5 Ways Wisconsin Can Reduce Power Plant Emissions

first_imgAs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moves forward with standards to reduce power plant emissions—which are due to be finalized in June 2015—many states are wondering how they will comply. WRI’s fact sheet series, Power Sector Opportunities for Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions, examines the policies and pathways various states can use to cost-effectively meet or even exceed future power plant emissions standards. This post explores these opportunities in Wisconsin. Read about additional analyses in this series.Wisconsin has already taken strides to reduce its near-term power sector CO2 emissions by implementing cost-effective clean energy policies. And the state has the opportunity to go even further. In fact, new WRI analysis finds that Wisconsin can reduce its CO2 emissions 43 percent below 2011 levels by 2020 by extending its existing clean energy policies and taking advantage of existing infrastructure. Achieving these reductions will allow Wisconsin to meet even ambitious EPA power plant emissions standards, which are due to be finalized in 2015.Wisconsin’s Power Sector CO2 Emissions Have Been DecliningBetween 2005 and 2011, electricity generation in Wisconsin grew by 4 percent, while CO2 emissions from the power sector declined by 14 percent. This is due in part to the fact that coal generation decreased by 4 percent while electricity from renewable sources doubled over the same time period.Still, coal comprised 63 percent of in-state generation in 2011, while nuclear and natural gas comprised 18 percent and 10 percent, respectively. While renewable generating capacity in the state grew around 60 percent between 2007 and 2011, adding about 480 MW of new capacity, growth has slowed since then—only about 100 MW of new renewable capacity were added in 2012 or planned for 2013.The 2013 closure of the Kewaunee nuclear plant—which comprised 8 percent of the state’s generation in 2011—will also influence Wisconsin’s changing fuel mix.How Wisconsin Can Meet Future Emissions StandardsAs we discussed in a blog post in August, states may have considerable flexibility in how they comply with EPA’s forthcoming power plant emissions standards. EPA could allow states to pursue a range of CO2 reduction opportunities—including greater use of existing lower-carbon power plants, increased use of renewables, and energy efficiency, among other strategies.Wisconsin could greatly improve its ability to meet future standards by taking relatively modest additional steps in continuing its existing clean energy programs—including its renewable energy standard and statewide energy efficiency programs—past 2015, after which no new measures are required. Our analysis found that Wisconsin could use the following tools to reduce its power sector CO2 emissions:Increasing renewable energy. Wisconsin has a renewable energy standard in place requiring 10 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewables by 2015. By meeting this requirement through in-state generation and continuing to add new renewable generation at 1 percent per year beyond 2015, Wisconsin can reduce CO2 emissions by 6 percent below 2011 levels in 2020.Saving energy. Wisconsin’s statewide efficiency program, Focus on Energy, helps electricity customers save energy through rebates, financing options, energy assessments, and other programs. By continuing this program at current levels beyond 2015, Wisconsin can reduce CO2 emissions by 9 percent below 2011 levels in 2020.Using more combined heat and power (CHP). Wisconsin has the potential to use more CHP systems—which use waste heat to generate electricity more efficiently than the average power plant—at sites like universities, hospitals, and dairy farms. Increasing the use of CHP by about 60 percent can reduce Wisconsin’s CO2 emissions by 11 percent below 2011 levels in 2020.Increasing use of existing natural gas plants. The state’s most efficient natural gas plants—combined cycle (NGCC) units—generated much less electricity than they were capable of producing in 2011. Running existing NGCC plants at 75 percent can reduce CO2 emissions by 9 percent below 2011 levels in 2020.Increasing existing coal plant efficiency. Existing coal plants could save energy by upgrading their equipment and making other operational improvements. Increasing coal plant efficiency by 2.5 percent could reduce CO2 emissions by 1 percent below 2011 levels by 2020.Wisconsin’s Clean Energy Policies Are Smart Economic PoliciesThe Cadmus Group estimated that Focus on Energy generated $300 million in electricity savings in 2012. Taking into account the program’s other benefits, like reduced use of natural gas for heating and avoided air pollution, the benefits of Focus on Energy outweighed its costs by nearly three times in 2012.Research shows that the state can also grow the local economy by shifting away from coal. The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that 680 MW to 2,450 MW of coal capacity (between 8 and 30 percent of Wisconsin’s total 2011 coal capacity) in the state are no longer economically competitive with cleaner sources of energy. According to the American Wind Energy Association, Wisconsin’s wind industry generated over $1 billion in investments within the state as of 2012. Continuing to develop in-state renewable resources after 2015 could help Wisconsin meet future EPA standards and lead to even greater local economic benefits. In fact, the Union of Concerned Scientists found that increasing the renewable energy standard to 25 percent by 2025 could generate over $2 billion in new capital investment, over $600 million in lease payments to landowners, and over 2,500 new jobs.Wisconsin Can Build Off Progress Made to DateWisconsin has already taken steps to reduce emissions in the short term, but it’s important that the state continue to build on the progress it’s made. Taking additional action to extend its clean energy policies beyond 2015 could help the state achieve greater emissions reductions and adhere to ambitious standards, should EPA pursue them. Wisconsin’s experience has shown that emissions reductions are achievable and economically beneficial. This is all the more reason why the state should take additional steps to achieve even greater reductions in both the near and long term. By doing so, Wisconsin will not only be able to meet EPA’s power plant emissions standards, but can help prevent the worsening impacts of climate change.last_img read more

