Pep Guardiola spoke about Saturday’s Clasico. 22/12/2017 “The two are both still top teams, of that I have no doubt. For that reason I think that in the game there won’t be much between them. Tomorrow is a Clasico, and anything can happen.” Pol Ballús CET Guardiola: “El Barça llega mejor al clásico que el Madrid” “In terms of points there’s a big distance. Until now, Barcelona have been better than Real Madrid.” Upd. at 18:50 Pep said he would not watch it because his Man City side are playing Bournemouth and he will be thinking about that. Despite Barcelona’s points difference, Pep thinks that in this sort of game there are no favourites. IN SPORT.ES read more
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Here is a report of the game from Galway Bay FM’s Niall Canavan… Donoghue spoke to Galway Bay FM’s Sean Walsh after the match… print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway manager Mícheál Donoghue was delighted with his team’s win over Kilkenny in the Leinster Hurling Championship, 3-20 to 2-22 in Nowlan Park on Sunday. Donoghue’s side travel to Dublin on Saturday, knowing a win or a draw will book them a place in the Leinster Final.
Buoyed by their success in the first game, the pesky Hawks jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second set and kept it close for most of the first half. Solid play by middle hitter Bailey Stefani and setter Miriam Grimm fuelled the Bombers in the second half of the set that ended 25-17 in favour of the home team.The third set was never in doubt for the Bombers who took it 25-16 to earn the victory in the match and the West Kootenay title.“It wasn’t the best volleyball we have played this season, but it was enough to get it done,” says Kidd. “We have a some things to work on before provincials, but I’m proud of these ladies for showing they are the best in the West Kootenay.”The Bombers were dominant in regional this play this season, going undefeated in both exhibition and tournament play against teams from the West Kootenay and Boundary. The squad captured tournament titles at Mount Sentinel’s Kootenay Classic, Trail’s Block Party and Salmon Arm.The Provincials take place in Richmond between November 29 and December 1 where the competition will be stiff.“It’s a whole different level of play at the Provincials,” says Kidd. “We need to be realistic, but we have a good team this year and I’m excited to see how these players can compete at the highest level.”The Bombers finished 12that the 2016 Provincials. The L.V. Rogers Bombers girls’ volleyball team downed Trail’s J.L Crowe Hawks in straight sets in the best-of-five West Kootenay Final to book a spot in the upcoming BC High School AAA Provincial Championship.Coming into the Thursday afternoon match at the Hangar in Nelson, the LVR seniors were the favoured team and got off to a 6-0 lead with strong serving by Antonia Liamboeck. After an early timeout, the Hawks got a grip on their play and forged back to make the first set the most exciting game of the match. The Bombers eventually closed out the opening set 25-22.“We came out a little nervous,” says Bombers coach Jennifer Kidd. “That’s natural before a home crowd, but the girls figured it out. It’s important to set the tone with that first game and we eventually accomplished that.” read more
MAURICIO POCHETTINO certainly cannot be accused of not giving a hoot about the welfare of his players.Far from it. The Spurs boss cares so much, he is worried that the crowded fixture list is ruining the love lives of his Tottenham stars.11 Dele Alli kisses girlfriend Ruby Mae after England’s win over ColombiaCredit: Splash NewsPochettino admits a lack of energy is preventing his players from scoring on the pitch.And he reckons a busy season on the back of the summer’s World Cup is leaving them no time to score off it either.Ahead of his side’s London derby with Chelsea at Wembley tomorrow night, he said: “Today we are in a period where the technology and the knowledge of sports science and the medical staff are fantastic.“They can provide the best help — but we are pushing players to the limit.11 Mauricio Pochettino fears the likes of Dele Alli will have less time with his girlfriend Ruby MaeCredit: Social Media – Refer to Source11 Dele Alli enjoys some downtime with girlfriend Ruby Mae on England dutyCredit: Instagram11 Ruby Mae attends England’s World Cup win over SwedenCredit: Getty – Contributor11 Tottenham and England star Dele Alli is dating model Ruby MaeCredit: InstagramWags of the World Cup – Who is your favourite?“The line between getting injured or not is so thin.“We don’t realise that we’re playing with the health of the players. They’re human.“It’s so tough. They are young, they need to enjoy life too.“They need to spend energy with families, kids, girlfriends.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying up“And the guys that are not with girlfriends need to try to find one. It’s normal.