sonnenCommunity connects households and makes conventional electricity suppliers obsolete through self-generated power

Sonnenbatterie presents the sonnenCommunity; members can generate their own power, store it and share surpluses online with friends or each other. The sonnenCommunity completely replaces traditional power companies and will soon be available to every household in Germany.

– sonnenCommunity is the first community of producers, consumers and storage operators who can supply each other with self-generated electricity.

– sonnenCommunity members are independent of the established electricity providers.

– Members have significantly lower energy costs thanks to the efficiently controlled, decentralized self-supply of electricity.

– sonnenCommunity members gain affordable access to intelligent storage technology as well as to free surplus electricity.

– The sonnenCommunity actively prevents costly grid expansion through direct marketing of renewable energy even in small residential systems.

See the full PRNews article for more, and how SonnenBatterie is squeezing Tesla‘s solar plans. While Tesla and SolarCity will inevitably help crush utility companies, head Elon Musk has said he’s not a “fan of disruption”.

Go SonnenBatterie! Crush ’em.

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Acting on climate change is fundamentally a moral question; it’s about what’s right; it’s about our values

If acting to mitigate climate disruption is, indeed, a moral issue, where are the world’s religions on it? Sure, there are voices, there are movements, but I do not see pulpits sounding the alarm once per month or two months. That is what it deserves. Sure, there is the Pope. But is he just a fig leaf for the Catholic Church, or a principal actor? Catholics are not, apparently, paying attention, leaving their God in a hatbox until Sundays. What about the rest of the religions? Where are they in their indignation?

No, the true religion of the West is entitlement to comfort and ease.

Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom: pride, fulness of bread, and prosperous ease was in her and in her daughters; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. Ezekiel 16:49

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climate impacts upon corporate supply chains

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reblog: “Tiny Data, Approximate Bayesian Computation and the Socks of Karl Broman”

It’s Rasmus Bååth, in a post and video of which I am very fond:

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Same Old, Same Old (“I’m your puppet”)

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On infrared radiation and Earth temperature

Good to review the basics once again. Professors Dave Archer and Ray Pierrehumbert do, in my opinion, some of the best introductions:
Infrared radiation and planetary temperature.


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Walt Disney World holiday, November 2015

Link to photos and other information available at Google+:

If you are just interested in the photos and videos:

The Epcot Food & Wine Festival was a bust: Too many people, walking in uncoordinated directions, and too little maps and directions to use for choosing what to eat. (Claire & I are vegetarians.)

Otherwise it was enjoyable and relaxing. I was quite happy that the onslaught of Christmas decorations had not yet begun.

The link above takes you to a list of links which describe some of Disney’s sustainability practices.

(Click on image to see a larger version. Use browser Back button to return.)

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Courage in Congress


When someone cannot argue on the basis of evidence and logic, a tempting ploy is to discredit their opponent by tarnishing their character. This is, of course, an invalid argument, since it is entirely possible that even one of tarnished reputation can offer a correct and convincing argument. Alas, the general public and the media, people who are laughingly called “journalists”, is not capable of engaging in this simple exercise of rhetorical criticism. They believe in their “gut”, after all.

Representative Eddie Johnson challenged Chairman and Representative Lamar Smith on this kind of tactic. Here are excerpts from the letter I urge you to read:


Still, some can see what’s happening, and have the balls to speak out.

Applause to Representative Eddie Johnson.

Update, 24th November 2015

Lamar Smith responds. Ars Technica weighs in. The article Smith is flaming about was published Science. A copy is available, as is its supplementary material. Roberts at Vox provides an overview, summary, and evaluation. I’m interested in this because of my own work on and writings about the supposed “hiatus”, for which I find very little evidence, if some statistical contradictions in some published work.

Smith’s goals certainly change depending upon with who he is speaking, ranging from ferreting out fraud, to seeing that miniscule amounts of taxpayer dollars are properly spent. And he presumes there are political motivations for work, where data, taken at face value, can be used to establish results. Representative Smith, like many on this issue, forget that scientific research does not follow the rhetorical rules of a courtroom. In fact, viewed from a statistical and especially Bayesian perspective, American courtrooms (and perhaps other courtrooms) are terrible mechanisms for deciding important things. (See also 1 and 2.)

Irrespective, it seems to me Smith’s Committee is incapable of reproducing the calculations needed to verify the results of Karl, et al, and, so, is pursuing the only thing they know how to do. And, if I may be permitted a bit of the same liberties Smith is being allowed, assigning motivation for something he cannot possibly know, the reason he’s doing this is to once again cloud evidence for warming in the collective mind of the American public during the COP21 negotiations in Paris, or, at least, dominate the news media with intimations of wrongdoing while these are ongoing.

You are a public servant, too, Representative Smith. Who pays your campaign bills?

Oh, surprise, surprise, it’s the oil and gas industry. That doesn’t influence you the least bit, does it?

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It’s hard to believe. But it can happen.

And it did happen. Not from Lamar Smith, who is on a rabid witch-hunt against scientists from NOAA. The courage came from another Texan, congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, who has stood up to Lamar Smith and his smear tactics.

You really ought to read the letter she wrote. And we should all thank her.

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How fossil fuels “help the poor” in developing nations, like Nigeria

(From The Atlantic.)


CAPTION (Credit– The Atlantic):

A man working at an illegal oil-refinery site pours oil under a locally made burner to keep the fire going, near River Nun in Nigeria’s oil state of Bayelsa on November 27, 2012. Thousands of people in Nigeria engage in a practice known locally as “oil bunkering”—hacking into pipelines to steal crude then refining it or selling it abroad. The practice, which leaves oil spewing from pipelines for miles around, managed to lift around a fifth of Nigeria’s 2-million-barrel-a-day production last year according to the finance ministry. This picture was taken on November 27, 2012.

Solar: It’s the sensible way.

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Is Earth Much More Sensitive to CO2 Than Thought?


The story gets steadily worse.

Originally posted on Climate Denial Crock of the Week:

1-studyearthsc A nahcolite from the Eocene Green River Formation. Credit: Timothy Lowenstein

Ancient climates on Earth may have been more sensitive to carbon dioxide than was previously thought, according to new research from Binghamton University.

A team of Binghamton University researchers including geology PhD student Elliot A. Jagniecki and professors Tim Lowenstein, David Jenkins and Robert Demicco examined nahcolite crystals found in Colorado’s Green River Formation, formed 50 million years old during a hothouse climate. They found that CO2 levels during this time may have been as low as 680 parts per million (ppm), nearly half the 1,125 ppm predicted by previous experiments. The new data suggests that past predictions significantly underestimate the impact of greenhouse warming and that Earth’s climate may be more sensitive to increased carbon dioxide than was once thought, said Lowenstein.

“The significance of this is that CO2 50 million years ago may not have been…

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