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Gigaom: Netflix spends $150 million on content recommendations every year
27 mins ago Oct. 9, 2014 - 2:17 PM PDT Netflix is employing 300 people to maintain and improve its content recommendations, and spending a total of $150 million dollar on recommending movies and TV shows to its members every
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Gigaom: Peel gets million investment from Alibaba 08 October 2014, 23.45 Internet Television
Gigaom: Peel gets $50 million investment from Alibaba
5 hours ago Oct. 9, 2014 - 9:50 AM PDT Remember the funding round that Peel, maker of the remote control apps that you find on handsets from Samsung, HTC and others, raised in June from Alibaba? Thursday, the company announced
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Gigaom: A tip for media companies: Facebook isn’t your enemy, but it’s not your friend either
5 hours ago Oct. 9, 2014 - 9:44 AM PDT There’s been a lot of discussion in the media-sphere lately about the risks and rewards of Facebook for media companies and publishers of all kinds — a debate that was reignited at the
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Gigaom: Next up for Netflix: An expansion to South Korea, Italy or the Middle East?
1 day ago Oct. 8, 2014 - 1:03 PM PDT Netflix isn’t done with its international expansion: After launching in much of continental Europe, the company now has its sights set on Asia, the Middle East and some of the remaining
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Gigaom: Good news for Hulu Plus subscribers: Hulu CEO is considering running fewer ads
1 day ago Oct. 8, 2014 - 10:38 AM PDT Think there are too many ads on Hulu Plus? You’re not alone: Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins is considering reducing the ad load on Hulu’s paid subscription tier, according to a New York Post
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The Green School Showcases Bamboo Construction in Indonesia 08 October 2014, 23.46 Green Architecture
The Green School Showcases Bamboo Construction in Indonesia
Bamboo is an incredibly versatile material, which is why environmentalists and designers John and Cynthia Hardy wanted to showcase it in their gorgeous Green School in Indonesia. The remarkable campus of buildings is
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Could This Jacket Keep Your From Catching a Cold? 08 October 2014, 23.45 Eco Fashions
Could This Jacket Keep Your From Catching a Cold?
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU: AGU’s Ladies’ Jacket Transforms Into a Rain Poncho Even While Cycling Wearable Technology Could This Jacket Keep Your From Catching a Cold? by Lori Zimmer , 10/08/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion
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$3M Robotic “Trousers” Could Give You Superhuman Strength
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU: Harvard Scientists to Build Endurance-Prolonging Smart Suit for DARPA Wearable Technology $3M Robotic “Trousers” Could Give You Superhuman Strength by Bridgette Meinhold , 10/09/14   filed under:
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Rahul Mishra Marries Buddhist Philosophy, Slow Fashion 08 October 2014, 23.45 Eco Fashions
Rahul Mishra Marries Buddhist Philosophy, Slow Fashion
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU: Rekh & Datta’s Bahaus-Inspired Block Prints Elevate the Art of “Slow” Rahul Mishra Marries Buddhist Philosophy, Slow Fashion by Helen Morgan , 10/08/14   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands,
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The Simpson’s city illustrated as a deadbeat town 08 October 2014, 23.45 Green Architecture
The Simpson’s city illustrated as a deadbeat town
This series of gorgeous illustrations was created by Tim Doyle, an artist based in Austin. His take on the Simpson’s city took a darker turn, making it look like a deadbeat town. Springfield has never looked so
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Typographic art by Wayne White 08 October 2014, 23.45 Green Architecture
Typographic art by Wayne White
Big colorful words on traditional landscapes, Wayne White’s work is immediately recognizable. Make sure to also check out his portfolio to see more twisted letters, but also his other work, like sculptures. Artist’s
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30 great blogs to promote your art 08 October 2014, 23.45 Green Architecture
30 great blogs to promote your art
If you are an artist and you are seeking for self-promotion of your art then here we have 30 great blogs to help you promote your arts. The below given blogging websites clearly accept submissions while some of them require a
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Stunning collages by Handiedan 08 October 2014, 23.45 Green Architecture
Stunning collages by Handiedan
Handiedan is an Amsterdam-based artist who creates spectacular intricate collages that look like a mix of Art Nouveau prints and astronomical illustrations. He is currently on show at the Roq La Rue gallery in Seattle.
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Typographic inspiration: 10 great examples 08 October 2014, 23.45 Green Architecture
Typographic inspiration: 10 great examples
Most graphic designers love typography. That’s why it’s so easy to find many cool typographic designs online, everybody is busy creating his own type project. Here are a few… 1. Liquor Brand Bad Star Bowling
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How you can incorporate QR codes in your marketing strategy 08 October 2014, 23.45 Green Architecture
How you can incorporate QR codes in your marketing strategy
QR codes, otherwise known as quick response codes, have been actively and successfully used in North America for a number of years now. As opposed to a barcode, a QR code is a 2D code that can be scanned through a Smartphone to
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Obama's War Against US Energy Independence:  Give Away Oil Rich Alaskan Islands to Russia!
  By Joe Miller The Obama administration, despite the nation’s economic woes, effectively killed the job-producing Keystone Pipeline last month. The Arab Spring is turning the oil production of Libya and other Arab
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OSBIT Power's MaXccess system completes successful offshore trials 08 April 2012, 02.33 Administrator Energy
OSBIT Power's MaXccess system completes successful offshore trials
OSBIT Power's MaXccess system completes successful offshore trials Visit http://www.osbitpower.com for further information OSBIT Power (OP), Siemens Wind Power and Statoil have successfully completed offshore
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North America's EV charging infrastructure to get a boost 12 January 2012, 02.01 Administrator Energy
North America's EV charging infrastructure to get a boost
        North America’s EV charging infrastructure may soon see significant improvements, thanks to a recent agreement between Eaton Corporation and Coulomb Technologies. Under the deal, Eaton’s Level II and
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Could The Gravitomagnetic Field Be The Ultimate Energy Source? 28 May 2011, 01.34 Administrator Energy
Could The Gravitomagnetic Field Be The Ultimate Energy Source?
      Have scientists already unknowingly discovered the source for all atomic energy reactions, and could the discovery of the gravitomagnetic field be the ultimate energy source?  What if our understandings on how
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Physicists urge caution over apparent speed of light violation 25 September 2011, 16.27 Administrator Energy
Physicists urge caution over apparent speed of light violation
Physicists wary of junking light speed limit yet Physicist Antonio Ereditato poses before presenting the result of an experiment, which found a subatomic particle, the neutrino, seemed to move faster than the speed of
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STEORN ORBO  FREE ENERGY:  What's Next a Self Charging Unit for your Electric Car?
Steorn's Free Energy Orbo -- From Permanent Magnets to Solid State Systems   My associate, Hank Mills composed this for PESN, Saturday, February 12, 2011 6:17 Steorn is a small company based in Dublin, Ireland. For
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Cold Fusion, Releases Energy from Hydrogen's Gravitomagnetic Field 16 January 2011, 09.17 Administrator Energy
Cold Fusion, Releases Energy  from Hydrogen's Gravitomagnetic Field
Cold Fusion "In Bologna we did it" By Ilaria VENTURI, La Republica News, Bolona, Italy For the first time in Italy, in front of experts, the process was carried out using nickel and hydrogen. It 's the way to achieve
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Abu Dhabi Media Zone to generate renewable energy through its façade
Eco Factor: Sustainable development to generate renewable solar energy. Bernard Tschumi Architects have re-imagined their master plan for the new Abu Dhabi Media Zone, by incorporating several environmentally-friendly
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Surfrider fights GMO and pesticides in Kauai PDF Print E-mail

09 October 2014 | Environment

Kauai: GMOs and pesticides are dangerous | Photo: Surfrider

But five seed companies - Syngenta Seeds, Syngenta Hawaii, Pioneer, Agrigenetics and BASF - fought the bill, and the district court found state law preempted the ordinance.

