On the shores of Seneca Lake, a retired power plant’s new purpose is to power thousands of computers that mine bitcoin, a virtual currency. This process creates real world risks by pumping half a billion pounds of CO2 per year.
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- The State
You thought Bradford pear trees and kudzu were problematic? These three species are wrecking havoc on South Carolina’s natural environment.
- The Conversation
The invasive spotted lanternfly is spreading across the eastern US – here's what you need to know about this voracious pest
In seven years, the lanternfly has spread from Berks County, northwest of Philadelphia, to large areas of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and both south and north. Penn State/E. SwackhamerThe spotted lanternfly was first detected in Pennsylvania in 2014 and has since spread to 26 counties in that state and at least six other eastern states. It’s moving into southern New England, Ohio and Indiana. This approximately 1-inch-long species from Asia has attractive polka-dotted front wings but can infest
Environmentalists say desalination decimates ocean life, costs too much money and energy, and soon will be made obsolete by water recycling. After spending 22 years and $100 million navigating a thicket of state regulations and environmentalists' challenges, Poseidon Water is down to one major regulatory hurdle - the California Coastal Commission. The company feels confident enough to talk of breaking ground by the end of next year on the $1.4 billion plant that would produce some 50 million gallons of drinking water daily.
- Popular Mechanics
But we're not out of the, uh, woods just yet.
- Reuters Videos
On the Kenyan shores of Lake Victoria, entrepreneur Dominic Kahumbu and his team are using rakes and their hands to remove water hyacinth.It's an incredibly invasive plant, covering the surface of the water like a carpet, harming fish and helping mosquitos and bacteria thrive.But where many see a pest, Kahumbu sees an opportunity."What we're doing out here on Lake Victoria is we are harvesting this... what everyone considers to be a real menace and a pest, an invasive species and it has many, many, negative connotations to it. But the actual fact is water hyacinth is a blessing in disguise."And that's because, Kahumbu's company, Biogas International, is piloting a machine that converts water hyacinth into clean cooking fuel.Kahumbu says two to three kilograms will provide fuel for a cooker making a meal of maize and beans over four hours."The gas is tapped from the center of the actual digester tube".The project, in partnership with drugmaker AstraZeneca and the Institute for Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cambridge, has provided the "digesters" to 50 families in Kenya's western city Kisumu.That's allowed residents like Tony Otieno to abandon his traditional stove, called a jiko.It runs on charcoal, which Otieno says was costing him around 12 US dollars per sack."The gas has no smoke, it has no smell, then it is much faster than the jiko."But at a cost of $650, Kahumbu acknowledges that they are not affordable for most families in the city."The elderly people who should be retiring, are choking themselves to death, which is criminal in this day and age, that we should allow such a thing when we have very, very … this is biogas, they should all have biogas."He says the business needs capital investment and he's looking to the kinds of businesses that want to buy carbon credits to ensure his green fuel project can stay afloat.
Rapid growth in Big Sky is threatening the Gallatin River, a tributary of the Missouri River and a renowned fly fishing destination.
- Idaho Statesman
“Right now, we just have the closure in place for health and safety issues. ... I really can’t say for certain where we’re going after that.”
Tesla's primary source of revenue comes from the sale of its electric vehicles, but its latest quarterly earnings report showed growth in its energy storage and solar business. The demand picture will get even sunnier for the division if the company can access enough chips for its energy storage products, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Tesla on Monday reported $801 million in revenue from its energy generation and storage business -- which includes three main products: solar, its Powerwall storage device for homes and businesses, and its utility storage unit Megapack -- but that's just a sliver of the nearly $12 billion in total revenue.
- Los Angeles Times Opinion
Water management decisions being made right now are at least as much to blame as heat storms and drought.
Back in 2012, the intelligence community prepared a report on global water security, forecasting that within a decade water shortages and floods in many countries would “risk instability and state failure, increase regional tensions, and distract them from working with the United States.” The same report predicted that before 2040, the world’s demand for fresh water would not keep up with the supply, unless we managed our water far better than we do today. It’s clear from this example and too many others that water shortages and mega storms fueled by climate change are already endangering peace and prosperity in different parts of the world.
- Daily Paws
The first responders endured a few stings, but they still managed to save the sweet pup.
- USA TODAY
Authorities predict a high probability of above-average temperatures for much of the U.S. over the next several days as some areas hit the mid-100s.
- Washington Examiner
President Joe Biden’s success in pursuing 100% carbon-free power by 2035 could come down to wires.
- Associated Press
U.S. officials who are trying to adopt out wild horses captured on public land say they are tightening protections to guard against the illegal resale of the animals for slaughter, but advocates say the government needs to do more, including ending incentive payments for adoptions. The Bureau of Land Management is committed to the health and safety of adopted mustangs and burros, its deputy director for programs, Nada Wolff Culver, said in announcing the changes Monday. “We will begin to make additional compliance visits post-adoption, bring more scrutiny to potential adopters and increase warnings to sale barns about the risks of illegally selling wild horses and burros, among other steps,” she said.
- House Beautiful
The sky is showing off.
In a major step against climate change, President Joe Biden is proposing a return to aggressive Obama-era vehicle mileage standards over five years. He's then aiming for even tougher anti-pollution rules after that to forcefully reduce greenhouse gas emissions and nudge 40% of U.S. drivers into electric vehicles by decade’s end.
- The Takeout
Bears: they’re just like us. They smell food and beer and they come a-lumberin’. The most recent case of bear/human contact involves a woman who got slapped with a $5,826.99 fine. Why? Because she attracted a bear with improperly stored food at her campsite in Grand Teton National Park. Can’t blame the bear for wanting to get in on a little garbage action.
- The Conversation
The Little Ice Age brought some bitter extremes. Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1565In recent weeks, catastrophic floods overwhelmed towns in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, inundated subway tunnels in China, swept through northwestern Africa and triggered deadly landslides in India and Japan. Heat and drought fanned wildfires in the North American West and Siberia, contributed to water shortages in Iran, and worsened famines in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. Extremes like these are increasingly
- USA TODAY
'Going to be a long haul': Massive Dixie Fire merges with Fly Fire, tears through small town as California burns
More homes burned and 10,000 others were threatened Monday as the fast-growing Dixie Fire in Northern California wildfire merged with another blaze.
- Idaho Statesman
This summer of excessive heat prompted an emergency effort to save endangered salmon. Just one of the eight was a wild, non-hatchery fish.