The Locust Plague in East Africa Is Sending Us a Message, And It’s Not Good News

So far, over half a million hectares of land in this region of the world have been treated with pesticides, and, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), that has saved enough crops to cover basic cereal requirements for nearly 8 million people.

But treating huge swathes of land with pesticides is terrible for biodiversity. Even if you don’t care a thing for locusts, there are clearly other animals to consider. As farmers grow desperate to preserve their crops, more of them are indiscriminately spraying pesticides.

Bill Hansson, a chemical ecologist from the Max Planck Institute in Germany, told Bloomberg he’s worried that we will kill other crucial insects, such as bees, in the process.

California Will Use Diesel This Summer to Help Keep Lights On |

From Bloomberg

In a hilarious bit of irony:

California will allow PG&E Corp. to use diesel-powered mobile generators to keep some electricity flowing when the utility proactively cuts power to prevent live wires from sparking fires in high wind.

State regulators signed off Thursday on PG&E’s plan to use about 450 megawatts of diesel generation to power homes, businesses, hospitals and other critical facilities as part of the utility’s effort to reduce disruptions during the shutoffs.

After decades of neglect to both its electrical distribution and forest management, the tinderbox, known as California, continues to amuse.

Of course the virtue signaling must continue.

PG&E said it considered more environmentally-friendly options but they proved too costly or impractical to deploy in time this year. The company said its mobile generators can use fuel made from vegetable oil and that it will continue to explore cleaner alternatives for the coming years.

Full article can be found here.

California Continues to Inflict More Costs onto the Energy Used by Residents |

By Ronald Stein

Ambassador for Energy & Infrastructure, Irvine, California

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided on May 28th that climate lawsuits filed by San Mateo County and the cities of San Francisco and Oakland asserting a California public nuisance claim against five energy companies arising from the role of fossil fuel products in global warming can proceed in state court. The lawsuits utilize an obscure area of the law called “public nuisance” to place the blame for global climate change on a few energy companies that develop and sell the energy used by consumers and businesses.

What San Francisco, Oakland, and Governor Newsom fail to understand is that the oil and gas industry is not just a California business with its few refineries, but an international industry with more than 700 refineries worldwide that manufacture the derivatives from oil that are needed to make more than 6,000 products, as well as the various fuels to the world to operate planes, trucks, construction equipment, merchant ships, cruise ships, and automobiles.

Without the California energy suppliers operating in the 5thlargest economy in the world, the state would become a national security risk for the entire country being dependent on foreign countries for our existence.

If the GND ever gets fully implemented in California, we’ll have no refineries manufacturing in -state. We would be getting all those thousands of products from the derivatives from oil, and our fuels from foreign refineries via ships to our ports. Newsom may have difficulty suing offshore refineries for their nuisance to society!

Here’s How Much Plastic You’re Eating Each Week — Renegade Tribune | VikingLifeBlog

Vermont Folk Troth

A study put out by the University of Newcastle, Australia, found that, on average, you’re consuming the equivalent of a credit card’s worth of microplastic — small plastic particles less than 5 millimeters in size — each week. These microplastics pollute the air you breathe and the foods you consume, and are especially prevalent in the water you drink, according to this study and others like it.

Endtimes HeadLine News – Last Days Of Earth: China Video Surfaces – Superbug Wuhan Flu Deaths

Friday, January 24, 2020

China Video Surfaces – Superbug Wuhan Flu Deaths

New leaked video of coronavirus outbreak
deaths in Chinese hospitals surfaced online. Chinese government
officials scurried to remove the video before it went viral. We obtained
a copy. Just watch the video. It needs no explanation.

Could The End Of Ethanol Be In Sight? | PA Pundits – International

Their success is indicated by the fact that ethanol received a 51-cent per gallon subsidy through 2008 and 45 cents a gallon ever since. In addition, cheaper EtOH made in Brazil from sugar cane suffers a 54-cent tariff. But wait! There is more! An escalating government mandate that runs through 2022 requires the production of 37 billion gallons of biofuel (primarily ethanol) in the United States.

All of this support for an unnecessary fuel even before the U.S. became the energy capital of the world, was exposed in 1998 by the late Dr. David Pimentel of Cornell University. While chairing the U.S. Department of Energy Panel to investigate the economics of ethanol production, the panel found that 131,000 British Thermal Units (BTUs) were required to produce a single gallon of ethanol, which only produced 77,000 BTUs when burned. That is a net energy loss of 54,000 BTUs per gallon. But it gets worse.

While some cost is captured by selling the residual dry distillers grain for animal feed, the panel determined that water use and soil erosion required by growing corn had their costs as well.

Coronavirus is changing the way we recycle waste and it’s not all bad news – ABC News

As people change their behaviours to reduce the risk of transmitting coronavirus, there has been some
confusion whether plastic is the best option, with New South Wales MP Greg Barilaro even encouraging people to return to single-use plastic bags when shopping.

But experts like Meru Sheel, an infectious disease epidemiologist from the Australian National University, say there is no evidence plastic is a better option, especially if other measures, including hand sanitiser, are put in place.

A Green Reboot After the Pandemic by Sandrine Dixson-Declève, et al – Project Syndicate

On one planet, all
species, countries, and geopolitical issues are ultimately interconnected. We are witnessing how the outbreak of a novel
coronavirus in China can wreak havoc on the entire world. Like COVID-19,
climate change, biodiversity loss, and financial collapses do not observe national or even physical borders. These problems can be managed
only through collective action that starts long before they become full-blown crises.

The coronavirus pandemic is a wake-up call to stop exceeding the planet’s limits. After all, deforestation, biodiversity loss, and climate change all make pandemics more likely. Deforestation drives wild animals closer to human populations, increasing the likelihood that zoonotic viruses like SARS-CoV-2 will make the cross-species leap. Likewise, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that global warming will likely accelerate the emergence of new viruses.

States Welcome Back Single-Use Plastic Bags to Avoid Contamination

States that introduced “green” regulations that taxed single-use plastic grocery bags in an effort to eventually annihilate them are now welcoming them back as health officials caution of possible contamination with reusable bags.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said Thursday he was suspending the ten-cent tax on single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and other retail businesses as one of his actions “to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”

Dumping contaminated water from Fukushima plant into ocean – the lesser evil? | Aletho News

Comment by tonytran2015: Tritium is a valuable radio-isotop (US forces destroyed the tritium stock of Nazist Germany in WW2). It may be possible to get a nuclear engineering firm to extract tritium from this Japanese nuclear waste water.

Every day, cooling the molten reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant yields an additional 150 cubic meters of contaminated water containing tritium (a radioactive isotope of hydrogen) and other chemicals. The issue concerns the water originally used in the reactors’ cooling circuits during the disaster, and that used to cool the wrecked plant and the remaining fuel. A significant amount of water from underground sources flowing through the land towards the ocean is also being polluted. In total, TEPCO is currently storing 1.1 million cubic meters of radioactive water in one thousand special tanks on the territory of the nuclear power plant (NPP), but based on company’s estimates, it will run out of space for the contaminated water by the summer of 2022. TEPCO announced this in August 2019 and made a proposal to pump the contaminated water from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi NPP into the Pacific Ocean.