Month: December 2020

IRENA: Clean energy transition would pay for itself, drive post-pandemic economic recovery

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Renewable energy could power an economic recovery from Covid-19 by spurring global GDP gains of almost $100tn (£80tn) between now and 2050, according to a report.The International Renewable Energy Agency found that accelerating investment in renewable energy could generate huge economic benefits while helping to tackle the global climate emergency.The agency’s director general, Francesco La Camera, said the global crisis ignited by the coronavirus outbreak exposed “the deep vulnerabilities of the current system” and urged governments to invest in renewable energy to kickstart economic growth and help meet climate targets.The agency’s landmark report found that accelerating investment in renewable energy would help tackle the climate crisis and would in effect pay for itself.Investing in renewable energy would deliver global GDP gains of $98tn above a business-as-usual scenario by 2050 by returning between $3 and $8 on every dollar invested. It would also quadruple the number of jobs in the sector to 42m over the next 30 years, and measurably improve global health and welfare scores, according to the report.“Governments are facing a difficult task of bringing the health emergency under control while introducing major stimulus and recovery measures,” La Camera said. “By accelerating renewables and making the energy transition an integral part of the wider recovery, governments can achieve multiple economic and social objectives in the pursuit of a resilient future that leaves nobody behind.”[Jillian Ambrose]More: Green energy could drive Covid-19 recovery with $100tn boost IRENA: Clean energy transition would pay for itself, drive post-pandemic economic recoverylast_img read more

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U.S. coal consumption ‘will be crushed in 2020’—Moody’s

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Earnings for North American coal miners may plunge by more than half this year as the coronavirus pandemic makes a weak market even worse, according to Moody’s Investors Service.“Coal consumption will be crushed in 2020,” analysts led by Benjamin Nelson wrote in a report Sunday. “We expect a sharp and sustained slowdown in economic activity will result in lower economic growth, reduced demand for electricity and reduced demand for steel.”Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization will slide by more than 50% in 2020, with thermal coal production down more than 25%, according to the report. The ratings company has had a negative outlook on the industry since August.Already facing an inexorable decline as utilities shift away from the dirtiest fossil fuel, Moody’s said the struggling coal industry won’t be able to count on help from Washington “as the U.S. government directs financing toward industries more likely to rebound as the crisis eases.”While some analysts including the U.S. Energy Information Administration have predicted a rebound in coal demand next year driven by rising natural gas prices, Moody’s is expecting a different scenario.“We expect prices for natural gas, perhaps coal’s biggest competitor in North American power generation, to remain low through the early 2020s,” according to the report. “Persistently low natural gas prices will undercut the EIA’s expectations.”[Will Wade]More: Coal earnings set to plunge 50% in North America, Moody’s says U.S. coal consumption ‘will be crushed in 2020’—Moody’slast_img read more

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Trauma Tuesday: Trauma-less Edition

first_imgBest of Web 5 – HD – Zapatou from Luc Bergeron on Vimeo.As much as I love watching random strangers eat it on the internet, sometimes we need to take a step back and ask ourselves, “what about all the times someone didn’t fail?” It’s a fair question. I usually don’t get a rise out of those “People Are Awesome” supercuts, but this one grabbed my attention and never let go. Not sure if it’s the song, the jump cuts, the people (who are awesome), or what, but I couldn’t stop watching. Well, that’s not exactly true, since I did stop watching to pause, rewind, backtrack, and let my brain catch up to what was actually happening on the screen. Some of my faves:Waterskiing Toddler at 0:21Rollerblade guy at 1:05Whirly-bird to frontflip at 1:30The comically sexual bikini shot to fire hose sequence at 2:17See a clip you want to see in its entirety? Click through to the Vimeo page and you can access a list of all 187 videos used.Don’t worry. Next week we’ll get back to people breaking their faces and tailbones in the never-ending pursuit of stoke. See you then!last_img read more

