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Anchorage breaks warm weather record
« Reply #1065 on: July 31, 2013, 10:43:41 PM »
Anchorage breaks warm weather record

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage broke another heat record on Tuesday with 14 consecutive days of temperatures over 70 degrees. It beat the 2004 record of 13 days.

While people around Anchorage might not be counting the days, everyone has taken notice. In Anchorage parks and on trails, everyone seems happy to feel the heat. For long-time residents it's rare to enjoy so much outside time with so little raingear. Twyla Thurmond said she got a tan while fishing on the Kenai this year.

At Valley of the Moon Park, people played volleyball, had picnic dinners and rode their bikes along the trail. Barron Mclain was eating dinner with his family. "This is great!" he said, "I've seen some really bad summers and now I'm seeing a wonderful summer and I'm trying to enjoy every minute while I can -- fishing, hiking, camping, and now a picnic."
Even tourists like Mary Larocque visiting from Indiana appreciate it. "Now I'll be going home to cooler weather in Indiana," she said.

One couple from New Mexico jokingly took the credit. "We brought it from New Mexico," Urte Spaeth said. "We took it away and brought it here."

Residents don't know how long it will last, which is why they're getting out while they can. :icon_mrgreen: ;)

http://www.ktva.com/news/local/Anchorage-breaks-warm-weather-record-217761231.html


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Re: Anchorage breaks warm weather record
« Reply #1066 on: July 31, 2013, 10:47:14 PM »
Anchorage breaks warm weather record

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage broke another heat record on Tuesday with 14 consecutive days of temperatures over 70 degrees. It beat the 2004 record of 13 days.

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Hemp Trivia (KEEPER NUGGETS OF INFO!)
« Reply #1067 on: August 01, 2013, 11:38:04 AM »
The first diesel engine was designed to run on vegetable oils, one of which was hemp oil. In the 1930s Henry Ford produced an automobile composed of 70 percent hemp plastic which also ran on hemp based fuel and oil.



In 2001 the "Hempcar" circled the North American continent powered by hemp oil.


The paintings of Rembrandt (1606- 1669), Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) and Thomas Gainsborough (1727- 1788) were painted primarily on hemp canvas, often with hemp oil based paint.


I sold Rembrandt his Hemp canvas and paint oils! :icon_mrgreen:


Hmmm.. That canvas looks like it might not be Hemp. I'd better check with my supplier. :laughing7:




Handsome masterpiece on Hemp!  :emthup:


Over 50 percent of all chemical pesticides sprayed are used in the cultivation of cotton.  :emthdown: Hemp is eight times stronger than cotton and more air-permeable.



Hemp can grow vigorously (up to 16 feet) in 100 days without the use of harmful pesticides and herbicides... healthier for your skin and the environment. :icon_sunny:

One acre of hemp can produce as much raw fiber as 4.1 acres of trees. Pulping hemp for paper would produce a strong paper that lasts incredibly long and doesn't yellow with age.
Also, using hemp as a raw source for paper would eliminate the need to cut down our dwindling old-growth forests which contribute to climate control and clean the air we breathe.


Source: the Hempola Trivia Trail http://www.coolhemp.com/HempSeeDee/hempfacts.shtml

Now you know why William Randolph Hearst, DuPont and Rockefeller FEARED HEMP so much they conspired to make it illegal!

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Uruguay House Passes Historic Marijuana Legalization Bill 

Uruguay is gearing up to make history as the first country with legal, regulated marijuana markets.

August 1, 2013 |

The Uruguayan lower house of parliament passed a bill that would create the world's first legal, regulated marijuana markets Wednesday night. The bill passed on a vote of 50-46 after nearly 12 hours of debate.

"Sometimes small countries do great things," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). "Uruguay's bold move does more than follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington. It provides a model for legally regulating marijuana that other countries, and US states, will want to consider -- and a precedent that will embolden others to follow in their footsteps."

Under the bill, the Uruguayan government would license producers, sellers, and consumers. Smokers would be limited to buying 40 grams a month. Unlicensed possession, cultivation, or sales would be criminal offenses, including prison time in some cases.

Registered users would be able to grow up to six plants, join a marijuana-growing collective, or purchase marijuana at a dispensary or pharmacy.

President Jose Mujica has been pushing the bill as a means of attacking black markets and organized crime by creating a legal, licensed marijuana marketplace. He first unveiled it nearly a year ago, but postponed voting at year's end to try to rally public support.

A "Responsible Regulation" campaign including TV ads tried to sway the public in recent weeks, to little effect, and public opinion remained opposed to the measure.

But Mujica's Broad Front (Frente Amplio) coalition held a narrow 50-49 edge in the lower house, and parliamentary discipline prevailed. The bill will go before the upper house later this year. The Broad Front holds a bigger majority there, meaning the bill should pass if discipline continues to hold.

"At the heart of the Uruguayan marijuana regulation bill is a focus on improving public health and public safety," said Hannah Hetzer, who is based out of Montevideo, Uruguay, as DPA's Policy Manager of the Americas. "Instead of closing their eyes to the problem of drug abuse and drug trafficking, Uruguay is taking an important step towards responsible regulation of an existing reality.

By approving this measure, Uruguay will take the broad regional discussion on alternatives to drug prohibition one step further. It will represent a concrete advance in line with growing anti-drug war rhetoric in Latin America," she said.According to accounts from the Associated Press and Agence France-Presse, the debate Wednesday featured sign-waving crowds dancing to reggae music outside the Congress building and dozens of legalization supporters filling the galleries.

"The regulation is not meant to promote consumption, consumption already exists," lawmaker Sebastian Sabini, who helped draft the legislation, said at the beginning of the session.

The black market in marijuana "finances organized crime" and "marijuana use has doubled in the last 10 years," pro-legalization lawmakers added.
Opposition lawmakers were unimpressed with the arguments.

