Bicycling: Free Electric Could be The New Power Source of India.
Mashable: Fiat’s all-electric 500e is worth adjusting your life around.
“The entire time, every second I was behind the wheel, I was thinking about the car. I was altering my driving style, suffering from icy toes because turning on the heat would zap precious battery life. And I wonder if I ever looked directly out the windshield at all, as my eyes were oft locked on the battery charge-level screen.” Oh yeah, sounds delightful.
NY Times/Letter of Recommendation: The ‘Death in … ’ Books.
“In their defense, there are indeed lessons to be learned from other people’s tragedies: Don’t pitch your tent at the edge of a cliff if you plan on getting drunk; don’t try to befriend the buffalo. Still, no one buys a book with a skull on the cover because they’re hoping for edification.” You will learn loads. Mostly that ill-preparation is a game of chance with Mother Nature, and she often wins.
BloombergBusiness: What’s Really Warming the World?
Fantastic use of interactive animation. Scroll through it all.
SF New Mexican: Mayor seeks $50K to launch city film commission.
Announced from the Red Pony bar set from Longmire.
naked cap: The TPP and State Sovereignty.
“Notice also that the Lester says it’s going to take a year to figure out what the language of the tobacco carve-out really means. However, TPP, if it is to be passed, can be passed in less than a year. So, once again, we might have to pass a bill to find out what’s in it (and in this case, we’ll be informed by the decisions of unaccountable international tribunals with no ethical canons. What could go wrong?).” You can bet your boots interested parties know exactly what the agreement says - and more importantly, how to leverage it for profit.
NPR: Volkswagen Makes ‘Goodwill’ Gesture To Defrauded Diesel Owners.
“Customers who accept the money will not give up their right to sue, the company said.” I’d be real careful of accepting early offers.
Autoweek: VW gasoline and diesel engine CO2 emission problem.
“A recall based on this issue is not foreseen by the automaker in the U.S., as it is not considered to be a technical problem caused by faulty manufacturing or failed components, but rather a labeling issue.” Oh, that’s rich.
The HIll: Right-wing media aims at Rubio.
So much fun watching them devour their own.
JunkCulture: Bureau A Recreates Stonehenge out of Shipping Containers in the Center of Geneva.
TED/Ideas: Should you stop eating fish?
Some vectors most don’t consider.
SF New Mexican: Bootleg trails remain a mystery, but officials hopeful culprits will be found.
This is the most-discussed news in our local area at the moment. Cutting down our gorgeous trees ... chainsaws in our dry forests! ... a whole lotta outrage simmering.
NMiD: New Mexico is at cutting edge of change—climate change.
Our tall pines are burning up, and won’t be coming back. Scrub. Will tourists flock for adobe and scrub? I suppose if we go the Disney route ...
LA Daily Post: Even When It’s Out Of Commission, Everybody Wants A Piece Of WIPP.
Another excellent Roger Snodgrass piece. They can’t even safely handle the low-level waste, and they still want to get approvals to chuck the high-level stuff in the Carlsbad hole ...
Guardian.UK: Texas pipeline plans rouse protest and pride from residents of lush Big Bend.
Speaking as a person who’s lived and worked there, it’s another unique ecosystem worthy of protection at all costs. Why must mankind sully every beautiful thing on this planet for cheap oil?
Guardian.UK: World’s oceans facing biggest coral die-off in history, scientists warn.
“The fact that 2016’s bleaching will be added on top of the bleaching that has occurred since June 2014 makes me really worried about what the cumulative impact may be. It very well may be the worst period of coral bleaching we’ve seen.” ‘May be’. Let’s hope for better than the worst-case, shall we?
Autoweek: VW customer loyalty incentive cash - $2000 toward a gas or hybrid Volkswagen.
“Existing VW owners will receive $2,000 toward the purchase or lease of any new VW gasoline or hybrid model ...” When in doubt, try a bribe (esp. one you can amortize or write off).
Guardian.UK: El Niño expected to hit US hard, but not enough to ease California drought.
The post-fire floods often do more damage than the fires themselves. Be prepared, if you’re in such an area.
Side note: Those guys in the photo are ROOFING, not ‘cleaning out debris basins’. You don’t take buckets of cold-patch tar up on the roof to clean debris.
Archaeology News Network: Scientists solve the riddle of deep ocean carbon.
“There has been a long outstanding question about whether hydrothermal vents are a source or sink of organic carbon to the oceans. We have shown that hydrothermal vent fluids contain almost none of the organic carbon which accumulates in the oceans, which means that vents are a sink for this unreactive ‘stored’ carbon.”
naked capitalism: With Shell’s Failure, U.S. Arctic Drilling Is Dead.
“On September 28, the company announced that it had ‘found indications of oil and gas in the Burger J well, but these are not sufficient to warrant further exploration in the Burger prospect. The well will be sealed and abandoned in accordance with U.S. regulations.’After the disappointing results, Shell will not try again.” Well, that’s a relief. Now to watch Russia.
nakedcap: VW Scandal Bad News For Diesel.
“Now that diesel is not as clean as it appeared and stricter emissions tests and perhaps even stricter regulation can be expected, one has to ask; does this mean the end of diesel for light vehicles? ‘Yes, it probably does,’ Max Warburton, senior automotive industry analyst at Bernstein Research, said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.”
NakedCap: Exxon’s Own Research Confirmed Fossil Fuels’ Role in Global Warming Decades Ago.
Atlantic: Volkswagen Says 11 Million Cars Worldwide Are Affected in Diesel Scandal.
“The scandal has brought into question the performance of Martin Winterkorn, the automaker’s CEO. Some analysts quoted by Reuters note that he might have to step down over the scandal.” Fat lot of good that will do. The corporation (supposedly ‘a person’) misbehaves, they throw one human under the bus ...
NPR: Faced With Spate Of Tremors, Oklahoma Looks To Shake Up Its Oil Regulations.
“You said you wanna rock ‘n’ roll instead
We’re just talking about the future
Forget about the past
It’ll always be with us
It’s never gonna die”
Mashable: Colorado park closes because people can’t stop taking selfies with bears.
“We’ve actually seen people using selfie sticks to try and get as close to the bears as possible, sometimes within 10 feet of wild bears.” Rank stupidity knows no bounds.