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India vs West Indies T20Is: Can Virat Kohli upstage Rohit Sharma in Florida?

first_imgIndia will begin their post-World Cup assignments when they take on West Indies in a three-match T20I series from Saturday, August 2. Virat Kohli-led side is in Florida as the US state will host the first 2 T20Is before heading to the West Indies for the remainder of the full-tour which has 3 ODIs and 2 Tests as well.With Team India beginning preparations in Florida, the immediate focus is on the T20I series. With the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey coming back and MS Dhoni opting out of the series, there is a lot to look forward to in the post-World Cup era.The focus though shifts to Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma as the captain and vice-captain will resume battle for T20I supremacy.Rohit Sharma is on top of the run-scorer’s list in T20I cricket as the India opener has 2331 runs from 94 matches at an average of 32.37 while his skipper is third on the list behind Martin Guptill. Virat Kohli has scored 2263 runs from 67 matches at a staggering average of 50.28.Virat Kohli was handed rests for major T20I series in 2018, keeping in mind the India skipper’s workload ahead of the World Cup. Kohli played only 9 T20Is in 2018 whereas Rohit played 19. In 2019, Rohit has played 4 while Kohli has featured in 2 T20Is for Team India.Kohli has an opportunity to upstage Rohit as he is just 68 runs behind his deputy on the list of top run-scorers in T20I cricket.Rohit Sharma targets Chris Gayle’s T20I recordadvertisementRohit, on the other hand, will be keen on continuing his good run after a dream run in World Cup 2019. The India opener became the first-ever batsman to hit 5 hundreds in a single edition of the quadrennial 50-over tournament.Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma, who has hit 102 sixes in 94 T20Is till now, needs just 4 more to become the batsman with most number of sixes in the shortest format of the game.Chris Gayle, who currently holds the record, has hit 105 sixes in 58 matches. Gayle though has not been picked in the T20I squad for West Indies.Amid rumours of rift between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, Team India left for the United States. India captain categorically denied reports of rifts between him and his deputy.Kohli slammed media reports, saying it was unfortunate personal lives were being dragged into the issue. Kohli’s comments came after Rohit reportedly “unfollowed” Anushka Sharma on Instagram, thereby adding fuel to fire.”In my opinion it’s baffling to be honest. It’s absolutely ridiculous to read such stuff that comes out. I have been to a few public events and the sentiment is ‘aap log kya khele (you guys played so well)’,” Virat Kohli had said at the pre-departure press conference.”We are feeding off lies. We are overlooking facts. We are turning a blind eye to all the good things that has happened. We are creating fantasies and scenarios in our head and want to accept that this is the truth,” Kohli added.Also Read | Virat Kohi posts photo with his squad’, fans notice Rohit Sharma’s absenceAlso Read | Virat Kohli gives his verdict on Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi debateAlso See:last_img read more

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Pep tells Jesus to ‘fight’ Aguero for Man City spot

first_imgPep Guardiola has challenged Gabriel Jesus to respond to the task of dislodging Sergio Aguero as Manchester City’s first-choice striker.It was a mission Jesus revelled in immediately after his arrival in Manchester in January 2017, with City’s all-time top scorer Aguero forced to bide his time on the bench in a number of high profile clashes – most notably a 2-1 derby win at Manchester United in December of that year.But Aguero has knuckled down to adapt his game to Guardiola’s specific demands when it comes to centre-forward play and is thriving under the Catalan, as evidenced by his stunning opening goal in last week’s 2-1 win over Premier League leaders Liverpool. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? By contrast, Jesus has struggled to hit top form after suffering a medial knee ligament injury midway through last season and started each game for Brazil at the 2018 World Cup without finding the target.The 21-year-old scored his eighth of 2018-19 in all competitions during Sunday’s 7-0 rout of Rotherham United in the FA Cup but also missed several presentable chances.Into the next round great job from the team  #alômãe#gratidão#city pic.twitter.com/89GUVMLRia— Gabriel Jesus (@gabrieljesus33) January 6, 2019Jesus could get another chance in Wednesday’s EFL Cup semi-final first leg against League One Burton Albion at the Etihad Stadium, with Guardiola reminding the former Palmeiras star his lot is that of many forwards at Europe’s elite clubs.”He competes with Sergio. In the big clubs, all the players compete with big [team] mates so it’s simple,” the ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss told a news conference.”Always I take decisions [that are] the best for the team in the right moment. In part of our period together he played important games before Sergio because in that moment he was better than Sergio.”People were saying my relationship with Sergio was very bad, it was not correct, but I tried to be honest.”When I saw Gabriel in that moment he was playing more minutes and more important games than Sergio because in that moment I believed.”But I believe Sergio is an important player when fit and [Jesus] has to fight to win his position.”Aguero, 30, has 10 goals in 17 Premier League appearances this season and 14 in 22 across all competitions. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Des partenaires communautaires présentent des activités se rapportant au Titanic

