Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bankrupt Abound Solar to Bury Unused Solar Panels
Colorado-based Abound Solar has been ordered to remove and bury in cement thousands of leftover solar panels “deemed unsellable” by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The company must also clean up other hazardous waste at a number of facilities statewide, according to the Northern Colorado Business Report (NCBR).
The cleanup is expected to cost at least $2.2 million.
The company, a recipient of a $400 million Department of Energy loan guarantee, received approximately $70 million before it shuttered its operation. The bankruptcy will cost taxpayers $40 million to $60 million.
State health officials pointed to the carcinogenic metal cadmium in the panels as the source of concern.
Carbon Dioxide Emissions from the Global Cement Industry
The cement industry contributes about 5% to global anthropogenic CO2 emissions
Monckton urges dancing over global warming - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
British climate change sceptic Christopher Monckton got a mixed response from a Newcastle audience overnight, as he presented his views on global warming.
Give the polar bears a break - Winnipeg Free Press
I did notice one glaring omission from the various options "on the table." It is a fairly simple solution to help the bears, one that many northerners would support -- stop chasing them with helicopters.

For many years, Churchill has quietly disapproved of the amount of handling and drugging that our bears receive. Polar bears have been studied in this area since 1966, including an annual, long-term monitoring project that has run from 1979 to 2013.

For 35 years, polar bears have been chased and tranquilized by helicopter, weighed, tattooed, tagged, etc. By far, the western Hudson Bay polar bears are the most researched bears on the planet; far more than any bears in Nunavut. The generally accepted number is that 80 per cent of this population has been handled and tagged.
Anyway, this study found that handling directly affects the birth weight of female polar bear cubs. In short, the study found that when pregnant females are drugged and handled, the litter size and the weight of the male cub are not necessarily affected but the weight of the female cub is statistically lower.

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