocean.

Rising sea levels will disrupt millions of Americans’ lives by 2050, study finds (The Guardian)


2024.06.25 It isn't a problem so long as nobody lives near oceans or the temperature stops rising.

Scientists identify new Antarctic ice sheet ‘tipping point,’ warning future sea level rise may be underestimated (CNN)


2024.06.24 Why do Canada and Alberta even pretend to have rules for oil and gas operations?

Alberta oil and gas sector exceeded flaring limit in 2023, data shows (CTV News)


2024.06.23 Oh, that coastline. Probably not important, right?

Scientists make breakthrough in recycling old concrete — and it could have major implications (Yahoo)


2024.06.20 Oh, that coastline. Probably not important, right?

'Officials close beach after house collapses with unanticipated fallout: 'Dangerous debris may be present' (TCD)


2024.06.19 Who really thinks sea-level rise is a thing and coast lines are disappearing?

'Doomsday Glacier' in Antarctica: 'We really, really need to understand' (TCD)


2024.06.19 Why don't we just make it law that new AI and data centres have to install their own dedicated renewable energy?

Solar is growing faster than any electricity source as Big Tech seeks clean energy for data centers (CNBC)


2024.06.18 Because nobody wants free, green electricity, right?

Electricity Prices in France Just Turned Negative Because of Renewables (The_Byte)


2024.06.18 (Central North America heat dome) How hot is it?

It's so hot in Ontario that trains can't even run properly (blogTO)


2024.06.18 Low module prices will drive demand in the second half of this year. PV is now the cheapest electricity source.

Global PV installations may hit 660 GW in 2024, says Bernreuter Research (pvmagazine)


2024.06.18 More efficient PV is coming. But, if you have the space, inexpensive PV is available now.

Solar panel world record achieved with ‘miracle material’ (The Independent)


2024.06.18 I remember when Alberta said it couldn't be done; now they need more batteries.

Alberta's last coal plant has powered down, marking the end of an era (CBC)
In a feat once thought impossible, the province went from 80% coal power to zero — years ahead of schedule
[because money]


2024.06.17 The average temperature is still rising - stay tuned for updates.

Is Earth really getting too hot for people to survive? A scientist explains extreme heat and the role of climate change (The Conversation)


2024.06.16 Easier to put mirrors on roofs than putting them in space, don't you think? Perhaps even seasonal.

Can mirrors help fight the threat of extreme heat? (BBC)


2024.06.16 Oil industry carbon capture is not about comatting climate change; it's about extracting more oil.

80 More Years of Oil: The Big Attraction of Carbon Capture (oilprice.com)


2024.06.16 It isn't carbon capture the oil & gas industry are embracing; it's EOR, and GHG multiplication

Boondoggle Watch: Carbon capture great for making things worse, study finds (resilience)
And from the fossil fuels profiteers side, the best part is that this is paid for your youre tax money.


Past blog pages:
2019: May    June    July    August    September    October    November    December   
2020:
January    February    March    April    May    June    July [COVID gap]
2021: October-December
2022: January-February    March    April    May-August    September    October    November-December
2023: January    February    March-April    May-July    August-September    October-November    December
2024: January    February    March    April    May   

You can find many earlier postings (going back to year 2000) related to climate change at:
Keith's List Archive and
the Sustainable Biofuel List Mail Archive.

I present a lot of information in this blog and on this website. If you need some help sorting through the noise level and getting a forward-looking, proactive approach to climate change for your business, I can do that work for you via my consulting business. Contact

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