“Come on, they are young. We need to be careful.”Eight of the 12 Spurs stars who appeared at the World Cup have suffered injuries this season.And Pochettino fears England’s progress to the Nations League semi-finals next June could lead to more fitness problems for his Three Lions contingent.11 Fixture build-up could limit Hugo Lloris’ time with his wife, MarineCredit: Social Media – Refer to Source11 Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris is married to French beauty MarineCredit: Social Media – Refer to Source11 Marine Lloris watches Hugo in the World Cup final against CroatiaCredit: AFPHe said: “We’re going to finish competing May 12 and we hope to be in the FA Cup or Champions League final.“But there’s not a lot of time until they play again with the national team. How are we going to have holidays?“But after ten months of competition, if we don’t give them rest it’s difficult. It’s so difficult.”Despite World Cup hangovers for a lot of their players, Tottenham have still made their second-best start ever to a Premier League campaign, despite not firing on all cylinders yet.They have been grinding out wins rather than playing the free-flowing football of recent seasons.And Pochettino puts it down to tiredness.11 Harry Kane, right, and his childhood sweetheart Katie GoodlandCredit: Getty – Contributor11 Midfield maestro Christian Eriksen and his fiancee Sabrina Kvist JensenCredit: Instagram11 Mauricio Pochettino fears Christian Eriksen could be deprived of time with Sabrina Kvist JensenCredit: InstagramHe said: “Football is about energy. Remember our last season at White Hart Lane, we were unbeaten in ten months and you said we played so well and had the best team in the Premier League.“I think it was because, between the staff, players and the fans we created an amazing energy and the belief was massive.“We started games thinking we were going to win.“Against Man United or Chelsea, it didn’t matter — the most important thing was that your belief was bigger than everything.“At the moment, that belief and that condition is not the same.“We are waiting to move to the new stadium because it is a massive and fantastic stadium and start to build that belief we can beat everyone and be consistent during the season and try to fight for big things.”Tottenham vs Chelsea: Kick-off time, TV channel, live stream and preview ahead of Premier League London derby read more
Article published by Glenn Scherer Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Emissions accounting helps determine whether or not nations are on target to achieve their voluntary Paris Agreement reduction goals. Ideally, the global community’s CO2 pledges, adjusted downward over time, would, taken together, help keep the world from heating up by 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100 from a 1900 baseline.But scientists are raising the alarm that this goal may already be beyond reach. One reason: a carbon accounting loophole within UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines accepting the burning of wood pellets (biomass) as a carbon neutral replacement for coal — with wood now used in many European Union and United Kingdom power plants.Scientists warn, however, that their research shows that replacing coal with wood pellets in power plants is not carbon neutral. That’s partly because burning wood, which is celebrated by governments as a renewable and sustainable energy resource, is less efficient than coal burning, so it actually produces more CO2 emissions than coal.Also, while wood burning and tree replanting over hundreds of years will end up carbon neutral, that doesn’t help right now. Over a short timeframe, at a historical moment when we require aggressive greenhouse gas reductions, wood burning is adding to global emissions. Analysts say that this loophole needs to be closed, and soon, to avoid further climate chaos. Pine forests throughout the southeastern US, especially in North Carolina, are farmed, pulped and turned into wood pellets that are shipped overseas. Photo on Visualhunt.comFor the past ten years, Mary Booth, an ecologist with the Partnership for Policy Integrity in Pelham, Massachusetts, has immersed herself in the complex, nuanced, politically charged world of international carbon emissions accounting models as if the planet’s fate depends on it.In many ways, it does.Booth studies how countries count and report their emissions. In particular, she evaluates whether generating energy via the burning of wood pellets, or biomass, puts less carbon into the atmosphere than burning coal. In a rising trend, countries, especially in the European Union and United Kingdom, are converting existing coal-fired power plants to burn wood — a renewable, albeit controversial, fuel source.Emissions accounting helps determine whether or not nations are on target to achieve their voluntary Paris Agreement reduction goals. That agreement also represents the global community’s pledge to keep the world from heating up by just 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100 from a 1900 baseline (we’ve already warmed 1 degree Celsius).Emissions tallies are reported regularly to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC. But those figures aren’t just numbers on paper or political aspirations. The data, if accurately calculated, tell us how much greenhouse gas nations are actually putting into the air, and those combined totals help us know whether we are on target to avert climate change catastrophe.Booth is darkly pessimistic — a price she pays for knowing too much, she told me.