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From the Guardian: Fiona Harvey in Katowice Sun 16 Dec 2018 15.25 GMT
(Taken from the web site blog Wake up N.S .Dec.17th 2018)
UN climate accord 'inadequate' and lacks urgency, experts warn
Agreement will fail to halt devastating rise in global temperature, say scientists
The two-week-long conference in Poland left questions about reducing greenhouse gas emissions unanswered.
The world has been put on notice that its best efforts so far will fail to halt the devastation of climate change, as countries came to a partial agreement at UN talks that failed to match up to the challenges faced.
Leading figures in climate science and economics said much more must be done, and quickly, to stave off the prospect of dangerous levels of global warming.
Nicholas Stern, the former World Bank chief economist and author of a seminal review of the economics of climate change, said: “It is clear that the progress we are making is inadequate, given the scale and urgency of the risks we face. The latest figures show carbon dioxide emissions are still rising. A much more attractive, clean and efficient path for economic development and poverty reduction is in our hands.”
'We can move forward now': UN climate talks take significant step
Johan Rockstrom, director designate at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, said: “My biggest concern is that the UN talks failed to align ambitions with science. We continue to follow a path that will take us to a very dangerous 3-4C warmer world within this century. Extreme weather events hit people across the planet already, at only 1C of warming.”
The two-week-long UN talks in Poland ended with clarity over the “rulebook” that will govern how the Paris agreement of 2015 is put into action, but the crucial question of how to lift governments’ targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions was left unanswered.
This is an excerpt from an article by Fiona Harvey. Please follow the Guardian link for the complete version.
Interpretation: We are doing too little too late therefore the need for the “Preparedness project.”
Scientists have failed to get the public to back needed action on climate. Governments have failed to take the lead for a major change and can't because people won't back them. Industry has failed to provide alternatives to the status quo or offers band-aid solutions, the voices of many writers and activists like Naomi Kline have been ignored. Forcing logic on people has only resulted in them closing their minds on the subject of climate change. As I've been told, "we just don't want to think about it." Outright deniers still get unwarranted attention and muddy the water. Now children are going to carry the ball.
Recently Greta Thunberg, pictured here, was featured along this network in her most recent speech. In one typical case, Greta got 3 shares while a simultaneous post by the same person of a day of horseback riding got 27 shares. Do you see the problem? Now the children of the world are going to take a crack at melting the iceberg of denial and complacency lets back them and do what we can to make sure it isn't just the Guardian reporting on the effort.
I‘ve been thinking with the review of certain events globally right now , Rioting in France over tax increasing (and a martial force under an EU flag coming into France to enforce rule as they know that French soldiers will not fire upon French Citizens..... but that’s another story.) , more possibly conflict on the horizon with the Ukraine and Russia.
What of things that have passed? with the election in the U.S. I believe we were very close to seeing some sort of heightened unrest south of the boarder. Of course, there had been multiple times something of this caliber could have come to pass resulting in some sort of civil unrest since the turn of the millennium, I recall seeing a documentary advert while on Youtube the other day about the 2008 market crash and the housing bubble burst and how close things could have come to what I am referring to, Now it’s a shocking footnote in a documentary.
It is only a matter of time before civil unrest begins to escalate and spread throughout the country. Many people are wondering, how do you keep your family safe during widespread unrest? It’s not about being fearful. It’s about being prepared.
This article is apolitical (to the best of my ability, anyway) and focuses strictly on what you need to know to survive should the unrest come to your neighborhood. While I’m not aiming to be dramatic but rather cover all the basis, you may not require all of this preparation for what could come but as they say “you can never be to prepared”. No I don’t suggest you buy yourself a class III vest and tacti-cool (tactical ..) gear and hang out in the woods playing solider, I believe that is another form of mob mentality that would be the strong preying on the weak if things got too far.
You need to understand how riots unfold.
First things first, you need to understand how this kind of unrest unfolds so that you can see the warning signs earlier. Never underestimate the power, rage, and motivation of a mob.
Here’s the pattern:
· An outrage occurs.
· Good people react and protest the outrage.
