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Nettleton Insights - July 12, 2011

July 12, 2011

Quote of the Week - "If people were meant to pop out of bed, we'd all sleep in toasters."  - Garfield the cat

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Worth Seeing

Along the Border

  • The U.S. Good Neighbors Environmental Board recently met in San Diego.  The group advises the President and Congress on environmental and border issues.  The meeting included a number of presentations about border-related clean energy projects.

Water

  • A July 1 New York Times article reports that flooding is inevitable in the Sacramento Delta and calls the region "the most flood-prone" in the U.S.
  • According to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, as of June 8, only about 50% of the accumulated snowpack for 2011 had melted in the Colorado River Basin. There is still significant snowpack within the basin which will support high flows into the reservoirs over the next 2 months (large pdf report, might take some time to download).
  • National Geographic Magazine has developed an online interactive map with accompanying stories to explain the status of the Colorado River and how it supplies water to the west.

Climate Change

  • Author Terry Gerlach from the U.S. Geological Survey provides a comparison of carbon dioxide from human activities and volcanoes in the American Geophysical Union's EOS Magazine.NOAA's Carbon Tracker You Tube video shows a visualization of the increase in atmospheric carbon first using the Keeling Curve data set and then gas analysis from ice cores.

Transportation

  • NBC News reports that "U.S. High Speed Rail Is Slower Than a Speeding Bullet" in a June 30 story.
  • An Idaho company, Solar Roadways, took first place in the second round of GE's Ecoimagination contest for a concept to transform the nation's roadways into a source of solar-powered electrical generation.

Energy and Sustainability

  • AOL Energy reports that IBM has successfully implemented a smart grid on Malta, a small island in the Mediterranean south of Italy.  The project could be a model for smart grid implementation in the U.S.
  • The world's largest marine tidal-powered turbine is expected to produce 6,000 megawatts of power annually from the waters off Scotland, according to Marine Insight, a maritime technology website.  Addtional turbines are to be installed in the Bay of Fundy and Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • San Diego has been named one of the top ten most climate-ready cities in the country by CO2 Impact.  The organization says climate-ready cities are "the big U.S. cities leading the way, based on political commitment, green buildings, university leadership, transit, greenhouse-gas emissions, cleantech investment, and energy."

 

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