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Trail Mix July 2013: Free Music Playlist

first_imgTrail Mix began with a simple mission – the exposure of kick ass independent roots musicians flying below the radar of our readership.  This month’s mix – perhaps more than any other month to date – best satisfies that mission.Trail Mix is lucky, on a regular basis, to feature nationally recognized artists who have achieved large measures of critical acclaim.  But those lesser known artists, the musicians and bands looking for a break or that glimmer of recognition, are just as exciting to us, and this month’s mix is rich with them.This month’s mix serves to remind us that there are so many great, great bands out there looking to be noticed.  We are happy to do what we can here at Trail Mix to shine a light on this collection of fantastic talent.In lieu of a typically wordy intro, we encourage you to just dig in.  Stream it.  Download it.  Wait for it to grab you, because it will.  Once you have those songs bouncing around your head, reach out and buy the discs; they will be just as good as what we have featured here.  Promise.This is what Trail Mix is all about. Stream or download the free music below: Bronze Radio Return – Up On and OverAnthony D’Amato – Hand Williams TuneBhi Bhiman – GuttersnipeBombadil – EscalatorsBreaking Laces – Weighted DownDan Miraldi – Out of EdenDavid Newbould – Always Coming HomeDwight Howard Johnson – Honest ChanceGhost & Gale – Take Me To The FireHead for the Hills – Priscilla the ChinchillaJosh Halverson – Gimme One ShotL Shape Lot:The Duo – Fox on the RunMichael Coleman – Fly AwayMustered Courage – Standing By Your SideRed & The Romantics – Secret GardenSecond Wind – It’s Gonna Be AlrightSimpleton & Cityfolk – Won’t Let You DownStrugill Simpson – You Can Have the CrownThe Barefoot Movement -Second Time AroundThe Deadly Gentlemen – Bored of the RagingThe Westbound Rangers – One of These DaysValley Young – Little Bear last_img read more

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Mountain Mama: How to Get Back on River Time

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,The government shut downs cost my friend a month-long rafting trip down the Grand Canyon. I can barely mention anything west of the Mississippi without him looking a bit teary-eyed. He worked hard all summer to save money and looked forward experiencing a new river with new friends.Any ideas on how to cheer him up?Yours,Caring Friend————————————————————————–Dear Caring Friend,Quick, get that man on the river. It sounds like your friend got trapped in to-do lists for too long, a world where external measures of success like paychecks, promotions, first descents, and PRs can define who we are.Spending time on the river reminds us that we are greater than the sum of our accomplishments. We are creatures of nature, and the river brings us back into the flow of the outdoors. The simplicity of the routine of morning chores, day-long paddles, and communal meal preparation help us become present in the day unfolding in front of us.Settling into river time means allowing ourselves to drift with the current. When we sit by the side of the river and simply marvel at the light dancing from one wave to the next, we allow our minds to slow down. Giving ourselves permission to do nothing at all stirs our imaginations. The irony is that we live in a world that values an eternally jam-packed calendar, but truly unwinding can we expand ourselves in new directions.Caring Friend, you don’t have to take your friend to an exotic river to experience the magic of the water. Just get him wet. We’re lucky to live in a place where spending the night riverside is accessible.Two local options to check out are the Chattooga River’s 19-mile long water trail and the French Broad River Paddle Trail. Camping is allowed anywhere along the Chattooga River as long as campsites are 50 feet from any streams or trails and at least a quarter-mile from any road. The are several designated campsites with fire rings located riverside. The paddle-in campsites along the French Broad River can be reserved online, the campsites clearly marked with signs along the paddle trail.Caring Friend, plan an overnight river trip. Get you and your friend off the digital treadmill and back to nature.Paddle On,Mountain Mamalast_img read more