Now, Surfrider Foundation, Earthjustice, Center for Food Safety, Pesticide Action Network and Ka Makani Ho'opono are appealing the decision.

Ordinance 960 mandates the posting of warning signs that conform to worker protection standards and requires the distribution of notices to inform nearby persons of the type of pesticides used and the time and location of use.

The buffer zone provisions of the ordinance create protective barriers where pesticides cannot be used around shorelines, schools, day care centers, hospitals, nursing homes, dwellings, public roadways, and other sensitive areas.

Atrazine, which has been linked to serious human health impacts even at low levels, is a known water contaminant and is also one of the restricted use pesticides most used on Kauai.

Atrazine is also known to negatively impact aquatic species. Ordinance 960 is important for keeping Kauai's oceans, waves, and beaches safe and clean for everyone to enjoy.

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The Voyage(s) of the Cormorant, Part 2 PDF Print E-mail

By Christian Beamish

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When the pintle snapped I felt a moment’s disbelief and then something like panic spark down in my belly. But I tamped that feeling with a long drink of water and a pep talk, noting to myself that I was not injured, that I had plenty of food and water, and that the conditions were calm. Johnson’s Lee, a good anchorage on the southwest corner of the island, was about five miles down and I draped a sarong over the top of my ball cap and tucked it in to my long-sleeve shirt for sun protection, then leaned into steady pulls on the oars with the thought that I might meet someone at the anchorage who could help me.

Editor’s note: In case you missed it, catch up with Part 1. Photos: Christian Beamish

Coming in close along shore I had a good view of desolate beaches and the scrub canyons that led upwards, the water below was aquarium clear and revealing sand one moment, rock reef and kelp the next. At a corner of rock shelves and low dunes, two big elephant seals pushed against each other chest-to-chest without much enthusiasm for the fight, their percussive groans having no effect on the females in deep slumber further up the sand. I kept on, steadily rowing, not wanting to squander the momentum I had gathered. But I stopped occasionally for water and to shake the numbness from my hands. When a light breeze started up a couple of hours later I raised sail and steered with an oar, Polynesian style.

Everything was going fine, the light breeze picking up as I neared the corner of the island, the water deep cobalt with wide fields of healthy-looking kelp shinning green in the sun. With the centerboard up and only the tip of an oar blade in the water, Cormorant skimmed the top of the kelp forest, running straight before the wind. But rounding the point brought the wind across the aft quarter, and I realized that I was no longer controlling the ride as the boat roared along wallowing, the oar bending back against the strain. Releasing the main sheet let the sail run out wildly, and I swung the oar on board in a flash then scrambled forward to drop the main. I tried continuing on with only the mizzen, but could not turn Cormorant before the wind again. Sliding now across the kelp and heading for deep water in the increasing blow, I grabbed the last strands like a man might grab for a bush as he slides towards a drop-off, and holding there, afraid that the two thin tendrils in my grasp would snap off, I carefully fished another handful together and then tied off with the bow line in two places.

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One little pintle, a lot of trouble: Attempting to bend the piece back, it snapped off clean.
 

Hunkering down on the floorboards with the hood of my Stormshell jacket pulled up against the wind I felt even farther away than I had before, the horrid feeling of impending capsize passing now that I was safely kelp tied. But a nagging thought remained—that I was playing with forces that I would never understand well enough to make these voyages anything but a slow-motion wipeout. A workboat came powering around the point and I hailed them on my handheld Vhf, but heard only a scratchy reply, “We can barely read you…” as the vessel continued on without me. I was hoping for a tow into the lee of the point as I was well out in the wind and could not row in this blow. Blades of kelp flapped on the surface and whitecaps rolled hard a little farther off. I sat and read the interviews in The Paris Review as the wind and the island carried on their longstanding conversation.

The wind laid down towards evening, and I undid my kelp ties and then set to oars, again coming in close to shore as I worked down to a cove that had a fun little set up for surfing. Swells washed hard against rock walls in the late evening high tide, and I rowed mightily across the steep backwash, catching side-waves and cutting well the last mile of water to my destination. In deep dusk I reached the cove exhausted but determined not to let the day slip passed without at least a wave to my credit. I pulled my wetsuit on and grabbed the thick, little three-fin thruster I’d shaped, then hopped overboard to nab a few in the last 30 minutes of light.

It’s a neat little nothing of a wave, a wedging peak with a cutback section and then a slow roll onto the clean sand of a cove. I rode a wave all the way through and walked back across the beach that I hadn’t seen in a few years but knew like an old friend—the water canyon that winds down to reed beds, the big cobble boulders that form the wedging peak, the sandstone bluff that surrounds… all of it so ancient, so abiding. It was practically dark when I returned to the boat and I peeled off my suit, stowed the board, and took a sip of water before rigging up the boat tent. Once I got the tent arranged, I laid down without a thought for dinner or anything else but a lonely feeling of missing my wife and daughter and our little life together. Then I slept.

Morning coffee and granola while listening to the NOAA forecast started the next day and I soon went to pull anchor, anticipating many hours rowing and sailing the 10- or 12-miles the rest of the way around the island to Becher’s Bay. My plan was to stow Cormorant there and catch the Island Packer’s boat to Ventura carrying the rudder and its broken pintle. But the anchor wouldn’t budge—a whole column of kelp wrapping its way to the surface up the anchor line. There was nothing for it but to get into my wet wetsuit, grab my faceplate and knife, and swim for the bottom to see what was going on. The chain was looped around a boulder, the anchor lying on a patch of sand, that thick kelp climbing to the surface. I swam the anchor and chain back up to the boat, and then went down again to cut the kelp free. Although I wanted to get sailing as a light breeze had come up that would allow steering with an oar, I decided to go for a quick surf since I was already in my wetsuit.

Then—as on Cedros Island in Baja years before, and at Punta San Carlos, and at Punta Santo Thomas, and in San Clemente, California, and on Vancouver Island, British Columbia—help arrived. Three guys showed up on the beach in a pickup, and after some coordinating on the radio, I landed in the cove and they helped me roll Cormorant up the beach on the inflatable rollers I have. They were with the Parks Service—Derek Lohuis, and Jeff and Greg Senning, the sons of the Head Ranger, Mark Senning. After stowing Cormorant and leaving a note explaining what had happened, we piled in the truck for the drive back across the island. It happened that the Island Packers ferry service was running that same day, and not fours hours later I was back with Natasha and Josephine.