· Those perpetrating the outrage try to quell the protest because they don’t think that the outrage was actually outrageous. (And whether it was or not can fluctuate – in some cases, force is necessitated, but in more and more cases, it is flagrantly gratuitous.)
· Others react to the quelling and join the protest.
· A mob mentality erupts. Thugs say, “Hey, it’s a free for all. I’m gonna get some Doritos and while I’m at it, beat the crap out of some folks for fun.”
· All hell breaks loose.
· The military gets called in.
· The city burns, and neighborhoods get destroyed, and no one in the area is safe.
· Cops act pre-emptively, out of fear, and for a time, there is no rule of law.
· If you happen to be stuck there, know this: you’re completely on your own.
Tess Pennington wrote about societal breakdowns in more detail –
“Some people are just waiting for the opportunity to behave in this fashion. They’d love to act like that every single day, but they don’t want to spend the rest of their lives in jail. But when a verdict gets rolled out, when a storm takes out the power, when a disaster strikes, they delight in the chance to rob, pillage, loot, and burn. “
Who can forget the day before Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, when thugs were coordinating looting rampages via Twitter? I remember learning about “sublimation” in a high school psychology/sociology class.Sublimation is a defense mechanism that allows us to act out unacceptable impulses by converting these behaviors into a more acceptable form. For example, a person experiencing extreme anger might take up kickboxing as a means of venting frustration. Freud believed that sublimation was a sign of maturity that allows people to function normally in socially acceptable ways.
If you believe Freud’s theory, then it’s easy to see that many people look for an excuse to revert to their true natures. In a situation where “everyone” is doing something, they are able to cast off the normal control of their impulses without much fear of reprisal. The number of looters and thugs far outstrips the number of arrests going on in Baltimore, so there’s a very good chance that someone swept up in that mentality can go burn somebody else’s home or business and completely get away with it.
Make a flexible plan.
With situations of civil unrest, it isn’t as clear-cut as disasters like a looming storm or a chemical spill. It depends on where you live. In a small town, far away from riots and protests, your lockdown area could be much greater than your own home. It could encompass your immediate community, too, and life might go on as it always has for you, aside from the need to stay just a little closer to home than before.
However, if you live in a city or suburb, it may become essential to make a decision quickly. Do you lock your doors and stay home? Or do you get out of Dodge? It is a question only you can answer. One thing that is very important is this: if you need to go, do NOT miss your window of opportunity to do so safely. If the entire city feels the same way, you’ll most likely be stuck in traffic and trapped in your car. Protesters have shut down the highways more than once in recent years, and you’ll be far safer behind the brick and mortar of your home than you will be in your car.
By the way, there’s always someone who chimes in with a snide remark about how cowardly it is to lockdown with your family in order to stay safe. Blah, blah, blah. If you want to go get involved in a battle to make a political point, that’s certainly your prerogative. However, my priority is the safety of my family, and as such, I hope to avoid engaging altogether.
The first thing you need to do is get home.
If your area is beginning to devolve, the first thing you’re going to want to do is to get everyone in the family home. (Or if your home is in the thick of things, to a safer secondary location.)
In a perfect world, we’d all be home, watching the chaos erupt on TV from the safety of our living rooms. However, reality says that some of us will be at work, at school, or in the car when unrest occurs. You need to develop a “get-home” plan for all of the members of your family, based on the most likely places that they will be.
Devise an efficient route for picking up the kids from school. Be sure that anyone who might be picking up the children already has permission to do so in the school office.
Discuss the plan with older kids – there have been rumors that children could be moved by the schools to a secondary location in the event of a crisis. Some families have formulated plans for their older kids to leave the school grounds in such an instance and take a designated route home or to another meeting place.
Keep a get-home bag in the trunk of your car in case you have to set out on foot.Stash some supplies in the bottom of your child’s backpack – water, a snack, any tools that might be useful, and a map. Be sure your children understand the importance of OPSEC.Find multiple routes home – map out alternative backroad ways to get home as well as directions if you must go home on foot.
