New intensity scale ranks California’s ‘atmospheric river’ storm events just like hurricanes

Remember the series of reservoir filling and snowpack building winter storms California experienced mid-January? It was the result of an “atmospheric river” driving a series of Pacific storms onshore, just like the event that busted the Oroville Dam spillway in 2017, but not nearly as strong. Now there is a new scale to characterize strength…

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Government (-driven) shutdowns have human consequences

Too many government regulators burden and shut down private sector businesses and jobs Paul Driessen Many observers praised President Trump’s 2019 State of the Union speech. Some said it was his best ever and even as one of the best SOTU speeches in history. It celebrated the nation’s progress, extolled its opportunities and sought bipartisan…

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Are Childless Climate Change Eco-Worriers Modern Day Shakers?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A commitment to not having sex (so no children) ultimately led to the decline of the 18-19th century Shakers as a significant religious movement. Reconsidering having kids because of climate change? You’re not alone MONDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2019 12:21AM Jo Lauder One in three women under 30 involved in environmental…

Researchers chart path to cheaper flexible solar cells

Public Release: 7-Feb-2019 Georgia Institute of Technology   There’s a lot to like about perovskite-based solar cells. They are simple and cheap to produce, offer flexibility that could unlock a wide new range of installation methods and places, and in recent years have reached energy efficiencies approaching those of traditional silicon-based cells. But figuring out…