Global Geothermal Power Projected to Double

Posted on March 25th, 2016 in environment by Spencer R.

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)

The global geothermal power market continued to grow forward according to the 2016 US and Global Geothermal Power Production Report released today by the US Geothermal Energy Association. With an operating capacity of 13.3 GW in 24 countries, the market had new capacity under development in 82 countries. This new capacity would add 12.5 GW of new power capacity, approximately doubling current output.

“Globally geothermal power is trending up, but the US market outlook is clouded due largely to federal and state policies that either don’t recognize the value of geothermal power or don’t treat it with parity”

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NWS Confirms EF-0 Tornado Hit Haslet Wednesday Night

Posted on March 24th, 2016 in environment by Spencer R.

(nbcdfw.com)

The spring thunderstorm that produced a large amount of hail Wednesday night also produced a confirmed tornado near Haslet.
The tornado, a small EF-0 with a narrow swath, didn't spend that much time on the ground but was there long enough to cause significant damage in an area near U.S. Highway 287 and Blue Mound Road in northern Tarrant County, according to the National Weather Service.

The tornado was generated as a line of thunderstorms developed along a cold front and dry line just after 9 p.m. The NWS reports a number of homes had damage to roofs, awnings and fences in the affected area.
Officials with the NWS said the weak tornado had peak wind speeds between 65 mph and 75 mph, though EF-0's can reach wind speeds of up to 85 mph. The tornado was on the ground for six-tenths of a mile with an 80 yard swath.

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Indonesia earthquake: Tsunami warnings and deaths after massive 7.9 tremor hits south-east Asia

Posted on March 24th, 2016 in environment by Spencer R.

(Independent.co)

Tsunami warnings have been issued by national authorities around the Indian Ocean after a shallow 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the southwest coast of Sumatra island in Indonesia.

The US Geological Survey, which initially reported the tremor at 8.2 magnitude, said the massive earthquake hit at 12.49pm GMT at a depth of just 10km (six miles), some 600km (370 miles) off the coast.

The size and depth of the quake has led the Indonesian, Thai and Australian national authorities to issue tsunami warnings, though the latter stressed that a tsunami was not yet confirmed and cancelled its watch for Western Australia.

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Global Geothermal Power Projected to Double

Posted on March 16th, 2016 in environment by Spencer R.

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)

The global geothermal power market continued to grow forward according to the 2016 US and Global Geothermal Power Production Report released today by the US Geothermal Energy Association. With an operating capacity of 13.3 GW in 24 countries, the market had new capacity under development in 82 countries. This new capacity would add 12.5 GW of new power capacity, approximately doubling current output.

“Globally geothermal power is trending up, but the US market outlook is clouded due largely to federal and state policies that either don’t recognize the value of geothermal power or don’t treat it with parity”

Overall, 2015 was a promising year for geothermal in the US and abroad, crowned by the launch of the Global Geothermal Alliance during the Paris Climate Talks in December, in which dozens of developed and emerging nations committed to geothermal development. The United Nations and IRENA pledged a five-fold growth in the installed capacity for geothermal, supporting the prediction that global geothermal capacity could reach 32 GWs by the early 2030s if countries follow through on geothermal investment and development pledges. The new geothermal market report, the Global Geothermal Alliance and more will be hot topics at the US and International Geothermal Showcasebeing held at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center on Thursday, March 17.

Some of the rising stars of the geothermal industry include Kenya, which generates half of its electricity from geothermal power, and Indonesia, whose island archipelago harbors the world’s largest geothermal potential. Still, only 6-7% of the world’s estimated geothermal potential is being harnessed.

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Our Horrifyingly Unhealthy Environment Is Killing Millions Of People Every Year

Posted on March 15th, 2016 in environment by Spencer R.

(Huffington Post)

It's no secret that the Earth is in dire straits. Photos of the waterways in Rio de Janeiro, still reeking of sewage despite a years-long cleanup plan ahead of this summer's Olympics, prove just how difficult it can be to fix what humanity has fouled.

The human toll of all this pollution and destruction is vast. A report released Tuesday by the World Health Organization links nearly 13 million deaths worldwide to preventable environmental factors. The study found that nearly 1 in 4 deaths in 2012, the most recent year cited in the report, had to do with surroundings made unhealthy by air pollution, poor water quality and other environmental factors. More than 1 in 4 deaths of children under the age of 5 were linked to the same sources.

