Explosions rock Houston-area chemical plant following Hurricane Harvey flooding

August 31, 2017 by  
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Several explosions at a Houston-area chemical plant were reported on early Thursday morning, reportedly related to its loss of power. Black smoke billowed from the Arkema Inc. chemical plant in Crosby, Texas as blasts rocked the site, which remains submerged under six feet of floodwater. The Arkema plant is one of many in the region; this part of Texas is home to the one of the densest concentrations of pipelines, refineries and chemical plants in the country. The storm damage is certain to exacerbate the public health threat of Hurricane Harvey long after the rain has stopped. On Tuesday, prior to the explosions, officials ordered a mandatory evacuation zone for a 1.5 mile radius surrounding the plant. The Arkema plant was shut down before Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the Houston-area, though 11 employees remained behind to service the facility. As the unprecedented floodwaters pushed in, the remaining team was evacuated as fumes began to pour out of the powerless plant. Several deputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s office were hospitalized for inhaling toxic chemicals . Related: 7 ways you can help people affected by Tropical Storm Harvey Arkema produces organic peroxides, compounds with a wide variety of applications, from construction materials to pharmaceuticals. Usually the volatile chemicals are kept under control through cold storage. However, without power , there is no refrigeration. “As the temperature rises, the natural state of these materials will decompose. A white smoke will result, and that will catch fire,” Arkema spokesperson Janet Smith told press. Arkema was previously mandated by the EPA to produce a report outlining the potential risks of the plant and plans for worst-case scenarios, which, according to Arkema’s submitted report, could potentially impact 1.1 million residents over a distance of 23 miles. However, the company reports that it is incorporating “multiple layers of preventative and mitigation measures” to ensure that the worst does not come to pass. Via Time and Washington Post Images via Google Maps

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6 Emergency Essentials for Surviving 72 Hours Without Power

October 1, 2014 by  
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The motto “always be prepared” is a good one to keep in mind, but one might not understand the importance of that until immersed in a situation that one hasn’t prepared properly for at all. With climate change wreaking havoc on the planet, superstorms , floods, tornadoes, and droughts are becoming more frequent, and it’s not uncommon for people to be without power for a few days . Although some people might feel a bit paranoid or weird about keeping a supply of certain items in the house “just in case”, it’s always better to have them and not need them, than vice-versa. Read on to learn about the supplies that everyone should keep on hand if the power goes out for a few days. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of 6 Emergency Essentials for Surviving 72 Hours Without Power Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 72 hours , blizzard , camping , camping food , camping supplies , earthquake , emergency , emergency kit , first aid , first aid kit , flood , Hurricane , natural disaster , power failure , power outage , preparedness kit , prepper , prepping , prepping bag , prepping kit , snowstorm , storm , survival kit , without power

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Super Bowl power outage sheds light on smart grid

February 5, 2013 by  
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The 34-minute blackout was a potent reminder of the electrical grid's vulnerability and how energy management startups are poised to prevent future outages.

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Solar-Powered LuminAID Lamp Launches “Give Light, Get Light” BOGO Initiative

December 10, 2012 by  
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LuminAID is an inflatable, solar-powered light designed for a range of uses including disaster response and camping. Each light recharges with about five hours of sunlight, producing eight to 10 hours of light. Since they are lightweight and pack flat, large quantities of LuminAID lights can be delivered to disaster zones. For the holidays, LuminAID has launched the “ Give Light, Get Light ” initiative, in which the sale of each light for personal use will be matched with a light donated to someone without access electricity. The LuminAID is a solar-powered, inflatable, waterproof light that packs flat — a perfect substitute to a flashlight in home emergency kits or for camping. UNAIDS, UN Peacekeeping, and LuminAID recently launched a “ Give Light, Get Light ” holiday initiative to shine a light on ending violence against women in conflict regions. Your purchase will cover the cost of shipping one light to you, and it will also fund the donation of one LuminAID light (and all associated shipping and distribution costs) for someone in need. + LuminAID The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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The LED Power Outage Lighting System Provides Energy-Efficient Backup Illumination for Your Home

October 17, 2011 by  
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Electricity blackouts in the United States have skyrocketed over the past two decades, making it all the more important for homeowners to have backup systems in place in case their power goes out. With that in mind, the LED Power Outage Lighting System is a product that is able to detect a power outage and automatically send a signal to turn on bright, battery-powered lights installed throughout the home. The goal, says online retailer Pegasus Lighting, is to ensure children and elderly individuals never face that unpredictable plunge into darkness. The system is priced reasonably at $89.99 and includes two LED ceiling lights, a path light, and a power outage detector/detachable flashlight that will all turn on automatically if the power goes out. + Pegasus Lighting Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: backup lights , eco design , eco lighting , emergency lighting , green design , green lighting , green products , LED lighting , LED Power Outage Lighting System , led power outage system , pegasus lighting , sustainable design

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Zimbabwe Plans Massive CFL Light Bulb Exchange To Reduce Power Demand

August 15, 2011 by  
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Zimbabwe has had a pretty rough decade, with its standard of living falling to one of the lowest in the world. Power is one of the victims of the economic and political strife, but the beleaguered national power company Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) is doing a massive light bulb swap to try and rein in power demand and help reduce power outages. The plan is to replace the infamously inefficient incandescent with 5.5 million CFL bulbs which the utility company hopes will take a large bite out of their energy demand and help stabilized the economy. Read the rest of Zimbabwe Plans Massive CFL Light Bulb Exchange To Reduce Power Demand Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: African power grid , cfl mercury , green energy , grid efficiency , incandescent exchange , national light bulb exchange , power outage , ZESA light bulb , Zimbabwe CFL exchange , Zimbabwe light bulb exchange

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PlanetSolar: The World’s Largest Solar Powered Boat Docks in Hong Kong

August 15, 2011 by  
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The World’s Largest Solar Energy Office Building Shines in China

August 15, 2011 by  
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Fighting the Heat with a Smarter Grid

July 14, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Good When the temperature climbs, demand on the power grid goes up with the mercury. The culprits are a million air conditioners cranked to full blast and the result, when things get really hot, is sometimes a power outage.

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POWERplus Gazelle Is A Flintstones-Style Generator

December 14, 2009 by  
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Photo via It Must Be Green Recently, we saw how much pedaling it would take to power a home , but if you need a little boost for gadgets during a power outage or emergency, the POWERplus Gazelle is one handy – er, footy – option. ..

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