"We will not end the black market," warned National Party lawmaker Gerardo Amarilla. "Ninety-eight per cent of those who are today destroying themselves with base cocaine began with marijuana. I believe that we're risking too much. I have the sensation that we're playing with fire."

Richard Sander of the opposition Colorado Party played an anti-legalization video of ex-addict testimony, adding that the government plan was full of "ad-libbing."

But the opposition came to nought in the end, and now Uruguay is one step closer to becoming the first country in the world to have a legal, regulated marijuana market.

Montevideo
Uruguay

http://www.alternet.org/drugs/uruguay-house-passes-historic-marijuana-legalization-bill

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Stumbling in the Dark, Reaching for the Light
« Reply #1069 on: August 01, 2013, 05:20:39 PM »
Stumbling in the Dark, Reaching for the Light

by Tilman Ruff
July 26, 2013



This article was originally published by Human Rights in Australia / Right Now.


I had a dream, which was not all a dream.

The bright sun was extinguish’d, and the stars

Did wander darkling in the eternal space,

Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth

Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;

Morn came and went—and came, and brought no day,

And men forgot their passions in the dread

Of this their desolation; and all hearts

Were chill’d into a selfish prayer for light:

And they did live by watchfires—and the thrones,

The palaces of crowned kings—the huts,

The habitations of all things which dwell,

Were burnt for beacons; cities were consumed,

And men were gather’d round their blazing homes

To look once more into each other’s face; …


Lord Byron’s evocative and prescient poem “Darkness” was written in 1816, the “year without a summer”, following the 1815 volcanic eruption of Mt Tambora in Indonesia.

Byron “wrote it … at Geneva, when there was a celebrated dark day, on which the fowls went to roost at noon, and the candles were lighted as at midnight”.

Average global cooling in 1816 from the volcanic debris blasted into the atmosphere was 0.7°C, enough to cause widespread crop failures in North America and famine across Europe and India, despite good harvests in 1815 and 1817.



Just 100 Hiroshima-sized nuclear bombs, less than one per cent of the global nuclear arsenal, would generate more than five million tons of soot and smoke if targeted at cities. In addition to local devastation and widespread radioactive contamination, the climate impact would be catastrophic.

Global cooling would be twice as large as following the Tambora explosion, and would persist not a couple of years but for over a decade, decimating global agriculture.

On top of that would come the effects of price hikes; hoarding of food; food riots; intrastate and potential interstate conflicts over food supplies; the disease epidemics that inevitably spread through malnourished populations; disruption to trade and the complex international supply chains for agricultural inputs – seed, fertiliser, pesticides, fuel and machinery.

World grain reserves currently range between 60 and 70 days supply. The 925 million people chronically malnourished today, and the additional 300+ million highly dependent on imported food, could not be expected to survive such a prolonged global food shortage.

Full Poignant article here:

http://www.wagingpeace.org/articles/db_article.php?article_id=500






In one of those cruel ironies of human destiny, a nuclear war would "SOLVE" BOTH the population "problem" (TOTALLY ) and the global warming problem too... I hope and pray we aren't that stupid.

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Doomers, stock up on this low tech, written DATA PRESERVATION material!
« Reply #1070 on: August 02, 2013, 10:45:06 AM »
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WilderHill New Energy Global Innovation Index (NEX)
« Reply #1071 on: August 02, 2013, 04:22:15 PM »
The NEX covers the growing world of Renewable Energy :icon_sunny:


WilderHill New Energy Global Innovation Index  (NEX)


The WilderHill New Energy Global Innovation Index is comprised of companies worldwide whose innovative technologies and services focus on generation and use of cleaner energy, conservation, efficiency, and advancing renewable energy generally. Included are companies whose lower-carbon approaches are relevant to climate change, as smart solutions to avoid greenhouse gases, and whose new technologies reduce emissions relative to traditional fossil fuel use.

We subscribe to academic modern portfolio theory, and believe that for NEX the advantages of an indexing approach are persuasive. We pursue 'intelligent-indexing' and analysis-based selection of stocks and sector weightings, which are reviewed according to both qualitative & quantitative methodology. We normally don't change Index composition more often than at Quarterly Index rebalancing. We don't try to 'beat the market' -- nor try to pick 'under-valued' stocks.

We don't take defensive positions in the Index when markets decline, appear over-valued, or when NEX is experiencing unusually-strong volatility. Rather than select components worldwide on financial or market data alone, we robustly review clean energy broadly conceived, and consider stocks & sectors on technological, environmental, and relevance-to-the-sector criteria. We judge our performance by how well the Index tracks movements of global clean energy -- down and upwards -- and thus we anticipate very significant ongoing volatility in this sector.

In the past decade and especially since the Kyoto Protocol, clean energy has seen significant growth outside the United States, with considerable activity now occurring in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and elsewhere. Thus to adequately reflect the worldwide nature of the emerging lower-carbon sector, in general at least half the companies comprising the WilderHill New Energy Global Innovation Index are listed on exchanges outside the United States.

This Index is mainly comprised of companies in wind, solar, biomass & biofuels, small-scale hydro, geothermal, marine and other relevant renewable energy businesses; it also importantly includes companies targeting step-change improvements in generation, distribution and storage of energy, as well as conservation, efficiency, materials, and in the emerging hydrogen and fuel cell sectors, and in associated services. It is a dynamic Index that reflects change.

The global Index is expected to be a diversification tool. Given the volatility of the new energy sector worldwide and since most NEX companies are on exchanges outside the U.S., the Index is expected to be volatile as well.