Find hiding places along the way. If you work or go to school a substantial distance from your home, figure out some places to lay low now, before a crisis situation. Sometimes staying out of sight is the best way to stay safe.
Avoid groups of people. It seems that the mob mentality strikes when large groups of people get together. Often folks who would never ordinarily riot in the streets get swept up by the mass of people who are doing so.
Keep in mind that in many civil disorder situations the authorities are to be avoided every bit as diligently as the angry mobs of looters. Who can forget the scenes of innocent people being pepper sprayed by uniformed thugs in body armor just because they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Know when to abandon the plan to get home. Sometimes, you just can’t get there. Going through a war zone is not worth it. Find a different place to shelter. Pay attention to your instincts.
The reality is, family members are likely to be at work or school when things start to break down. You need to have a plan laid out in advance to get everyone together and you need to be flexible enough to know when to go on to Plan B.
Be ready for lockdown.
Once you make your way home or to your bug-out location… STAY THERE.By staying home, you are minimizing your risk of being caught in the midst of an angry mob or of sitting in stalled traffic while looters run amok. In most scenarios, you will be far safer at home than you will be in any type of shelter or refugee situation. (Obviously, if there is some type of chemical or natural threat in your immediate neighborhood, like a toxic leak, a flood, or a forest fire, the whole situation changes – you must use common sense before hunkering down.)
This is when your preparedness supplies will really pay off. If you are ready for minor medical emergencies and illnesses, a grid down scenario, and a no-comm situation, you will be able to stay safely at home with your family and ride out the crisis in moderate comfort.
Here’s a quick checklist:
· Check your pantry and fill any gaps in your food preps.
· Order emergency food buckets
· Get your water preps in order
· Get cash in small denominations out of the bank.
· Make sure you have enough garbage bags, pet supplies, and toiletries.
· Pick up a copy of a comprehensive preparedness guide like The Prepper’s Blueprint
· Check your supply of candles, matches, and lighters.
· Flashlight and spare batteries and/or dynamo wind up flashlights.
· Make sure all electronics are fully charged and keep them charged during the lead-up to an event
· Make sure any cell phone battery packs are fully charged.
· Fill up your gas tank up to the max.
· If your vehicle isn’t in a garage park it trunk end in as close to a wall as you can. This makes it harder to get to the tank to either steal the fuel or set fire to it.
· Check your home security – walk around looking at your property as if you were a burglar and take appropriate action to improve security if required.
· Have something on hand for the kids to do in case of school closures.
· Make sure you have a fully stocked first aid kit and enough OTC medications to last the family for at least a month.
· Check and clean your firearms and be prepared to defend your family if trouble comes to you
· Pick up some extra ammo
· Plan to keep pets indoors
· Make sure you have enough of needed prescription medications to last a few weeks
· Staying home is the number one way to keep yourself safer from during a civil unrest situation. If you find yourself in an area under siege, the odds will be further on your side for every interaction in which you avoid taking part. Every single time you leave the house, you increase your chances of an unpleasant encounter. Nothing will be accomplished by going out during a chaotic situation.
· Try to stay under the radar.
· Your best defense is avoiding the fight altogether. You want to stay under the radar and not draw attention to yourself. The extent to which you strive to do this should be based on the severity of the unrest in your area. Some of the following recommendations are not necessary in an everyday grid-down scenario, but could save your life in a more extreme civil unrest scenario.
· Keep all the doors and windows locked. Secure sliding doors with a metal bar. Consider installing decorative gridwork over a door with a large window so that it becomes difficult for someone to smash the glass and reach in to unlock the door.
· Put dark plastic over the windows. (Heavy duty garbage bags work well.) If it’s safe to do so, go outside and check to see if any light escapes from the windows. If your home is the only one on the block that is well-lit, it is a beacon to others.
· Keep pets indoors. Sometimes criminals use an animal in distress to get a homeowner to open the door for them. Sometimes people are just mean and hurt animals for “fun”. Either way, it’s safer for your furry friends to be inside with you.
· Don’t answer the door. Many home invasions start with an innocent-seeming knock at the door to gain access to your house.