first_imgLes gens pourront découvrir l’histoire du Titanic et en apprendre plus sur ce qui lie Halifax à la tragédie grâce à une série d’activités communautaires pour commémorer le 100e anniversaire du naufrage. « Pour raconter l’histoire de son lien avec le Titanic, la Nouvelle-Écosse a adopté une approche coordonnée qui unit le talent exceptionnel de ses artistes à la connaissance et à l’expertise des communautés patrimoniale et scientifique », a déclaré le ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, David Wilson. Du 2 au 10 avril prochain, le théâtre d’Alderney Landing, à Dartmouth, présentera la première mondiale de la pièce Titanic : The Untold Story. La pièce porte sur deux personnages d’ascendance africaine, Joseph Philippe Laroche, dont la famille était à bord du Titanic, et Jack Johnson, un champion de boxe poids lourds à qui on aurait refusé le passage à bord. « Titanic: The Untold Story est l’une des histoires les plus fascinantes du naufrage du Titanic et c’est la première fois qu’elle sera racontée sur scène, a déclaré Anthony Sherwood, propriétaire d’Anthony Sherwood Productions. Préparez-vous à une expérience excitante et mémorable de théâtre intégré. » Pour plus d’information sur la pièce, allez à www.alderneylanding.com. Un séminaire d’une journée pour explorer le lien entre Halifax et le Titanic aura lieu le 9 avril à l’Institut océanographique de Bedford pour la recherche, à Dartmouth. « Titanic – The Halifax Connection » portera sur l’histoire du Titanic et les résultats de la première expédition scientifique sur les lieux du naufrage en 1991 Selon Ressources naturelles Canada, l’objectif de l’expédition était de mieux comprendre les changements dans la stabilité du plancher océanique au fil du temps en utilisant le navire comme marqueur. À titre d’exemple, l’étude de l’endroit où repose l’épave nous a aidés à déterminer la fréquence des glissements de terrain sous-marins dans cette région. Pour plus d’information sur le séminaire, allez à www.novascotia.com. Bell Aliant et Music Nova Scotia présenteront le spectacle « And the Band Played On: un hommage à Jock Hume, à John Clarke et à l’orchestre du RMS Titanic », le 10 avril prochain à la salle Rebecca Cohn, à Halifax. Meaghan Smith, Lennie Gallant, Bruce Guthro, Jenn Grant, le Rhapsody Quartet, Evans and Doherty et un orchestre composé de 32 musiciens, dont des musiciens de Symphony Nova Scotia, participeront au spectacle animé par Steve Murphy. « Il est important de se souvenir des musiciens et du rôle qu’ils ont joué cette nuit-là, a déclaré Scott Long, directeur général de Music Nova Scotia. Le spectacle doit continuer, comme toujours. Ce sont les musiciens et leurs assistants qui ont tout sacrifié pour que ce soit le cas. » Pour plus d’information sur l’hommage aux musiciens, allez à www.artscentre.dal.ca. Le site www.nouvelle-ecosse.com affichera des renseignements sur d’autres activités relatives au Titanic à mesure qu’ils seront confirmés.last_img read more

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Police in Ontario turning to Facebook in an effort to get leads

first_imgPolice are turning to social media in an effort to generate leads in unsolved homicides and missing person’s cases in central Ontario.Ontario Provincial Police and local police say four people believed to be victims of foul play in or near Barrie, Ont., will be profiled in episodic videos posted to a dedicated page on Facebook called Simcoe County Case Files.Police have also wrapped a cube van with case information to direct viewers to the Facebook page and encourage tips. The van will be strategically parked in various locations throughout the Greater Simcoe County area.Seventeen-year-old Cindy Halliday of Waverley, Ont., was last seen hitchhiking near Midhurst, Ont., on April 20, 1992. She had been visiting a friend in Barrie, and her remains were discovered in a wooded area of Springwater Township on June 17, 1992.Two British Columbia residents — 21-year-old Grant Ayerst and 36-year-old Norman Whalley — were last seen leaving a Toronto hotel on Sept. 11, 1991. They are considered missing, but investigators say foul play in the Barrie area is suspected in their cases.And 40-year-old April Dobson was sitting on a porch at a friend’s home in Barrie when she was shot to death on Oct. 14, 2005.OPP Supt. Jim Smyth urged people to look at the Facebook page and share the videos on other social media platforms in an effort to reach as many people with potential information as possible.Smyth said police are hoping to use “the power of social media and how it tends to mushroom and go all over the place” to generate tips in the cases.“Essentially, they’re very solvable cases,” he said. “We’re looking for that piece of information that we firmly believe is out there.”New information will be posted to the Facebook page about every second day over the next few weeks, Smyth said.Barrie Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood described the approach as a pilot project and said its success would determine if it would be used in other cases.Families of the victims have been supportive of the initiative and “participated actively with providing photos and working directly with the investigators,” Greenwood said“We rely on collaborative action and police mobilizing with the citizens – regardless of where they live today – to help members of our communities find resolution,” she said.Smyth said police already have other cases in mind if the pilot project gets results.“We were really concerned about putting too many cases forward at once and causing information overload,” he said.Smyth also said he believes this method is cost effective as the OPP can produce the videos using their corporate communications staff.“That equipment and everything is already part of our complement.”last_img read more

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Canadian singer Michael Buble among 2019 Hollywood Walk of Fame honourees

