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Posted on September 16 at 3:53 p.m.

thomas - crime has gone down; homeless numbers are going down. Do a little research.

On Trees Being Cut Down at UCSB

Posted on September 16 at 3:50 p.m.

14noscams - if you want to shoot the messenger, Joe Romm, who was just reporting on others' findings, then try another source that states the same thing.

On Trees Being Cut Down at UCSB

Posted on September 16 at 3:47 p.m.

We have what Vermont does not have - oodles of sun and tons of rooftops.


If Vermont can find the drive to go renewable NO MATTER what the source, so can California find the drive to go 100% renewable. After all, economically we are a far larger state. And we are driving the renewable sector.

On Measure P: Who’s Scaring Whom?

Posted on September 16 at 3:38 p.m.

"Arctic sea ice has increased since 2012. It's been within within one σ of the 1981-2010 average all year."

[quote]The end of this year’s Arctic sea ice melt season is imminent and the minimum extent will be slightly lower than last year’s, making it the sixth lowest extent in the satellite record. Earlier in the month, a small area of the Laptev Sea ice edge was within five degrees of the North Pole. This appears to be the result of persistent southerly winds from central Siberia.

Arctic sea ice extent for September 15 was 5.07 million square kilometers (1.96 million square miles). This is only 30,000 square kilometers (11,600 square miles) below the same date last year, yet sea ice extent remains low compared to the long-term 1981 to 2010 average. As is typical for this time of year, weather conditions near the ice edge heavily influence the timing of the minimum, which has occurred as late as September 23. We are now a day past the 1981 to 2010 average minimum date of September 15.

Sea ice extent declined at a rate of 28,700 square kilometers (11,100 square miles) per day through the first half of September. This is nearly twice as high as the 1981 to 2010 average rate of decline for this period of 16,200 square kilometers (6,200 square miles) per day.[endquote]

1. The Arctic Sea Ice for 2014 is the sixth lowest in the satellite record.
2. Arctic Sea Ice remains low compared to the long-term 1981 to 2010 average.
3. Arctic Sea Ice decline in September is at a rate that is twice as high as the 1981 to 2010 average rate of decline.

By the way, your link to Arctic Ice resulted in a 404 page.

On Trees Being Cut Down at UCSB

Posted on September 16 at 3:25 p.m.

14noscams - I don't know whether you noticed that I addressed the topic of drought, after the dividing "----" ending with a link to a page that discussed the drought, the RRR and AGW. That is the link was not for eucs, but for the words immediately preceding the link.

I will debunk your AGW claims in another post, later.

On Trees Being Cut Down at UCSB

Posted on September 16 at 3:19 p.m.


100% of power for Vermont city now renewable
BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont’s largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water, and biomass.

With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric Department crossed the threshold this month with the purchase of the 7.4-megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the Winooski River at the city’s edge.

When it did, Burlington joined the Washington Electric Co-operative, which has about 11,000 customers across central and northern Vermont and which reached 100 percent earlier this year.

‘‘It shows that we’re able to do it, and we’re able to do it cost effectively in a way that makes Vermonters really positioned well for the future,’’ said Christopher Recchia, the commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service.

Leaky Wells Spur Call for Stricter Rules on Gas Drilling

The bigger concern, according to the analysis published yesterday by the peer-reviewed Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, are leaks in the steel-and-cement casings surrounding the well bore. They let gas escape before it gets to the surface, making water undrinkable and in some cases explosive.

“The study appears to be attracting a lot of attention for the sometimes sleepy issue of well construction,” said Scott Anderson, a senior policy adviser at the Environmental Defense Fund, who has worked with gas driller Southwestern Energy Co. (SWN) to develop well integrity guidelines. “This will help underscore the importance of recent and still-needed revisions in state regulations governing the drilling of wells.”

Musk Solar Strategy Used as Model for Record Investments

Private equity and venture capital firms are pouring record investments into rooftop solar, following a model popularized by billionaire Elon Musk’s SolarCity Corp. (SCTY) -- sell power, not panels.

They’re on pace to supply $5 billion this year for residential and commercial solar projects, up from $3.3 billion in 2013, according to the researcher Mercom Capital Group LLC.

The funds are going to companies such as Sungevity Inc. and Sunrun Inc. that sell electricity, a shift from the last boom year of 2008 when venture capital and private equity investors provided $4.97 billion, mostly for solar-panel factories. That helped spur a price war that bankrupted dozens of companies including Solyndra LLC.

