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August 1619 A poem by Clint Smith In Aug. 1619, a ship arrived in Point Comfort, Va., carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans, the first on record to be brought to the English colony of Virginia. They were among the 12.5 million Africans forced into the trans-Atlantic slave trade, their journey to the New World today known as the Middle …

Oil and Gas Emissions a Major Contributor to Bad Ozone Days: Colorado’s northern Front Range focus of new study

Oil and Gas Emissions a Major Contributor to Bad Ozone Days: Colorado’s northern Front Range focus of new study FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017 “The high ozone levels we observed on days when oil and gas activity was a primary contributor underscore the importance of better quantifying the contribution from oil and gas operations,” Cheadle said. “That understanding could support strategies …

Extreme climate change has arrived in America

LAKE HOPATCONG, N.J. — Before climate change thawed the winters of New Jersey, this lake hosted boisterous wintertime carnivals. As many as 15,000 skaters took part, and automobile owners would drive onto the thick ice. Thousands watched as local hockey clubs battled one another and the Skate Sailing Association of America held competitions, including one in 1926 that featured 21 …

Social Security 2100—A Path to Protecting America’s Elderly Communities

Social Security’s one shortcoming is that its benefits are extremely modest by virtually any measure. We can do so much better. ByDiane Archer August 13, 2019 by Common Dreams Activists participate in a rally urging the expansion of Social Security benefits in front of the White House July 13, 2015 in Washington, DC. Social Security Works, the AFL-CIO and additional …

Millions of Books Are Secretly in the Public Domain. You Can Download Them Free

By Matthew Gault, Motherboard, Aug 6 2019 Everyone is paying for books when they don’t have to. There’s so many ways to read almost anything ever published, for free, that it borders on the obscene. Libraries: They’re good! Sure, if you want the latest release from your favorite author you either have to pay or wait for a copy from the …

Initial costs of climate change in the US on mainland coasts by 2040

https://www.climatecosts2040.org/about-the-study Communities across the country are already paying billions to protect themselves, their homes, businesses, infrastructure, and livelihoods from climate impacts. Yet most states and municipalities do not track the cost of climate mitigation and adaptation projects, let alone identify alternative sources of revenue to help pay for them. Meanwhile, fossil fuel companies continue to profit from the very products …

The latest climate science is alarming, even for climate scientists

When the IPCC’s fifth assessment report was published in 2013, it estimated that such a doubling of CO2 was likely to produce warming within the range of 1.5 to 4.5°C as the Earth reaches a new equilibrium. However, preliminary estimates calculated from the latest global climate models (being used in the current IPCC assessment, due out in 2021) are far …

Residential Bi-Directional DC Fast Charger from Wallbox in the US and China

July 2019, In the US, Wallbox is bringing the Pulsar Plus charger, which it expects to have certified for use in the country by the end of the year. The Puslar Plus brings compact, functional EV charging into the home, with Wallbox’s signature intelligence components. The Plus part of the package represents the additional connectivity that comes in the form …

Hawaii’s plan to use Dispatchable Renewables in and Batteries, in PPAs not owned by the utility, to replace dirty power plants

Renewable Dispatchable Generation power purchase agreements An in-depth look at Hawaiian Electric’s latest move toward a future grid that doesn’t rely on huge spinning generators. by Jeff St. John, July 26, 2019 Hawaiian Electric, Hawaii’s main investor-owned utility, has been facing the challenge of incorporating renewable energy into its island grids for years now, from the weather-induced shifts in utility-scale wind …