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    • Stover

      Interactive wildfires map @ http://www.climatecentral.org/news/interactive-wildfires-map-tracks-blazes-in-us-17916 The flame icons represent wildfires currently active in the lower 48 states and Alaska. Hover over a given fire to see its name, and if you zoom in you’ll be able to see the outline of the area that’s burning — the so-called fire perimeter. If you click within the perimeter, a window pops up showing the fire’s size in acres, the amount by which the perimeter has grown or shrunk over the past 24 hours, the fraction of the fire that has been contained and other data. There’s also a link to an even more detailed report. The interactive is based on data from the Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination Group; the information is updated once a day from reports by fire managers on the scene, satellite imagery and GPS data, among other sources.

      • The Fire Next Time

        As of Tuesday night at least 60 fires are burning in seven western states and so far, 208,000 acres have burned. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/erupting-wildfires-continue-to-engulf-thousands-of-acres-out-west/ According to California State fire spokesman Jay Smith the Rocky Fire burning north of San Francisco grew by 22,000 acres in just five hours – “The computer simulator said it would take about seven days for that to happen and this fire did it in five.” The fire began six days ago and has grown from a mile and a half in size to more than 100 square miles, the size of San Francisco and Washington D.C. combined. The California State Fire Agency has already spent $690 million since the drought began four years ago and expects to spend another $434 million this fire season alone. “It’s like nothing most of us have ever seen before because our fuels are so dry. The vegetation is so dry,” said Fire Captain Steve Kaufman.

  1. Poco a poco

    On July 25th Germany met 78% of its daily energy needs with renewables. http://qz.com/469080/germany-met-78-of-its-daily-energy-needs-with-renewables/ Germany is aiming to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% before the year 2050. It’s also trying to cut down on its reliance on nuclear power, which it trades with France. Earlier this month n Denmark wind turbines produced 140% of its domestic energy needs in one day. See also link to a blog post from Germany’s Energiewende (energy transition) project, which illustrates how their renewable targets are on track, have lowered emissions, decoupled energy consumption from economic growth, pushed wholesale prices down to record lows, and are now pushing retail prices down.

  2. Fight-or-flight

    Retailers including Wal-Mart, Sears and Amazon have agreed to halt the sales of life-like toy guns in New York. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday that the retailers also have agreed to pay over $300,000 in penalties. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-03/amazon-wal-mart-settle-with-new-york-over-toy-gun-sales The sales by Wal-Mart violated terms of an earlier agreement with the state in 2003 when it was found to sell illegal toy guns. Because of that, the retailer will be paying largest of the fines, $225,000. According to the AG there have been at least 63 shootings, at least eight fatal, in New York resulting from toy guns being mistaken for real weapons since 1994.
    Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old who was fatally shot by Cleveland police last November, was banishing this toy gun, a Colt 1911 replica. http://www.trbimg.com/img-547684d0/turbine/la-na-nn-tamir-rice-911-call-20141126-001/900/900×506

  3. Business as usual

    “After years of demonstrations and court battles, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed an executive order this month expropriating 91 acres of what many here consider sacred land. And is it any wonder he did, residents argue. The same contractor carving through their land has held the title to the president’s family mansion, provided a house to the finance minister for zero profit and does billions of dollars in deals with the government.” http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/31/world/americas/mexican-presidents-ties-to-contractor-raise-questions.html

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