On Measure P: Who’s Scaring Whom?

Posted on September 16 at 11:25 a.m.

"As California dries, eucs become more of a hazard".

Eucs are known to be highly flammable, and if they dry out as California dries, they become more of a fire hazard. If there is enough rain, the eucs are less likely to dry out themselves, drop branches and provide fuel for fire.

Oaks do better in fires and this climate.

"Although there are some differences in fire sensitivity among oak species, most California oaks, even saplings, appear to be resilient in their ability to survive at least one-time burns, especially if managers are willing to accept the temporary setbacks associated with topkill. "

The current drought is thanks to the "Ridiculously Resilient Ridge", which is in part thanks to climate change. I do not believe much of what congress people have to say about anything scientific, because they are always playing to their voters, and they are not scientists. But, there are a few exceptions to that, one of whom is Senator Whitehouse.


"Natural variability alone cannot explain the extreme weather pattern that has driven both the record-setting California drought and the cooler weather seen in the Midwest and East this winter, a major new study finds.

We’ve reported before that climate scientists had predicted a decade ago that warming-driven Arctic ice loss would lead to worsening drought in California. In particular, they predicted it would lead to a “blocking pattern” that would shift the jet stream (and the rain it could bring) away from the state — in this case a “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge” of high pressure.

A new study in Geophysical Research Letters (subs. req’d) takes the warming link to the California drought to the next level of understanding. It concludes, “there is a traceable anthropogenic warming footprint in the enormous intensity of the anomalous ridge during winter 2013-14, the associated drought and its intensity.”

The NASA-funded study is behind a pay wall, but the brief news release, offers a simple explanation of what is going on. The research provides “evidence connecting the amplified wind patterns, consisting of a strong high pressure in the West and a deep low pressure in the East [labeled a 'dipole'], to global warming.” Researchers have “uncovered evidence that can trace the amplification of the dipole to human influences.”"

On Trees Being Cut Down at UCSB

Posted on September 16 at 11:04 a.m.

The photo at the link is the essence of the problem. Too long to discuss.

On The Attraction of Caves

Posted on September 16 at 9:59 a.m.

Hardly sounds like a suitable tree, and grows to 45 feet.

Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Aggressive surface roots possible, Specimen, Street tree. Prefers a sunny position in a moderately fertile well-drained moisture retentive circum-neutral soil[200]. Tolerates poor and dry soils, especially those low in mineral elements[200]. Established plants are drought tolerant[200]. Does not succeed in frost hollows or in windy sites[107]. The plant is said to grow best where the annual rainfall, mostly summer, is 60 to 130cm, with a 5 - 7 month dry season, withstanding high temperatures (29 - 35°C mean monthly maximum) and light frosts. It succeeds in tropical and subtropical arid to semiarid zones, in infertile clays, laterites, poor and gravelly soils and podzols, preferably well drained[269]. A very fast growing species but it is not very hardy in Britain[166]. It might succeed outdoors in the mildest areas of the country. Eucalyptus species have not adopted a deciduous habit and continue to grow until it is too cold for them to do so. This makes them more susceptible to damage from sudden cold snaps. If temperature fluctuations are more gradual, as in a woodland for example, the plants have the opportunity to stop growing and become dormant, thus making them more cold resistant. A deep mulch around the roots to prevent the soil from freezing also helps the trees to survive cold conditions[200]. The members of this genus are remarkably adaptable however, there can be a dramatic increase in the hardiness of subsequent generations from the seed of survivors growing in temperate zones[200]. Cultivated in warm temperate areas for its essential oil, it thrives in a Mediterranean climate[61, 77]. Eucalyptus monocultures are an environmental disaster, they are voracious, allelopathic and encourage the worst possible attitudes to land use and conservation[200]. The trees cast a very light shade[77]. Flower buds are formed in the summer prior to flowering and seed capsules need at least a further year in which to ripen[11]. Plants are shallow-rooting and, especially in windy areas, should be planted out into their permanent positions when small to ensure that they do not suffer from wind-rock[245]. They strongly resent root disturbance and should be container grown before planting out into their permanent position[11]. The flowers are rich in nectar and are a good bee crop[200]. Special Features:Fragrant foliage, Not North American native, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms.

On Trees Being Cut Down at UCSB

Posted on September 16 at 9:01 a.m.

Lemon-scented has most often been used to describe a variety of euc; that is why I asked. I don't believe lemonade berry has a lemon scent, but it would be an appropriate and sensible plant to grow instead of eucs.

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