· Keep cooking smells to a minimum. The goal here is not to draw attention. The meat on your grill will draw people like moths to a flame.
· Keep the family together. It’s really best to hang out in one room. Make it a movie night, go into a darkened room at the back of the house, and stay together. This way, if someone does try to breach your door, you know where everyone is who is supposed to be there. As well, you don’t risk one of the kids unknowingly causing a vulnerability with a brightly lit room or an open window.
Remember, first responders may be tied up. If the disorder is widespread, don’t depend on a call to 911 to save you. You must be prepared to save yourself. Also keep in mind, as mentioned earlier in the article – the cops are not always your friends in these situations. Be prepared for defensive action.If, despite your best efforts, your property draws the attention of people with ill intent, you must be ready to defend your family. Sometimes despite our best intentions, the fight comes to us.
Many preppers stockpile weapons and ammunition for just such an event. I know that I have in he past but this is a taboo subject. Firearms are an equalizer. A small woman can defend herself from multiple large intruders with a firearm if she’s had some training and knows how to use it properly. But put a kitchen knife in her hand against those same intruders, and her odds decrease exponentially.
When the door of your home is breached, you can be pretty sure the people coming in are not there to make friendly conversation or borrow a cup of sugar. Make a plan to greet them with a deterring amount of force.
Don’t rely on 911. If the disorder is widespread, don’t depend on a call to 911 to save you – you must be prepared to save yourself. First responders may be tied up, and in some cases, the cops are not always your friends. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, some officers joined in the crime sprees, and others stomped all over the 2nd Amendment and confiscated people’s legal firearms at a time when they needed them the most.
Be armed and keep your firearm on your person. When the door of your home is breached, you can be pretty sure the people coming in are not there to make friendly conversation over a nice cup of tea. Make a plan to greet them with a deterring amount of force. Be sure to keep your firearm on your person during this type of situation, because there won’t be time to go get it from your gun safe. Don’t even go to the kitchen to get a snack without it. Home invasions go down in seconds, and you have to be constantly ready.
Know how to use your firearm. Whatever your choice of weapon, practice, practice, practice. A weapon you don’t know how to use is more dangerous than having no weapon at all.
Make sure your children are familiar with the rules of gun safety. Of course, it should go without saying that you will have pre-emptively taught your children the rules of gun safety so that no horrifying accidents occur. In fact, it’s my fervent hope that any child old enough to do so has been taught to safely and effectively use a firearm themselves. Knowledge is safety.
Be ready for the potential of fire. Fire is a cowardly attack that doesn’t require any interaction on the part of the arsonist. It flushes out the family inside, leaving you vulnerable to physical assaults. Have fire extinguishers mounted throughout your home. You can buy them in 6 packs from Amazon. Be sure to test them frequently and maintain them properly. (Allstate has a page about fire extinguisher maintenance.) Have fire escape ladders that can be attached to a windowsill in all upper story rooms. Drill with them so that your kids know how to use them if necessary.
Have a safe room established for children or other vulnerable family members. If the worst happens and your home is breached, you need to have a room into which family members can escape. This room needs to have a heavy exterior door instead of a regular hollow core interior door.
There should be communications devices in the room so that the person can call for help, as well as a reliable weapon to be used in the unlikely event that the safe room is breached. The family members should be instructed not to come out of that room FOR ANY REASON until you give them the all clear or help has arrived. Focus the tips for creating a safe room in an apartment to put it together more quickly.
Again, even if your plan is to bug in, you must be ready to change that plan in the blink of an eye. Plan an escape route. If the odds are against you, if your house catches on fire, if thugs are kicking in your front door… devise a way to get your family to safety. Your property is not worth your life. Be wise enough to accept that the situation has changed and move rapidly to Plan B.
You have to remember that civilization is just a veneer.
So many times, when interviewed after a disaster, people talk about being “shocked” at the behavior of others. Their level of cognitive dissonance has lulled them into thinking that we’re safe and that we live in a civilized country. They are unwilling to accept that civilization is only a glossy veneer, even when the evidence of that is right in front of them, aiming a gun at their faces, lighting their homes on fire, or raping their daughters.
