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PostPosted: February 8 19, 5:15 pm 
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Ok, big idea time, and no, I am not stoned or drunk or on any sort of drug, nor am I a Trekkie:

I think the biggest game-changer to our environment will be the teleporter. Think about it; no more need for:

Vehicles of any kind (cars, trucks, motorcycles, buses, trains, boats, planes) except for leisure

Most roads (we'd only need single lane roads, due to diminished traffic), all train tracks, and airports could be greatly reduced in size, since they would only have to accommodate the hobby pilots

Parking lots

Distribution centers, most vehicle repair shops and car dealerships


Also, stores could greatly reduce their footprint, since they wouldn't need to maintain current levels of inventory

The drop in global emissions, combined with the return of green space, would do immense good for our environment. And before you laugh and say, "Yes, you are smoking weed", there's this from over 4.5 years ago:


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2643332/Beam-Scientists-sat-teleportation-possible-transfer-atoms.html

and this from 1.5 years ago:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2017/07/13/beam-me-up-scientists-teleport-1st-object-ever-earth-into-space/475713001/

Admittedly, both articles make clear that "Physically transporting anything large, like a human, however, is still a long ways off". But given the transformation to our planet/environment, I'm actually surprised the eccentric billionaires like Bezos, Musk, Gates or Branson haven't invested sizable amounts of money in the development of this. Because the market opportunity would be massive. Every house and business would want one. There would be public access teleporters at places like parks, government buildings, etc. Quick math: The existing home market in the U.S. is estimated at around 100,000,000 homes. If these things cost $20k/piece, that's $2 trillion in revenue. That doesn't count sales to any businesses, nor sales to any other country.

The downside is it would completely transform our society. There would be gigantic job losses. The logistics industry (truck, bus and mail/delivery drivers, pilots and flight attendants, freighter captains and crew) would be gone. Paving jobs would largely vanish. Vehicle manufacturing would be mostly obsolete.

I might be missing some elements of this, but I think you can see how significant this would be to society.


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On March 15, the Climate Kids Are Coming
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On March 15, tens of thousands of high-school and middle-school students in more than 30 countries plan to skip school to demand that politicians treat the global climate crisis as the emergency it is. Shakespeare made the Ides of March famous with his soothsayer’s warning in Julius Caesar, but ancient Romans actually saw it as a day for settling debts. What bigger debt is there than the theft of a livable future? At the March 15 School Strike 4 Climate, young people will call in that debt and, in the United States at least, demand real solutions in the form of the Green New Deal championed by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

If you don’t know who Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg is yet, you can think of her as Ocasio-Cortez’s international climate-change counterpart. Like the rock-star progressive representative from New York, Thunberg is a charismatic young woman whose social-media savvy, moral clarity, and undaunted truth-telling have inspired throngs of admirers to take to the streets for a better world and call out the politicians, propagandists, and CEOs who are standing in the way.

Just as the 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez torched the right-wing trolls who laughably derided her as “stupid” after she introduced, with Senator Ed Markey, the congressional resolution to create a Green New Deal, so Thunberg, 16, has gained prominence partly from her blistering callouts of global elites. After riding the train for 32 hours to Davos, Switzerland, in January—for the World Economic Forum’s annual gathering to which many billionaires and heads of state arrive in private jets—Thunberg told a panel (which included Gary Cohn, President Trump’s former chief economic adviser) that “some people, some companies, some decision-makers in particular have known exactly what priceless values they have been sacrificing to continue making unimaginable amounts of money.” A pause, and then a final thrust of the knife: “I think many of you here today belong to that group of people.”


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Bad news for Greenland... and the rest of us:

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Rain melting Greenland ice sheet 'even in winter'

Rain is becoming more frequent in Greenland and accelerating the melting of its ice, a new study has found. Scientists say they're "surprised" to discover rain falling even during the long Arctic winter.

The massive Greenland ice-sheet is being watched closely because it holds a huge store of frozen water. And if all of that ice melted, the sea level would rise by seven metres, threatening coastal population centres around the world.


https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47485847


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Trump is at it again, acting like an ostrich when it comes to the climate:

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President Trump, pursuing his long-standing crusade to discredit climate science, touted a self-proclaimed environmental expert’s appearance on Fox News Tuesday in support of his views.

“The whole climate crisis is not only Fake News, it’s Fake Science,” Trump tweeted, attributing the quote to Patrick Moore, a climate change denier whom both Trump and “Fox & Friends” identified as a co-founder of Greenpeace. “There is no climate crisis, there’s weather and climate all around the world, and in fact carbon dioxide is the main building block of all life.”

Greenpeace, a prominent international environmental organization, quickly responded to both Trump and “Fox & Friends,” saying Moore was misrepresenting himself.

“Patrick Moore was not a co-founder of Greenpeace,” the organization said on Twitter. “He does not represent Greenpeace. He is a paid lobbyist, not an independent source. His statements about @AOC & the #GreenNewDeal have nothing to do with our positions.”


https://news.yahoo.com/greenpeace-blast ... 05889.html


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3-5°C temperature rise is now ‘locked-in’ for the Arctic
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Even if the world were to cut emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, winter temperatures in the Arctic would rise 3-5°C by 2050 and 5-9°C by 2080, devastating the region and unleashing sea level rises worldwide, finds a new report by UN Environment.

Meanwhile, rapidly thawing permafrost could even accelerate climate change further and derail efforts to meet the Paris Agreement’s long-term goal of limiting the rise in global temperature to 2°C, warns Global Linkages - A graphic look at the changing Arctic.

Other environmental pressures on the Arctic identified by the paper – released at the United Nations Environment Assembly – include ocean acidification and plastic pollution.

“What happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic,” said Joyce Msuya, UN Environment’s Acting Executive Director. “We have the science; now more urgent climate action is needed to steer away from tipping points that could be even worse for our planet than we first thought.”

Even if global emissions were to halt overnight, winter temperatures in the Arctic would still increase 4 to 5°C by 2100 compared to the late 20th century, the study finds. This increase is locked into the climate system by greenhouse gases already emitted and ocean heat storage.


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What in the hell is a "bomb cyclone"? Evidently one his Eastern Nebraska/Western Iowa and has caused the highest flooding in that area on record.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- ... SKCN1QY00Y


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