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Canadian crooner Michael Buble will be getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year.The singer from Burnaby, British Columbia, is one of the entertainers named by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for the honour.Others in the class of 2019 include actors Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway and Daniel Craig.Buble hosted the Juno Awards in Vancouver in March, where he announced that his wife, Luisana Lopilato, is expecting their third child.Other accolades under the singer’s belt include two Grammys, a Canadian Screen Award and Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.The 42-year-old returned to the stage this year after taking time off when his son Noah underwent treatment for an unspecified form of cancer.last_img read more

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Bali volcano ash drifts 47 miles high airport shut 3rd day

first_imgKARANGASEM, Indonesia – An erupting volcano with a deadly history on Indonesia’s Bali, one of the world’s most popular resort islands, has spread drifting ash 7,600 metres (4.7 miles) into the atmosphere and closed the island’s international airport for a third day Wednesday.Authorities have told 100,000 people to leave an area extending 10 kilometres (6 miles) from Mount Agung as it belches grey and white ash plumes, the low clouds hanging over the volcano at times hued red from the lava welling in the crater. The volcano’s last major eruption in 1963 killed about 1,100 people, but it’s unclear how bad the current eruption might get or how long it could last.Officials extended the closure of Bali’s international airport for another 24 hours due to concerns the thick volcanic ash could harm aircraft.Airport spokesman Ari Ahsanurrohim said more than 440 flights were cancelled Tuesday, affecting nearly 60,000 passengers, about the same as Monday. The closure was in effect until Thursday morning. Without aircraft, getting in or out of Bali requires travelling hours by land and taking a boat to another island, enduring choppy seas in Bali’s rainy season.Ahsanurrohim said Wednesday morning that volcanic ash has not been detected at the airport yet, but observations from the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Center show the ash has reached an altitude of 25,000 feet (7,600 metres) and was being blown southward and southwestward toward the airport.“I don’t know, we can’t change it,” said stranded German traveller Gina Camp, who planned to go back outside and enjoy another day on the island, which attracts about 5 million visitors a year to its famed resorts and world-class surf spots. “It’s nature and we have to wait until it’s over.”Experts said a larger, explosive eruption is possible or Agung could stay at its current level of activity for weeks.“If it got much worse, it would be really hard to think of. You’ve got a huge population centre, nearly a million people in Denpasar and surroundings, and it’s very difficult to envision moving those people further away,” said Richard Arculus, a volcano expert at Australian National University, adding that an eruption in 1843 was even more explosive than the one in 1963.“There are many examples in history where you have this kind of seismic buildup — steam ejections of a little bit of ash, growing eruptions of ash to a full-scale stratosphere-reaching column of ash, which can presage a major volcanic event,” he said.A NASA satellite detected a thermal anomaly at the crater, said senior Indonesian volcanologist Gede Swantika. That means a pathway from the storage chamber in the volcano’s crust has opened, giving magma easier access to the surface.Indonesian officials first raised the highest alert two months ago when seismic activity increased. More than 100,000 people living near the volcano fled their homes, many abandoning their livestock or selling them for a fraction of the normal price. The activity decreased by late October, and the alert was lowered before being raised to the highest level again Monday.Nearly 40,000 people are now staying in 225 shelters, according to the Disaster Mitigation Agency in Karangasem. But tens of thousands of villagers have remained in their homes because they feel safe or don’t want to abandon their farms and livestock.“Ash has covered my house on the floor, walls, banana trees outside, everywhere” said Wayan Lanus, who fled his village in Buana Giri with his wife and daughter.Flows of volcanic mud have been spotted on Agung’s slopes, and Arculus warned more are possible since it’s the rainy season.“They’re not making a lot of noise. It’s just suddenly coming like a flash flood out of nowhere,” he said. “You do not want to be near them. Stay out of the valleys.”Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and has more than 120 active volcanoes.___Mason reported from Jakarta. Associated Press writer Ali Kotarumalos in Jakarta contributed to this report.last_img read more

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UN examines how to use technology to minimize disaster damage in AsiaPacific

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and last year’s Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar have caused massive human and economic losses, partly due to inadequate national warning and response mechanisms, as well as the inability to address underlying risks, according to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).In 2008, nearly 250,000 people died as a result of natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific, representing 97 per cent of fatalities worldwide.With climate change increasing both the frequency and severity of disasters, setting up disaster resilience strategies is an urgent matter, said Hyeun-Suk Rhee, Director of the UN Asian and Pacific Training Centre for ICT for Development (APCICT), which organized today’s session.ICT spans radio, television and other traditional media, as well as new media and space-based technologies including satellite communications.It can “play a major role in disaster management, from mapping risks, developing early warning systems, raising awareness to preparing communities for disasters,” Ms. Rhee said. “ICT is also indispensable in response and recovery operations.”The APCICT gathering is bringing together experts to discuss gaps in disaster management and how to boost the use of ICT in response, recovery and risk reduction efforts.Today’s meeting is part of the three-day International Conference on Building a Local Government Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction, set up by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and the Incheon Metropolitan City of the Republic of Korea. 11 August 2009Better utilizing information and communication technology (ICT) to prepare for and deal with catastrophic natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region is the focus of a United Nations meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, today. read more