Now all that remained was to order a new rudder pintle from the UK, fix the ruder, and get back to the island….

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A well-timed beach landing, two inflatable rollers, and some National Parks Service manpower gets Cormorant safely ashore on Santa Rosa Island.
 

(Continue reading with Part 3)

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Christian Beamish, author of The Voyage of the Cormorant (Patagonia Books, 2012), lives in Santa Barbara County with his wife and daughter.

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Greenland Vertical Sailing 2014 – Part 3, Back to civilization and summary of climbs PDF Print E-mail

By Nico Favresse, photos by The Wild Bunch

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How could we describe the feeling of taking our first shower in over two months? Mmmm...

We have just hit civilization in Greenland. These last three weeks have been very exciting in many ways! Adventurous climbing, a close polar bear encounter (without anything to defend ourselves) and a very scary crossing back to Greenland which included a strong storm with snow and huge waves! On this kind of trip the adventure never seems to end until you are back under that hot shower. It does make the shower so much better!

Editor’s note: Catch up with Captain Shepton and The Wild Bunch in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series.

So three weeks ago, we sailed away from Sam Ford Fjord to explore Gibbs Fjord. Finally, the intense weather conditions in Sam Ford Fjord eased off allowing us to see some blue in the sky. It was very enjoyable sun bathing on the deck while sailing around enjoying the magical scenery of mountains, big walls, glaciers and icebergs floating around the Fjords. However, it being early September, the temperature was decreasing day by day, proportionally to the area of our bodies on which we applied sunscreen.

Above: Nico enjoys a snow-free offwidth on Walking the Plank, Plank Wall, Gibbs Fjord.

It feels amazing how you can sail for days in these waters and see absolutely no sign of humans. At this stage, we had to be careful not to run out of fuel. So we sailed even when there was not much wind, slicing the water slowly but smoothly as we were scoping around.

Finally, we found the business: Gibbs Fjord is full of impressive walls that are mostly untouched. Quickly our attention was caught by a steep and long, aesthetic, north-facing arête. There were lots of south facing walls but for some reason the most appealing objective for us was a north face which we knew would be cold to free climb at this time of the year.

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Dodo's Delight sails back to a safe anchorage after dropping off Sean and Nico for another climb, Gibbs Fjord, Baffin Island. 

The next day, Sean and I set off for it while Ben and Oli decided to trade the committing adventurous climbing for a nice hike to the top of some mountains. The blue sky turned grey again with a big band of mist which quickly spiced up the climbing as snowflakes were flying around. After a couple of hours, the wall was covered with a very thin but rather sticky layer of the white stuff. Fortunately the climbing was steep, so on the bottom section of the wall it hadn't accumulated too much and we enjoyed some of the best rock quality we encountered on this trip.

But as we went higher things got more interesting. The rock was completely plastered! It reminded us of the famous Scottish mixed climbing mecca Ben Nevis except we were free climbing. Fingers were jamming in snowy cracks and our numb feet were constantly slipping away. I never thought it would be possible to free climb in these conditions! Everywhere we could rest we had to stop to warm up our numb fingers and even the easiest moves were a challenge not to slip and fall off. It was tough but the atmosphere was so magical we kept going. Thankfully, the sky cleared up and the last 300 meters were above the mist. It was a relief to finish the climb, finally, in descent conditions. As it was getting dark, we reached the top, again, of a beautiful virgin feature and enjoyed the satisfaction and the unique scenery of Gibbs Fjord. If I could chose, I would never free climb again in these conditions but at the same time it was such a unique experience that I will never forget it.

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I never thought it would be possible to free climb in these Ben Nevis–style conditions. Only after the blood comes back to your fingers and feet does it reward you with a nice feeling of satisfaction. Sean on Walking the Plank.

While Sean and I were struggling with cold and snow, Ben and Oli were strolling in the sun enjoying what they thought to be a safe way up a mountain. For the past month we hadn't seen any more polar bears so slowly we started leaving the gun behind when we went on land; Ben and Oli thought a mountain made of rock and glacier is no place for polar bears to hang out. On the summit, they enjoyed the view for a while and then started back down. Thirty minutes from the summit, all of a sudden, a polar bear appeared from behind a boulder only 15 meters away! It was a massive beast and lucky for them they were talking loud. That somehow scared the bear which quickly ran away.

Back on the boat, they wondered: Why was this polar bear up there in the middle of nowhere where there is absolutely no food? Then they realized that the bear must have followed them on the three hour walk to the top of the mountain. It was only there because he had smelled a nice meal. Ben and Oli were very lucky! The bear was surprised when they were walking straight towards it. From then on we were a little more cautious again.

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One hundred miles away from the Baffin Island coast, a little polar bear family wander from one piece of ice to another.

During our last days on Baffin Island we could feel winter arriving. The sea was starting to freeze along the coast and the snow line dropped all the way down to sea level. Although there was so much more to do, it was time for us to make our way back to Greenland. With a forecast of rough sailing conditions, we knew the adventure wasn't over. Indeed the crossing was tough because it was cold and snowy, but the worst happened as we came in sight of Greenland. A big storm surprised us on the trickiest part of the crossing only six miles away from our destination! We had to weave through lots of rocks and shallow depths while the waves suddenly became huge. The boat was crashing in the waves and we were all wet and cold but thankfully we found shelter behind a little island and eventually reached the harbor of Sisimiut. That was the end of the adventure.

Again, sailing and climbing proved to be a perfect combination.

Greetings from Belgium,

Nico

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After two failed attempts, victory feels so much better! Nico and Oli on top of Walker Citadel, Sam Ford Fjord.

Summary of Climbs

In total, we opened 10 new routes from 400m to 1000m climbed in alpine style. We used the boat as a base camp and way of transportation to the base of each climb. We placed no bolts or pitons.

Five routes were put up in Greenland, Uummannaq area; four in Sam Ford Fjord, Baffin Island; and one in Gibbs Fjord, Baffin Island. Coordinates are taken from the sea opposite the start of the routes.

Uummannaq Area

Ikerasak Peak
Married Mens’ Way, E3, 5.10, 400 meters.
Takes the left ridge of this peak. FA (free): Oli Favresse, Ben Ditto, 13 July 2014
Crocodiles Have Teeth, E5, 5.11b/c, 400 meters.
The right hand edge of the main face, moving right at the top to finish by an overhanging crack. FA (free): Nico Favresse, Sean Villaneuva, 13 July 2014
Descend: Walking on the back side

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First ascent of Goliath Butress (700 41N 510 13W)
Standard Deviation, E4, 5.11, 500 meters.
Followed lines on left of this buttress, some loose rock especially in the basalt band. FA (free): Nico Favresse, Ben Ditto, 17 July 2014
Slingshot, E3, 5.10, 500 meters.
Followed lines on right side of buttress. FA (free): Oli Favresse, Sean Villaneuva, 17 July 2014
Descend: Walking on the back side

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First ascent of the Funky Tower (700 35N 510 16W)
No Place for People, a.k.a. Sunshine and Roses, E6, 5.12a, 500 meters
A steep, varied technical line towards the left side of this face. Reports of much loose rock, especially on the sloping terrace leading to the summit ridge. FA (free): Sean Villaneuva, Ben Ditto
Descend: Walking on the back side

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Sean heads up the Funky Tower.