"A healthy environment underpins a healthy population,” Margaret Chan, director-general of WHO, said in a statement. “If countries do not take actions to make environments where people live and work healthy, millions will continue to become ill and die too young.”

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Terrifying Multi-Fault Earthquake Could Strike Southern California

Posted on March 15th, 2016 in environment by Spencer R.

(Curbed)

One of the side effects of living in the great state of California is the creeping sense of dread that comes with knowing that "the Big One" could strike at any time. Well, there's a new study in Science Advances that suggests that future earthquakes in Southern California could be even more damaging than previous models have suggested.

The study, written by Cal State Northridge professor Julian C. Lozos, finds historical precedent for earthquakes in which two fault lines rupture simultaneously.

In 1812, Southern California was struck with a major earthquake that devastated the mission at San Juan Capistrano. For years, seismological experts blamed a familiar suspect: the San Andreas Fault. Lozos, however, argues that the earthquake may have been the result of a joint effort between the San Andreas and San Jacinto faults.

Lacking modern-day seismic records of the quake, Lozos modeled the rupture using geologic evidence including the positioning of what the study refers to as "precariously balanced rocks." This modeling strongly suggested that the damage produced by the earthquake was the result of both faults working in tandem. According to Smithsonian, a separate study conducted by Cal State Long Beach geologist Nate Onderdonk indicates that multi-fault earthquakes have been occurring in California for thousands of years.

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How Much Room Do We Need To Supply The Entire World With Solar Electricity?

Posted on September 2nd, 2015 in environment, solar by Spencer R.

In 2009, the total global electricity consumption was 20,279,640 GWh. The sun creates more energy than that in one hour. The tricky part is collecting that energy and converting it into useful electricity with solar panels. How much area would need to be covered with solar panels in order to capture enough energy to meet global demand? Actually, it’s not as much as you’d think.

The image above has three red boxes showing what area would need to be covered for Germany (De), Europe (EU-25), and the entire world.

So what the hell are we waiting for? Let’s start getting more solar panels on some rooftops and start chipping away at those boxes!

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How Much Gold and Silver Is Hidden Within Volcanoes?

Posted on August 30th, 2015 in environment by Spencer R.

Geologists in New Zealand have discovered a huge reserve of precious metals dissolved in super hot reservoirs and springs hidden away within a system of volcanoes. The findings were published online in Geothermics this month.

Taupo is a supervolcano located on North Island, and it began erupting about 300,000 years ago. The top of the volcano collapsed about 27,000 years ago, creating a crater (known as a caldera) that’s now partially filled by a lake. Taupo is the largest volcano in what’s called the Taupo Volcanic Zone. Water in the geothermal systems within this very active area is heated from below by magma, which produces scalding hot water that breaks down the surrounding rocks. As a result, the water becomes laden with gold and silver.

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Three Category 4 Hurricanes Churn In The Pacific Ocean

Posted on August 29th, 2015 in environment by Spencer R.

Hurricanes Kilo, Ignacio and Jimena spun for the record on Saturday (August 29, 2015) – the three powerhouse hurricanes reached Category 4 status in the Pacific Ocean, churning simultaneously for what experts are calling the first time in recorded history.

“This is the first recorded occurrence of three Category 4 hurricanes in the central and eastern Pacific basins at the same time,” according to hurricane specialist Eric Blake of the National Hurricane Center for The Weather Channel. “In addition, it's also the first time with three major hurricanes (Category 3 or stronger) in those basins simultaneously.”

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Supergiant Gas Field In The Mediterranean Doubles Size Record

Posted on August 27th, 2015 in environment by Spencer R.

A gas field so sizeable it is classed as a "supergiant" has been detected off the shore of Egypt. This field is the biggest known in the Mediterranean, nearly twice as large as the previous record-holder in the area.

The discovery was made by the Italian energy group ENI. The gas field – a cavern under the Earth's surface that is rich with natural gas – is easily the largest in the Mediterranean Sea, according to ENI. The find is therefore significant, since the gas can be extracted from the ground and used as fuel.

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