Month: December 2020

On the Blogs: Researchers See Solar Capacity Reaching 490 Gigawatts This Year, Nearly Matching Nuclear

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Futurism.com:Solar energy has been on the rise, and based on new data from GTM Research, it could rival nuclear energy in terms of global capacity by the end of 2017.The data, which is available in the most recent edition of Global Solar Demand Monitor, indicates that solar power will reach a capacity of roughly 390 gigawatts this year. Meanwhile, the latest figures from the Nuclear Energy Institute suggest that the world is currently home to 391.5 gigawatts of nuclear plants.Solar growth is slowing slightly — following a massive jump from 50.3 gigawatts added in 2015 to 77.8 gigawatts added in 2016, 81.1 gigawatts will likely be added in 2017. However, GTM Research expects that growth will continue at a steady rate, with total global capacity reaching 871 gigawatts by 2022.Capacity is just one piece of the puzzle, though. Nuclear energy is still well ahead of solar in terms of electricity generated, outputting 2,476,671 gigawatt-hours compared to solar’s 375,000. That being said, the International Energy Agency projects that solar could feasibly become the world’s largest source of energy by 2050 due to its falling cost and increasing convenience.More: Report Suggests Solar Energy Capacity Will Rival Nuclear Power by the End of 2017 On the Blogs: Researchers See Solar Capacity Reaching 490 Gigawatts This Year, Nearly Matching Nuclearlast_img read more

European offshore wind capacity up 18% in 2018

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first_imgEuropean offshore wind capacity up 18% in 2018 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:European offshore wind capacity grew by 18 percent in 2018, according to statistics from trade body WindEurope. Europe installed 2.6 gigawatts (GW) of new offshore capacity, with 15 new offshore wind farms coming online.Breaking the figures down, the U.K. and Germany led the way, accounting for 85 percent of the region’s new capacity. The U.K. installed 1.3 GW, while Germany was responsible for 969 megawatts (MW). Overall, Europe’s total offshore capacity now stands at 18.5 GW.WindEurope added that the “size and scale” of offshore wind in Europe was continuing to rise, with the average size of new turbines installed in 2018 hitting 6.8 MW, a 15 percent increase compared to 2017.Europe is now home to 105 offshore wind farms including the world’s largest, Walney Extension. Officially opened in September 2018, it is located in the Irish Sea, has a total capacity of 659 MW and generates electricity for almost 600,000 homes. The facility uses 87 turbines – 40 MHI-Vestas 8.25 MW turbines and 47 Siemens Gamesa 7 MW turbines – and covers an area equal to roughly 20,000 soccer pitches.Europe’s offshore wind statistics come in the same week that the Global Wind Energy Council announced that North, Central and South America installed 11.9 GW of wind power capacity in 2018. This represents an increase of 12 percent compared to 2017, with total installed wind capacity for the Americas now standing at 135 GW.More: Offshore wind capacity in Europe increased by 18 percent last yearlast_img read more

Fracking leader Chesapeake Energy struggles under soaring debt and plummeting prices

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNN:Chesapeake Energy helped pioneer America’s shale natural gas revolution. Now, the company is warning that it may not survive the era of cheap gas it helped to usher in.The Oklahoma-based energy company said Tuesday in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission that if “depressed prices persist,” there is “substantial doubt” about its ability to continue as a “going concern.”Chesapeake Energy (CHK) has fallen. The company’s early bets on fracking made it a natural gas powerhouse, and at one point it was the nation’s No. 2 natural gas producer. Aubrey McClendon, Chesapeake’s late founder and CEO, was considered one of the leaders of the shale boom.But the company now is drowning in $10 billion of debt. And it’s struggling to pay it all back, because America is swimming in excess natural gas, keeping prices very weak. Chesapeake’s average realized natural gas price dropped nearly 12% during the third quarter.Chesapeake’s share price plunged 15% on Tuesday to $1.34 following the warning and a weak earnings report. The stock has lost 98% of its value since closing at a record high of $65.63 in July 2008.The financial problems have been amplified by a bid to diversify away from natural gas by betting big on oil. The company’s October 2018 deal for shale oil driller WildHourse Resource Company, valued at $4 billion, including debt, came when U.S. oil prices were trading at nearly $70 a barrel. Weeks later, crude plunged below $45 a barrel. Oil prices have yet to fully recover.Chesapeake’s balance sheet is carrying $9.7 billion of debt, compared with $8.2 billion at the end of 2018 — nearly five times more than Chesapeake’s entire market value.Citing weak prices, Chesapeake on Tuesday announced plans to slash its drilling and completion activity by 30% in 2020. And the company plans to cut production and general expenses by about 20% in a bid to achieve free cash flow. Executives also said they will consider selling assets to raise cash.More: Fracking pioneer Chesapeake Energy is drowning in debt Fracking leader Chesapeake Energy struggles under soaring debt and plummeting priceslast_img read more

