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In 11th Annual Earth Hour, Green Groups Call for Global Effort to Combat Climate Crisis and Defend Biodiversity


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In 11th Annual Earth Hour, Green Groups Call for Global Effort to Combat Climate Crisis and Defend Biodiversity

Julia Conley, staff writer

Landmarks and homes around the world went dark at 8:30pm local time Saturday night, as cities, households, and businesses participated in the 11th annual Earth Hour—a call from environmental campaigners for a coordinated international effort to combat climate crisis.

This year, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which organizes the event, aimed to raise awareness about the significant loss of biodiversity that's been linked to the warming of the planet, pollution, and the exploitation of natural resources.


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When I think about the World going dark, the only thing that comes to mind is Donald Trump’s finger getting near his “Big” Nuclear Button.


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I would like it to be every night all night long.

The other thing that should happen is total global silence for 15 minutes. Just stop it, be quiet and listen to your heart beat. Everyone, everywhere, all together. We might be amazed at the realization of what we are doing when we try to go back to what we were doing before the silence.


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It’s so awesome to see the stars without all that artificial light pollution.


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Thanks Dan, I hear an echo. Few understand exponential growth, too bad for us and the Planet.


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Yes i get you, but in contrast i think humans also hold the key to reversing the harmful effects of our living like parasites. I also think capitalism and exploitation of earth’s resources must be stopped as a first step toward healing mother earth.


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Yes, global climate devastation has to somehow be reversed but to me, the immediate threat is the nuclear threat, because in my view, we will be on the eve of nuclear destruction until we reverse the immediate threat of Trump’s finger on the hair trigger of a nuclear attack on North Korea. And what is even worse! We now we have the war monger and insane, war hawk and crazy man John Bolton, who wants to attack both North Korea and Iran!


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Good !

A social tipping point is coming as the existential threat grows both in magnitude and in the human imagination.

We broke it

  • now we are going to fix it ~

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And yet another year when communist hold siege the progressive movement and ignore the incentive opportunities with green energy co op community micro grid circular economy permaculture bio char aquaponics, bio mass solar hydrogen economies, ocean thermal energy power purchase agreements. Getting civilians into this new energy community based royalty design for community wealth, no talk of how to bring leaiure with automation. Or even how to integrate 3d printing. Everyone who sees this language for the first time. Look st yourself, I’ve been shouting this revolution for 20 years. Shame on you .


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“Earth hour” is a meaningless faux-green gesture - but it seems that the USA is not even into meaningless gestures. What lights are turned off on the Empire State Bldg? Look at all the lit windows - surely, there are not those many poeple working in their offices on a Saturday night…

And in Pittsburgh, it consists of a couple big corporation like the awful “UPMC” corporate medical monopoly turning their garish logos or accent floodlights atop their towers off for an hour. It was not even noticeable.


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Yes. And the moon landings were a hoax…


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Yep, and Hypotonia or floppy baby syndrome just happens.


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“Communist”? You mean capitalist, don’t you?


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It should go without saying that I’m ignoring the troll farm here. The fossil fuel industry wants to waste our time and energy.

Now, I want, like, “effort” in the global effort.

Effort is when we displace natural gas with maybe 90% stored solar and 10% (hopefully renewable) electricity for heating at least 90% of all buildings in the winter. Effort is when we at least try to get the engineering done for this project. It’s actually pretty easy and fast!! Unfortunately you’d never know that talking to most or all of the big green organizations.

Next on the list, we have solar for sunny day electricity and fracked natural gas for nighttime electricity. What’s wrong with this picture? That’s right, we want stored solar (or something similar) for nighttime electricity. This would just about finish off the fracking industry. So, who’s designing and building all of those prototypes? <crickets!> <and crickets every single blinking year forever and ever!!>

Next, do freeways make your asthma worse? Sure, electric cars are better. Now, what’s 90% more lifetime energy-efficient (and otherwise far better) than electric cars? This climate goal will be work but it will pay off. Poor oil industry!

So, please ask quite pointed questions of your green organization. Where is the cure?!! Who is working on it?

Turning your own lights off for an hour is a start, but why not turn the entire fossil fuel industry’s lights off!


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I appreciate the article title saying ‘climate crisis’ rather than ‘climate change’ as it is a crisis nearing catastrophe and soon to be apocalyptic if we humans don’t get our shit together and fast.


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Ground all planes, stop all vehicles, stop all factories. Shut off all ship engines to silence all human machines for 15 minutes


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This year is the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelly’s writing of Frankenstein - when she was 18 - in 1818.
Celebrating this anniversary at U. Washington:
Frankenstein Meets Climate Change: Prof Michael Wysession (March 2018)

The “modern Promethean myth”


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Solar is not everything, and making a country as large as the USA nearly 100% reliant on solar is impractical. A typical 7.5 KW system with 30 panels will produce 11,000KWh in a year. Attach these to every home in the USA and you have 132,832,000 x 11,000KWh = 1,461,152,000,000 KWh / 1,000,000= 1,461,152 GWh.



According to the EIA the USA generated 4,014,804 GWh in 2017. This means that every home in the USA covered in solar would provide you with 36% of net electricity. So in order to get to 90% as you propose we would need to construct a fair amount of large utility scale solar plants with all homes covered, plus additional storage. What you are describing is not a project that would be completed fast nor easily.
https://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/epm_table_grapher.php?t=epmt_1_01

“That’s right, we want stored solar (or something similar) for nighttime electricity. This would just about finish off the fracking industry”
Well actually you would need a lot more. In the USA natural gas makes up about 33.5% of our net electrical production, but natural gas is not used solely for electrical generation. In fact about 36% of all natural gas is used for electrical production, with transportation at 3%, residential and commercial heating at 27% and industrial petrochemical production at 34%. Most vehicles that utilize CNG are not small cars which is the target market for most EVs. They are trucks, which the EV market is introducing to the market with limited success. Heating can be converted to other renewable means, but this will require even more infrastructure and for commercial buildings this can be more challenging given the lower energy density of renewable heating systems. Oh and then you have industrial production, where solar offers ZERO substitutes. If you think solar is going to finish off the natural gas industry you are surely mistaken.
https://www.afdc.energy.gov/vehicles/natural_gas.html
https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/index.cfm?page=natural_gas_use

“So, who’s designing and building all of those prototypes? <crickets!> <and crickets every single blinking year forever and ever!!”
There is actually a wide variety of projects that are being developed to become substitutes for fossil fuels, but there is a massive difference in scale between laboratory prototype and large commercial implementation. These feats of engineering take time. You can’t just clap your hands and create a substitute for 50 million tons of ethylene production. If you are interested in learning about these new developments you may have to broaden your horizons to accept solutions other than just solar.



http://ambthair.com/displacement_vs_mixed_flow_ventilation.html


http://energystorage.org/energy-storage/technologies/liquid-air-energy-storage-laes

I like your tenacity for discovering new energy solutions and questioning energy organizations, but it is important to understand the exact challenges that we face and to have an open mind about potential solutions moving forward.


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I want to share your optimism and I hope we can overcome this as we have so much before, though in the end even humanity is an animal that has its limits. If you ask me I think humanity’s Achilles heel is our propensity to raise up the most aggressive of our kind to the highest echelons of power. Sure it was useful to entrench humanity as the dominate species but now that we are in all corners of the Earth we have no one to direct that aggression towards but each other. I hope in the near future the more conscientious and humane of us can usurp the aggressors and tyrants.


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You get it, thanks, makes me smile.