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Revealed 21 of the most annoying office bugbears

first_img21 of the most frustrating office bugbears1.     Crashing computers – 27% 4.     Workplace too cold – 24% 8.     Colleagues making you look bad – 19% 11.  People calling in sick when you suspect they’re fine – 17% More than a quarter of people asked admitted these office annoyances made them want to work remotely, while one in four said they wished they could become their own boss, according to the research.   20.  Talking too loudly on the phone – 12% 5.     Colleagues moaning – 22% 17.  Appraisals/performance reviews – 13% 16.  Meetings that seem to go on forever – 13.5% 2.     Slow internet – 25% 7.     Pointless meetings – 21.5% Moaning colleagues, pointless meetings and co-workers who eat too loudly are some of the most frustrating aspects of modern office life, according to new research.Other office bugbears on the list include a slow internet connection, other employees ‘pulling a sickie’ and the office being either too hot or too cold. 3.     Office gossip – 24% 13.  People who suck up to the boss – 15% Other bugbears to make the complete top 50 list included overly loud typing, colleagues not making tea and also when food gets stolen from the communal fridge. Darren Fell, CEO of Crunch Accounting, who commissioned the research, said: “Our customers are the self-employed, freelancers and contractors – people who have made the conscious decision to escape the rat race and start their own business. So it comes as little surprise to hear how frustrated Britain’s employees are with the niggling bugbears of the modern corporate office.”Other examples of annoyed office workers: Last year, this passive aggressive office worker penned a genius response to this photocopier poster. While this office worker got the ultimate revenge on a food thief.   21.  Uncomfortable seats – 11% 10.  Colleagues interrupting you – 17% 9.     Workplace too hot – 19% 6.     Eating loudly at desk – 21% 18.  Stinky food – 13% 19.  Messy office – 12% 14.  The toilets being left in a horrible state – 15% Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. 15.  Emails being ignored – 14% 12.  People coming into work when they’re contagiously ill – 16%last_img read more

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Recensement des dauphins en Bretagne et en Normandie

first_imgRecensement des dauphins en Bretagne et en Normandie Des centaines de grands dauphins vivent dans la Manche mais ils étaient jusqu’ici très peu connus. Un étude de trois ans qui débute a pour but d’en apprendre davantage sur ces cétacés.   Une association spécialisée dans l’étude des cétacés (le GECC) va photographier des centaines de dauphins afin de les distinguer les uns des autres en fonction de leurs caractéristiques : taches, griffures et forme particulière des ailerons par exemple.  Le directeur de l’association, qui compte deux salariés, a expliqué à l’AFP que les sorties de la sorte en bateaux avaient lieu depuis plusieurs années déjà mais que cette fois, il s’agit de recenser la population de cétacés et d’en étudier l’évolution. À lire aussiDes dauphins surpris en train de faire du ”toboggan” sur des baleines au large d’HawaïL’objectif de l’étude est aussi d’analyser le régime alimentaire de l’espèce et d’évaluer (par biopsie) la quantité de produits polluants présents dans leur corps. En effet, en ce moment même se développent des activités offshore, éoliennes et hydroliennes dont l’impact sur la santé des dauphins est absolument inconnu. Pour l’heure, 650 dauphins ont été dénombrés dans le golfe normand-breton et le GECC estime que 300 d’entre eux vivent dans cette région toute l’année.Le 5 janvier 2011 à 14:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Leau lunaire viendrait de plusieurs comètes

first_imgL’eau lunaire viendrait de plusieurs comètesLes chercheurs de l’université de Knoxville progressent dans leurs recherches en ce qui concerne les mystères entourant la présence d’eau sur la Lune.L’année dernière, les premières traces d’eau sur la Lune étaient découvertes mettant ainsi fin à la croyance jusqu’ici répandue que la Lune était un astre totalement sec. Depuis, le professeur qui avait fait cette découverte, Larry Taylor, a également pu mettre en évidence le fait que l’eau y était même relativement abondante. Désormais, Larry Taylor et son équipe vont encore plus loin en affirmant que cette eau lunaire aurait pour origine les comètes qui s’étaient écrasées à sa surface peu près sa formation. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESARapportées par le site Internet du journal scientifique Nature Geosciences, les découvertes de l’équipe se fondent sur l’analyse des rochers ramenés de la mission Apollo. Grâce à des appareils de mesures, les scientifiques ont en effet eu la surprise de constater que l’eau récoltée sur la Lune et celle présente sur Terre n’étaient pas les mêmes. En réalité, l’eau lunaire n’est pas de l’eau au sens où nous l’entendons (H2O). Il s’agit plus exactement de l’hydrogène et de l’oxygène qui sont dégagés par les rochers lunaires lorsqu’ils sont chauffés.Ainsi Larry Taylor explique : “Avant nos recherches, nous pensions que la Terre et la Lune possédaient les mêmes composants après l’impact géant, mais que simplement, leur quantité différait. Nos travaux mettent en lumière d’autres éléments que nous n’avions pas prévus… les comètes”.L’impact géant qu’évoque Larry Taylor fait référence à la théorie scientifique selon laquelle la Terre serait entrée en collision avec la planète Theia, d’une taille identique à celle de Mars. L’explosion ainsi provoquée aurait projeté de la matière qui, en s’agrégeant, aurait constitué la Lune. La nouvelle théorie qui s’y ajoute propose qu’une pluie de comètes ait frappé à la fois la Terre et la Lune ; la Terre n’aurait pas subi de grand changement étant donné son importante quantité d’eau alors que la Lune, jusque là totalement sèche, aurait reçu l’eau contenue par les comètes.Le 12 janvier 2011 à 17:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Un procès intenté par un client du Playstation Network