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Ben and Sean on the second pitch of No Place for People, a.k.a. Sunshine and Roses.

Sam Ford Fjord

Lurking Tower (Mike Libecki’s name - 700 35N 710 17W)
Up the Creek without a Paddle, E5 6a, 5.11+, 500 meters
Starts up the dihedral on the right and follows crack lines, turning a roof, to the top. Libecki’s aid route was followed after seven pitches but without using any of the aid or bolts. First Free Ascent: Sean Villaneuva, Ben Ditto, 12 hours, 15/16 August 2014
Descend: Walking on the back side

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After a month in Greenland waiting for the pack ice to melt finally we arrived in the promised land, Sam Ford Fjord.

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Once we finally arrived in Sam Ford Fjord, a game of patience started with three weeks of bad weather. But at least we managed to squeeze in a few good bouldering sessions.


SuperUnknown Tower
Imaginary Line, E3 5c, 5.10+, 1000 meters
Takes the obvious red groove and crack on the right of the tower leading almost to the top. The hardest pitches were after the groove at the top, especially as it was wet and snowy. This was the second ascent of the SuperUnknown Tower. FFA: Sean Villaneuva, Ben Ditto, 21/22 August 2014
Descend: A rappel to remember straight down the original sheer aid route.

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Rappelling Imaginary Line.
 

Walker Citadel
First ascent of the South East Pillar (Drunken Pillar) (700 50N 710 43W)
Shepton’s Shove, E6 6b, 5.12a, 1000 meters
The obvious arête starting all the way down and leading to the top of the pillar. The hardest pitches were at the top. FA (free): Nico Favresse, Oli Favresse, 23/24 August 2014
Descend: Walk south to another summit and down into a gulley leading to a lake.

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Nico climbs a heady traverse on Shepton's Shove.

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Pitch 23 - It's 1 a.m. and we are hit again by a snow storm on our third attempt to climb the east pillar of Walker Citadel. Oli enjoys some icy/snowy dihedral.

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After two failed attempts, victory feels so much better! Nico and Oli on top of Walker Citadel, Sam Ford Fjord.

The Turret
First ascent of the east face of the Turret
Life on the Kedge, E6 6b, sustain in the 5.11/5.12 range, 900 meters
Start on the buttress just to the right of the iconic chimney crack splitting the Turret from top to bottom, and takes the obvious orange pillar. Midway up, the lines goes on the left-hand side where the cracks just kept coming out of nowhere! FA: Nico Favresse, Oli Favresse, 28/29 August 2014
Descend: 10 raps down the Swiss route straight from the top

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All the routes we put up, we climbed them in alpine style. You bring just a rack of friends and nuts, food and water and go go go non-stop until you reach the top. Here, Oli finally gets to the good holds after an amazing series of perfect cracks on The Turret, Baffin Island.

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Perfect splitter crack on the Turret. How much better can it get? Here, Nico is a few pitches away from the top. Sam Ford Fjord.

 

Gibbs Fjord


First ascent of the Plank Wall (700 50N 710 43W)
Walking the Plank, E4 6a, 5.11+, 900 meters
Keeps mostly slightly left of the arête. Another quality climb with lots of steep cracks and excellent rock! But north facing, little sun. Sections were climbed covered in snow. FA: Nico Favresse, Sean Villaneuva, 4/5 September 2014
Descend: Rapping the route

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Nico enjoys a snow-free offwidth on Walking the Plank.

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Sean 
on Walking the Plank.

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Taking planes and avoiding extra baggage fees takes special skill and heat resistance. Here we had great success with our technique in the airport coming back from Greenland.

Nico Favresse is a Patagonia ambassador from Brussels, Belgium. In 2010, the same crew—Nico, Sean VillanuevaBen Ditto and Olivier Favresse—joined Captain Bob Shepton for a sailing trip through the fjords of Greenland, eventually crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Scotland. Along the way they found virgin big walls and a bunch of good climbing, including the Impossible Wall. If you missed it, check out our coverage and watch the five-part video series. 

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Liz Daley 1985-2014 PDF Print E-mail

By Josh Nielsen, Caroline Gleich, Alex Yoder & Forrest Shearer, photos by Garrett Grove

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Earlier this week, we received the tragic news that Liz Daley, a former Patagonia snow ambassador, was killed in an avalanche on Monday in the Fitz Roy Massif region of Argentina. Our hearts go out to Liz’s family and friends.

Liz was an amazing person known for her warm outgoing personality, matched by a smile and laugh that left a mark on anyone who spent time with her. While at Patagonia, Liz worked closely with the snow product team, inspiring design, testing gear and helping to refine what is now our current women’s line. Truly passionate and skilled, Liz had a unique combination of both snowboarding and climbing talent that took her on many adventures around the world, which we always enjoyed sharing.

Liz spent her winters in Chamonix and summers guiding in the Cascades. She was working towards IFMGA professional mountain guide credentials and recently received a scholarship in 2014 from the American Mountain Guides Association to help her towards that goal. She joined Eddie Bauer’s professional guide program in May.

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I’ll always remember the first time I skied with her in Chamonix. It was a warm spring afternoon in 2012 and we were just cruising around the resort. She looked at me and said there is a fun line we can climb to from here and we’ll ski into Switzerland. “Fun line” in Chamonix is relative and should make the average person suspicious. I inquired further and she asked, “You brought crampons right?” I nodded since I basically won’t walk out the door there without them for this exact reason. She replied, “Perfect—one crampon for you and one crampon for me.”

In that moment I didn’t find much humor in the response but it was impossible not to immediately like her. She was enthusiastic and up for anything, but also methodical and calculated. We ended up having a great day of laughs, turns and beers (and never did need to share those crampons).

–Josh Nielsen, Global Outdoor Marketing Director for Patagonia, Inc.

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She was someone I could instantly connect with. She was an inspiration because of her enthusiasm and her abilities. She had a sparkle that shined through everything she did. For every challenge she encountered, she confronted it with creativity, a positive attitude and love. That should be her legacy for us to carry on. 