“This is a message that no one has said yet. It’s what I believe to be true: there may not be a pathway to 1.5 [degrees] anymore — at all. Carbon capture and storage is a fantasy,” Booth told me in a series of interviews for Mongabay. “Growing forests may not work fast enough. We’re not reducing emissions fast enough. The sooner that story gets told, the sooner people understand what’s really required to keep the earth from burning up.”Is this the hyperbole of a passionate but potentially cynical climate researcher? Perhaps. But as the saying goes, nature is indifferent to our opinions; it only responds to our actions.Some of those actions to curb climate change have been positive: wind and solar continue to grow, and those technologies have never been cheaper per kilowatt hour. Coal use continues to fall. Electric cars are growing in popularity, especially in China.But tellingly, global temperatures continue rising year after year. And in 2017, planetary carbon emissions hit a record high, even as major industrialized nations, like the United States, reported reduced carbon emissions, according to IPCC statistics.Nature’s response? More extreme weather. More frequent and ferocious storms. More drought. More wildfires. More Arctic ice melting, along with Antarctic ice melt, too. More sea level rise. More coral reefs dying. More ecosystems imperiled.One of the largest users of woody biomass for energy production are the Drax power stations in the United Kingdom. Shown here is the so-called Drax biomass dome, which once burned coal. The UK has nearly eliminated burning coal for energy, cutting its official United Nations IPCC emissions, but is ramping up its burning of woody biomass. Photo credit: DECCgovuk on VisualHunt / CC BY-NDA blind eye to carbon cheating?Booth’s research — Not carbon neutral: Assessing the net emissions impact of residues burned for bioenergy, published this February in the journal Environmental Research Letters — helps answer some thorny questions critical to our energy and carbon future.Her study examines the net CO2 emissions of biomass burned to replace coal at the UK’s massive Drax power stations and other EU power plants. Combined, those energy facilities consume tons of wood each year.One major finding, right out of the gate: Booth reports that — contrary to a largely accepted view — wood pellets aren’t sourced mainly from fallen limbs and lumber waste called residue, but rather from whole trees. However, she based her study on residue-derived wood pellets anyway because the biomass industry “so often claims residues are a main pellet source.”Even based on the false assumption that only wood waste, not whole trees, are being burnt, Booth found that “up to 95 percent of cumulative CO2 emitted [by the biomass burning power plants] represent a net addition to the atmosphere over decades.” In other words, biomass is not carbon neutral.More disturbing: Booth’s research opens up the IPCC to charges that its policymaking decisions regarding emissions accounting have been politicized — crafted by negotiators to include built-in loopholes that allow nations to underreport certain emissions while appearing to achieve their carbon-reduction targets.The optimism following the signing in December 2015 of the landmark Paris Agreement has waned as the world’s largest carbon emitters have moved slowly to meet their Paris carbon reduction pledges. But even if those pledges were met, IPCC carbon counting loopholes could prevent the Paris Agreement from effectively curbing emissions and the worst impact of climate chaos. Image by Justin CatanosoIn particular, both the UK and EU appear to have slipped through a large loophole in order to “disappear” real emissions from their carbon accounting, as one source told me, thus undermining the Paris Agreement’s critically important carbon-mitigation strategies.“Why does the IPCC appear to accept inaccurate emissions accounting?” Professor Doreen Stabinsky asked me, then answered: Because “IPCC scientists are technocrats. It is not a neutral body. There is a lot of politics behind the positions of individuals on the IPCC. Their meetings are often loudly political.” Stabinsky speaks from firsthand knowledge: she studies the nexus between environmental policy and politics at College of the Atlantic, Maine.Bioenergy representatives, Stabinsky points out, are IPCC members and help write UN emissions guidelines. Likewise, countries with large areas of forest, such as the United States and Brazil, lobby to avoid counting or undercounting forest-related carbon emissions, including that from biomass burning.Doreen Stabinsky is a professor of global environmental politics at the College of the Atlantic in Maine. She has closely observed the IPCC and its members responsible for approving international carbon-accounting models. “The IPCC isn’t a neutral body… Their meetings are loudly political,” she told Mongabay. Image courtesy of Niclas HallströmRepeated calls and emails seeking comment from US-based wood pellet-producing companies such as Maryland-based Enviva and its trade group, the American Forest and Paper Association, went unreturned.As for the IPCC, its reports have tens if not hundreds of authors, thus an official spokesperson for the panel does not exist. But contributing IPCC panelists have spoken out on this issue. William Moomaw, a Tufts University professor of international environmental policy and a former lead IPCC author, wrote a scathing report to the panel in 2011 called “The Myth of Carbon Neutrality of Biomass.” He also spoke forcefully on the topic directly to the European Union Parliament in 2015.