first_imgUn procès intenté par un client du Playstation NetworkUn client américain du service en ligne de la Playstation de Sony, piraté la semaine dernière, a porté plainte contre le constructeur japonais.Le piratage du Playstation Network de Sony a eu une conséquence un peu inattendue… Un particulier américain a en effet porté plainte contre l’entreprise japonaise devant le tribunal de Californie. Son motif ? Il considère que Sony n’a pas fait le nécessaire pour “protéger, crypter et sécuriser les données privées et sensibles” de ses clients, relaye ZDnet. À lire aussiXperia Z et Xperia ZL : Sony dévoile deux nouveaux smartphonesAutre motif de colère, le manque de communication de Sony qui a empêché les clients de “prendre une décision éclairée quant à savoir s’ils devaient changer de carte de crédit, fermer les comptes exposés, vérifier leurs comptes ou prendre tout autre mesure préventive”. De son côté, le géant nippon tente de réagir en expliquant que les données bancaires de ses clients, nécessaires pour s’inscrire sur le Playstation Network, étaient bien cryptées, au contraire des données personnelles. Le 28 avril 2011 à 13:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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National City residents hope cruising ban will be lifted

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, November 26, 2018 Posted: November 26, 2018 National City residents hope cruising ban will be lifted 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsNATIONAL CITY (KUSI) – National City residents are hoping to showcase their low riders and custom cars once again.It’s been more than 20 years since cruising has been allowed along highland avenue.Mayor Ron Morrison says the ban went into effect due to crime committed by outsiders drawn in to the event.Now residents are hoping their city will allow cruising to make a comeback.Mayor Morrison says he is working on trying to allow cruising to be part of National City’s rich history once again. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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Exemptions to Expanding Coastal Energy Exploration Possible Zinke Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Wednesday indicated he would consider requests from East Coast governors to exclude their states from the administration’s plan to permit drilling in most U.S. continental shelf-waters. “States matter, the local voice matters, you matter and the governor matters,” Zinke told Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing. “I’m sure Maine is going to be very happy with the draft proposal.”Like Pingree, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) asked the secretary to consider his state’s concerns about a proposed expansion of offshore oil drilling, reported CQ. “I hope in the coming weeks … that you recognize concerns that many of us have on the East Coast … that we don’t want oil drilling in the neck of our woods,” Frelinghuysen said. Zinke’s decision to exempt Florida from the plan shortly after it was announced in January spurred demands from other coastal states for similar treatment.last_img read more

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Troopers Investigate 2 Deaths in Shageluk

first_imgThe Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel has deployed health care workers to the village of Shageluk where Alaska State Troopers are investigating two deaths. Dan Winkelman is the President and CEO of YKHC and a Shageluk tribal member.Download Audio:“What we did is we put together a crisis response team that is en route to Shageluk right now. And, we have two masters level behavioral health technicians that are on their way there. And we will maintain behavioral health staff there for a number of weeks as well, after the incident.”KTUU cites a report from the principal of the Shageluk School saying that a young man killed his parents yesterday and that residents in the village had to tie the suspect to a chair at a city building until troopers arrived late this morning.Winkelman, who is a Shageluk tribal member, says he spent a lot of today speaking with tribal leaders who were shaken up after the incident and outraged about the slow response of law enforcement.last_img read more

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New EPA head for Alaska talks Pebble budget cuts and climate change

first_imgChris Hladick was appointed as EPA Region 10 administrator in October. (Photo by Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media)The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a big part to play in some very controversial issues in Alaska and beyond, from the proposed Pebble Mine to national climate policy.Listen nowThe Trump administration recently appointed Chris Hladick to lead EPA Region 10. Hladick will oversee EPA’s work in Alaska, as well as in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.Alaska’s Energy Desk got a chance to catch up with Hladick at the Alaska Forum on the Environment conference in Anchorage this week. In a wide-ranging interview, Hladick answered questions about the agency’s recent Pebble Mine decision, EPA’s budget and climate change.Before landing his federal post, Chris Hladick spent a lot of time at various levels of government in Alaska. Most recently, Hladick was a member of Governor Bill Walker’s cabinet, serving as commerce commissioner. Before that, he worked for the cities of Unalaska, Dillingham and Galena.Hladick thinks that experience will come in handy:“I bring to the table local knowledge of how things can actually work on the ground here in Alaska,” Hladick said.Hladick said his boss — EPA administrator Scott Pruitt — recently called him up seeking some of that local knowledge, on a hot topic for many Alaskans: the proposed Pebble Mine.“He was interested in knowing how many people the commercial fishing out there employs, as opposed to what the mine will employ. I think he went through a process in his mind of weighing all the issues together,” Hladick said.Shortly after that conversation, Pruitt made news: he decided to keep in play EPA’s proposal to put environmental restrictions on the mine, a move that surprised and thrilled Pebble’s opponents.Hladick declined to speculate how Pruitt came to the decision.“I think you’d have to ask him that,” Hladick said.Hladick said despite Pruitt’s decision, EPA is keeping busy with Pebble. The company still aims to get its permits, so EPA is working with the Army Corps of Engineers as it prepares an environmental impact statement for the mine.That’s just one of many big projects EPA is involved with in Alaska. Others include the Donlin mine and the Nanushuk project, a big North Slope oil development. EPA also provides millions of dollars in grant funding for projects in Alaskan communities and tribal villages, including grants to help with drinking water infrastructure and cleaning up Superfund sites.Meanwhile, the Trump administration just proposed steep budget cuts for EPA as a whole, reducing its funding by more than a quarter and eliminating thousands of jobs at the agency. Hladick didn’t criticize the cuts, saying part of his job is to figure out how to do “more with less.”“Our workload is expanding while our budgets are decreasing, so we have to make sure we focus on the right things,” Hladick said.Hladick noted that last year, Congress didn’t go through with all the cuts the Trump administration requested, and he expects the same thing to happen again this year. But Hladick did acknowledge that if Congress went through with budget as proposed, it would impact EPA’s work in the region.“If there’s a 30 percent cut, I think everybody will feel it. That’s a lot of money,” Hladick said.In the document outlining its proposed budget, EPA touts the cuts, saying it’s “proud to be a good steward of taxpayer resources and to efficiently deliver environmental protection.”Environmental groups, on the other hand, criticized the budget proposal, saying it would endanger the environment and public health.Environmental groups are also slamming Trump’s EPA for its approach to climate change.  Pruitt questions the extent to which human activity is causing climate change, and under him, EPA is walking back Obama-era proposals to regulate greenhouse gases.Being from Alaska, Hladick said he can’t deny climate change is an issue.“I’ve been involved in Arctic issues since at least 16 years ago, and there’s no doubt the Arctic is changing,” Hladick said.EPA may be stepping away from its Obama-era focus on regulating greenhouse gases, but Hladick said he wants the agency to continue working with communities seeing on-the-ground impacts from global warming.last_img read more