–Caroline Gleich, Patagonia Ski Ambassador

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I can’t say that I knew Liz well. I spent five days with her, a couple of other riders, and a film crew in a hut in the BC backcountry in February of 2013. It was snowing a lot that week which kept us riding in the trees, which were full of pillows and cliffs—the kind of stuff I love to ride, but for Liz it was a new challenge. On the first day of the trip, the first time we met, the first thing she said to me was, “How the hell do you ride pillows? This shit is crazy!” I could tell by her enthusiasm that she was motivated, not intimidated, by the challenge. I could tell that she didn’t want to leave any skill unmastered. I gave her a few simple pointers, but I had seen her ride and wasn’t too worried. She rode without fear and took some hard slams but it didn’t take long for her to get the hang of it. She fully embraced the challenge and was ripping the bouncy terrain within a couple of days.

I had heard of this “badass snowboard mountaineer chick” before the trip. I guess I was expecting her to be a cocky, “one of the guys” kind of girl. Liz was far from that stereotype. She had nothing to prove to anyone but herself and she didn’t really even want credit for her accomplishments. She just did it, because it was her passion.

It’s beautiful when you meet a person who has found their place in the world and they’re thriving in it. There’s nothing to understand. No one can say why, but for some reason it seems to be the lights that shine the brightest that go out too soon. Anyone that knew, or met, Liz would agree that she was one of a kind.

–Alex Yoder, Patagonia Snowboard Ambassador

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A teammate and good friend, Liz held her own in the mountains. She helped lead the charge for the future of split-boarding. An accomplished climber, Liz was always on the search for “splitters”—exceptional crack climbs and the best ski descents. I will always remember Liz for doing things her way. She didn’t care what people thought, a refreshing trait to have. She lived life to the fullest with a big smile on her face. Thank you Liz for being an inspiration to me and all of us.”

–Forrest Shearer, Patagonia Snowboard Ambassador

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Liz had many more adventures with fellow ambassadors, our video team, photo team and product designers. We will all miss her dearly.

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The Voyage(s) of the Cormorant, Part 3 PDF Print E-mail

By Christian Beamish

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“Check out that fin,” my buddy, Dillon Joyce, said.

And there it was, 50 feet off the stern, an unmistakable dorsal, weaving in a slow “S” through the water. Wasn’t the sharp triangle-shape of a whitey, and as we were five- or six-miles out from Santa Cruz Island on our long sail back to the mainland, my best guess is that we were seeing a rather large blue shark. Nothing fearful about a blue shark, even if we sat a mere foot off the water aboard Cormorant. And compared to the wild ride of the day before, we were content to enjoy the light winds and the sight of thriving sea life in the Santa Barbara Channel.

Editor’s note: If you’re just joining us, catch up with Part 1 and Part 2.

I’d ordered a new pintle, cast in bronze by Classic Marine in the UK, fixed the rudder and returned to Santa Rosa to retrieve Cormorant. It happened that Dillon, a young surfer from San Clemente with whom I’ve sailed the islands once before, was planning a hiking trip out there and we agreed to travel together. Solitude has its place, but the safety and company of a good friend is priceless. The ranger had offered to give us a ride out to the backside of the island, as hiking with all the gear for the return sail would be impractical, and he met us at the dock.

Above: A very simple arrangement: The haliyard runs through a hole in the top of the mast and ties off on a cleat—no stays, no fuss. Photo: Dillon Joyce

A group of five Santa Barbara surfers were on the Island Packers ferry, planning to hike out and camp at the same cove where I’d left Cormorant, which, small-minded as it might seem, would normally have bummed me out since we head off to find empty beaches; but these guys were so cool, so classic, so stoked within their circle of friendship, that it was a real stroke of luck to meet them and share the time. They joshed that we were cheating by getting a ride, but I told them that I’d earned my “Adventure Guy” status by sailing out there in the first place and we all had a good laugh. And in a funny coincidence, two of them happened to be reading my book, The Voyage of the Cormorant.

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Dillon Joyce (left) and Christian Beamish, back out to Rosa to retrieve Cormorant.

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The “Santa Barbarians” (L to R): Alec, Nico, Tate, Daniel and Simon, psyching for a 12-mile walk.

So it was a pleasant two days in the cove—Friday afternoon to Sunday morning—leisurely rigging the boat, surfing the funny little wave and combining supplies with the “Santa Barbara Five” for epic camp dinners. I waited a good while timing the sets once we got the boat down to the water’s edge on the inflatable rollers. There was a bit of swell running, and the boys gave me a good shove when a long lull finally came, and with a few oar strokes I got well clear of the surfline and then held steady waiting for Dillon to paddle out from the beach with the deflated rollers. Now that we were on the water it was time to see if I had ordered the right sized pintle and whether or not I had fit it to the rudder correctly, which were two details that had been nagging at my thoughts. Splayed off the aft end of the boat, the sternpost rudely jutting at my chest, I brought the rudder down vertically in line with the existing pin on the boat. Naturally, the rudder didn’t quite fit—one-eighth-inch too much bronze at the crown of the pintle preventing it from slipping down and sitting flush with the gudgeon. Still, the pintle went through far enough to secure the rudder in place with a downhaul I rigged using high-tensile-strength line. This arrangement would allow us to sail, even if it was less solid than I would have liked.

But sailing was a moot point as there was only the slightest southeasterly breeze, which was not favorable for our course, so I arranged the oars and took up an easy rhythm, pulling slowly along the five miles to East Point. Dillon took a turn, but it was slow going with neither of us having had much practice in recent seasons. I suppose I have muscle memory from the miles and miles I’ve rowed Cormorant over the years—one day in Baja on a sheet glass sea I must’ve rowed 15 miles well into night when I finally, literally, bumped into the island I was trying to reach. Out of sheer practicality I did the bulk of the rowing (not to take anything from Dillon, who is an excellent shipmate) and in the strange way of these trips—Is it mere luck?—we arrived at East Point and set the anchor with five minuets to spare before a powerful northwesterly wind came down.

Sunburned and tired, we put the boat tent up and cooked dinner then tried to sleep once the sun went down. The anchorage had a lot of swell rolling through it, with backwash off the beach, so the night’s rest was not so restful. All night the wind blew at 20 to 25 knots, the boat rolling sharply, tent flapping madly, and Monday dawned with even harder gusts to 30 knots through murky, grey skies. We were already behind schedule, as I’d hoped to have crossed to Santa Cruz and climbed up the channel to the northwest corner of the island Sunday night. My mother-in-law was watching Josephine and I was expected to pick her up, but with this wind we weren’t going anywhere. I considered our options, but there was nothing to do really but wait for better conditions. So we organized the boat, and put all the reefs in the mainsail in case we got a chance to set out, and by 10 a.m. the wind seemed to lighten up slightly, and then slackened even more as we pulled the anchor.