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Race Ahead: Mad Anthony’s Mud Run

first_imgsponsored-eventMud races abound in the Blue Ridge, but Mad Anthony’s is one of the only winter mud run challenges. Sure, diving through mud pit and getting soaked to the skin is easy when the weather is warm, but it takes a true mud warrior to brave freezing temperatures and wintry winds while slip-sliding through muck and ice.Mad Anthony’s Mud Run is a 4.5-mile historical stomp to test your resolve, intensity, and character. A battle awaits you at Coyner Springs Park in Waynesboro, Va., as runners pay homage to the city’s namesake, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne. Beginning at 9:30 a.m with a wave start, over 500 runners will navigate the new course for 2014, which will include a tire pit, balance beam, wall scale, haystack climb, swamp run, log hop, tunnel crawl, and a mystery challenge. Here is how race director Ben Lancaster describes the course:“At the tire pit, you will find yourself building confidence running through tires hoping not to get your feet tangled at this first battle. Up next is a balance beam suspended over mud, testing your balance and coordination. Then runners must scale a six-foot wall.  The hay bale climb will meet you with force as you try to scale up and over the massive barrier on your way to victory. Then prepare to go over and under the fallen timbers and logs. Watch your step as you trample through swamp terrain that will strike fear into your feet and ankles. Hopefully you survive the fence and river crossings in one piece before making your way to safety through our darkened tunnel.  Prepare to get wet! Then, with a mystery obstacle at this stage in your quest for victory, how will you respond with the unknown? Finally, you’ll crawl through a series of muddy, wet tunnels up hill toward the finish.”As a reward for your battlefield victory, all finishers will be awarded with a custom-made Mad Anthony Mud Run Medal, fashioned like the medal that Congress awarded to General Wayne after his victory at Stony Point on July 15th, 1799. Earn your stripes at Mad Anthony’s Mud Run on February 22. Find more race info at www.runthevalley.com.last_img read more

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September Quick Hits: News from the Blue Ridge and Beyond

first_imgOutdoor Expo in the Mountains – Abingdon, VirginiaNeed a primer on all of the outdoor action in the Southwest Virginia Mountains? The Southwest Virginia Outdoor Expo is taking place on September 13-14 at Heartwood, a cultural center and artisan gallery in Abingdon. On the first day, local outdoor clubs and organizations will share information on the region’s best recreation spots for hiking, biking, paddling, and climbing. The expo will offer a chance to grab beta on favorite spots in the area, including the Mount Rogers Recreation Area, High Knob Recreation Area, the New and Clinch Rivers and the Appalachian Trail. Day two includes the opportunity for guided trips.Scenic Trail Honors for North Carolina and TennesseeWell-respected mountain biking website Singletracks.com recently polled its readers on the Top 5 Scenic Mountain Bike Trails in the Eastern USA, and the South was well represented on the recently unveiled list. Tennessee’s Raccoon Mountain, a fat-tire favorite for riders in Chattanooga, was ranked second, just ahead of North Carolina’s Dupont State Forest. The classic route at Tsali, also in western North Carolina, came in at number five. The most votes for top-ranked ride in the East went to the Piedmont Trail in Duluth, Minnesota. Last time we checked, Duluth was a few clicks away from the Atlantic, but hey, the people have spoken.Follow the A.T. Bricks – Damascus, Va.Damascus, Va., is known as Trail Town U.S.A. for a reason. The Appalachian Trail runs right through its small downtown. Officials in Damascus have decided to mark the trail’s route with commemorative bricks, which will replace sidewalks that currently hold a small portion of the famous footpath. To give A.T. enthusiasts a piece of trail lore and raise funds for both Damascus revitalization and trail upkeep, donors can purchase a limited number of bricks that will be engraved with names and dedications. In total, 2,180 bricks will be sold (to mark each trail mile) and proceeds will be split between the town, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club. Bricks can be purchased at appalachiantrail.org.Apple to Build Third Solar Farm in North Carolina – Claremont, N.C.In July, Apple announced plans to build a new solar farm in North Carolina, after the city of Claremont approved an agreement to annex land for the 100-acre, 17.5-megawatt operation. The farm will be used to power Apple’s data center in Maiden, N.C., and the project will create 75 jobs that the tech company has agreed to source locally, if possible. If all goes according to plan and the farm is completed in a projected five years, it would become Apple’s third solar farm in the state—all in Catawba County. One is already located at the Maiden facility, and last year the company also obtained rights to build a 20-megawatt farm in Conover.New Record at Hardrock – Silverton, ColoradoIn July, a new speed record was set at the infamous Hardrock Endurance Run. Ultrarunner Kilian Jornet completed the rugged 100.5-mile course that winds through Colorado’s San Juan Mountain range in an impressive 22:41:35. The time bested Kyle Skaggs’ previous course record (23:23) that was set in 2008. Hardrock is a relentless slog through the Rockies, featuring a total elevation change of 67,984 feet as it travels through some of the state’s most remote backcountry. The Hardrock record marks another impressive feat for Jornet, an endurance mountaineer currently in the midst of his “Summits of My Life” project—an effort to set speed records on some of the world’s most notable peaks.Tube to Work – Boulder, Colo.Creative commuting has reached a new level in Boulder. This summer, the city celebrated the 7th Annual Tube to Work Day, a slowly growing initiative to get locals to head to work via the cold waters of Boulder Creek. Approximately 40 people jointly took the plunge on July 15 and decided they didn’t mind getting a little wet on their way to work. Upon takeout, the alternative commuters were rewarded by the city with a free breakfast. As one participant told the Daily Camera: “It was the most Boulder thing ever.” Indeed.Raining Ping Pong Balls – Blackfoot, IdahoImagine you’re driving along a highway in rural Eastern Idaho, scenic mountain views in the backdrop, when suddenly it starts raining ping pong balls. Fortunately, when this happened in early July, it wasn’t the Plague of Blackfoot. Instead, it was the error of a pilot, who was supposed to drop the balls from a plane on attendees at the Blackfoot Pride Days event, where they could’ve been redeemed for prizes. The pilot released the balls a little early and a nearby interstate received an unexpected plastic shower.last_img read more