Cold Truths

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first_imgWe got our greedy little paws on the hottest new winter gear for serious on-slope testing.Elevation Outdoors Winter Gear Review: Cold Truths1. Rossignol Super 7This big brother of Rossi’s popular S7 came out last season but sold out in no time—for good reason. The Super 7 (145-117-127) took it up a notch. Featuring a layer of strong, supple titanal, the tip-and-tail rockered ski is even beefier and more responsive inbounds than the S7 but has not lost its ego-boosting powder float.$800; rossignol.com2. Black Diamond AMPerageThis is one versatile ski for soft snow. It’s 115 mm underfoot so it certainly floats the soft stuff, but with 21 meters of turn radius, it can also whip around in trees and even cruise the groomers—the ideal do-it-all board.$669; blackdiamondequipment.com3. Jones Hovercraft SplitSnowboarding film star Jeremy Jones designed the Hoverctaft to ride with a lot more versatility, especially in powder, than the usual 156-cm board. Spilt capability makes it a backcountry mountaineering tool that’s still got the guts of a freestyle ride.$699; jonessnowboards.com4. Zeal TranscendTracking speed, altitude and other vitals as you cruise downhill, these are some serious geek goggles. Simply take a glance down at the lower right corner of the lens where a display screen tracks all that data. Even better, when you head home, you can download and analyze your ski session the same way you would with a running or cycling workout.$549; zealoptics.com5. Nordica Firearrow F1While ski design has changed radically over the past decade, getting ridiculously fat and shorter, boots are still built with the mindset of driving drive thin, old-school boards. The Firearrow, however, allows for more ankle articulation for lateral control—just the ticket when you need to make adjustments on skis that are over 100 mm underfoot. Carbon fiber construciton keeps it light.$935; nordica.com6. Outdoor Research AmbitIt’s nearly impossible to operate a smart phone on the slopes while wearing ski gloves, but the fingers of the Ambit use Touch Tec leather, a nanotechnology that makes it so that the material will operate a touch screen just as adroitly as if it were bare skin.$99; outdoorresearch.com7. Columbia Circuit Breaker SoftshellThis soft shell jacket contains a built-in, electronic heating system. Simply press a button and it starts to warm you up at three different temperature settings, yet, it’s still light and breathable enough for athletic skiing and skinning. It’s a tad bulky with two battery packs that take up a bit of space in the chest, but that inconvenience is worth it for the pleasure of heat on demand.$850; columbia.com8. Backcountry Access Float 18BCA’s newest avalanche bag, which works by giving a skier trapped in a slide enough bouyancy to rocket to the surface, was designed for the sidecountry. The 18-liter pack is low-profile enough for the resort, while still offering the technology found in larger, heavier bags.$685; backcountryaccess.comlast_img read more