3-Letter Abbreviation Used In Daily File   Index (NEX) Sector

ECV   Energy Conversion
EEF   Energy Efficiency
ENS   Power Storage
RBB   Renewables - Biofuels & Biomass
ROH   Renewables - Other
RSR   Renewable - Solar
RWD   Renewable - Wind 

Index (NEX)  Sector Definitions

]The Index is made up of companies active in the following seven Sectors*:


1. Renewable - Wind

Wind is the renewable technology that has had the biggest impact on our energy usage patterns over the past decade. The next decade will see continued activity, particularly in developing countries and offshore. The Wind sector includes components and subassemblies for wind turbines, as well as manufacturers of turbines themselves. A big part of this sector, however, consists of the developers, generators, utilities and engineering firms that have sprung up to exploit opportunities to build wind farms around the world.


2. Renewable - Solar

The Solar sector covers all technologies that capture energy directly from the sun, either using a photovoltaic (PV) material, or via solar thermal technologies such as concentrators or Stirling engines. The solar energy sector is already substantial - cost reductions through new technologies or through increased manufacturing scale should see it breaking into new areas of energy demand over the coming decades.


[3. Renewables - Biofuels & Biomass

Liquid transportation fuels including biodiesel and bioethanol can be derived from a range of biomass sources, including sugar cane, rapeseed/canola, soybeans, and importantly ahead, cellulosic biomass. The Index will not include companies whose only involvement is as a grower of biofuel feed-stocks, but will cover suppliers of processing technologies and equipment, through logistics and distribution players, to manufacturers of energy systems specially adapted for the use of biofuels and products. The Index may also include companies involved in production and consumption of solid and gaseous fuels derived from biomass. Solid biomass for the energy sector can include a number of specially-grown crops, such as switch grass, elephant grass or coppiced willow, but can also consist of crop residues such as straw. We include here processors of other waste matter for energy generation, such as sewage waste, chemical by-products or biogas from municipal waste, as their exploitation often involves the same technologies as grown-for-purpose biomass.

4. Renewables - Other

One of the characteristics of the clean energy industry is that it is based on the exploitation of a diverse range of renewable energy sources. This sector covers companies that are active in renewable categories other than the main ones of wind, solar and biofuels/biomass.

Marine Energy covers all technologies relating to extraction of energy from the sea. Possibilities include waves and tide, either via tidal barrages or tidal flow generators. We also categorise companies looking at run-of-river energy solutions as part of the Marine sector.

Geothermal power has long played a part in the energy mix of countries with obvious geothermal resources, such as Iceland and Japan. Geothermal energy can, however, play an increasing role worldwide. New drilling techniques allow users to tap into resources formerly too deep to access, and new ways of extracting useful power from lower-temperature geothermal fields allow use of resources that could not have been used economically in the past. Low-temperature geothermal heat can be used to reduce the cost of heating residential and commercial buildings.

Hydroelectric power is seeing a new lease of life as part of the world's shift to cleaner energy solutions. There is controversy about the sustainability of large-scale hydroelectric power projects, but there are interesting developments in small-scale and low-head hydro, and even micro-scale, and the latter small and micro-hydro technologies are generally preferred for this Index.


5. Energy Conversion

The Energy Conversion sector covers conversion technologies and the fuels that lead into them.

Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technology is included, from the production and storage of hydrogen to its distribution, as well as various technologies and applications in which it can be used. Hydrogen is not, of course, a renewable fuel source per se -- it is only a carrier of energy, in the same way electricity is not a source but a carrier of power. But if produced renewably, hydrogen looks like a promising candidate to replace fossil fuels in transport and other applications in the longer term.

Many observers believe that hydrogen and fuel cells will eventually lie at the heart of a post-fossil-fuel energy architecture.

Fuel cells have been around for over 150 years and their performance is not in doubt, but their high manufacturing costs and low reliability mean that they have yet to capture any mass markets - and it is not certain that they will ever do so. A number of companies and research initiatives are hoping to change that over the coming years.

Advanced turbines and lower-carbon fuel systems are also covered in this sector.


6. Power Storage

Many renewable energy and emerging energy technologies are either intermittent, or have response curves that are unable to follow the dynamic demands that are put on them when deployed. Batteries and other energy storage technologies may therefore become key enablers for any shift to these technologies. We include here mechanical technologies like flywheels and components like ultra-capacitors, which are straight potential replacements for batteries, but not hydrogen-based storage solutions, which would be classified under Hydrogen & Fuel Cells.


7. Energy Efficiency

Companies in this sector are working to deliver step-change improvements in efficiency of the existing generation and distribution systems. Important technologies include software to improve electricity demand management or reduce grid losses, as well as breakthroughs in motor or generator design. This sector would also include technologies for combined heat and power (i.e. those which enable the capture and use of waste heat from power generation).

Demand-side energy conservation technologies and practices are highly relevant to investors in the renewable and low-carbon energy field. Shifts towards renewable energy sources over the coming 20 years must be accompanied by wholesale improvements in energy efficiency. We include in this sector technologies that reduce the use of energy in homes, retail and commercial buildings. These may include building components that reduce energy use, intelligent systems for managing power consumption and technologies that more efficiently use power.

]Note: Nuclear power is not considered clean energy for the purpose of this Index. This is as much in recognition of the differing industry structure and drivers of the nuclear industry as it is ideological. A minor involvement in the nuclear industry will not, of itself, disqualify a company from inclusion.

* Effective at the rebalance for Q1 2008, the previous Services and Suppliers Sector (SS) is discontinued, and the Demand Side Energy Savings (DS) and the Generation Efficiency & Smart Distribution (GE-SD) Sectors are consolidated into Energy Efficiency.


* Effective at the rebalance for Q1 2009, The Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (HFC) Sector is changed to Energy Conversion (ECV).



