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May 11, 2024
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Archived Articles Revisited:

This is your weekly personal list of three random articles extracted from our website archives. These links are unique to you and are more than one year old. The intention is to deliver a sense of what was considered a priority on that date compared with today's latest articles and presentations. You are encouraged to share these links with your social media and other networks.




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Dr. Karen Shragg | What if Wolves Could Vote? | 2024-05-08 | CACOR Live

Dr. Karen Shragg | What if Wolves Could Vote? | 2024-05-08 | CACOR Live

Speaker: Dr. Karen Shragg Topic:  What if Wolves Could Vote? Time: May 8, 2024 13:30 Eastern Time (US and Canada) Summary: This talk takes a look at our political history in the U.S. and Canada of protecting and often harming the wolf from a wolf's perspective. Wolves have been maligned ever since European settlement in North America and yet as an apex …

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Dr. Amir Hakami | The Buy-one-get-one-free of Climate Policy. | 2024-05-15 | CACOR Live

Dr. Amir Hakami | The Buy-one-get-one-free of Climate Policy. | 2024-05-15 | CACOR Live

You are invited to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Speaker: Dr. Amir Hakami Topic: The Buy-one-get-one-free of Climate Policy. Time: May 15, 2024 13:30 Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86785597083?pwd=QzJFS3VZYjdpZmt4bVNNcnF2ZGhNUT09 Meeting ID: 867 8559 7083 Passcode: 357692 Summary: Climate change and air pollution share many common drivers and sources. However, policies to address each are often developed independently …

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Preserving? ourselves in Plastic

CLIMATE 5 takeaways from the global negotiations on a treaty to end plastic pollution BY JENNIFER MCDERMOTT Updated 9:06 PM EDT, April 30, 2024 Share OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Nations finished a round of negotiations early Tuesday on a treaty to end plastic pollution and made more progress than they have in three prior meetings. Coming into Ottawa, many feared the effort would …

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Lesson in politics

Lesson in politics
No wonder Albert Einstein said that politics is more difficult than mathematics. Human nature always is. Unlike relativity, political phenomena cannot be reduced to a mathematical formula, much less simple verbal explanations. `Sometimes, it just comes down to who the voters feel in their guts is most like them, if not in personality, then in values. Thomas McMillan, Minister of …

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Center for a New American Security, CNAS: Projecting Future Compute for Frontier AI Models

By: Paul Scharre  March 13, 2024 Executive Summary "Policymakers should prepare for a world of significantly more powerful AI systems over the next decade. These developments could occur without fundamental breakthroughs in AI science simply by scaling up today’s techniques to train larger models on more data and computation. "The amount of computation (compute) used to train frontier AI models …

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Center for a New American Security, CNAS: Projecting Future Compute for Frontier AI Models

Study finds V2G to outperform stationary storage as asset for virtual power plants

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VPP technology is seen as crucial for future power grids, with V2G playing a significant role in grid management and as a strategic backup.

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Canada’s Oshawa Power to implement flexibility aggregation platform

Ontario municipal utility Oshawa Power is to pilot the role of aggregated DERs in improving grid reliability and reducing emissions. Oshawa Power, which distributes power to the city of Oshawa in southern Ontario, is partnering with energy solutions provider Peak Power to develop the platform, drawing on the latter’s AI-powered energy management software. The goal is to pool a range …

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Two World Oil Production Parabolas.--From CACOR Archives.

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1998  Series 1  Number 28  Page 19 John Walsh (who styled himself an energy advisor) outlined new methodologies for predicting when peak oil would occur. He foresaw peak oil arriving between 2015 and 2030. Link to | Two World Oil Production Parabolas.

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How well are we doing?

How well are we doing?
Key indicators of how humans are changing the Earth: Sea level, species, carbon dioxide, sea ice, population, daily temperature extremes, annual climate change performance by country, air pollution, temperature records, climate change indicators, top ten emitters, historic emissions, electric vehicles.

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From Earth's Core to Our Homes: Geothermal Energy's Journey

Geothermal energy resources are distributed unevenly across the globe, with hotspots located in regions such as the Pacific Ring of Fire and East Africa's Rift Valley. Despite this variability, many countries are actively pursuing geothermal development due to its potential to provide reliable, baseload power. With advancements in technology, the global capacity for geothermal energy production continues to grow.

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Sunrun sets a record in California with the US’s largest virtual power plant

Sunrun (Nasdaq: RUN) has networked more than 16,200 customers’ solar + storage systems to support California’s electrical grid during the summer months. Sunrun’s CalReady virtual power plant will play a key role in supporting California’s grid, providing essential energy to communities when it’s most needed to help cut costs and prevent power outages. A virtual power plant is a network …

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This new Texas power company’s electricity comes with a home battery

Base Power just became the only licensed electricity provider in Texas to offer customers an all-in-one monthly energy service, home battery, and installation, and solar isn’t required. Base Power operates in deregulated areas of Texas, and Base Beta is available now to customers near Austin who can choose their power provider. Customers save on their monthly electric bills and benefit from backup …

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Statement on IESO Procurement of Polluting Gas Power

The IESO’s move to contract this new gas plant is at odds with Canada’s commitment to a net-zero grid by 2035. Canada’s forthcoming Clean Electricity Regulations are expected to effectively phase out fossil fuel generation by 2035, meaning this plant will not be able to operate, though Ontarians will be forced to pay for it to sit idle. We urge …

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E-bike incentives prove to be worth the investment.

E-bike incentives prove to be worth the investment. A rebate program for e-bikes significantly reduced car travel and carbon emissions, according to a new UBC study. BC study finds rebate program significantly reduced car travel and carbon emissions Electric bicycle rebates have exploded in popularity in North America as transportation planners try to get people out of their cars and …

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Supercharged thunderstorms: have we underestimated how climate change drives extreme rain and floods?

Supercharged thunderstorms: have we underestimated how climate change drives extreme rain and floods? In media articles about unprecedented flooding, you’ll often come across the statement that for every 1 °C of warming, the atmosphere can hold about 7% more moisture. This figure comes from research undertaken by the French engineer Sadi Carnot and published 200 years ago this year. We now know there’s more …

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Record-breaking increase in CO2 levels in world’s atmosphere.

Record-breaking increase in CO2 levels in world’s atmosphere. Experts issue warning after finding global average concentration in March was 4.7ppm higher than same period last year. The largest ever recorded leap in the amount of carbon dioxide laden in the world’s atmosphere has just occurred, according to researchers who monitor the relentless accumulation of the primary gas that is heating …

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World’s top climate scientists expect global heating to blast past 1.5C target.

Planet is headed for at least 2.5C of heating with disastrous results for humanity, poll of hundreds of scientists finds. Hundreds of the world’s leading climate scientists expect global temperatures to rise to at least 2.5C (4.5F) above preindustrial levels this century, blasting past internationally agreed targets and causing catastrophic consequences for humanity and the planet, an exclusive Guardian survey …

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‘Our life support system is at risk’: Interview with Sylvia Earle

At the 9th Our Ocean Conference in Athens, Mongabay’s Elizabeth Claire Alberts interviewed oceanographer and marine biologist Sylvia Earle about the pressures facing our oceans, actions needed to turn things around, and how to find hope for the future. Earle has been a trailblazer in her career as a scientist, with more than 225 publications to her name, leading more …

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Heating cities with sand and water

Just Have a Think The Green Energy Transition is starting to tease out some very smart solutions to ditching fossil fuels. Our friends in the North are leading the way in the decarbonisation of buildings and industry. Here's a couple of perfect examples.

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