The February Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live

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first_imgDEPARTMENTSTHE DIRTFreesoloist Austin Howell survives a near-death fall and keeps climbing.QUICK HITSLance wins a trail race—people get pissed • Chimney Rock expands • Former Olympian runs sub-five mile for 40th consecutive yearFLASHPOINTCut the carbs? Crank up the workout intensity? Juicy detox cure? 5 common fitness myths debunked.THE GOODSAdventure runner Phil Phelan’s go-to gear for multiday treks.TRAIL MIXFast Hands and Hard Truths: New albums from Larry Keel and Malcom Holcombe.FEATURESTAKING BACK THE GAULEY“Once I got out on the Gauley, my hands shook with each pull through the water, and in the opening rapids, I had trouble rallying the power that I needed to steer myself.”TRAIL HEROESThere aren’t many large black women lining up at the starting line of 62-mile ultras. That hasn’t stopped Mirna Valerio, a Georgia teacher and coach who is shattering stereotypes. Meet Mirna and four other inspiring trail runners from the Blue Ridge.BLUE RIDGE BUCKET LISTMake 2016 the year of no excuses. Check out these 41 regional events that are sure to make your quads crumble, your forearms scream, and your sides cramp. If you live here or play here, these are the must-dos.THE WAY FORWARDUltrarunning legend and multiple national champion Anne Riddle reflects on what the trail has taught her.APRÈS SKINo two words excite snowsports aficionado Graham Averill more than après ski, roughly translated from the French: ‘I drank too much champagne and fell in the hot tub while still wearing my ski boots.’DITCH THE GPSAdventurer Devon O’neil gets lost to find himself.last_img read more

Trail Mix – On The Road With Papadosio & Ticket Giveaway!

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first_imgTrivia Question . . . Snozzberries gained notoriety in what famous Roald Dahl children’s novel? On Saturday, Asheville’s own Papadosio will be rolling into Pisgah Brewing Company with guests Toubab Krewe and Natural Born Leaders. Pink Mercury and The Snozzberries wil continue the evening into the wee hours of the morning with a couple of late night sets. BB – A Nerf dart shot by our friend, Alex Gower, that hit Rob, our bass player, in the face. Rob was really mad, and I thought it was hilarious, but – seriously – don’t ever do that. You might get thrown out of the show and probably banned for life. BB – That $300 from the aforementioned rider! For real, though, I never go anywhere without my computer and my backpack. It has my whole life in it, basically. I recently caught up with keyboard player Billy Brouse to chat about life on the road with Papadosio. BRO – Secret to making those long van rides pass faster? BB – Squarepusher is great for late night listening. And I like Dorian Concept, too. Usually it’s some crazy weird electronica, but I have been known to put on a sea shanty every once in a while, just to start things up. This looks like a heck of a day of music and we just might be hooking someone up out there with a pair of tickets. BB – I’m probably the worst person to chat about fitness on the road, but I guess I do yoga sometimes. I also like to take a walk everyday. But I’m not training for a marathon or anything. BRO – Just for giggles, give me three items you’d like to put on a rider, just to see if you could get them. BB – One I have already put on a rider is Nerf guns. We’ve gotten them a couple times and it’s really fun. I’d also like to put Sour Patch Kids back on the rider. If anyone’s reading this, please. I really like Sour Patch Kids. I’d also like to put $300 on the there, just for me, just to to see if we could get that. Fans of trippy, groove laden dance rock take notice. The mountains outside of Asheville should be your destination this weekend. Papadosio has been touring hard since the fall after releasing their latest record, Content Coma. The band heads home this weekend riding a full head of steam after a huge show at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks earlier this month. Trai Mix would love to give you and a friend to go and check out the band’s hometown show for FREE!! Take a shot at the trivia question below. A winner of two passes to the show will be chosen from all correct answers received by noon on Friday, May 31st. There you have it, friends. If you are heading out to this weekend’s Papadosio show at Pisgah Brewing Company, leave the Nerf guns at home!center_img BB – Definitely edibles. And podcasts help, too. By submitting your answer, you are not being added to any mailing list. Your information is kept private and never shared with anyone. BRO – Ever had a night where you Felt like it all went wrong? How’d you make it through? BRO – On the road fitness strategy? BRO – Best late night soundtrack for the van? BB – I’m reading a book called Outlaws Incorporated right now and it’s really great. Before that, I read all of the Game of Thrones books. Also really great, and, yeah, I read the books. BB – “What?” Because that’s a problem. If you can’t make it this weekend, be sure to surf over to the band’s website for more information on their current tour and when you can catch them next. BRO – One thing you never want to hear the sound engineer say? BB – I don’t think we’ve ever had one where everything went wrong, but there have definitely been off nights. You just have to keep playing and remember that you just got to make it happen. BRO – Last great book you read on the road? BRO – One thing you don’t hit the road without? BRO – Most interesting item ever thrown on stage?last_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Hiker missing in Hawaii found alive after 17 days