NEX component weights as of close of trading on: Thu Aug 1, 2013; 98 stocks

Sort Order: Weight(Descending)

Name / Country of Listing / Currency / Weight / Sector


Power Integrations Inc. US USD 2.15 % EEF
SunEdison Inc US USD 2.06 % RSR
SunPower Corp US USD 2.05 % RSR
Tesla Motors Inc. US USD 2.03 % EEF
Silver Spring Networks Inc US USD 2.01 % EEF
Cree Inc. US USD 1.90 % EEF
Solarcity Corp US USD 1.89 % RSR
Vestas Wind Systems A/S DK DKK 1.88 % RWD
China Everbright International Ltd HK HKD 1.86 % RBB
International Rectifier Corp. US USD 1.86 % EEF
GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd. HK HKD 1.84 % RSR
Seoul Semiconductor Co Ltd KR KRW 1.81 % EEF
Acuity Brands Inc US USD 1.80 % EEF
Johnson Controls Inc. US USD 1.80 % EEF
A.O. Smith Corp. US USD 1.80 % EEF
First Solar Inc. US USD 1.79 % RSR
Gamesa Corporacion Tecnologica S.A. ES EUR 1.76 % RWD
SMA Solar Technology AG DE EUR 1.76 % RSR
Nibe Industrier AB SE SEK 1.75 % EEF
Rockwool International A/S Series B DK DKK 1.75 % EEF
Kingspan Group PLC IE EUR 1.70 % EEF
Universal Display Corp. US USD 1.68 % EEF
Hanergy Solar Group Ltd HK HKD 1.58 % RSR
Novozymes A/S DK DKK 1.56 % RBB
Fortum Oyj FI EUR 1.56 % RBB
Aixtron SE NA DE EUR 1.55 % EEF
Covanta Holding Corp. US USD 1.52 % RBB
EPISTAR Corp. TW TWD 1.51 % EEF
Energy Development Corp. PH PHP 1.51 % ROH
Itron Inc. US USD 1.51 % EEF
Enel Green Power SpA IT EUR 1.49 % ROH
Veeco Instruments Inc US USD 1.49 % EEF
LSB Industries Inc US USD 1.47 % ROH
Contact Energy Ltd. NZ NZD 1.47 % ROH
Cosan S/A Industria e Comercio BR BRL 1.46 % RBB
Abengoa SA ES EUR 1.45 % RBB
Meidensha Corp. JP JPY 1.44 % EEF
Ormat Technologies Inc. US USD 1.43 % ROH
Verbund AG AT EUR 1.38 % ROH
Innergex Renewable Energy Inc CA CAD 1.38 % ROH
Sao Martinho S/A Ord BR BRL 1.35 % RBB
Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners LP/CA CA CAD 1.35 % ROH
China Longyuan Power Group Corp. Ltd. HK HKD 1.25 % RWD
EDP Renovaveis S/A PT EUR 1.22 % RWD
Huaneng Renewables Corp Ltd HK HKD 1.18 % RWD
China Suntien Green Energy Corp Ltd HK HKD 1.16 % RWD
China Datang Corp Renewable Power Co Ltd HK HKD 1.16 % RWD
Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co Ltd HK HKD 1.04 % RWD
Acciona S.A. ES EUR 1.01 % RWD
BYD Co. Ltd. HK HKD 0.70 % ENS
GT Advanced Technologies Inc US USD 0.65 % RSR
JA Solar Holdings Co Ltd US USD 0.65 % RSR
Polypore International Inc. US USD 0.64 % ENS
Trina Solar Ltd. ADS US USD 0.62 % RSR
GS Yuasa Corp. JP JPY 0.62 % ENS
Renewable Energy Corp. ASA NO NOK 0.61 % RSR
Molycorp Inc US USD 0.61 % ECV
Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd. ADS US USD 0.59 % RSR
EnerNOC Inc. US USD 0.57 % EEF
Nexolon Co Ltd KR KRW 0.57 % RSR
Wasion Group Holdings Ltd. HK HKD 0.52 % EEF
Dalian East New Energy Development Co Ltd CN CNY 0.51 % EEF
Aerovironment Inc US USD 0.51 % EEF
SPCG PCL TH THB 0.49 % RSR
Renewable Energy Group Inc US USD 0.49 % RBB
Motech Industries Inc TW TWD 0.48 % RSR
Rubicon Technology Inc. US USD 0.48 % EEF
Dialight PLC GB GBp 0.46 % EEF
Sechilienne-Sidec FR EUR 0.46 % RBB
Neo Solar Power Corp. TW TWD 0.45 % RSR
Meyer Burger Technology AG CH CHF 0.45 % RSR
Neo-Neon Holdings Ltd. HK HKD 0.44 % EEF
Nordex AG DE EUR 0.44 % RWD
Ameresco Inc US USD 0.43 % EEF
Lynas Corp Ltd AU AUD 0.43 % ECV
Solazyme Inc US USD 0.42 % RBB
Amyris Inc US USD 0.42 % RBB
KiOR Inc US USD 0.42 % RBB
Energy Absolute PCL TH THB 0.42 % RBB
Sino-American Silicon Products Inc TW TWD 0.41 % RSR
Enphase Energy Inc US USD 0.41 % RSR
China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings Ltd HK HKD 0.41 % RSR
Takuma Co. Ltd. JP JPY 0.41 % RBB
Ayen Enerji AS TR TRY 0.39 % ROH
Taewoong Co. Ltd. KR KRW 0.38 % RWD
Akenerji Elektrik Uretim AS TR TRY 0.38 % ROH
American Superconductor Corp. US USD 0.37 % RWD
SolarWorld AG DE EUR 0.37 % RSR
Unison Co Ltd/South Korea KR KRW 0.35 % RWD
Zoltek Cos. US USD 0.35 % RWD
Falck Renewables SpA IT EUR 0.34 % RWD
China High Speed Transmission Equipment Group HK HKD 0.32 % RWD
Japan Wind Development Co Ltd JP JPY 0.29 % RWD
Suzlon Energy Ltd IN INR 0.24 % RWD
Maxwell Technologies Inc. US USD 0.20 % ENS
Saft Groupe S.A. FR EUR 0.17 % ENS
Fuel Systems Solutions Inc. US USD 0.14 % ECV
FuelCell Energy Inc. US USD 0.13 % ECV