They refuse to arm themselves and prepare for an uncivilized future.
Accept it now, and you’ll be a lot better off ….
The issue of whether it is man-made or merely part of a natural cycle is , in the end , is a meaningless non-issue, because " climate change is real " .
Carbon emissions are growing faster than expected, making the world warmer. Thus, being a direct cause for the weird weather, stronger and more destructive storms, severe droughts in some areas and abnormal floods elsewhere. All these ' events ' will become more and more frequent and we might in time , say they are perfectly normal!
Now, in the latter part of 2018, ' the experts ' are prognosticating higher prices for fruits and vegetables , based on an anticipated ' change in water temperature of the Pacific Ocean ' which is expected to lead to less rain, drier soil conditions and thus leading to lower crop yields in the south western part of North America.
As an aside, ?? Do you think there might be a causal relationship between climate change and the world-wide caustic political ( and underlying social ) discord ??? , we are witnessing. please tell Garry Jollymore YOUR thoughts on this idea.
Droughts, floods leads to food insecurity; that leads to social unrest; that leads ultimately to the collapse of our current somewhat civil society.
There are other currents of change swirling around worldwide:
- A I and
- social media
- that are adding to and amplifying societal unease and unrest. Their effects coupled with climate change are going to have long-lasting and dramatic and yes, chaotic changes to the social order.
- Automation, computerization of work, together with globalization; where factories in one part of the world close down, only to re-open on the other side of the globe, in a smaller, totally automated factory with far fewer workers ( at substantially less pay ) ... witness the closure of four GM plants in North America last week .... yes ... changing customer buying practices are part of the cause but the plants themselves did not or do not lend themselves to being re-tooled .... ECONOMICALLY and as they say this is only the tip of the iceberg .. we may expect more car plants closing and more unemployment. Adding to more and more societal unrest and more political uncertainty.
- Globalization, may or may not have been behind, the closing of a call center in Sydney Cape Breton this week. More than 600 people out of work .. owed back pay ... and this takes place a little less than 15 days before Christmas ..... there are likely other factors at play here but seeing call centers move to India, appears to be an everyday occurrence. Losing your livelihood to people on the other side of the world is and will add to more societal unease and unrest.
- Urbanization, at least in North America is a growing trend ( India & China are also experiencing this latest people trend ) .. as food, water and dare I say sanitation become stressed, as ' middle-class type work ' disappears to automation and globalization ... poverty and ill-health added with sub-standard housing. So, with very close living together in large urban cities can we NOT expect to very soon see and experience ever more deadly pandemics... remember The Spanish Flu The 1918 influenza pandemic (January 1918 – December 1920; colloquially known as Spanish flu) was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic, the first of the two pandemics involving H1N1 influenza virus. It infected 500 million people around the world, including people on remote Pacific islands and in the Arctic, and resulted in the deaths of 50 to 100 million (three to five percent of the world's population), making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history ... you are whistling " in the dark " if you believe, something like that can never happen again. We've seen the shadows .. SARS ... Ebola .. Aids ... some type of super pandemic can and will happen
- NIMBY .... the ecology and environmentalists and their concerns will influence standards of living, how and where we will work or not work, the kind of work .... we see issues with trying to move ' Alberta oil ' to tidewater ... resulting in unemployment and underemployment in both Alberta but also across Canada; the spin-off effect.
- AI .. it is and will change work .. it will likely come to be that having work ( job ) will be a privilege .. for a favored few ... again adding to unemployment, poverty and homelessness and more and more societal unease and unrest and perhaps ' revolution '.
- Social media, where we all can and do consume both the true and the not true .... where facts and non-facts will continue to swirl around, riling up neighbor against neighbor .... family against family .. province against province and country against country
- It is witches brew that is being created. .
- You can help by speaking out ... to power .. to tell them and others that you can concerned about the future and that lack of REAL concern being expressed by the " current powers that be "...
Bob Davison of Blue Diamond tours (http://www.bluediamondtours.com) and a close friend personal and business had expressed interest in my project and will be occasionally submitting content and we give a big welcome and thanks for this.
