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Thanks To the Montreal Protocol, We Avoided Severe Ozone Depletion 104

Posted by samzenpus
from the keeping-away-the-UVs dept.
hypnosec writes: Scientists say the ozone layer is in good shape thanks to the Montreal Protocol, which has helped us avoid severe ozone depletion. Research suggests that the Antarctic ozone hole would have been 40% bigger by now if not for the international treaty. "Our research confirms the importance of the Montreal Protocol and shows that we have already had real benefits. We knew that it would save us from large ozone loss 'in the future', but in fact we are already past the point when things would have become noticeably worse," lead author Professor Martyn Chipperfield, from the School of Earth & Environment at the University of Leeds, said in a press release.

Comment: Re:What a guy (Score 1) 367

by Opportunist (#49786481) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

If that's recovery, I don't want to see what your economy would look like if it was in the dump. Your "recovery" is yet another bubble, with the printing press pretty much propping you up and the fact that you can, by holding the de facto international currency in your hands, essentially tax the world by forcing them to keep your inflation artificially low so they don't sit on worthless toilet paper (aka dollar reserves).

Seriously, if the US was any other country, their rating would have bombed by now due to an economy that can not support the amount of money being pumped out aimlessly.

Ok, not true, it ain't aimlessly. But aimed at the by some margin wrongest targets. Instead of trying to use that money to help your economy recover, you prop up failed banks and failing businesses that are deemed "too big to fail". Mostly because a government take over is anathema to your economical dogma, so you pump money into corporations which is not used to create jobs or spur the economy but is siphoned away by those that actually caused all this. And these people are still not held accountable for it, quite the opposite. They're pretty much assured that no matter how much they damage the economy and abuse it for their personal gains, we'll bail them out.

That's hard to trump. I'm not convinced that it can't be done worse, I'm actually pretty sure a Republican could come up with some ways to fuck this up even worse. But I hope we can agree on this being kinda far away from any sensible solution to the problem at hand.

Power

California Is Giving Away Free Solar Panels To Its Poorest Residents 248

Posted by samzenpus
from the you-get-a-panel-and-you-get-a-panel-and-you-get.... dept.
MikeChino writes: Oakland-based non-profit GRID Alternatives is giving away 1,600 free solar panels to California's poorest residents by the year 2016. The initiative was introduced by Senator Kevin de León and launched with funds gathered under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GCRF), the state's cap-and-trade program. SFGate reports: "Kianté London used the program to put panels on his three-bedroom North Richmond home, which he shares with two sons and a daughter. 'It helps me and my family a great deal to have low-cost energy, because these energy prices are really expensive,' said London, 46, whose solar array was installed this week. 'And I wanted to do my part. It’s clean, green energy.' London had wanted a solar array for years, but couldn’t afford it on his income as a merchant seaman — roughly $70,000 per year. Even leasing programs offered by such companies as SolarCity and Sunrun were too expensive, he said. The new program, in contrast, paid the entire up-front cost of his array."

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