Index Sector Information for Thu Aug 1, 2013

Key / Sector / Weight


EEF Energy Efficiency 35.48 %
RSR Renewable - Solar 20.12 %
RWD Renewable - Wind 14.74 %
RBB Renewables - BioFuels and Biomass 13.78 %
ROH Renewables - Other 12.24 %
ENS Power Storage 2.32 %
ECV Energy Conversion 1.31 %

 

Index Region-of-Listing Information for Thu Aug 1, 2013

Region / Weight


The Americas 46.86 %
Asia & Oceania 27.25 %
Europe, Middle East, Africa 25.89 %

 
NEX Index Components to start Q3 2013. 98 stocks.

 The WilderHill New Energy Global Innovation Index (NEX) rebalances quarterly on the last trading day of March, June, September and December.

 Calculation Method Modified Equal Weighted
 Component Change - Rebalance


COMPANY NAME  / COUNTRY  / WEIGHT  / SECTOR / CURRENCY 

Unison Co Ltd/South Korea SOUTH KOREA 0.36% RWD KRW
China Everbright International Ltd HONG KONG 1.62% RBB HKD
Taewoong Co Ltd SOUTH KOREA 0.36% RWD KRW
Seoul Semiconductor Co Ltd SOUTH KOREA 1.73% EEF KRW
Hanergy Solar Group Ltd HONG KONG 1.74% RSR HKD
China High Speed Transmission Equipment Group Co Ltd HONG KONG 0.36% RWD HKD
China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings Ltd HONG KONG 0.50% RSR HKD
China Longyuan Power Group Corp HONG KONG 1.26% RWD HKD
China Suntien Green Energy Corp Ltd HONG KONG 1.26% RWD HKD
Huaneng Renewables Corp Ltd HONG KONG 1.26% RWD HKD
Nexolon Co Ltd SOUTH KOREA 0.50% RSR KRW
Byd Co Ltd HONG KONG 0.66% ENS HKD
China Datang Corp Renewable Power Co Ltd HONG KONG 1.26% RWD HKD
Neo-Neon Holdings Ltd HONG KONG 0.49% EEF HKD
Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co Ltd HONG KONG 1.26% RWD HKD
Epistar Corp TAIWAN 1.73% EEF TWD
Japan Wind Development Co Ltd JAPAN 0.36% RWD JPY
Dalian East New Energy Development Co Ltd CHINA 0.49% EEF CNY
Wasion Group Holdings Ltd HONG KONG 0.49% EEF HKD
Neo Solar Power Corp TAIWAN 0.50% RSR TWD
GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd HONG KONG 1.74% RSR HKD
Sino-American Silicon Products Inc TAIWAN 0.50% RSR TWD
Takuma Co Ltd JAPAN 0.46% RBB JPY
Motech Industries Inc TAIWAN 0.50% RSR TWD
Meidensha Corp JAPAN 1.73% EEF JPY
GS Yuasa Corp JAPAN 0.66% ENS JPY
Falck Renewables SpA ITALY 0.36% RWD EUR
Abengoa SA SPAIN 1.62% RBB EUR
ALBIOMA FRANCE 0.46% RBB EUR
Aixtron SE GERMANY 1.73% EEF EUR
Akenerji Elektrik Uretim AS TURKEY 0.44% ROH TRY
Ameresco Inc UNITED STATES 0.49% EEF USD
Amyris Inc UNITED STATES 0.46% RBB USD
American Superconductor Corp UNITED STATES 0.36% RWD USD
Acciona SA SPAIN 1.26% RWD EUR
AO Smith Corp UNITED STATES 1.73% EEF USD
Aerovironment Inc UNITED STATES 0.49% EEF USD
Ayen Enerji AS TURKEY 0.44% ROH TRY
Acuity Brands Inc UNITED STATES 1.73% EEF USD
Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners LP/CA CANADA 1.52% ROH CAD
Contact Energy Ltd NEW ZEALAND 1.52% ROH NZD
Cree Inc UNITED STATES 1.73% EEF USD
Cosan SA Industria e Comercio BRAZIL 1.62% RBB BRL
Covanta Holding Corp UNITED STATES 1.62% RBB USD
Dialight PLC BRITAIN 0.49% EEF GBp
Energy Absolute PCL THAILAND 0.46% RBB THB
Energy Development Corp PHILIPPINES 1.52% ROH PHP
EDP Renovaveis SA PORTUGAL 1.26% RWD EUR
Enel Green Power SpA ITALY 1.52% ROH EUR
EnerNOC Inc UNITED STATES 0.49% EEF USD
Enphase Energy Inc UNITED STATES 0.50% RSR USD
FuelCell Energy Inc UNITED STATES 0.14% ECV USD
First Solar Inc UNITED STATES 1.74% RSR USD
Fuel Systems Solutions Inc UNITED STATES 0.14% ECV USD
Fortum OYJ FINLAND 1.62% RBB EUR
Gamesa Corp Tecnologica SA SPAIN 1.26% RWD EUR
GT Advanced Technologies Inc UNITED STATES 0.50% RSR USD
Innergex Renewable Energy Inc CANADA 1.52% ROH CAD
International Rectifier Corp UNITED STATES 1.73% EEF USD
Itron Inc UNITED STATES 1.73% EEF USD
JA Solar Holdings Co Ltd UNITED STATES 0.50% RSR USD
Johnson Controls Inc UNITED STATES 1.73% EEF USD
KiOR Inc UNITED STATES 0.46% RBB USD
Kingspan Group PLC IRELAND 1.73% EEF EUR
LSB Industries Inc UNITED STATES 1.52% ROH USD
Lynas Corp Ltd AUSTRALIA 0.49% ECV AUD
Meyer Burger Technology AG SWITZERLAND 0.50% RSR CHF
Molycorp Inc UNITED STATES 0.49% ECV USD
Maxwell Technologies Inc UNITED STATES 0.19% ENS USD
Nordex SE GERMANY 0.36% RWD EUR
Nibe Industrier AB SWEDEN 1.73% EEF SEK
Novozymes A/S DENMARK 1.62% RBB DKK
Universal Display Corp UNITED STATES 1.73% EEF USD
Ormat Technologies Inc UNITED STATES 1.52% ROH USD
Power Integrations Inc UNITED STATES 1.73% EEF USD
Polypore International Inc UNITED STATES 0.66% ENS USD
Rubicon Technology Inc UNITED STATES 0.49% EEF USD
Renewable Energy Corp ASA NORWAY 0.50% RSR NOK
Renewable Energy Group Inc UNITED STATES 0.46% RBB USD
Rockwool International A/S DENMARK 1.73% EEF DKK
Saft Groupe SA FRANCE 0.19% ENS EUR
SMA Solar Technology AG GERMANY 1.74% RSR EUR
SolarCity Corp UNITED STATES 1.74% RSR USD
Sao Martinho SA BRAZIL 1.62% RBB BRL
SPCG PCL THAILAND 0.50% RSR THB
SunPower Corp UNITED STATES 1.74% RSR USD
Silver Spring Networks Inc UNITED STATES 1.73% EEF USD
SunEdison Inc UNITED STATES 1.74% RSR USD
Suzlon Energy Ltd INDIA 0.36% RWD INR
Solarworld AG GERMANY 0.50% RSR EUR
Solazyme Inc UNITED STATES 0.46% RBB USD
Trina Solar Ltd UNITED STATES 0.50% RSR USD
Tesla Motors Inc UNITED STATES 1.73% EEF USD
Veeco Instruments Inc UNITED STATES 1.73% EEF USD
Verbund AG AUSTRIA 1.52% ROH EUR
Vestas Wind Systems A/S DENMARK 1.26% RWD DKK
Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd UNITED STATES 0.50% RSR USD
Zoltek Cos Inc UNITED STATES 0.36% RWD USD
 