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National Capital Baptist Convention Supports Northeast Maglev

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comIn hopes of providing more jobs and opportunities for residents of the region, the National Capital Baptist Convention (NCBC) announced its support of Northeast Maglev- the company overseeing the SCMAGLEV high-speed rail project between Washington, D.C. and New York City.Northeast Maglev is working with the Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) to create the- JR Central’s Superconducting Maglev (SCMAGLEV) system- to serve as the fastest, safest way to travel the Northeast corridor.  A like project in Japan has already undergone over 1.5 million miles of testing since 1998 and carried more than 260,000 passengers according to a press release.National Capital Baptist Convention (NCBC) supported the construction of the SCMAGLEV- a high-speed rail project between Washington, D.C. and New York City, which would begin building in the Baltimore Washington corridor. (Courtesy Image/Logo)With plans to start the first part of the Northeast corridor system between the nation’s capital and Baltimore, the SCMAGLEV construction boasts major benefits to area residents, and for that reason the NCBC is partnering as an ally and liaison to the community.“We are not only places of worship, but stewards of our community’s welfare. The economic opportunities this project will provide are momentous,” said President of NCBC and Pastor of Unity Baptist Church Rev. Charles W. McNeill Jr.SCMAGLEV is said to offer 74,000 construction jobs, over 1,500 permanent jobs, opportunities for job training and millions of dollars each year in economic activity according to an NCBC press release.“Our relationship with Northeast Maglev underscores our commitment to promote projects that will benefit communities served by our member churches,” McNeill said.NCBC’s endorsement of the Northeast Maglev reaches a large group of people as the nation’s oldest and largest African-American religious convention, with an estimated 7.5 million members.“I am excited to have this relationship with such a vital member of the Washington, D.C. community,” Wayne Rogers, chairman and CEO of Northeast Maglev said.“I look forward to Northeast Maglev and the National Capital Baptist Convention working together with area residents, government officials, institutions and other organizations to secure the SCMAGLEV project’s future, starting in the Baltimore Washington Corridor.”last_img read more

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Qantas and Tesla battle it out at Avalon Airport

first_img*Ludicrous Mode – Ludicrous speed decreases the 0-100 km/h time for Model S 10% to 3.0 seconds with a quarter mile time of 10.9 seconds. Time to 250 km per hour is now 20% faster than a standard Model S Performance.*TO/GA (Take-Off/Go-Around) – maximum thrust available from the engines. QantasSource = Qantas The three kilometre runway at Avalon Airport – southwest of Melbourne, Australia – was the setting for a unique test of innovation, skill and power.It was a duel that pitted two examples of engineering achievement against one another.A Qantas Boeing 737-800 aircraft and a Tesla Model S P90D electric car.With its two CFM International jet engines, the 737 can generate more than 50,000 pounds of thrust and fly through the sky at a cruising speed of 850 km/h. Flat out in the air, it can approach the speed of sound.The five seater Model S can go from 0 to 100 kilometres an hour in three seconds – it can’t fly but if you’re  going to be on the ground, you may as well be in the quickest four door car ever built.The Tesla took off from the start at a cracking pace with its two electric motors, while the two engines of the 737 roared to life. Plane versus car, pilot against driver.The Tesla was hard to catch off the start.  But the 737 narrowed the gap as it barrelled down the runway. Both travelled neck and neck as the 737 reached its take-off speed of 140 knots and the Tesla reached its max at around 250 kilometres an hour.The Tesla was in the shadow of the aircraft as it pulled up at the end of the runway – the clear early winner on the ground, just overtaken when the aircraft did what it was designed to do: fly.So, apart from seeing who would win, what was the point of the race?Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – and Tesla, the California based and world’s leading maker of premium electric cars, are collaborating to drive innovation for their customers and sustainability in the transport industry.During the coming months Qantas and Tesla will introduce the following services and benefits for customers:Exclusive events for Qantas frequent flyers, enabling them to experience new Tesla vehicles and technology;Qantas Club membership for Tesla Model S owners;Tesla High Power Wall Connectors at Qantas Valet facilities in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide allowing Model S owners to charge whilst they travel.Additionally Qantas will become Tesla’s airline of choice in Australia and offset all the car maker’s domestic corporate travel emissions as part of Qantas’ Future Planet Program.Regular meetings will occur between both companies to investigate future opportunities around sustainable transport.Qantas’ Head of Environment and Fuel, Alan Milne, said the collaboration was a meeting of minds.“Both our companies are passionate about continuing to push the boundaries of customer service, innovation and sustainability in the transport industry,” Mr Milne said.“We’re huge admirers of the way Tesla has transformed the electric car sector as a premium brand and we look forward to sharing our understanding and advance the work we started in 2012 on biofuels as an alternative to jet fuel.“What better way to celebrate working together than having a unique race – car versus plane.”While we continue to work on long-term sustainable transport solutions, all carbon emissions from this race were offset, under Qantas’ Future Planet Program.Fast facts Power52,000 pounds of thrust90 kilowatt battery, Dual Motor Capacity2 pilots and 168 passengers1 driver and 4 passengers Full power*TO/GA*Ludicrous Mode Top speedMach. 82250km/h Qantas Boeing 737-800Tesla S Electric Carlast_img read more

