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The following is a CURRENT map of wildfires in the U.S. over−laid on google maps.

The usual Google Maps controls for moving around and zooming are available. Once you have zoomed in enough to see the fire perimeter, you can click within the perimeter to get info on that fire.

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‘The Spark’, an upcoming documentary film that shows a blueprint for realistic, immediate solutions

Nat Turner is the founder of Our School at Blair Grocery, a youth education center in the Katrina-ravaged 9th Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Meet Nat Turner, who drove a school bus to New Orleans with a dream of healing the Lower 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina. He gained national attention for transforming an abandoned grocery store into a community youth education center, Our School Blair Grocery, where he teaches kids to sell vegetables instead of crack. Most of his students come from within the Ninth Ward, and for some it’s is not just a classroom; it’s a sanctuary.

Posted on M−CAN 6−30−2013

Allan Savory: How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change

External Site TED.com

Filmed Feb 2013 • Posted Mar 2013 • TED2013

“Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it’s happening to about two−thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes −− and his work so far shows −− that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.

Allan Savory works to promote holistic management in the grasslands of the world. Full bio »

 Watch TED video lecture

Posted on M−CAN 3−4−2013

The OECD has released a report outlining the challenges humanity faces to maintain water r...

Worldwide population growth and the related rapid increase in urbanization is already posing problems in many areas for the management of that most precious of resources, water. With these problems only set to intensify, the Organization for Economic Co−Operation and Development (OECD) has released a report outlining the challenges humanity faces to maintain water resources in the face of demographic growth and climate change.

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Posted on M−CAN 9−25−2012

How To Relate Climate Extremes to Climate Change

External Site ThinkProgress.org/climate

Trenberth: The answer to the oft−asked question of whether an event is caused by climate change is that it is the wrong question. All weather events are affected by climate change because the environment in which they occur is warmer and moister than it used to be...

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Posted on M−CAN 9−25−2012

A new material called NOTT-300 could help reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants, s...

Researchers at the University of Nottingham have developed another weapon in the ongoing war to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted from fossil fuel-burning power plants. The researchers have created a new porous material called NOTT-300 that they claim is cheaper and more efficient than existing materials at capturing polluting gases, such as carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide, from flue gas.  Read More

Posted on M−CAN 9−25−2012

Drought bites deeply – this year's corn crop in Missouri Valley, Iowa (Photo: USDA and D...

Recently, drought seems to be a fact of life. As the lead photograph poignantly illustrates, most of the U.S. has been struggling with serious levels of drought for the past several years. Worldwide, drought affected areas include Europe, India and Pakistan, Russia, much of Africa, South America − the list goes on. But when the rains start again, everyone expresses great relief, not realizing that long−term depletion of groundwater reserves is part of the price for surviving drought. It was with this in mind that GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment), a joint U.S. and German space project, was designed a decade ago.  Read More

Posted on M−CAN 9−25−2012

Markey/Waxman Report: Carbon Pollution Creating A ‘Cocktail Of Heat And Extreme Weather’

External Site ThinkProgress.org/climate

by Katie Valentine and Stephen Lacey

Two House Democrats have released a report that aims to connect the dots on climate change and extreme weather events.

The staff report, issued by Henry Waxman (D−Calif.) and Edward Markey (D−Mass.), outlines the past year’s record−setting temperatures, storms, droughts, water levels and wildfires, and is being circulated in an attempt to rebuild congressional momentum to address climate change.

“The evidence is overwhelming — climate change is occurring and it is occurring now,” said Rep. Waxman, a Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, in a statement.

The report outlines the stunning array of record−breaking extreme weather events throughout 2012 within five categories: Read More

Posted on M−CAN 9−25−2012

EU Official: Romney Could Make Climate Negotiations ‘More Of An Uphill Struggle’

External Site ThinkProgress.org/climate

by Nathaniel Niemann and Stephen Lacey

Mitt Romney’s stance on avoiding action on global warming has been well established.

Saying last year that he believes reducing CO2 emissions is “not the right course for us,” Romney falsely claimed that “we don’t know” what is causing climate change.