 
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Company Name / Exchange / Security / WilderHill New Energy Finance Sector

Energy Absolute PCL Bangkok EA TB RBB
Enphase Energy Inc NASDAQ GM ENPH UQ RSR
Silver Spring Networks Inc New York SSNI UN EEF
Suzlon Energy Ltd Natl India SUEL IS RWD
 

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Company Name / Exchange / Security / WilderHill New Energy Finance Sector


Praj Industries Ltd Natl India PRJ IS RBB
Power-One Inc NASDAQ GS PWER UW EEF
 
 
 

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BIOPLASTICS are REPLACING PETROCHEMICAL-BASED PLASTICS
« Reply #1072 on: August 03, 2013, 03:30:39 PM »

BIOPLASTICS are REPLACING PETROCHEMICAL-BASED PLASTICS
In the years 2000 to 2008, worldwide consumption of biodegradable plastics based on starch, sugar, and cellulose – so far the three most important raw materials – has increased by 600%.[32] The NNFCC predicted global annual capacity would grow more than six-fold to 2.1 million tonnes by 2013.[30] BCC Research forecasts the global market for biodegradable polymers to grow at a compound average growth rate of more than 17 percent through 2012. Even so, bioplastics will encompass a small niche of the overall plastic market, which is forecast to reach 500 billion pounds (220 million tonnes) globally by 2010.[33]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioplastic

Agelbert NOTE:The "NICHE" that bioplastics are occupying will grow to destroy the fossil fuel based plastics plastic poisons simply because bioplastics are sustainable AND cheaper now.


Cost

At one time bioplastics were too expensive for consideration as a replacement for petroleum-based plastics.The lower temperatures needed to process bioplastics and the more stable supply of biomass combined with the increasing cost of crude oil make bioplastics price [34] more competitive with regular plastics.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioplastic


ApplicationsBiodegradable bioplastics are used for disposable items, such as packaging and catering items (crockery, cutlery, pots, bowls, straws). They are also often used for bags, trays, containers for fruit, vegetables, eggs and meat, bottles for soft drinks and dairy products, and blister foils for fruit and vegetables.

Nondisposable applications include mobile phone casings, carpet fibres, and car interiors, fuel line and plastic pipe applications, and new electroactive bioplastics are being developed that can be used to carry electrical current.[5] In these areas, the goal is not biodegradability, but to create items from sustainable resources.

Medical implants made of PLA, which dissolve in the body, save patients a second operation. Compostable mulch films for agriculture, already often produced from starch polymers, do not have to be collected after use and can be left on the fields.[6]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioplastic


Bioplastic Car Parts

In constructing the Prius, Toyota used a new range of plant-derived ecological bioplastics, made out of cellulose derived from wood or grass instead of petroleum. The two principal crops used are kenaf and ramie. Kenaf is a member of the hibiscus family, a relative to cotton and okra; ramie, commonly known as China grass, is a member of the nettle family and one of the strongest natural fibres, with a density and absorbency comparable to flax.
Toyota says this is a particularly timely breakthrough for plant-based eco-plastics because 2009 is the United Nations’ International Year of Natural Fibres, which spotlights kenaf and ramie among others.[56]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Prius


Prius bioplastic parts



Mercedes hemp bioplastic parts





Polylactic acid (PLA) plastics can replace petrochemical-based mass plastics (e.g. PET, PS or PE)


Mulch film made of polylactic acid (PLA)-blend bio-flex

Polylactic acid (PLA) is a transparent plastic produced from corn[12] or dextrose. It not only resembles conventional petrochemical-based mass plastics (like PET, PS or PE) in its characteristics, but it can also be processed on standard equipment that already exists for the production of some conventional plastics. PLA and PLA blends generally come in the form of granulates with various properties, and are used in the plastic processing industry for the production of films, fibers, plastic containers, cups and bottles.