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first_imgIt’s raining plastic Hiker missing in Hawaii found alive after 17 days Despite stormy year, the health of the James River is improving Amanda Eller, 35, a physical therapist and yoga teacher, went missing after heading out on a short hike in Hawaii’s Makawao Forest Reserve on May 8. Her car, keys, wallet and cell phone were found in the parking lot of the reserve but Eller had disappeared. Police ended their search for the missing woman after a week, but friends and family kept looking, staging a massive manhunt while combing through thick forest and jungle in search of Eller. The latest Chesapeake Bay Report Card, a comprehensive analysis of the health of the Chesapeake Bay, was released last week. The report showed that the score for the James River changed from a B- in 2017 to a C in 2018. The lower score is a result of record precipitation and increased runoff, which resulted in the river receiving a score of F for water clarity. But despite the lower score, advocates say that the health and resiliency of the river is improving over the long term. center_img Virginia recently released its draft plan for meeting Chesapeake Bay cleanup goals by 2025. The plan acts as a road map to lead the James River to a score of A, meet pollution reduction targets and restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is accepting comments on the plan through June 7. A helicopter spotted her on Saturday while lying in a creek bed between two waterfalls, suffering from a leg fracture and injured ankles, but otherwise alert and in good condition. Eller says she got turned around after taking a break while walking on the trail and ventured farther and farther into the forest in search of her car. She survived by eating wild berries and guava and drinking clear water. An analysis of rain collected at six sites in the Denver-Boulder urban corridor and 2 sites in the Colorado Front Range shows that 90 percent of the water sampled contains plastic. The plastic material consists primarily of fibers in all colors that cannot be seen unless magnified. Plastic beads and shards were also identified under magnification. Plastic showed up more frequently in the rain collected in urban areas than it did in the rain collected from more isolated areas. However, plastic was also identified in washout samples from the isolated Loch Vale site in Rocky Mountain National Park. More research is needed to determine how these plastic materials are accumulating and being assimilated into the environment.last_img read more

Trail Mix 2020 – Vol. IV

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first_img 05 In the Mountains Sarah Siskind Over the last month, the world has turned upside down. Folks aren’t working, businesses, schools, and colleges are shuttered, families are sheltering in place and practicing social distancing. Space Force Western Centuries Be safe, friends. 4:06 Bluegrass In The Backwoods When we all get through this mess, we will look back and see that COVID-19 left an indelible impact on the music world. Two nights ago, my songwriting hero, John Prine, succumbed to complications from the disease. Prine was the first songwriter who ever grabbed me in the guts and turned me inside out. I laughed with him, cried with him, and always marveled at the tongue-in-cheek way he crafted his songs, both silly and serious at the same time. So I was struck low two weeks ago when I heard he had contracted the virus, but I had hope when, a few days later, it was reported that he was making progress and his status was improving. Two nights ago, the unimaginable happened when I heard the news that he had passed. Since then, our house has been alive with Prine, revisiting his incredible catalog of music, as a way to honor the passing of a songwriting giant. In A Rut Whitney Rose I Got You Shelby Lynne 3:17 Nothing Matters Anymore Brian Dunne 3:18 It’s my hope that this month’s mix can be a soundtrack for your coming weeks. There is a collection of tremendous artists here, some new, some returning friends. Dig in and listen, whether it be from home or when you have headed outside to find some space in the wild. Music is one thing that will help us through this. Listen often. Listen with joy. Find some comfort and peace in this mix and whatever other music you are spinning. But, while many things have been set aside for the moment, one thing that remains omnipresent has been music. Throughout this ordeal. our house has been alive with it. The soundtrack to Guardians In The Galaxy has streamed incessantly through my son’s iPod. I took in a documentary on Oasis and have been delving through the band’s records. I’ve spent three straight Tuesday nights spent with Phish and the band’s Dinner & A Movie feature, which has Trey Anastasio and his wife sharing a recipe and then LivePhish broadcasting an archived performance from the band. And we have enjoyed countless concerts from the comfort of our couch, as musicians throughout the country share their songs from their living rooms. Call It Satin Nickel King with Wings Jack Sledge 3:19 3:31 DOWNLOAD THIS MONTHS TRAIL MIX! 3:08 Sunglasses ROOKIE 3:21 4:24 Lucky Sometimes Pokey Lafarge We are definitely learning to live without extraneous distractions and embracing anew what it means to live with each other. Embed Blue Ridge Goodbye Gabe Lee He Split The First Church of God The Local Honeyscenter_img 3:10 Can’t Stand Myself Mark Erelli Many things that were so important just a few weeks ago now seem so trivial. Like so many others, my family has been figuring out, as we soldier on through this pandemic from our little corner of our street, just what is important. The pace of our lives has slowed down. Extracurricular activities have been canceled and the scope of our life and our perspective have been refocused. We are lucky. We are healthy. We are together. Music is helping us through. Reborn Ali Holder 4:16 3:00 Audio PlayerPam TillisLooking For A FeelingUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 3:18 4:56 3:20 24/5 The Claudettes 3:05 3:53 Looking For A Feeling Pam Tillis Girls Like Us King Ropes Riverbank Pinewood Don’t Stop Lovin’ Me 4:43 3:29 Brightest Star Lilly Hiatt Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. This volume of Trail Mix arrives during somber times. 5:03 3:18 3:23last_img read more