I kept all three reefs in the main, and in the light-but-steady wind we only made about three-knots across to Santa Cruz. But the wind increased incrementally until steeper seas began washing the rail of the boat. The corner of the island lay about two miles to windward, and we had to come about and run out once more for a better tack up the coast after we made the initial crossing from Santa Rosa. Now we were in it—a mess of wind-scoured sea and driving swell, the only makeable line a scallop-edge along the tops of the waves. Cormorant hums through the water when the conditions get bad, the lines straining too hard, sails too taut, the rudder pulling to leeward, making the boat flip in an instant were I to lose my grip on the tiller. Judging my way between a high rock island and looming sea cliffs, I kept on the only tack I could—that wave-edge line—foam rolling over the rail every third swell it seemed, Dillon bailing furiously, his face set in a fearful scowl. Just under the cliffs we had a slight respite, enough to round down into a tiny cove behind the barest knuckle of rock and then nose into a small patch of kelp. But once we were tied off, the calm water revealed an aquarium scene below, fish gliding through the kelp stocks while just outside the wind howled otherworldly and the sea poured across. We felt that fear, held up our hands to each other to show the shaking, and laughed out loud that we made it. It was Dillon’s birthday, 24-years-old, and I was only half joking when I told him that his present was that he got to keep living.

That kelpy grotto was a perfect hunting ground, and I donned my fishing gear—5-mil hooded suit, weight belt, booties, flippers and spear gun (a wicked little device that looks like an Uzi). Urchins dotted the rocky floor, clean pebbles and sand filling in crevices and the kelp swaying gently in the surge. Within fifteen minutes I’d pulled three big urchin and speared a pretty good sheephead, all of which I dumped in the aft section of the boat to boil up later with noodles and rice and little Asian spice packs. I then swam to the cliff wall and pulled myself up, climbing to the bluff top of Frazier Point in order to survey the ocean conditions around the corner from where we’d kelp tied. The infamous “Potato Patch” was a mile-square horror show of driving sea running just off the cliffs. While we wouldn’t want to sail that outer water again, I thought it might be possible to sneak by under oars, just off the rocks, and then sail down the inside of Santa Cruz once passed the West End. But it was too late in the day for all that, and I climbed back down to Cormorant to clean the fish and cook our meal.

Since I could only send a satellite message that gave our location and that we were OK, I thought I would send it out three times in thirty minutes—my logic being that Natasha would understand that we were staying put even if she wouldn’t know why. The stew was delicious, topped with uni and full of ocean nutrients, but Dillon didn’t like our anchorage at the edge of the world. He was shaken by the bad time of it we had sailing, and the little cove only barely kept us out of the fray. Clouds scudded overhead to lend a more ominous cast to our rocky berth, and the wind seemed to howl a little harder as evening came down. A tunnel, blasted out by eons of crashing waves, gave us a keyhole view of the jagged rocks beyond our anchorage and the raging sea, which did little to improve the aspect of the situation. But the reality was that we were in a safe little corner, ringed-in by reefs that cut the power of the waves and left them surging harmless beneath the hull.

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Dillon Joyce—giddy with the joy of surviving the West End of Santa Cruz Island.

One steep lurch that night had me upright in my sleeping bag, thinking that Dillion had spilled overboard, but all was well if only a bit uncomfortable. Still, somehow we slept, and the dawn oozed up grey amongst the black rocks and indifferent sea. Not wanting to waste any time before the wind would come up strong again, we took down the boat tent, stowed our gear and got underway with a only a drink of water for breakfast. It was tough rowing across thick swaths of kelp, Dillion reaching down from the bow to pull us along in places. I skirted inside a rock island, just off the point, battling the short, steep chop until I rounded the corner and could then cut across the general run of the swell rather than bash headlong into it. Fearing yesterday’s blow, as the marine forecast held for more of the same, I kept all three reefs in the main sail but the light winds made for slow going along the higher cliffs of the West End. By the time we rounded the corner the wind was slack, and Dillon took up the oars for the two-mile row down to Painted Cave.

It’s an inky sea off the plunging cliffs of Santa Cruz Island, and we rowed along slowly- slowly, just off the rock walls until every kelp fly in the vicinity had landed on the boat and began crawling over our faces and arms, licking salt, spreading disease (or so it felt). Desperate for wind and not wanting to be stuck out there for another day, I ran the marine radio for an hour, listening again and again to the area forecast, hoping that “10- to 15-knots, gusting to 20-knots” actually meant that a breeze would come. We nosed into the Painted Cave, just because we were there, but the bloated corpse of a sea lion didn’t help the mood. I was anxious to start the crossing and when the faintest hint of a breeze ruffled the surface, I rowed about 50-feet off, re-set the rudder and raised the sails.

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A light breeze makes for a long crossing home at the pace of a steady walk.
 

A long day followed, sails set at 10:30 a.m. with all reefs shaken out to get the most from the wind. We saw the shark an hour or so later. We talked and then fell into long silences. Talked again. I should have had my radio on, as Natasha had interpreted my three messages from the night before as a malfunction, and called the Coast Guard. Fortunately, they did not launch an all out search, but radioed area vessels who responded that they had seen us and that we were in good shape, sailing for the mainland. Hours and hours later, the oil derricks six miles off Carpinteria showed as distant specks, and we shaped our course for them. When we got within cell phone range, some magic of being so far away dissipated, but I was able to assure Natasha that all was well, if only 24-hours delayed. I also called the Coast Guard to thank them for their vigilance, and the petty officer on watch said, “That’s what we’re here for,” and that felt good. And thanks also to the National Parks Service, as they are a real help out at the islands too.

Sliding passed the derricks at the “Hillhouse” formation, we ran straight in until I could see the houses I know well through binoculars. The sun fell below Santa Barbara in a pink glow, the wind laid down, and I went to oars, pulling hard over the last mile of smooth water until we landed on “our” beach, just down the street from our little house. It was 8:00 p.m., a mere nine-and-a-half hours after we’d started out from Santa Cruz—13 hours from our anchorage of the previous night.

There is nothing practical, after all, about this mode of travel.

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Christian Beamish, author of The Voyage of the Cormorant (Patagonia Books, 2012), lives in Santa Barbara County with his wife and daughter.

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The Transition to Renewable Energy is Difficult but Feasible PDF Print E-mail

The United States Energy Information Agency estimates that 11 percent of the world's total energy comes from renewable sources, a number they project will grow modestly to 15 percent by 2040. They also estimate that 21 percent of the world's electricity came from renewable energy in 2011, and they expect that to grow to 25 percent by 2040. These percentage changes must be viewed in the context of worldwide growth in energy consumption. According to the United States Energy Information Agency:

...world energy consumption will grow by 56% between 2010 and 2040, from 524 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) to 820 quadrillion Btu. Most of this growth will come from non-OECD (non-Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries, where demand is driven by strong economic growth. Renewable energy and nuclear power are the world's fastest-growing energy sources, each increasing 2.5% per year. However, fossil fuels continue to supply nearly 80% of world energy use through 2040. Natural gas is the fastest-growing fossil fuel, as global supplies of tight gas, shale gas, and coalbed methane increase.

These are the projections that need to be altered if global warming is to be placed under some degree of control. There are small, hopeful signs that the pace of change may accelerate, but there is no way to call these projected trends a transition to renewable energy. According to Justin Doom of Bloomberg News, in 2014:

About $175 billion was spent globally on renewable energy projects during the first three quarters, up 16 percent from the same period last year, with Chinese solar investment at a record, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report. Spending in the third quarter gained 12 percent to $55 billion from $48.9 billion a year earlier, the London-based research company said today in statement. Almost $20 billion of that was in China, where solar investing soared to $12.2 billion from $7.5 billion.