Actually, we do know. Even a prominent scientist funded by the Koch brothers agreed with the scientific consensus when he recently concluded that humans are almost entirely the cause” of our warming planet. Read More

Posted on M−CAN 9−25−2012

$20 Dollar Per Ton Carbon Tax Could Reduce Deficit By $1.2 Trillion In 10 Years

External Site ThinkProgress.org/climate

Over the last year, there’s been increasing talk in Washington political circles − including conservative ones − about how to use a carbon tax as a deficit reduction tool. However, with an election season in full swing and a large number of Congressional Republicans campaigning against climate action, the current likelihood of getting a price on carbon is officially zero. Read More

Posted on M−CAN 9−25−2012

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New production process could cut solar cell prices by half

Boosting solar cell efficiency is seen as a key factor in making them more practical, but there is another way of looking at the matter ... if the price of those cells were lowered, we could generate more power simply by using more of them. That’s where Mississippi−based Twin Creeks Technologies comes into the picture. The company has developed a method of making crystalline silicon wafers which it says could reduce the cost of solar cell production by half.

Posted on M−CAN 3−16−2012

Southwest Solar Industry Association


Local solar Installers in Durango and the greater Four Corner’s area recently joined forces to create the Southwest Solar Industry Association (SSIA), a trade group designed to educate and promote the local solar industry.

“The idea behind the group was to advance our shared interests,” says John Shaw of Shaw Solar. “Most of the installers already know each other, and there is always a friendly competition −; but when it comes to promoting local solar, or responding to an state or LPEA policy issue, we can usually come to a consensus quickly.”

About SSIA

The Southwest Solar Industry Association (SSIA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2011 to represent solar energy system installers in the Four Corners and surrounding areas.

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Posted on M−CAN 3−1−2012

Empire Electric Director’s Election 2012

Two district seats are open for election in 2012.
They are District 4 (Bill Mollenkopf, incumbent) and District 7 (John Porter, incumbent) broadly described as follows:

  • District 4 is generally the northeastern portion of the service area including the town of Dolores. The eastern boundary is the eastern boundary of the Empire Electric service area. The northern boundary is the northern boundary of the Empire Electric service area. The western boundary is generally the section lines along which Montezuma County Road 29 runs. The southern boundary is east along section lines approximately 1 mile south of the intersection of Montezuma County Roads 29 and M.
  • District 7 is generally the eastern and southern portions of the city of Cortez and the Montezuma County area south of Cortez and north of Montezuma County Road H. The eastern boundary is the section lines along which Montezuma County Road 27 runs. The northern boundary is the section lines along which Empire Street in Cortez runs west to the intersection of Empire and Mildred Streets in Cortez, south along Mildred Street in Cortez to Highway 160, and then west along Highway 160 to the intersection of Highway 160 and 491. The western boundary is Highway 491 to its intersection with the section lines along which Montezuma County Road H runs. The southern boundary is the section lines along which Montezuma County Road H runs.
  • More information about the election and dates is on the EEA website.

    Posted on M−CAN 2−12−2012

    Empire Customers Vote for Renewable Energy

    Read this in the Country Life Magazine online on pg 12
    by clicking here

    Posted on M−CAN 2−4−2012

    Ocean Acidification: Some Organisms Already Experiencing Ocean Acidification Levels Not Predicted to Be Reached Until 2100

    ScienceDaily (Dec. 22, 2011) − A group of 19 scientists from five research organizations have conducted the broadest field study of ocean acidification to date using sensors developed at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.

    Posted on M−CAN 1−30−2012

    Breakthrough May Lead to ‘Limitless’ Supply of Hydrogen

    By Tuan C. Nguyen | September 21, 2011, 7:29 AM PDT

    If a new technology pans out, the fading notion that hydrogen will someday supplant fossil fuels may be on the verge of a comeback.

    There was a time in the early 90’s when the fuel cell was touted as the clean energy technology of the future. The only byproduct was water and it also packed a whole lot more energy than electric car batteries. For instance, nine pounds of the stuff was enough to enable a vehicle to go 150 miles. However, methods to generate hydrogen were in and of themselves energy intensive. And ultimately, the concept of needing energy to produce energy was problematic enough to make it a dealbreaker for many green investors.

    But now researchers at Penn state have demonstrated an innovative “self-powered” process of producing hydrogen that, if scalable, can revive interest in fuel cell technology.


    Posted on M−CAN 12−16−2011

    Greenhouse Gas Index Continues to Climb

    ScienceDaily (Nov. 9, 2011) − NOAA’s updated Annual Greenhouse Gas Index (AGGI), which measures the direct climate influence of many greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, shows a continued steady upward trend that began with the Industrial Revolution of the 1880s.

    Started in 2004, the AGGI reached 1.29 in 2010. That means the combined heating effect of long-lived greenhouse gases added to the atmosphere by human activities has increased by 29 percent since 1990, the "index" year used as a baseline for comparison.