U.S. Centers for Disease Control Study Cholera in Haiti

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first_img DNA tests show that the strain of cholera that has led to the deaths of more than three hundred people in Haiti is closely related to a strain from South Asia, U.S. health experts said. The so-called “DNA fingerprint” shows that several cholera samples taken from Haitian patients are identical to one another, and out of all known strains, they are most similar to one from South Asia, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Health officials said that the findings do not prove anything, but the news could give strength to rumors that members of the United Nations peacekeeping force from Nepal brought the cholera. This, in turn, could worsen tensions leading into elections at the end of November. “Although these results indicate that the strain is not Haitian, cholera strains can move among different areas due to trade and global travel,” Haitian Health Minister Dr. Alex Larsen said in a statement. “Therefore, we will never know the exact origin of the strain that is causing the epidemic in Haiti. This strain was transmitted by contaminated food or water, or by an infected person,” he added. More than 4,700 people have been sickened in the cholera outbreak, the first in Haiti in decades. Health officials fear that it will continue to spread, due to the fact that many people have been living in camps since January’s earthquake, without reliable access to clean water. By Dialogo November 03, 2010last_img read more

Peru Renews Joint Command of the Armed Forces

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first_imgBy Dialogo December 13, 2010 In addition to renewing the general commands of the Navy and Army, Peru’s Executive Power named a new Chief of the Joint Command of the Armed Forces on 6 December. A ceremony headed by Defense Minister Jaime Thorne, was held on 7 December to inaugurate him officially. Formerly serving as Chief of the Central Military Region, Army Lieutenant General Luis Ricardo Howell Ballena was named Chief of the Joint Command of the Peruvian Armed Forces in replacement of General Francisco Contreras Rivas, according to Andina News Agency. Lt. Gen. Howell’s appointment aims to maintain the Peruvian Army’s continued leadership in the country’s fight against the remaining terrorist guerrilla Shining Path in the VRAE region, the valley between the Apurimac and Ene rivers, according to Peruvian daily El Peruano. While assuring that his troops will be properly trained to face narcoterrorism, the newly elected chief has already vowed to continue the efforts to make the national peace process a priority by defeating terrorism and narcotrafficking. “We are committed to continuing the actions carried out internally against terrorism and its ally, narcotrafficking; we will not rest until we have completely pacified the affected areas,” said Army Lt. Gen. Howell during his inauguration speech, while assuring that all actions will take place with utmost respect to Human Rights, the Constitution and the law, reported Andina. During his inaugural ceremony, Lt. Gen. Howell Ballena congratulated the Peruvian Armed Forces for an “impeccable” job in maintaining security during the last election, saying the country’s democracy had been strengthened, according to Peruvian daily Expreso. Meanwhile, Vice Admiral Jorge Antonio de la Puente Ribeyro took charge as General Commander of the Navy and Army Lieutenant General Paul Tito da Silva Gamarra, who was in the same graduating class as Lt. Gen. Howell, was named Commander General of the country’s Army. Vice Admiral de la Puente replaced Admiral Rolando Navarrete Salomón and Lieutenant General da Silva replaced Army General Otto Guibovich Arteaga. Both former leaders were retired.last_img read more