Episode 137: Greener plastics, electrifying everything and (yes) another blockchain app

August 24, 2018 by  
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Plus, some insight into Southern California Edison’s strategy for electrifying transportation and building thermal loads.

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Wildfires in California now larger than NYC and Boston combined

December 11, 2017 by  
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The wildfires raging throughout Southern California are now so fierce and widespread they cover a land area larger than Boston and New York City combined. The Thomas Fire, the largest of the six blazes, covers 230,000 acres, making it the fifth largest wildfire in modern Californian history. Firefighters are struggling to make progress against the inferno, with containment of the Thomas Fire shrinking from 15 percent to 10 percent on Sunday. The fire’s spread has been aided by powerful, dry Santa Ana winds and a lack of rainfall , which are fairly typical of the Southern California coastal region. “Every single year, we have ideal conditions for the types of wildfires we’re experiencing,” ecologist Alexandra Syphard at the Conservation Biology Institute told Wired . “What we don’t have every single year is an ignition during a wind event. And we’ve had several.” Related: The fearless dog who refused to leave his goats during the Santa Rosa wildfire “The problem is not fire,” Syphard added. “The problem is people in the wrong places.” While wildfires were a normal occurrence before the development of Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California, they would typically only occur once or twice a year. Human activity in one of the most populous regions in the United States has increased the rate of wildfires, which has damaged the local ecology. “We’ve lost a lot of our natural heritage [to wildfires],” US Geological Survey research ecologist Jon Keeley told Wired . As the effects of climate change continue to become more pronounced and powerful, these ferocious wildfires may become ordinary occurrences. “With climate change, some scientists are saying that Southern California is literally burning up,” said California Governor Jerry Brown, “so we have to have the resources to combat the fires and we also have to invest in managing the vegetation and forests … in a place that’s getting hotter.” Via CNN and Wired Images via Depositphotos , US Fish and Wildlife Services  and Glenn Beltz/Flickr

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700 barrels of crude oil spill in California as pipeline breaks

June 23, 2016 by  
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An oil pipeline just began to leak in Ventura, California . Early Thursday morning, firefighters rushed to the scene to try and prevent the crude oil from spilling into the ocean . Ventura County Fire Department spokesperson Mike Lindbery originally said the leak could involve as much as 5,000 barrels of crude oil . Crimson Pipeline owns the leaking pipeline. On their website they say they ” safely ” own around 1,000 miles of pipeline throughout California, in Ventura, Orange, Kern County, Los Angeles, and some areas in Northern California. The oil in question belongs to Aera Energy , one of the largest producers of oil and gas in California, who on their website say they “take pride in our excellent safety and environmental performance.” Related: Why didn’t the California pipeline that spilled 101,000 gallons of oil have an auto shut-off valve? NBC Los Angeles reports that the pipe ” burst ” around 5:30 AM local time. Both the Ventura County and Ventury City fire departments initiated investigations . A hazmat team was also dispatched to the scene. Crews saw crude oil spilling ” into the Prince Barranca ,” a water flow that leads to a beach. Firefighters are now working to try and make sure the oil doesn’t reach the ocean. Crews are utilizing bulldozers to build barriers, but also hope a natural basin will help catch the oil as well. Crimson Pipeline shut the pump off, but while the pipe is depressurized, oil continues to flow because of gravity. According to officials, they notified the California departments of environmental health and fish and game about the leak. California has battled oil spills and even an Exxon Mobil oil refinery explosion in the past. Over 100,000 gallons of oil spilled into the ocean near Santa Barbara, California due to a pipeline crack just over a year ago. Via the Los Angeles Times Images via J Brew on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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Shockingly, authorities arrest activists, instead of people responsible for the Aliso Canyon methane gas leak

February 18, 2016 by  
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The California State Patrol has arrested two people in connection with the massive methane leak in Southern California’s Aliso Canyon , but many residents who had to leave their homes near the leaking underground gas storage site think the wrong people are in custody. Instead of busting company executives and engineers who are responsible for the massive methane gas leak, the CSP arrested two protesters who draped banners on the headquarters of the California Public Utilities Commission. The protesters draped banners to highlight the lax regulatory environment that enabled the spill — similar to the political culture that enabled the water poisoning in Flint . But unbelievably, the activists are now the ones going to jail. Read the rest of Shockingly, authorities arrest activists, instead of people responsible for the Aliso Canyon methane gas leak

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Gorgeous cantilevering green-roofed home soars over Beverly Hills

July 1, 2015 by  
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HOK’s new ARCTIC Center paves the way for California’s high speed rail

December 15, 2014 by  
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The World’s Largest Lithium-Ion Battery is Coming to Southern California Edison

November 26, 2014 by  
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Battery developer AES Southland just announced that it will deliver the world’s largest lithium ion battery to Southern California Edison. The massive 400MW battery can provide 100MW of power for a total of four hours, which eclipses the previous record held by the State Grid Corporation of China with a 36MWh battery less than 1/10 the size of the Southern California Edison device. Read the rest of The World’s Largest Lithium-Ion Battery is Coming to Southern California Edison Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 400MW lithium ion battery , Advanced Energy Storage , AES , energy storage facility , lithium ion battery , SCE , southern california edison , world’s largest lithium ion battery

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Tallest Green Wall in Los Angeles to Adorn Oldest LEED Platinum Building in Southern California

February 27, 2014 by  
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HGA Architects’ West Valley Campus at College of the Desert Will Produce More Energy than it Consumes

May 28, 2013 by  
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Sacramento and SoCal show how to do sustainable communities right

March 28, 2012 by  
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The California capital and an association of Southern California governments last week presented innovative ideas for reducing congestion while building environmental and social concerns into their plans to grow green.

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