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Guyana: Green transformation versus narrow thinking – Editorial – Stabroek News

Green transformation versus narrow thinking

On its website’s homepage, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) proudly displays what it terms a ‘new GuySuCo’. It says that it is “transforming our business” and “exploring our potential: rice cultivation and other crops to ensure the sustainability and viability of our business”. Arrows point from this statement to labelled photographs of cane sugar, fruit crops, aquaculture, dairy farming and seed paddy.

And sadly, that is as far as the transformation extends, although there is a notification lower on the page where GuySuCo explains why it is not pursuing ethanol production as an alternative to sugar production. The explanation, with references to studies, prices and comparisons with other countries producing ethanol makes perfect sense. What doesn’t is why GuySuCo’s research is limited to cane agriculture.        Continue reading

The basic science for how climate change triggers severe cold weather in wintertime — The Secular Jurist

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By Robert A. Vella. It may seem paradoxical to laypeople that we would have severe cold weather spells in wintertime given that the world is rapidly warming up due to manmade climate change; and, climate change deniers are quick to exploit this paradox for political reasons.  But, it is true.  Global warming is increasing the incidence of extreme weather events of every kind from prolonged droughts and powerful storms to deadly heat waves and brutal cold snaps.  The following details the basic science behind the phenomenon popularly, though inaccurately, known as the “polar vortex.” The real polar vortex is something else altogether…

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Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 – featuring Artificial Intelligence

The future of Artificial Intelligence

Editorial –  Stabroek News – 09 January 2019

While the rest of the world is still busy adjusting to the commencement of the New Year, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s largest technology convention kicked off last Sunday in Las Vegas, Nevada, with most of the world’s leading electronic giants holding press conferences to announce their latest innovations.

The annual show which opened to the public on Monday January 7, 2019 covers 2.75 million square feet of exhibit space and the 180,000 expected attendees from 155 countries will be privy to a first-hand view of the future of electronic gadgetry driven by the rapidly expanding field of Artificial Intelligence in twenty-four categories.           Continue reading

USA -Catastrophic Power Outage Poses a “Profound Threat” – New Government Report

USA -Catastrophic Power Outage Poses a “Profound Threat” to the US, New Government Report Finds

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Visualizing the Rise of the Electric Vehicle – Infographic by visualcapitalist.com

Visualizing the Rise of the Electric Vehicle

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When will electric vehicles be the norm?

Today’s infographic uses projections from bank Morgan Stanley to show the expected rise of the EV.

See when EVs will surpass traditional autos in market share, and when the EV fleet will hit 1 billion vehicles in total.

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Renewable Energy Soundscapes – By the Rosaliene Bacchus Blog

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Primal Sonic Visions by Bill Fontana

Primal Sonic Visions by Bill Fontana
Photo Credit: Venice Science Gallery, Italy

Joan Sullivan – a Canadian-based renewable energy photographer, blogging at Artists and Climate Change – has opened my senses to diverse artists working to help us embrace our transition to a 100 percent renewable energy economy. In her post, “Renewable Energy Soundscapes,” published on July 12, 2018, Sullivan introduces us to Bill Fontana’s Primal Sonic Visions, now on exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018.

Seventy-one-year-old Bill Fontana, an American composer and sound art pioneer, told Sullivan that the project, commissioned by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), transformed him as an artist through his experimentation with moving images and invention of a new visual language.

Primal Sonic Visions prompts deep reflection on the power and effectiveness of energy capable of ensuring the future of our planet and triggers an emotional response to…

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Analysis: Can Chinese cities leave the car behind?

A greener life, a greener world

Article imageEncouraging bicycles and investing in public transport are just some of the ways Chinese cities are trying to minimise car use Photo credit: chuyu.

By Liu Shaokun

For years, Chinese city planners have prioritised cars, but they’re now taking a different route, writes Liu Shaokun.

Plagued by congestion and air pollution, China’s cities are exploring models of transportation that are more sustainable in terms of their social, environmental and climate impacts. Some have emerged as global leaders, such as Hangzhou, south-west of Shanghai, which in 2017 won an international award for its municipal bike sharing scheme. More recently Shenzhen, a major city north of Hong Kong, electrified its entire fleet of public buses, gaining worldwide recognition.

Over the past 40 years, China has undergone rapid urbanisation. In the 1980s, the one-time “kingdom of the bicycle” saw economic reforms and the transition to motorised transportation. The country is now…

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Extreme Weather and the Climate Crisis: What You Need to Know – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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US 2017 Billion-Dollar Disaster Map - NOAA

U.S. 2017 Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters
Photo Credit: NOAA

Earlier this month, while the Trump administration quietly cancelled NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS), concentrations of carbon dioxide at the Mauna Loa Observatory averaged above 410 parts per million (ppm) throughout April. With such irresponsible action, we-the-people must prepare ourselves for more extreme weather.

Extreme Weather & the Climate Crisis: What You Need to Know, published by the Climate Reality Project (March 2018), helps us to understand the challenges we now face. As the captioned NOAA chart shows, climate-related and other natural disasters are costly. Total damages in 2017 left the U.S. with a bill of $306 billion. Families who were hit are still recovering from their loss. Families in poor communities may never recover.

Here’s what we need to know about our extreme weather and the climate crisis. Bear in mind that weather refers to short-term atmospheric…

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Electric Buses: Your bus is running approximately 100 years late

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Clean and quiet, London once boasted a fleet of 20 electric buses. They were more efficient and reliable than their petrol equivalents, and operated on battery power. Mounted under the bus, the batteries had a 60 km range and could be removed and swapped for a fresh one in just three minutes.

This was in 1906, and the bus looked like this:

The London Electrobus Company ran a bus service between Victoria and Kilburn from 1907 to 1910, the world’s first fully operational electric bus route. Their buses were popular with the public, and the company had ambitious plans for expansion.

Unfortunately, they also had a couple of crooks at the helm of the company. They failed to pay the engineering firms that had developed their battery technologies. They raised money on false pretences, including fake patents. Investors’ money was siphoned off by the owners of the company, which duly…

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Guyana: Natural Gas for Electric Power and Private Power Producers – Minister Harmon to GSMA

Guyana: Natural Gas for Electric Power and Private Power Producers – Minister Harmon to GSMA

Mar 29, 2018  Kaieteur News

Authorities target dumping of inferior goods, mislabelling

At the GMSA’s Annual General Meeting – March 28. 2018

Government will not be depending on natural gas use alone to solve the country’s energy woes.

Rather, a mix of alternative energy sources coupled with upgrades and the use of private power producers will be utilized as the country moves forward.      Continue reading

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