Monday, July 16, 2018

Crop failure in EU

bloomberg He’s one of many farmers battling for survival after a heatwave and drought swept across northern parts of the continent, damaging crops from wheat to barley. Many German growers could go bankrupt if they suffer another crop failure, and too much rain in France is set to reduce output there. All combined, it’s shaping up to be the bloc’s smallest grains harvest in six years.

What no corporate media will say about US/Russia relations

Russia and US are not enemies, they are rivals. Here is what they are preparing for:
  • Continued rapid growth of Islamic State
  • Agriculture disasters from heat
  • Debt defaults
  • Sudden mass unemployment

Sunday, July 15, 2018

People of Haiti fight back against energy price rise

Reports differ on how many people have been killed in riots — at least two, three or seven — that happened over the last weekend. Demonstrators reportedly blocked roads, burned tires and vandalized shops.
The government announced on Friday, July 6 that prices would go up the following day by 38 percent for gasoline, 47 percent for diesel and 51 percent for kerosene.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Disappearance of Arctic Sea Ice

arctic-news The image on the right shows sea surface temperatures on July 6 for the years 2014 to 2018 at a location near Svalbard (at 77.958°N, 5.545°E), with an exponential trend added based on the data.

Civilization is a heat engine

scientificamerican.com But searing daytime highs were not the only feature of the unusual heat wave. As temperatures stayed sultry throughout the night, they posed a threat to human health because the body is less able to recover from the heat of the day.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

How does US tight-oil investment defy gravity?

resourceinsights Now here is what peak oil thinkers couldn't foresee: That investors would subsidize the production of vast amounts of oil rather than seeking a return on their capital and that they would do this year after year even in the face of the obvious financial evidence. Essentially, Wall Street has been subsidizing the consumption of oil on Main Street.
Ask yourself, did the bank bailout not also defy all economics? Of course, the tight-oil investors are backed by implicit bailout guarantees. Why? They are investing in the whole American system. 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Humans note massive heat wave, but quickly return focus to profits

ecowatch.com The U.S. wasn't the only country where typically milder climes faced scorching heat. In Canada, Montreal recorded its highest temperature since it began keeping records 147 years ago. Thermometers rose to 97.9 degrees on July 2, and the city also suffered its most extreme midnight combination of humidity and heat. The heat wave in Eastern Canada has turned deadly, killing at least 19 people in Quebec, 12 of them in Montreal, RTE reported Thursday.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Oil trolls in desperate search for negatives of fare-free urban public transport

Oil trolls in corporate media are scrambling desperately to find ways to declare fare-free urban transport to be unworkable.

So far, all they got is one professor who keeps asserting there is no empirical evidence that fare-free transport reduces driving.

We have a whole blog of evidence. Ridership up, unit costs down, people happy.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

#Renewables just add fuel to the fire

Tverberg Of the 252 million tons of oil equivalent (MTOE) energy consumption added in 2017, wind added 37 MTOE and solar added 26 MTOE. Thus, wind and solar amounted to about 25% of total energy consumption added in 2017. Fossil fuels added 67% of total energy consumption added in 2017, and other categories added the remaining 8%.