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More Than A Bike

first_imgAsk Stephen Janes what his favorite part about working with kids is and he will tell you the story of a kid who rode a bike in the woods for the first time.“It was on a greenway about a mile from his house that he had never been on,” Janes said. “He’s riding into the woods for the first time and yelling, ‘It smells like trees!’ That sticks with me. My family and I joke about that all the time. Every time we go out in the woods, we’re like, “Aaahhh, it smells like trees!’ We have so much access that we tend to take for granted and it reminds me not to take that for granted. Even if I’m having the worst ride of my life, it’s more rides than some kids will ever have.”Janes runs The Bicycle Thrift Shop located along the Swannanoa River in Asheville, N.C. At the shop, he takes in gently used bikes and refurbishes them to sell back to the community. The store funds the ride program Janes started in 2010, Adventure Kids WNC.“There are a lot of kids who are not able to get on bikes or get to a good place to ride,” he said. “Let’s get them outside of their walls that they are currently in and show them another piece of the world that they wouldn’t otherwise see.”Adventure Kids is a free after-school program that runs at an elementary school, a high school, and three middle schools in Western North Carolina. The kids learn about bike safety and road etiquette around the school campuses, using bikes and helmets provided by donations and profits from the thrift shop. During the summer, Janes takes the kids out into Pisgah National Forest to experience the trails.“We’ve been able to teach 18 kids how to ride a bike. The smile on their face, the joy you can see in them when they are finally able to pedal around and not fall over, to finally get that moment sticks with me forever and encourages me to keep going,” Janes said.More than 3,200 kids have benefited from this program in the eight years it has been running. Alison Rhodes is a counselor at A.C. Reynolds Middle School where Janes has been running the program for four years.“Many of our students don’t live in neighborhoods or places where it’d be safe to ride a bike,” she said. “It’s something they can enjoy at school but also something they can take out when they’re at a point in their lives where they can do things more independently.”Before starting Adventure Kids, Janes worked as a camp counselor and a mental health professional. He focused on helping kids modify their behavior and develop coping skills.“Knowing the issues that exist amongst our community youth and understanding that bicycles are not just a tool for recreation, but can build self-confidence, can help these kids have goals, can give them a broader worldview, I knew that the two go hand in hand and complement each other,” he said.Janes started off selling used bikes people donated at festivals before realizing he could sustain a business selling refurbished bikes to fund the program.“I knew it would be one of those things where you don’t always see immediate results,” he said. “It’s one of those things where ten years down the road, a kid will be in a tough situation and look back and remember the bike trip that he or she was on, struggling to get up the hill and kept at it and made it to the top. They’ll look back and it will add confidence to their daily lives.”A number of other programs are using bikes to increase confidence among youth participants. Sarmuna Wei, 17, said she has already benefitted from her experience with Spoke’n Revolutions, a cycling and history program based in Carrboro, N.C.During the summer of 2017, she was part of a group that biked a section of the Trail of Tears. They traveled across multiple states, learning about the forced removal of Native Americans from their land in the 1800s.“The first year had a really big impact on me,” Wei said. “I thought I knew myself well but after doing this tour, I learned that I am a much stronger person.”Wei returned the following year for the Bikes, Water & Soul tour, a blend of environmental justice and local history. Staying in North Carolina, the group biked along the Neuse River to the Outer Banks and back to Carrboro.