“The EU, including the UK, counts biomass used for electric power as carbon neutral by definition,” Moomaw wrote in 2011. “This means that biomass is counted on the same basis as solar or wind, which clearly are low-carbon sources of energy. This is not only incorrect, but ironic, given that developing countries that use wood for fuel that leads to deforestation is counted as contributing to climate change, while Europe and most states in the US count emissions from ‘modern biofuels’ as carbon neutral.”Pine forests cut to provide wood pellets for power plants are replanted, so this energy resource could technically be called carbon neutral, but only over the long term. It might take hundreds of years for those new trees to become mature and for the carbon equation to balance out. Photo credit: ChattOconeeNF on Visualhunt.com / CC BYWoody biomass: a carbon-neutral energy source?Another irony: The IPCC states on its website that its “guidelines do not automatically consider biomass used for energy as ‘carbon neutral,’ even if the biomass is thought to be produced sustainably.” Yet, IPCC carbon accounting models appear to ignore the panel’s own guidelines, a contradiction which brings us to the essence of Booth’s research, and to a better understanding of what she calls “the controversy in climate modeling.”North Carolina, where I live, is nicknamed the Tar Heel State because of its abundance of longleaf, white and loblolly pine. It is a leading US producer of wood pellets from fallen limbs, tree tops, lumber mill waste, but mostly, farmed pine trees. Cargo vessels filled with 45,000 metric tons of wood pellets per shipment are sent to the UK and EU regularly and burned for energy.All those trees and residue in North Carolina are counted as carbon emissions produced by the United States, with the assumption — built into IPCC accounting models — that the organic matter would eventually die, rot and decompose there anyway, thus releasing its stored carbon.To avoid so-called “double counting,” when those wood pellets are burned overseas, the CO2 sent into the atmosphere over Europe is not counted because of another assumption: new trees are quickly replanted in North Carolina, thus theoretically and immediately soaking up the CO2 emitted across the Atlantic.And there you have it — carbon neutrality. Except, as Booth fairly screams: “That’s a lie!”“If in year one, you burn 10 tons of wood pellets, you put 10 tons of carbon into the atmosphere,” Booth explained. “If it were rotting, only a fraction would decompose [over that same period]. You are comparing two pots of carbon” without taking the timeline into consideration.Put bluntly, the IPCC is allowing some creative accounting around biomass burning. This potentially makes us all victims of magical thinking, as we collectively agree that the CO2 from all those North Carolina trees is not flooding into the atmosphere over a short timeframe, thus contributing to climate change right now — at the moment when we most need to reduce carbon emissions.Clouds of water vapor rising from the cooling towers of the Drax power station in the United Kingdom. Wood burned there in large amounts is considered carbon neutral for the country’s purposes of carbon emissions accounting, and reporting to the United Nations IPCC. Photo credit: DECCgovuk on VisualHunt / CC BY-NDBurn now, achieve carbon neutrality laterRich Birdsey retired from the US Forest Service after 40 years in 2016. Today, he is a senior scientist at Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts, where he studies biomass-for-energy. He explained the problem with the IPCC’s biomass creative accounting method further: newly planted trees take decades to absorb the emissions from the atmosphere created by just a few days of burning woody biomass.“The carbon neutrality assumption at some point will be correct,” Birdsey said. “But it might be hundreds of years in the future when acres full of new trees mature. Yet, that idea of neutrality became fairly well ingrained, before people realized that emissions accounting was more complicated than that. The idea took hold 20 years ago, and countries and industries don’t want to give it up — especially those with a vested interest in wood and energy production.”The news gets worse: both Booth and Birdsey explained that wood burning is not nearly as efficient in generating energy as coal burning. As a result, more wood is burned to produce the same amount of kilowatt hours. Burning wood, which is celebrated by governments as a sustainable energy resource, actually produces more CO2 emissions than coal.