This modest trend toward renewable energy is promising, but the overall trend is discouraging. The Energy Information Agency sees continued increases in the use of fossil fuels, and increased release of carbon dioxide at least through 2040. Specifically, the agency reports that:

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions are projected to increase by 46 percent by 2040 because of increased consumption of oil, natural gas, and coal. Developing Asia is expected to account for more than 70 percent of the increase in energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. China and India will be responsible for half of the world's increase in energy consumption as they use energy to fuel their economic growth. It is clear from EIA's assessment of the world energy picture that other nations will be using increasing amounts of energy of all kinds, but especially those from fossil energy sources, for decades to come.

The public policy dilemma is quite simple: How do we alter that trend line and accelerate the use of renewable energy while we decelerate the growth of fossil fuels and eventually reduce their use over the next quarter-century? I do not think there is a single solution to this question, and I believe that the U.S. government has a variety of tools it needs to deploy in order to influence the energy consumption of corporations, individuals, and even other nations.

In work I began with my colleague Sheldon Kamieniecki and his student Matthew Cahn a number of years ago, we discussed a strategic approach to regulation and detailed a variety of mechanisms that government could use to influence behavior. In our work, we rejected the idea that one need choose between market mechanisms and command and control regulation; instead, we viewed both as two tools of regulatory influence that ranged from highly coercive to non-coercive. One method of influencing behavior is to adopt a command and control rule that requires individuals to behave in a certain way. That works reasonably well with traffic lights, less well with speed limits, and failed miserably during the "Prohibition Era" when we made alcohol illegal.

Another way to influence behavior is to pay for people and organizations to do specific things. When we give grant funding to universities to conduct research in a certain area, it tends to move scientific work into that area. Scientists are willing to alter their research agenda as a way to keep their labs intact and food on their family's table.

There are also a variety of tax code provisions that we use to influence behavior. The federal income tax deduction for mortgage interest and property tax encourages home ownership. Favorable tax treatment for renewable energy encourages installation of home solar energy equipment. The oil depletion allowance encourages oil exploration and production.

In order to change the daunting trend lines presented in the Energy Information Agency's analysis, we will need to pursue many paths if we are to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy. I reject the idea that setting a price on carbon is the magic bullet that will spark this transition and I question the feasibility of it in the United States at the present time. However, I recognize that in certain places and at certain times it may well be the appropriate tool of influence. It is also true that a command and control regulation can really be a form of tax. If complying with a rule raises the price of a product, the increased cost of that product can be viewed as an indirect tax.

When we think of the transition to renewable energy, we need to think of our own behavior and the limits to change open to us as individuals. For example, I live in Manhattan, rent an apartment, have no access to a roof for a solar installation, and the building's owners control the energy source for my heat and hot water. I park my car in a garage about one-half mile from my apartment, and the garage currently includes a couple of electric charging stations that are always in use. My summer home in Long Beach, New York, is a small bungalow on a narrow street and I have no garage or parking space located near my home. In short, I have little incentive to buy an electric car or install solar energy in my main residence. My summer home could host a solar array, but after the renovations required by Hurricane Sandy, solar will need to wait. Those are my excuses; what are yours? In many ways, it does not matter. All of us face institutional, financial, and even psychological barriers to changing our behavior.

From the policy perspective, the question is: How do we alter the calculus that drives behavior? How do we encourage landlords and homeowners to install energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies? How do we make electric car charging stations more plentiful and convenient? Tax and building codes might be useful; rules and regulations might also be helpful. A grant program to pay local governments to install public charging stations would be instantly effective. Part of the current problem is the technology itself. When a car can hold a charge for a thousand miles instead of one hundred fifty, it becomes more convenient than a gasoline-fueled auto. If charging took five minutes instead of five hours, more people would buy electric cars. If electric cars were cheaper than conventional cars, more people would buy them. If a solar array were the size of a window instead of a patio deck, more people would install them. If the price of all this new technology went down, adoption would grow as well.

The improved technology is not unimaginable, but it will require massive amounts of basic and applied research before it becomes commercially viable. We know the world economy is very good at adopting and utilizing new technologies. The best recent example is the cell phone. There are now over seven billion of them in use on this planet. We like them and they have become fully integrated into the way we live. Imagine if a similar technological development and commercialization process were applied to solar energy. Just as the smart phone has transformed the way we live, a renewable energy breakthrough could alter the future of the planet. It will take such a breakthrough, along with many other policy-driven incentives, to alter the trend lines projected by the Energy Information Agency. Hastening the transition to a renewable energy economy is a difficult but feasible task.



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New Initiative Links Health and Learning at Elementary Schools PDF Print E-mail

Crystal Griffin is diligent about giving her daughter in kindergarten at P.S. 36 her asthma medication each day. But she knows that not all the parents of her daughter’s classmates have the same financial resources to treat their child’s medical conditions.

Enter Healthy and Ready to Learn, a new initiative taking root at an elementary school in Harlem aimed at providing medical screening and treatment to children in low-income communities to improve their chances to thrive academically.

“We have kids who come on mobile clinics who have untreated chronic asthma, they miss a tremendous number of school days as a result,” said Colby Kelly, senior vice president of marketing and communications at the Children’s Health Fund—a nonprofit organization that provides healthcare to low-income families and children across the United States. “They lay awake all night coughing and wheezing, and so they don’t feel well enough the next morning to go to school.”

Kelly noted that parents without primary care health coverage often allow their children’s sickness to persist until it reaches “crisis proportions” and lands them in the emergency room.

“We saw that there were some basic, treatable, manageable health conditions that were just epidemic among the low-income kids that we were treating that was getting in the way of their capacity,” Kelly said.

The CHF developed the program in conjunction with Columbia’s Earth Institute and is supported by a $1.3 million grant from the H&M Conscious Foundation. Following more than 20 years of providing health care services for at-risk, low-income children, the CHF began to notice a pattern of health issues in students in low-income neighborhoods.

In order to address the health issues students face, the CHF identified eight major medical conditions most prevalent among low-income students, which include impaired vision and hearing, asthma, hunger, dental pain, and behavioral health issues.

Each school participating in the new initiative added an in-house health coordinator and social worker to help identify and provide guidance for health barriers. Programs such as vision screenings, doctor visits, and new technology like Kinvolved to track attendance are also being used.

The program has been implemented at P.S. 36, as well as two other schools, P.S. 140 and P.S. 49, in the Bronx. This week saw the completion of a vision screening of every student at P.S. 36. From this screening, 21 percent of students were found to have visual problems that had previously gone unrecognized or untreated.

Faiza Khalid, a kindergarten teacher at P.S. 36, is optimistic about the program.

“Vision impacts behavior,” she said. “You have to be able to look in order to attend to things.”