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Canadian writer William Bill Whitehead has died

first_imgCanadian writer William (Bill) Whitehead has died at age 86 by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 2, 2018 11:29 am PDT Last Updated Feb 2, 2018 at 12:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canadian writer and actor William (Bill) Whitehead has died.HarperCollins Publishers says he died Thursday in Toronto after recently being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.He was 86.Whitehead was known for his work at the CBC, where he wrote many seasons of “The Nature of Things,” for which he won several awards.He was also the longtime partner of the late Canadian author Timothy Findley, with whom he collaborated on many radio and TV scripts, including the miniseries “The National Dream: Building the Impossible Railway.”The two were together for over 40 years and met when the Regina-raised Whitehead was acting at the Red Barn Theatre in Jackson’s Point, north of Toronto.When Findley died, Whitehead edited a collection of his work in “Journeyman: Travels with a Writer,” published in 2003.“Bill was the person who made (Findley’s) life and art possible, creating the space that allowed (him) to write the works of fiction that made him one of the most beloved authors in the country,” Iris Tupholme, senior vice-president and executive publisher of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., said in a statement.“Although (Findley’s) stature sometimes seemed to overshadow Bill’s contributions, Bill was a successful actor, scriptwriter and author himself. Quick with a clever turn of phrase, a telling anecdote and an actor’s skill at delivering a great punchline, Bill delighted in the world of the theatre and loved an audience.”In 2012, Whitehead published the memoir “Words to Live By,” which was nominated for the Stephen Leacock Medal for humour.Marc Cote, publisher of “Words to Live By,” said Whitehead had a “straight-ahead approach to life.”“He tackled projects and adversity with a rare clarity of mind and good humour,” Cote said.Tupholme described him as “fiercely loyal, generous and kind” and “a tireless advocate for writers, artists and actors.”HarperCollins says at Whitehead’s request, there will be no funeral or memorial service.last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alicia Keys says Grammys will be about the ‘power of music’ Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, from left, executive producer Ken Erhlich, host Alicia Keys, producer Chantel Sausedo, and Jack Sussman, CBS Executive Vice President, Specials, Music, and Live Events, roll out the red carpet for the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. The 61st Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) LOS ANGELES — Grammys host Alicia Keys previewed the show Thursday by rolling out the red carpet and dancing while Trombone Shorty played funk music with bandmates.Keys was all smiles as she joined Grammys CEO Neil Portnow, show producer Ken Ehrlich and others for a toast at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the 61st Grammys will take place Sunday.The piano-playing singer said the ceremony “will be about the celebration and the power of music.”“There’s a sense of community that I want to bring to the stage,” Keys said. “So many times you come to these things as an artist and you’re juggling so many things and there’s so much pressure on you. I would love to ensure the peace and the good energy in the room so that our shoulders can all drop and we can feel the true blessing of having music as a universal language.”Keys has won 15 Grammys throughout her career and is hosting the show for the first time. LL Cool J was the longtime host until James Corden took over in 2017 and 2018.“We’re all very excited, and the energy you’re going to feel is far different than anything you’ve ever felt,” she said.Women have a larger presence at this year’s Grammys after being nearly muted at the 2018 show. Female voices represent the majority in two of the top categories. Album-of-the-year nominees include Kacey Musgraves, H.E.R., Janelle Monae, Brandi Carlile and Cardi B. Best-new-artist contenders include H.E.R., Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Chloe x Halle and Jorja Smith.Lady Gaga, SZA, Maren Morris and Ella Mai also scored nominations in big categories such as song or record of the year.“Celebrating so many amazing nominees, particularly women nominees … is so incredibly magnificent and so many are my friends,” Keys said.____Online:http://www.grammys.comMesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Feb 8, 2019 7:18 am PDTlast_img read more

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