2015 Is Headed For The Hottest Year On Record

Think it’s been hot lately? For most of the U.S. and around the world you’d be right. The amazing thing is that there are still so many climate change deniers. Perhaps with the Pope saying we face a crisis more will listen.

Any politicians that deny climate change, or say it needs more study before they make a judgement, are  idiots.  Please don’t vote for such fools.  If you’re still a climate change denier, here’s a study you should look at.

From Bloodberg news:

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We broke the record. Again.

Last month was the hottest May on record, and the past five months were the warmest start to a year on record, according to new data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It’s a continuation of trends that made 2014 the most blistering year for the surface of the planet, in records going back to 1880.

The animation below shows the Earth’s warming climate, recorded in monthly measurements from land and sea over more than 135 years. Temperatures are displayed in degrees above or below the 20th-century average. Thirteen of the 14 hottest years are in the 21st century, and 2015 is on track to break the heat record again. It isn’t even close.

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Check out the stunning heat map animation.  It indicates we are headed for a disaster of epic proportions.

Solar Roadways To Generate Electricity?

Solar roadways are an interesting concept no matter what you think about climate change. Just think of the surface area in the US covered by paving material. It’s got to be a mind blowing number. With solar roadways this area could be used to generate electricity.

Solar Roadways Are Futuristic But Possible Now

If you haven’t heard about “Solar Roadways” and all the possibilities that the emerging technology comes with, this viral video from the guys behind the initiative is a good place to start. The video had more than 1.3 million views as of Friday afternoon:

Solar Roadways is a modular paving system of solar panels that can withstand the heaviest of trucks (250,000 pounds). These Solar Road Panels can be installed on roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths, playgrounds… literally any surface under the sun. They pay for themselves primarily through the generation of electricity, which can power homes and businesses connected via driveways and parking lots. A nationwide system could produce more clean renewable energy than a country uses as a whole (http://solarroadways.com/numbers.shtml).

Solar Roadways Offer Many Benefits

They have many other features as well, including: heating elements to stay snow/ice free, LEDs to make road lines and signage, and attached Cable Corridor to store and treat stormwater and provide a “home” for power and data cables. EVs will be able to charge with energy from the sun (instead of fossil fuels) from parking lots and driveways and after a roadway system is in place, mutual induction technology will allow for charging while driving.

Solar Roadways Have Broad Appeal

While the technology will certainly excite climate change activists, the millions of Americans who don’t view climate change as a life-threatening catastrophe in the making may also appreciate the potential economic benefits and overall coolness of Solar Roadways.

Forget climate change — if Solar Roadways can lower energy and fuel costs without costing taxpayers an arm and a leg, why not look at least into it?

As the video above notes, if Solar Roadways ever becomes widely used, it could provide a jolt to the manufacturing sector in the U.S. and potentially create new jobs as well.

The idea has been criticized as unrealistic and many have argued it would be too expensive to implement nationally.

What do you think of the idea?

More information at: Solar Roadways

Climate Change Debate. Are You a Skeptic?

Climate Change Debate. What Do You Think?

John Oliver leads the debate on climate change. Does it take Miami to be under ten feet of the ocean to get your full attention. Especially if you live in Miami. Big questions should be “What are we going to do about it? How will we cope?