“It’s true that the UK and EU are decreasing their emissions of fossil fuels in shifting to wood,” Birdsey said. “But they are not decreasing their greenhouse gas emissions. Yet with a claim of carbon neutrality, they are counting their emissions as if they are.”The real danger, Booth warned: while wood burning now represents a small part of the UK, EU and US energy mix, “bioenergy is projected to increase 1,000 percent in the coming years. We’re talking about a massive upscaling of wood burning, as much as 9 gigatons a year. And IPCC models allow bioenergy as having the same emissions as wind and solar — zero. And that’s not true.”To reemphasize the key point: nature is not being fooled.Burning biomass for energy is a small part of the US energy production mix. But EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has reminded state governors that President Trump signed an executive order in April 2017 declaring the burning of biomass “carbon neutral.” That’s a policy originally crafted by the Obama administration. Photo credit: Gage Skidmore on Visual hunt / CC BY-SAEPA conundrum and dodgeInterviews with former US Environmental Protection Agency officials revealed that the issue of biomass and carbon neutrality was a conundrum for the Obama Administration. The science was clear; the politics was murky.Obama’s EPA in creating the now stalled Clean Power Plan, bowed to political pressure from biomass industry lobbyists and members of Congress. In a dubious compromise, the administration called for a five-year study of biomass and its supposed carbon neutrality, and in the meantime allowed continued biomass burning, with all emissions counted as zero.“Sen. Angus King of Maine [a major timber-producing state] threatened to withdraw his support of the Clean Power Plan if biomass wasn’t deemed carbon neutral,” Booth told me. “And he claims to be a climate champion.”In February, President Trump’s EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, wrote a two-page letter to Republican Governor Chris Sununu of New Hampshire hailing the state’s burning of biomass for energy. He reminded Sununu that Trump’s executive order 13777 makes clear that, for emission-accounting purposes, burning biomass should be considered carbon neutral.“As you and I both recognize,” Pruitt wrote, “continuing to be responsible stewards of our nation’s forests and lands while utilizing all domestic forms of biomass to meet our energy needs are mutually compatible goals.”On April 23, 2018, Pruitt’s EPA went a step further, issuing “a statement of policy making it clear that future regulatory actions on biomass from managed forests will be treated as carbon neutral when used for energy production.”Mary Booth is director of the Partnership for Policy Integrity in Pelham, Massachusetts. She has studied IPCC carbon-emissions accounting models related to burning woody biomass for a decade. Her recent study found that, far from being carbon neutral, burning woody biomass emits more CO2 per kilowatt generated than burning coal. Image courtesy of Eleanor BirdIs there hope?Here’s where Mary Booth’s pessimism concerning the fate of the planet hits home: if the world’s largest carbon emitters — the US, UK, EU, and quite possibly China and India — “disappear emissions” through creative accounting loopholes tolerated by the IPCC, what hope is there for the Paris Agreement of slowing climate change with all its horrific consequences?“It is depressing. But it’s reality,” said Stabinsky. “Life is political. The IPCC space is highly political. Climate change is a really difficult challenge we’re facing. It takes a long time to fix things. And governments don’t want to fix things they don’t think are broken. There is a reason to try to hide biomass emissions.”Echoing Booth, I asked: Is the Paris pathway to 1.5 degrees Celsius hopeless?“Actually, I still think we have a good chance,” Stabinksy responded. “I am a pessimist of the intellect and an optimist of the will. If we just look at the numbers, I think, ‘Wow, the human race is doomed.’ But as an optimist of the will, I think, ‘We can do it.’ We’ve ended slavery. We’ve ended apartheid in South Africa. We have made massive systems changes that have had huge economic impacts.“Climate change at its essence is a political challenge. We have to completely retool our energy system, which will be massively disruptive. But we know what to do. The technology in wind and solar is available and dropping in price. We can do it. But no one is leading. It’s too easy to hide your head in the sand. Which is what’s happening with biomass accounting.”Ok, I agreed. Optimism is critical in the face of such a monumental global challenge, and there is historical precedent for a sea change in political will — with the Paris Agreement itself as evidence of that kind of shift. Also, developed nations have said they will strive to make major policy decisions at COP 24, the next UN climate summit, in Katowice, Poland, this December.But, one last question: do we have enough time?