She added that students with vision impairments take longer to learn the alphabet and sight words that are crucial to learning how to read.

When dealing with these issues in the past, Khalid has tried to connect parents with specific free resources, “but there’s always some parents who don’t take that step. … It takes some of the work off the parents to have a program come in.”

Healthy and Ready to Learn brings health coordinators to review student attendance records in order to identify students who may be struggling with an unidentified medical issue. The program also helps parents who may have language and literacy barriers enroll their children in medical insurance programs.

CHF president Irwin Redlener, who co-founded the non-profit with singer Paul Simon, runs the Program on Child Well Being and Resilience as part of Columbia’s Earth Institute. He also teaches health policy and management at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and pediatrics at the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Redlener acknowledged there are often-unrecognized health impediments that prohibit learning, which he hopes the program will address.

While some conditions might be easy to spot, such as correcting a child is vision impairment, Redlener said there are also less obvious medical issues that impact academic function.

Redlener explained that the program will screen children for health problems when they enter school, then hire staff who will be able to track and monitor any identified medical conditions that are barriers to a child’s learning, and work to treat them.

Redlener hopes to expand the program to schools nationwide by standardizing school health examinations.

“There needs to be much constant collaboration between what doctors are doing, the healthcare system is doing, on the one hand, and what is happening in the classroom on the other hand. So we’re trying to break down the barriers between the health silo and the education silo,” Redlener said.

The H&M Conscious Foundation—a non-profit organization associated with the Swedish-based retailer currently focused on promoting education, making clean water accessible, and strengthening women—noticed the program’s value and gave them a significant grant.

Sweden-based Maria Bystedt, project manager at the Foundation, noted the expansive possibilities her organization sees in the Healthy and Ready to Learn program.

“Not only is it giving children at Margaret Douglas Elementary School [P.S. 36] better conditions for learning and realizing their own potential, we are also seeing that the model has a good possibility to be replicated and scaled up,” Bystedt said.

“The Foundation works on two levels, in fact. We work on both global and local level,” Bystedt said. “On a local level, we want to fund projects that have a positive impact directly on the beneficiaries and their communities and on a global level we fund projects that aim to change systems and have a transformational impact on a policy level.”

Redlener and Bystedt hopes these three Harlem schools will be a model so the program can expand to other schools in the future.

“We want to be able to prove that there is, in fact, an economic benefit to a school and the local government in doing these investments,” Bystedt said. “And once that can be proven, we see that other schools can follow.”

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Correction: An earlier version of this story that three Harlem elementary schools were participating in the program. Only P.S. 36 is participating. Spectator regrets the error.



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Climate Change Science Goes Back 190 Years PDF Print E-mail

Its nation -- with its ignition switches.

A total of 165 families now claim to have lost a loved one in accidents caused by malfunctioning emission switches.

And gt advanced technologies and saw its stock price fall more than 90%. the company makes sapphire glass used in some apple products.

Gt was heavily indebted to apple which it relied on for 80% of its anticipated revenues for 2014. possible tax trouble for amazon purity european union commission will open an investigation into the tax arrangements in luxembourg.

The process could begin as soon as today.

That is the latest company news.

This matters now to our guest host jeffrey sachs at columbia university and the earth institute.

Jeff sachs is counting walruses.

He got to 10,412. there are some 35,000 on the shores of alaska.

They will starve unless they get food.

They cannot get food because there is not ice to hang onto.

There is no ice because of climate change.

It is cyclical.

Here we go with another issue, and i understand there are pros and cons, jeff sachs, each way, but it is right in our face.

Why can't we get any kind of policy response going?

First of all, the science is clear despite the continued drumbeats that basically is backed by oil and gas lobbies, so this is one of those issues where the science goes back literally 190 years.

It has been worked through -- the first calculations of what the doubling of the carbon dioxide would bring were made in 1896, and they were on track.

Wednesday institute in -- which institution is going to jumpstart this?

We cannot look for exxon mobil to jumpstart this debate.

The g2 basically, the u.s. government and the chinese government, china now the number one emitting greenhouse gas and meeting country in the world by far, twice now what the u.s. emits per year, and the united states number two.

Between them about 40% of the world's omissions.

Need to agree now behind the scenes that by the time we reach the paris negotiations in december 2015 we have a serious agreement.

How can paris be different from the collapse of copenhagen?

Everybody says copenhagen was a failure.

What can we not do at paris that we did a copenhagen?

One is that china has to be there in a full way with the policy that is absolutely committed because without china doing this, the world is not going to be able to do it.

That is different from copenhagen.

That was not yet set.

The second is a year after the copenhagen debacle, the world agreed on a proper standard -- keep the warming below a two degree celsius or a 3.6 degree fahrenheit limit.

We should build the agreement next year around that recognized a greed limit.

-- agreed limit.

That means deciding how to phase out carbon-based fossil fuels, set the timelines, and have the major economies, that is china, the united states, european union, and others, agree on pathways to eat decarbonization.

Jeff sachs and rand paul, jeb bush, mitt romney, whoever on the republican side -- howdy you advise them to address their constituency?

Well, they just have to take a look and it would be good for the constituencies also.

If it is jeb bush, florida is going to be devastated.

They will have walruses in florida.

Exactly.

It is already being hit by rising sea levels.

And look at louisiana as one



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Star-Studded Conservation Campaign PDF Print E-mail

Conservation International, (CI) a non-profit that operates around the world working on topics related to ecosystems, biodiversity and human well-being recently launched the “Nature is Speaking” campaign, a series of videos featuring the voices of international celebrities.

Each voice speaks as a part of the planet;  Julia Roberts is Mother Nature and Harrison Ford is the ocean. Kevin Spacey is a memorable rainforest; Robert Redford speaks as the redwoods, with Penelope Cruz as water and Ed Norton speaks for the soil. All the voices make the point that is so often lost; that Nature doesn’t need Humans, Humans need Nature.

CI’s manifesto, or Humanifesto spells it out, pointing out that nature will go on, with us or without us.

Our Humanifesto

Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature.
Human beings are part of nature. Nature is not dependent on human beings to exist.
Human beings, on the other hand, are totally dependent on nature to exist.
The growing number of people on the planet and how we live here is going to determine the future of nature. And the future of us.
Nature will go on, no matter what. It will evolve.
The question is, will it be with us or without us?
If nature could talk, it would probably say it doesn’t much matter either way.
We must understand there are aspects of how our planet evolves that are totally out of our control.
But there are things that we can manage, control and do responsibly that will allow us and the planet to evolve together.
We are Conservation International and we need your help. Our movement is dedicated to managing those things we can control.
Better.
Country by country.
Business by business.
Human by human.
We are not about us vs. them.
It doesn’t matter if you’re an American, a Canadian or a Papua New Guinean. You don’t even have to be particularly fond of the ocean or have a soft spot for elephants.
This is simply about all of us coming together to do what needs to be done.
Because if we don’t, nature will continue to evolve. Without us.
HERE’S TO THE FUTURE. WITH HUMANS.

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