“There were times when we had to make sacrifices and just bike on the highway,” Wei said. “And that really scared me because I have a big fear of trucks, like an 18-wheeler. It’s a big fear of mine and I had to bike next to them. So I was shook and scared… I have faced so many fears. This tour has helped me face most of them. I am a much more confident person now.”When Kevin Hicks started Spoke’n Revolutions, he wasn’t sure if teenagers would be willing to bike long distances.“It started as an idea to give youth of color opportunities to experience travel and distance cycling,” he said. “It was not only the distance in the cycling, it was learning the history along the way.”For the first trip in 2011, Hicks led the group from Mobile, Ala. to Niagara Falls along the Underground Railroad. They rode between 45 to 70 miles a day, learning about the history of slavery along the way.Hicks has since traveled thousands of miles with teenagers on bikes. Each trip focuses on a different subject, including Blues & Jazz History, a trip from New Orleans, La. to St. Louis, Mo, and King 2 King, a ride focused on the history of the Civil Rights Movement from Atlanta, Ga. to Washington, D.C.In seven years, 60 kids have benefitted from this program, most returning for another ride as participants or group leaders once they have aged out.“The reason why I’m in this is to watch the kids grow and transform, helping make that light switch go off,” Hicks said.More Youth AdventuresLooking for a similar program near you? Check out these organizations around the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast that are providing access to the outdoors for kids. Oasis Bike WorkshopNashville, Tenn.At the free Oasis Bike Workshops, participants have the opportunity to build a bike from scratch and ride away with a bike, helmet, tools, and an alternative form of transportation.Pittsburgh Youth LeadershipPittsburgh, Penn.Since 2006, riders participating in Pittsburgh Youth Leadership have biked more than 290,000 miles across 49 states.Outdoor Education CenterHarper’s Ferry, W. Va.The Outdoor Education Center offers a variety of programming, from environmental education to multi-day backpacking trips, in the Blue Ridge Mountains.City Kids Wilderness ProjectWashington, D.C.City Kids provides year round support to students through middle and high school while encouraging learning through nontraditional methods including overnight trips during the school year and a summer camp in Jackson Hole, Wyo.Blue Sky FundRichmond, Va.The Blue Sky Fund, in conjunction with eight Richmond public schools, offers after school and summer programs, giving kids the chance to try rock climbing, orienteering, kayaking, and hands on science classes.last_img read more

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Nicaragua Proposes Ecological Battalion To Protect Natural Reserves

first_imgBy Dialogo March 01, 2010 The Nicaraguan army plans to form an ecological battalion this year, with five hundred soldiers to watch over natural reserves and forests with support from people’s brigades, a military source announced. “This battalion’s mission will be to watch over protected areas like the Bosawas and Indio Maíz biospheres,” both located in the Caribbean region of Nicaragua, as well as forests and the environment, the army’s head of Civil Defense, Gen. Oscar Perezcassar, told AFP. In the 19,926-square-kilometer Bosawas reserve, there are almost no guards, due to the lack of human and financial resources. The battalion is an army initiative that received the support of President Daniel Ortega, although funds still need to be obtained in order to begin the organization process and the training of the soldiers who will make up the force. Civil Defense also expects that this initiative will serve to support the ecological activities of the Environment and Natural Resources Ministry (Marena), the military commander affirmed.last_img read more

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