A pen made with bioplastics (Polylactide, PLA)   


Tea bags made from PLA


Packaging air pillow made of PLA-blend bio-flex



A bioplastic shampoo bottle made of PLA-blend bio-flex

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioplastic


Biopolymer BHP can replace petroplastic polypropylene

Poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB)

The biopolymer poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) is a polyester produced by certain bacteria processing glucose, corn starch[13] or wastewater.[14] Its characteristics are similar to those of the petroplastic polypropylene. The South American sugar industry, for example, has decided to expand PHB production to an industrial scale. PHB is distinguished primarily by its physical characteristics. It produces transparent film at a melting point higher than 130 degrees Celsius, and is biodegradable without residue.


Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA)

Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) are linear polyesters produced in nature by bacterial fermentation of sugar or lipids. They are produced by the bacteria to store carbon and energy. In industrial production, the polyester is extracted and purified from the bacteria by optimizing the conditions for the fermentation of sugar. More than 150 different monomers can be combined within this family to give materials with extremely different properties. PHA is more ductile and less elastic than other plastics, and it is also biodegradable. These plastics are being widely used in the medical industry.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioplastic


How to tell if plastic was made from fossil fuels or plants: Fossil fuel derived plastic has NO cabon-14!

Biobased – ASTM D6866

The ASTM D6866 method has been developed to certify the biologically derived content of bioplastics. Cosmic rays colliding with the atmosphere mean that some of the carbon is the radioactive isotope carbon-14. CO2 from the atmosphere is used by plants in photosynthesis, so new plant material will contain both carbon-14 and carbon-12. Under the right conditions, and over geological timescales, the remains of living organisms can be transformed into fossil fuels. After ~100,000 years all the carbon-14 present in the original organic material will have undergone radioactive decay leaving only carbon-12. A product made from biomass will have a relatively high level of carbon-14, while a product made from petrochemicals will have no carbon-14. The percentage of renewable carbon in a material (solid or liquid) can be measured with an accelerator mass spectrometer.[41][42]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioplastic

Plastic made from plants is NOT a guarantee of biodegradability
There is an important difference between biodegradability and biobased content. A bioplastic such as high density polyethylene (HDPE)[43] can be 100% biobased (i.e. contain 100% renewable carbon), yet be non-biodegradable. These bioplastics such as HDPE nonetheless play an important role in greenhouse gas abatement, particularly when they are combusted for energy production. The biobased component of these bioplastics is considered carbon-neutral since their origin is from biomass.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioplastic

Agelbert NOTE:As I've said before, products from corn for plastics or biofuel are a bad deal. At the end of the wikipeda bioplastics article, a "study" from scientists in 2010 cautions against corn based bioplastics because they are so polluting from the pesticide and CO2 releasing properties 
(as if petrochemical fuels and plastics weren't measurably MORE polluting... ??? ).

Sure. That's why BIG OIL wants us to keep using that corn for ethanol and bioplastics!  ;) It's never going to be competitive! Corn uses pesticides and plowing. The plastics made from the corn starch will have pesticide residue. Growing corn is an excellent way to ruin top soil and is second only to fossil fuels (because it uses so much of them) in biosphere damage. :emthdown: :P

This is stupid when, duckweed, hemp, sugar cane, switchgrass, Kenaf , a member of the hibiscus family, a relative to cotton and okra and  Ramie, commonly known as China grass, a member of the nettle family and one of the strongest natural fibres, with a density and absorbency comparable to flax are all available, easier to grow WITHOUT PESTICIDES and provide a much higher EROEI. 

 

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Worst heat wave in 140 years hits China; dozens of deaths reported
« Reply #1073 on: August 03, 2013, 04:37:28 PM »
Worst heat wave in 140 years hits China; dozens of deaths reported 

The Associated Press August 1, 2013

SHANGHAI - It's been so hot in China that folks are grilling shrimp on manhole covers, eggs are hatching without incubators and a highway billboard has mysteriously caught fire by itself.
The heat wave — the worst in at least 140 years in some parts — has left dozens of people dead and pushed thermometers above 40 degrees C (104 F) in at least 40 cities and counties, mostly in the south and east. Authorities for the first time have declared the heat a "level 2" weather emergency— a label normally invoked for typhoons and flooding.

"It is just hot! Like in a food steamer!" 17-year-old student Xu Sichen said outside the doors of a shopping mall in the southern financial hub of Shanghai while her friend He Jiali, also 17, complained that her mobile phone had in recent days turned into a "grenade."

"I'm so worried that the phone will explode :o while I'm using it," He said.

Extreme heat began hitting Shanghai and several eastern and southern provinces in early July and is expected to grip much of China through mid-August.

Shanghai set its record high temperature of 40.6 C (105 F) on July 26, and Thursday's heat marked the city's 28th day above 35 C. At least 10 people died of heat stroke in the city over the past month, including a 64-year-old Taiwanese sailor, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
Wu Guiyun, 50, who has a part-time job making food deliveries in Shanghai, said she has been trying to linger inside air-conditioned offices for as long as possible whenever she brings in a takeout order. Outside, she said: "It's so hot that I can hardly breathe."

The highest temperature overall was recorded in the eastern city of Fenghua, which recorded its historic high of 42.7 degrees (108.9 F) on July 24.