    Posted on M−CAN 11−18−2011

    World has five years to avoid severe warming: IEA

    PARIS − The world has just five years to avoid being trapped in a scenario of perilous climate change and extreme weather events, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned on Wednesday.

    On current trends, “rising fossil energy use will lead to irreversible and potentially catastrophic climate change,” the IEA concluded in its annual World Energy Outlook report.

    Posted on M−CAN 11−10−2011

    ‘Monster’ jump in global warming gases reported

    A new analysis reveals that greenhouse gas emissions in 2010 surpassed even the worst-case scenario envisioned by scientists four years ago.

    After a brief siesta during the recession, global emissions of carbon dioxide are already breaking records again, according to a new analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy. The 2010 data suggest CO2 levels in the atmosphere are now higher than a worst-case scenario predicted four years ago, the Associated Press reports, revealing just how helpless humanity has been in trying to slow down global warming.

    Posted on M−CAN 11−5−2011

  • Begins Friday, August 19
  • Documentary film,
  • Empire Electric’s Calvin Denton Room
  • 5:30pm pot luck, 6:15 discussion,
    6:45 Film Viewing

       See our Verde Fest Page

    Tesla and Prius
    Yes! We had a Tesla at the 2010 Verde Fest in the afternoon thanks very much to Mr. Christoph Henkel of Dunton Hot Springs Resort. The plug-in Prius was provided by Love Bug Motors (lovebugmotors.net)of Durango.

    2010 was Bigger and Better than 2009. Lots of sustainable product vendors and sustainability advocates. More fun, food and learning activities for all.

    Post Your Business' Sustainability Accomplishments!

    Download M-CAN’s Sustainability Statement form and post it prominently in your business with a list of your accomplishments.

    • Click here for the instructions
    • Click here to download the Sustainability Statement .doc file
    • Click here to download a sample Sustainability Statement .doc file

    How We Use and Waste Energy

    Posted March 25, 2011

    Recent Greenhouse Gas Concentrations The Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (Thomas A. Boden, Director), which includes the World Data Center for Atmospheric Trace Gases, has served as the primary climate−change data and information analysis center of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) since 1982.

    Belgium Brewery Container Recycling Approach

    − Posted 1/10/2011
    Chris Foran recently asked NBB what they are doing regarding better recycling of
    1. glass bottles
    2. aluminum ’bottles’.
    Here is their very responsive emailed answer with Chris’ questions following it. Note that the email has links to very informative studies of the questions being discussed.

    What To Do With a Broken CFL

    Everyone may not know that Compact Flourescent Lights contain small amounts of mercury. If you break a CFL, you must be careful how you go about cleaning and disposing of it. For instance, you should immediately open windows to get good ventilation. This EPA website gives very specific directions about how to clean up and dispose of a broken CFL.


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    New! A Republican Case for Climate Action

    Published: August 1, 2013

    EACH of us took turns over the past 43 years running the Environmental Protection Agency. We served Republican presidents, but we have a message that transcends political affiliation: the United States must move now on substantive steps to curb climate change, at home and internationally.

    There is no longer any credible scientific debate about the basic facts: our world continues to warm, with the last decade the hottest in modern records, and the deep ocean warming faster than the earth’s atmosphere. Sea level is rising. Arctic Sea ice is melting years faster than projected.

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    New! Electric Utilities Now Fighting Home Solar As Threat To Their Business

    Antony Ingram
    2,341 views Jul 27, 2013

    For owners of electric vehicles, powering their homes and cars using solar panels mounted on the roof are a win−win scenario.

    Not only do they get to drive past every gas station, but home electricity bills are reduced or even eliminated.

    That’s great news for the end user, but not so much for the utility companies. Caught napping by rising demand for solar, the energy industry now wants to stem its spread before their own profits are harmed.

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    New! Climate sticker shock: Arctic thaw could cost $60 trillion

    By Matt Smith, CNN
    updated 10:30 AM EDT, Thu July 25, 2013

    (CNN) − Scientists look at a warming Arctic and see a shift from white to green, as tundra gives way to new plant life.

    Governments and corporations are also seeing green, as receding ice cover opens new shipping routes and opportunities to get at long−hidden natural resources.

    But the downside of those opportunities is the risk that the current pace of climate change could be sped up dramatically by the release of long−trapped methane gas in the region’s permafrost −− a risk to which a new study has attached an eye−popping price tag of $60 trillion in the next several decades, on top of previous estimates.

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