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Rethinking Water

California ended the 2014 water year on September 30 with the overwhelming majority of the state experiencing extreme or exceptional drought conditions.  Extreme drought conditions are characterized by widespread water shortages or restrictions...Show More Summary

Paper: 'Parabolic Northern Hemisphere River Flow Teleconnections to El Niño-Southern Oscillation & the Arctic Oscillation'

23 hours agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

Sean Fleming just sent this my way. Atmospheric rivers? No - the other kind! Fleming, S.W., and Dahlke, H.E. 2014. "Parabolic northern-hemisphere river flow teleconnections to El Niño-Southern Oscillation and the Arctic Oscillation". Environmental Research Letters, 9, 104007. Download Fleming_ENSO Abstract It is almost universally assumed in statistical hydroclimatology that...


Market Resource Alternatives: An Examination of New Technologies in the Electric Transmission Planning Process Julia Frayer and Eva Wang, October 2014 (London Economics International) Synopsis WIRES commissioned London Economics International LLC (“LEI”) to provide a report on market resource alternatives (“MRAs”). Show More Summary

Disneyland 3-14 – Our Friend, The Atom

On Sunday, January 23, 1957, a large American audience gathered around their television sets to watch the weekly episode of Disneyland, a popular show created and hosted by Walt Disney in return for an investment from ABC that he used to build Disneyland. Show More Summary

You Ought to Have a Look: The Best of the Science Blogs, with an Emphasis on Climate Change

Patrick J. Michaels, Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger You Ought to Have a Look is a recurring feature from the Cato’s Center for the Study of Science that briefly highlights a few interesting blog posts from around the web that are comments on subject areas we are currently emphasizing. Show More Summary

SE Asia to be the next hot spot for smart grid investment

23 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

“Smart grid investment over the next decade will shift from North America and Europe to emerging market nations,” said Ben Gardner, Northeast Group president. “Southeast Asian countries are just beginning on the path of modernizing their electric infrastructure. Show More Summary

EPA’s Sleight of Hand on Cellulosic Fuel Rule Change

If I call a rhinoceros a unicorn, does that mean unicorns then exist? This week we have a guest post from Todd "Ike" Kiefer that argues that this is effectively what the EPA has done in redefining cellulosic biofuels.

Integra adds DDoS mitigation service to its growing security service arsenal

Integra is bolstering its growing security portfolio by introducing a DDoS Mitigation Service that it says can automatically monitor network traffic to detect and mitigate distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) threats at the network edge.

The Alternative to the Climate Nuclear Option is Innovation

Out of fear the world is running out of time to act on climate change, some advocates are calling for the nuclear option: limiting economic growth to deeply decarbonize the global economy. It’s easy to see why: world leaders continue to propose weak policy options that guarantee dangerous global warming. read more

A Very Important Spectrum Auction Is on Tap for November

The Federal Communications Commission is slated on November 13 to begin taking bids for 1,614 licenses across 65MHz of spectrum.

Report: Insurance Companies Unprepared for Climate Change Risks

Eighty-three percent of insurance companies responding to an industry survey are lacking preparedness in addressing climate-related risks and opportunities, according to a report released today by Ceres and the National Association of Insurance Companies. Show More Summary

My GSA 2014 Presentation: 'Establishment of a Potable Water Partnership, Omoa, Honduras'

23 hours agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

Dr. Peter Wampler (Oregon State MS & PhD) of Grand Valley State University, Dr. Peter Knappett (University of Waterloo and University of Tennessee) of Texas A&M and I will be convening an oral Topical Session (T116) titled, Water Contamination and Treatment in Developing Countries.It will be Tuesday, 1 - 5...

Red light for white spaces

A new technology uses gaps in radio spectrum that exist in between frequency bands, called white space, to offer new wireless applications that will benefit consumers and businesses. Ofcom is progressing plans for the introduction of relevant new wireless technology in the UK – the first country in Europe likely to do so. Both public […]


ELEVEN GOOD THINGS ABOUT SOLAR ENERGY Advantages of Solar Energy Zachary Shahan, October 16, 2014 (PlanetSave) "…[The disadvantage of solar energy is that] the sun doesn’t shine 24/7…[The advantages of solar energy] everybody shouldShow More Summary

California Greening

Craig D. Idso, Patrick J. Michaels Global Science Report is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science, where we highlight one or two important new items in the scientific literature or the popular media. For broader and more...Show More Summary

Utility2Utility: Fort Collins Utilities

23 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

In the 1880s, soon after Fort Collins was established, the city’s citizens and public officials became adamant about creating a system to provide the community with dependable water, sewer and power. The City of Fort Collins Utilities was born with power organized in 1887, a city sewer system underway in 1888 and five sewer districts Continue reading ?

LanzaTech’s Vulnerability

It’s been years since I looked at this article I wrote on LanzaTech in 2007, but today I was made aware that it’s been linked to from an article in Biofuels Digest: Junk or treasure? Looking at carbon monoxide and LanzaTech. LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren had some comments referencing my previous article that are worth addressing. Show More Summary

Serial Petitioner Update: 15 is Not the Charm

More from our "Mother May I" file We have reported regularly on the plight of an applicant who has been denied 14 times in his efforts to get the FCC to grant the same two sets of applications. Given our previous attention to this, we...Show More Summary

Alcatel-Lucent acquires Optoplan, enhances submarine subsidiary's focus on oil and gas industry

Alcatel-Lucent has taken another step to enhance its submarine cable business Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) status in the oil and gas production industry segment by reaching a deal to acquire Optoplan, a provider of 4D permanent reservoir monitoring (4D PRM) solutions.

The People's Climate March: Why You Can't Please All the People, All the Time

I was sitting in church last Sunday. Someone tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around: it was an older lady I didn’t know very well, but her face was familiar. “I’m reading your book,” she whispered, “and I just wanted you to know it’s changed my mind about all this climate stuff. You just make so much more sense." read more

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