Mental health treatment rate rose early in pandemic 3 Mar 2021, 6:25 pm
OAKLAND, Calif., March 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- A detailed analysis of mental health treatment trends during the COVID-19 pandemic found a 7% increase in visits during the initial shelter-in-place period in 2020, compared with the same 3-month period in 2019. The study, published in The...
Retail electricity provider Peninsula Clean Energy now offering 100% emission-free power 3 Mar 2021, 3:51 pm
Peninsula Clean Energy said it has begun providing 100 percent carbon-free electricity to all of its nearly 300,000 customers, which is ahead of California’s 2045 zero-emission power generation mandate and a step in helping the agency achieve its ultimate goal of providing all customers 100 percent renewable power on a 24/7 basis.
Since large hydropower is emission-free but not counted as renewable in California, the agency said all customers are receiving at least 50 percent renewable power generated by solar, wind, biomass and small hydropower projects.
The remainder of the emission-free power will be provided from large hydropower. None of that generation in 2021 will stem from nuclear power. The agency’s 2020 power mix was 95 percent carbon-free.
Peninsula Clean Energy customers will continue to receive this clean power at rates lower than those charged by PG&E, it said.
ECO-100 customers will continue to receive all electricity from wind and solar power.
“Congratulations to Peninsula Clean Energy for moving to carbon-free electricity,” said State Senator Josh Becker (D-Peninsula), vice chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies. “California needs to speed its transition to 100 percent clean energy. That’s why I introduced legislation calling for a 24/7 Clean Energy Standard to provide California with a stronger, swifter pathway to success. Peninsula Clean Energy’s leadership is critical for the community it serves and our area, and provides me with a good case study I can take to Sacramento.”
“Community-based providers are proving that we all can, and must, provide affordable and reliable emission-free power to our customers before it is too late to successfully mitigate climate change,” Peninsula Clean Energy CEO Jan Pepper said. “We hope our experience can serve as a model for other power providers to follow here in California and beyond.”
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Alstom to Supply 10 Extra Citadis Trams to Bordeaux Metropole 12 Jan 2018, 8:44 amAlstom is to supply 10 additional Citadis trams to Bordeaux Metropole for a total amount of nearly EUR30 million as part of the optional order for the Bordeaux Phase III project, which was notified on 29 August 2011. 26 trams, representing the firm order, entered circulation in 2013 and 2014. 15 trams are currently being manufactured as part of the optional order at the Alstom site in La Rochelle. These new 44-metre-long trams are identical to those of the previous orders and are intended ...
Starship has finally stuck the landing 4 Mar 2021, 12:13 am
On March 3, SpaceX’s Starship pulled off a successful high-altitude flight—its third in a row. Unlike in the first two missions, the spacecraft stuck the landing. Then, as in the last two, the spacecraft blew up.
What happened: At around 5:14 p.m. US Central Time, the 10th Starship prototype (SN10) was launched from SpaceX’s test facility in Boca Chica, Texas, flying about 10 kilometers into the air before falling back down and descending safely to Earth.
About 10 minutes later, the spacecraft blew up, from what appears to have been a methane leak. Still, the actual objectives of the mission were met.
What’s the big deal? This is the first time Starship has landed safely after a high-altitude flight. SN8 was flown on December 9 and went up 12.5 km into the air before it crashed in an explosive wreck when it hit the ground too fast. SN9, flown February 2 to 10 km in altitude, experienced virtually the same fate during its attempted landing. Both missions attempted to use only two of the spacecraft’s three engines to land. SN10, on the other hand, utilized all three, nailing the vertical landing, albeit ending up a little lopsided.
What’s the Starship? It’s the vehicle that SpaceX is developing to one day send astronauts to the moon, Mars, and other destinations beyond Earth’s orbit. It’s 50 meters tall, weighs over 1,270 metric tons when loaded with fuel, and is supposed to be able to take more than 100 tons of cargo and passengers into deep space. In its final form, Starship sits on top of the Super Heavy rocket (currently in development) and doubles as a second-stage booster. Both the Super Heavy and Starship itself will use the company’s methane-fueled Raptor engines.
What’s next: That’s not entirely clear. SpaceX has now proved that Starship can fly high into the air and land safely. SN11 might undergo the same flight, or the company might subject it to some other testing. But SpaceX is definitely closer to its goal to fly Starship into space sometime this year. CEO Elon Musk has previously expressed hopes of launching people to Mars by 2026 or even 2024.
An Urgent Call for a New Relationship with Nature 3 Mar 2021, 4:30 pm“Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and the Planet” is the theme of this year’s World Wildlife Day
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