Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


L.A. interactive energy map

Here: http://sustainablecommunities.environment.ucla.edu/map/

LAenergymap

This map displays average monthly energy consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh) at the Census block group level between January 2011 and June 2012.

Goes nicely with the NYC report “NYC Energy Benchmarking Report for Non-Residential Properties”.



Declining U.S. carbon dioxide emissions

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And it’s worth remembering why that happened– we didn’t have a choice. Global field production of crude oil (excluding natural gas liquids, which are not used as transportation fuel) stagnated at about 74 million barrels/day between 2005 and 2008. It is up a couple of million barrels since then, but more than 100% of this increase has been consumed by China alone, forcing the U.S. and other countries to reduce our oil consumption.

via James Hamilton: Econbrowser: Declining U.S. carbon dioxide emissions.



Natural gas development in Bradford County, PA

A link to an animated map of drilling operations in Bradford County since 2008.

http://www.bradfordcountypa.org/Natural-Gas.asp?specifTab=2

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Cone of Probability

Hurricane Sandy.

via http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at3+shtml/211343.shtml?5-daynl?large#contents


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Collapse of the summer Arctic ice
September 17, 2012, 16:58
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Wadhams measures the ice.

via http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/sep/17/arctic-collapse-sea-ice

“At first this didn’t [get] noticed; the summer ice limits slowly shrank back, at a rate which suggested that the ice would last another 50 years or so. But in the end the summer melt overtook the winter growth such that the entire ice sheet melts or breaks up during the summer months.

“This collapse, I predicted would occur in 2015-16 at which time the summer Arctic (August to September) would become ice-free. The final collapse towards that state is now happening and will probably be complete by those dates”.

Wadhams says the implications are “terrible”. “The positives are increased possibility of Arctic transport, increased access to Arctic offshore oil and gas resources. The main negative is an acceleration of global warming.”

“As the sea ice retreats in summer the ocean warms up (to 7C in 2011) and this warms the seabed too. The continental shelves of the Arctic are composed of offshore permafrost, frozen sediment left over from the last ice age. As the water warms the permafrost melts and releases huge quantities of trapped methane, a very powerful greenhouse gas so this will give a big boost to global warming.”



Chinese coal production

The rise in global production over the past decade is almost entirely due to Chinese production…

via the EIA via http://www.theoildrum.com/node/9485



Waldo Canyon Fire Activity Expected to Increase

Today’s Events:
Fire activity is expected to increase today and tomorrow, with higher temperatures and decreasing humidity. Possible afternoon thunderstorms could also bring strong, gusty winds. Temperatures are expected to reach at least 15 degrees above season normal.
On the west side of the fire, crews will hold and improve line from Rampart Ridge Road south to Highway 24, eliminating hotspots where required, extinguishing roll-out logs, and continuing structure protection, with the aim of re-opening the highway as soon as possible. Night crews successfully performed a burnout operation in this area overnight.
Smoke may again be visible from Colorado Springs, as a large island of fuel within the fire perimeter continues to burn, but poses no threat.
Aircraft will make retardant drops on the northern perimeter as firefighters attempt to hold the fire south of Monument Creek. Three spot fires northeast of Rampart Reservoir are being aggressively attacked by air, bulldozers and hand crews. Firefighters will also continue construction of a contingency bulldozer line along Mt. Herman Road north of the fire.
Air resources will continue to be used to suppress fire activity in Williams Canyon on the southern flank of the fire.

via http://inciweb.org/incident/article/2929/14645/

Yesterday’s perimeter map:


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50-mile radius around Palisades nuke plant

…which is leaking, perhaps exploding, etc.

The 41-year-old plant’s license was due to expire, but in 2007 the NRC granted a 20-year extension.


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Via the Palisade license-renewal application (pdf): http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/licensing/renewal/applications/palisades/palisades_er.pdf



Seven-minute release of UF6 gas at Honeywell plant in Illinois
June 7, 2012, 15:32
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By preventing the guy from asking the question, the question goes viral.

youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3DRoKRI62s&w=420&h=315



Actual unemployment versus the Administration’s ’09 predictions

Even in the ‘nightmare scenario,’ everything gets better, better, better.

This chart says a lot about American politics.

Also, remember that the ‘actual unemployment rate’ … isn’t.




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