Bob Davison’s thoughts on the project….
We are part of an interdependent, A just in time society. Totally dependent on people from " away " and in some cases far away, to do their job and be able to do their job.
In part, just in time means
- supermarkets have less than a seven-day supply of " food "
- ' service stations ' have about a 3/4-day supply of gasoline
- ' drug stores ' have a very limited supply of prescription drugs
- & hospitals are not equipped (supply & people-wise) for longer term " disasters "
The interdependent means. the supply for the above ' society suppliers ' comes from outside of our region (the Maritimes) i.e. from other parts of Canada, the United States, Mexico, Chile, China, Japan, Korea, Europe etc. and so on. Thus, meaning we are also
- transportation dependent
An aside ... a couple of years ago. in winter ... after a substantial snow storm. one of my neighbours. in the trucking industry. told me. he had 45 tractor-trailers. snow bound for more than 3 days in NB. & it was playing havoc with his customers here in Halifax .... later on, he said it took over a week to get it all cleared up.
For Nova Scotia, transportation, we are almost totally dependent on the " at risk " rail and roadway (TCH) across the Tetramer ... the rail line roadbed currently is ALL that is holding back the Bay of Fundy tides ... it was NOT designed to do this.
Canso Causeway. the underpinnings. are in dire need of repair. This vital link to Cape Breton AND Newfoundland is at risk, as is its ferry links from North Sydney.
For PEI, now total dependence is on the Confederation Bridge.
Halifax, much of the population, live in high-rise buildings. where if the " power is off " they lose water, heat, elevators. yes, some newer building has an auxiliary power supply. but. only for a limited time ... an outage of more than 72 hours ... and serious problems arise.
In North America, our electrical grid can easily be compromised as also can be the water supply systems into larger cities (Halifax and larger). A somewhat major failure of one section of the Elec-grid can have a serious domino for the rest of the continent .... causing whoreally knows?????
Some writers, tell the tale. of millions upon millions of urban dwellers migrating end mass into the rural countryside
We do " live in interesting times "
Bob’s Thoughts on Climate Change……
Yes ' climate change ' WILL do us all in ... in the end .... the good news, for all of us,we'll be long gone, but not so for our, great-grandchildren and beyond.
The ' sea-level ' is rising AND Nova Scotia is ' sinking ' ... not the best of conditions .... so N S will be getting hit with a double whammy. thus. much of our ' sea-side, rich, productive farmland ' will be under salt water twice a day ... not ideal farming conditions, to say the least.
This can also lead to Nova Scotia becoming an island. with the Tetramer ... disappearing twice a day with the tide. Losing our land transportation connection to North America could actually happen at any time ... tomorrow even. If our severed connection has been caused by a catastrophic storm, the restoration of same will take a long time .... thus, leading to ... a 'tiny ' chaos .... here in N S and Newfoundland.
The ' political class ' really only focus. on the next election ... so while ' climate change is going to do us in (and it is) ' only a catastrophe. will get them to focus on this issue.
To effect change ' Preparedness ' will need to run for and be elected to " assemblies " that have the power to make change.
With all the experts talking about future risks, have you ever heard any one ask and answer the obvious question, "Where are the preparations and planning for these forecast troubled times?"
For example, global warming consequences demand that we will have to change and adapt. Current evidence from (UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) suggests that even applying all effort we will still fall short in preserving the climate we have enjoyed. But, If we do nothing, the climate fall out can be catastrophic. Our society could buckle from the strain.
In short, we have to start preparing.
This forum is for those who are concerned about the future, who want to share their concerns and to talk about the preparations we have to make.
The first 70 italicized words of this post are from a 728 page document produced by U.N. sponsored climate specialists. The U.N.is pointing to the same conclusion I have been writing about. If we don't change direction from the path we are on there is misery in the future. My argument goes further to say that as changes are too little too late then it is time to start preparation for an altered future.
The Canadian Press October 8, 2018
UN report on global warming carries life-or-death warning.
WASHINGTON — Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people and ecosystems on this fast-warming planet, an international panel of scientists reported Sunday. But they provide little hope the world will rise to the challenge.
The Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its gloomy report at a meeting in Incheon, South Korea.
In the 728-page document, the U.N. organization detailed how Earth's weather, health and ecosystems would be in better shape if the world's leaders could somehow limit future human-caused warming to just 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit (a half degree Celsius) from now, instead of the globally agreed-upon goal of 1.8 degrees F (1 degree C).
This is exactly the argument I have been pursuing to convince people to join together to form a preparedness action group. There is the strongest likelihood that many of the consequences of global warming are in store and the U.N. report points out 2030 is the most likely time of impact. As I digest this U.N. report I will pass along info in these posts. Meanwhile, Don't you think it is time to support joining "The preparedness project group" on face book or if you are not on face book email
Fall 2018 Term:
ESS Lecture Series
Unless otherwise noted, all lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday nights in Ondaatje Hall, 6135 University Avenue, Marion McCain Arts & Social Sciences building.
All welcome. Free of charge. Limited seating -- please arrive early.
Fall 2018 Term:
27 September. Our Energy Future: Lithium-Ion Batteries and Electrochemical Energy Storage
Jeff Dahn, Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS.
Jeff Dahn has been working on lithium and lithium-ion batteries for 40 years in industry, government and academia. He won the inaugural Governor General's Innovation Award in 2016 and NSERC's Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medal in Science and Engineering (Canada's top Science Award) in 2017. His laboratory is now partnered with Tesla in an NSERC Industrial Research Chair program.
The world is shifting more and more to renewable sources of energy like solar, wind and tidal. However, the sun does not always shine, the wind does not always blow and tidal flows are sometimes zero. Electrochemical energy storage (in batteries) is needed to deal with this variability when the fraction of renewables on the energy grid becomes large. In this talk, Jeff will highlight Dalhousie and Canadian contributions to the science and technology of lithium-ion batteries that are helping with the transformation to renewable energy and electric vehicles.
Dalhousie's Faculty of Science Bicentennial Lecture
For any one local that wants to attend.
JUNE 22/18 POST
Please pass this along to you face book and email contacts.
I have created something for everyone who is concerned about the future. It has a parallel in an experience I once had and within that experience is something I would like you to think about.
The experience came from my first summer job I was working at a drive- in theater. The job revolved around cafeteria work and directing traffic. Also we kept an eye to catching people(seriously) who had paid for 1 but had 2 or 3 buddies in the trunk of the car.
I recall how the people used to come long before sunset so that they could get a preferred spot to watch the movie. Once parked and with time to spare people would go about other things like taking kids to the theater playground or going to the cafeteria.
How could this experience relate to the preparedness issue I am promoting? Allow me to take one more trip aside before answering that question.
Recently I have created a face book group that, for the time being, is meant to serve as a seed for a lobby group. The face book group is the first baby step toward creating a lobby group. The lobby group would approach Governments and Academia with the idea of research on preparations needed to cope with future threats that we face. Now back to the drive In movie.
The parallel between the face book group and the drive in theater is as follows. Just like the drive in patrons who take a parking spot in anticipation of the movie I am inviting you to take a parking spot in the face book group.
Like the drive in patrons who wait patiently for the movie to start once you are parked in the face book group I am going to ask you to wait patiently until the next phase of development for this project . The difference in the movie patrons and this project is that they are waiting for entertainment and we are waiting for the strength to have our voices heard.
Why do you need this kind of ability to lobby? If we are concerned about the possibility of hardships for those in the future there is no other solution? No one in government is going to take action unless asked. If no action is asked for, we and the generations to follow must endure what consequences are thrust upon us. Thus the need for a lobby group.
One last word on the drive in theater analogy. If for any reason not enough people showed up for the movie those few that did were given their money back and the theater closed down. Please take a serious look at the face book group that has been prepared for you and give careful consideration to taking a parking spot in it.
The face book group is "the Preparedness Project Group." The door is open.
Many of you that see these posts are not on face book but are as concerned about these issues as anyone who is. For you I am trying to get a web site to anchor this project. It costs to do that and I will invite you to donate a small amount to help make the website happen.