“I don’t know,” Stabinsky told me.I don’t either, I responded.“Right, nobody does,” she said.Citation:Booth, M.S. Not carbon neutral: Assessing the net emissions impact of residues burned for bioenergy. (2018). Environ. Res. Lett. 13 035001 (Vol. 13, Number 3), DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aaac88Justin Catanoso, a regular Mongabay contributor, is a professor of journalism at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, USA. Follow him on Twitter @jcatanosoFEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.The handfuls of wood pellets and the green sleeves seen here illustrate the widespread, industry supported, belief that burning wood is a carbon neutral bioenergy source. But studies over the last decade found that wood pellets produce more CO2 per kilowatt hour than coal. However, because of United Nations IPCC emission counting loopholes, these wood pellets will be counted as carbon neutral when burned. 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Share This!It’s coming back again! If you have a fan of the Disney Channel in your household, then you are absolutely going to want to make sure to visit Disney California Adventure on April 27 for Disney Channel Fan Fest.Guests will have the opportunity to hang out with stars from shows like “Descendants 3,” “Zombies,” “Kim Possible,” “Andi Mack,” “Raven’s Home,” “Sydney to the Max,” “Coop & Cami Ask the World,” “BUNK’D,” “Bizaardvark” and the upcoming “Just Roll With It.”Fans who attend the event will be able to enjoy live, interactive main stage sessions, Q&A, musical performances, presentations by talent and creators from Disney Television Animation, sneak peeks from the highly anticipated Disney Channel Original Movie, “Descendants 3,” and meet-and-greets. For those who are looking to meet their favorite Disney Channel celebs, there will be a wristband distribution at park opening on a first come, first serve basis, while supplies last.For those who can’t make it to the event, the Fan Fest main stage events and the cavalcade will be live-streamed on DisneyNOW, Disney Channel YouTube and Disney Channel Facebook. Oh and make sure you use the#DisneyChannelFanFest. read more
Prelaunched social RSS reader Assetbar calls itself the first application built on the company’s new Media Participation Platform and has a number of remarkable features already that you’ll want to check out if you can get in. (invite code below)The experienced team of entrepreneurial engineers behind the application says its goal is “to open the platform to other developers around the world so they can create new apps with features that wouldn’t be sane with traditional stacks.”In the mean time, the RSS reader has all kinds of social features that are a lot of fun. It offers inline commenting, quick reviews, notification of which of your friends has viewed an item first (if you, you “win!”) and a cool bookmarklet for sharing images off-site into your Assetbar stream. So far, it does move pretty fast, though there’s a limited number of people using the service so far.I’ve been following Assetbar so far via the red hot blogger Louis Gray, whose invite code I’ll rip off and repost here (it’s “2friendly”) in exchange for saying that if you haven’t subscribed to Louis’s blog yet, you really should. In addition to Gray’s close coverage of the app, you can also check out an official tour of Assetbar – which unfortunately is one of many examples of the team’s biggest need, a major User Experience overhaul. Part of the TOS required that I “not cry” about prelaunch limitations of the service, though, so I’ll leave it at saying this: I’m not about to use Assetbar in its current state but the concepts here are fascinating.ScalabilityScalability is probably the number one issue faced by the exploding world of web apps these days. When you take into account all the data portability by calls to other servers that go on in all the lifestreaming apps and variations thereof, it will be a wonder if web apps work at all in 18 months. The Assetbar site says the company is made up of folks from a previous enterprise venture called Redline Networks, which was the subject of a large acquisition by Juniper Networks in 2005. Redline was all about application scalability, so it seems the team is now aiming to bring the next level of scalability technology to the consumer market. Again, this social feed reader is just the first app they are building in house – the Assetbar site says look out for the API and contact them if you are interested in getting involved. There’s no contact info on the site but founder Israel L’Heureux’s email is available via WhoIs. From the site: We founded Redline Networks in 2000, where we introduced a single threaded event-driven web server design which provided such low latency and high scale that we productized it as a “next generation load balancer”. In addition to load balancing, our product also performed I/O offload, TCP connection management, HTTP Compression, SSL, HTTP security, logging, and more. Our “E|X 3250” product earned the 9.5 out of 10, the highest score among 229 enterprise products reviewed by InfoWorld Magazine’s Test Center during 2003.The site also includes links to five scalability related patents developed by the team and now owned by Jupiter. The point is, these guys are hot stuff. Joining the small crowd waiting in the shadows to slit Twitter’s throat is probably somewhere in their minds.As for the RSS reader, it’s cool in its formative stages. Scalability, sharing, time sensitive metadata, super simple reviews and off-site integration with my feed reader are all part of my “dream come true feed reader” vision. Better handling of OPML files, offline access and item storage, standards for exporting my attention data (RSS doesn’t count as an export option) and a mobile option are all important to me too, though, and Assetbar doesn’t offer any of that. It’s worth a good look none the less, so here’s some screenshots below of the primary page first and then the off-site asset sharing view after I clicked on the bookmarklet from a Flickr search results page. Enjoy.My favorite little feature, the offsite asset sharing bookmarklet in action. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Product Reviews#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… read more
Mason Rudolph is in the midst of his best season at OSU – just ask Kyle. Now that we are halfway through the season, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at how Rudolph’s season stacks up to his peers in the Big 12. To take it up a notch, I compared his season to all Big 12 quarterback seasons since 2008 with 20+ pass attempts per game — a population size of 82 seasons.Here’s how Rudolph’s numbers look relative to the group of 82 in each of the four statistical categories that make up the QB Rating stat. I included the best, worst, and median for each category along with Rudolph’s statistical neighbors.Yards / AttemptThis is one of Rudolph’s better categories. His average this year is 8.8 yards per attempt, which is 3rd in the conference and good for 14th overall in this group of 82. He is just behind his 8.9 mark from last year. Throwing deep is en vogue in the Big 12 this year: 5 of the top 18 yards/attempt seasons in this group of 82 are from 2016 (Mayfield, Mahomes, Rudolph, Russell, Howard).Completion PercentageNow for one of his not-so-good categories. Rudolph is completing 61.9% of his passes, which is basically average in this group of 82. He was at 62.3% last year, so I would venture to say this is who Rudolph is — he will probably never be a super-accurate QB. Forget the numbers — we’ve all seen him miss those short-to-intermediate throws that probably make Yurcich throw his Legos against the glass upstairs. Here are the figures:“But Dave,” I can hear you saying, “throwing the ball downfield a bunch is the cause of his lower completion percentage. Those longer throws are less likely to be completed and bring his percentage down.” I’m glad you raised this point. Let’s examine that.Here are all 82 QBs charted in yards/attempt (X axis) versus completion percentage (Y axis).There is a relationship there – not an incredibly strong relationship, but a relationship. The higher a QB’s yards/attempt, the higher his completion percentage. Why? My guess is the simple reason – those QBs are better. They make better throws.Based on this relationship alone – ignoring other factors – given Rudolph’s 8.8 yards/attempt figure, he should be completing passes at a 66% rate, which would put him in the top 25 of this group of 82.Touchdowns / AttemptsThis is a category Rudolph has improved in significantly compared to last year, when Walsh cannibalized several Rudolph TD opportunities – he was way down at 5.0% last year, which is 52nd out of 82. He’s still not killing it in 2016 at 36th, but he’s better than average. Please take a moment to appreciate Sam Bradford’s ridiculous 10.4% number in his 2008 Heisman season. As a reference, Weeden’s 2011 figure was 6.6%.INT / AttemptsThis is where Rudolph excels. He is 2nd out of 82 in INT/attempt, with 1 out of 115 throws being intercepted. It’s not a fluke either – his 2015 figure was 2.1%, which is still a top 25 mark out of the group of 82 Big 12 QBs. Rudolph may not be able to remain on this pace, but it’s a great start. He is bested only by Bryce Petty’s 2013 season, in which Petty put the ball in the air 403 times and only threw 3 picks (10.4 yards/attempt, by the way).QB Rating: Putting It All TogetherMason comes out looking pretty good but not elite (sorry Kyle) in QB rating. I’m dubious about how much this should be relied on to define a QB. It’s an imperfect metric to be sure, but still – look at the top 5: RG3, Bradford, Petty, Mayfield, McCoy. It’s an exclusive list that Rudolph has not made himself a part of – yet. If he was completing 70% of his passes (that would be another 18 passes this year or 3 per game), he would have a top 10 QB rating among this group of 82. It’s those frustrating passes he’s missing that separates him from the elite group of QBs we’ve seen in the Big 12. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. read more
06 August 2020
06 August 2020
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