On Tuesday, the director of the China Meteorological Administration activated a "level 2" emergency response to the persistent heat wave. This level requires around-the-clock staffing, the establishment of an emergency command centre and frequent briefings.

Some Chinese in heat-stricken cities have been cooking shrimps, eggs and bacon in skillets placed directly on manhole covers or on road pavement that has in some cases heated up to 60 degrees C (140 F).

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/world/Worst+heat+wave+least+years+hits+parts+China+dozens+deaths/8736274/story.html#ixzz2ax2ySffF

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Re: Worst heat wave in 140 years hits China; dozens of deaths reported
« Reply #1074 on: August 03, 2013, 04:47:28 PM »
Worst heat wave in 140 years hits China; dozens of deaths reported 

I think I will start calling stories like this "McPherson Moments" or MMs.  :icon_sunny:

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SILENCE OF THE BEES
« Reply #1075 on: August 04, 2013, 08:30:02 PM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/tiOeaa44a-Y#&fs=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/tiOeaa44a-Y#&fs=1</a>
Learn a little more about those fabulous honey bees and how, if a solution to colony collapse disorder is not found, there will be no bees in the USA by 2035.  :o  :(

Watch them hand pollinate pears in China and learn how pesticides killed the bees in the pear orchards in the 1980s.

Did you know China is the largest exporter of royal jelly in the world?

U.S. Beekeepers have been importing Australian bees to make up for the huge numbers of bees dying here.

I always admired the fact that bees have fuzz.  :icon_mrgreen: Today I learned that when they flap their wings, having that fuzz causes a static charge to build up so that when they land on a flower, the pollen jumps at the bee! Those amazing little Earthlings have been using Renewable electricity to catch pollen grains for millions of years! :emthup: :emthup: :emthup: :icon_sunny:

And now the big question for the atheists. What came first, the bees or the angiosperms?  :icon_mrgreen:

If you say they were evolved "simultaneously', you lose the "it's all random chance and their is NO intelligent design" debate!

After all, bees are just a little different from angiosperms, wouldn't you say?  :icon_mrgreen:

This video explores the threat bees are under from a variety of causes that Homo SAP has brought about. Scientists don't know all the causes but are convinced the immune systems of bees all over the world are becoming compromised.

The scientists further state, in this video, that mankind, as well as a lot of flowering plants, will have a difficult time surviving if the bees perish.  :(


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Social Media in the Age of the Internet Helps Scientific Inquiry
« Reply #1076 on: August 05, 2013, 03:03:03 PM »

Semachrysa jade wing


Semachrysa jade


Semachrysa jade


Taxonomy — the exploration and classification of species — has been around as a scientific discipline since the 1700s. The discovery of new species is generally performed by taxonomists who go on fieldwork missions to seek out new species in various geographical regions and climates.

A physical specimen typically is collected and compared against existing species in a catalog. The discoveries also often happen by accident or via tips from individuals, particularly since the technology for high-definition photography has been available.

For example, in 2012, an insect named Semachrysa jade was discovered after a hiker posted a picture from Malaysia on the website Flickr and an entomologist suspected that it was a new species. It was the first known species discovered as a result of social media.

More about new species:

The International Institute for Species Exploration estimated that, as of 2012, only 2 million of a possible 12 million living species had been discovered. :o

About 50% of all newly discovered species are insects.

Before embarking on fieldwork missions, taxonomists often use the website Google Earth to scout locations that are the most likely to result in the discovery of new species.

http://www.wisegeek.com/how-are-new-species-discovered.htm

TWO MILLION SPECIES DOWN, ABOUT 10 MILLION TO GO... With the help of the internet, Google Earth and social media, we might just identify the other Earthlings in our biosphere before we manage to kill most of them, AND US  :(, off by burning fossil fuels...   

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Save gasoline and labor! Pull up to your farmer's market or grocery store and drive right in! No more annoying back bending loading your car to unload at your house! You only need to offload the goodies (in your kitchen) once!  :icon_mrgreen:

Just think, you can lower your carbon footprint and afford more beer simultaneusly! And with all that pedaling, the beer won't even make you fat!



Cargo Bike Grocery Cart  Yes!   



Modified grocery cart





Beer lover's bicycle (It's HARD to run out!)  :icon_mrgreen:




JIT (just in tiime) Keg Party Bike  :ernaehrung004: 




Serious weather protected cargo bike  :emthup: :icon_sunny:




Renewable energy veggie business bike  :emthup:




Have you (and your business partner) got strong legs? Then you can make money moving stuff with this!  ;)



Dually pedal power in action  :emthup: :icon_mrgreen:





This is ridiculous!  :o Those Shanghai cargo bikers have STRONG LEGS! (and NO HILLS!)  :icon_mrgreen:







Fossil Fuel Energy Expert recommended "modest"  :icon_mrgreen: powered
corporate sponsored "AMERICAN CONSUMER" sized shopping cart  :evil4: USA! USA!        

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Costa Rica Plans to Close Zoos and Release Animals From Captivity
« Reply #1078 on: August 06, 2013, 09:18:51 PM »
Costa Rica Plans to Close Zoos and Release Animals From Captivity

Kara, selected from TreeHugger

August 5, 2013

What the tropical nation of Costa Rica lacks in size, it more than makes up for in a wealth of biodiversity. Despite occupying just 0.03% of the planet’s surface, the region’s lush forests are home to an incredible 500 thousand unique organisms — representing over 4% of all the known species on Earth. For the hundreds of animals held captive in the country’s zoos, however, that hotbed of life had been replaced by the cold bars of a cage.

But now, in a remarkable push to restore natural order for all its animal inhabitants, the Costa Rican government has announced plans to close its zoos, freeing creatures from their long captivity.

“We are getting rid of the cages and reinforcing the idea of interacting with biodiversity in botanical parks in a natural way,” said Environment Minister René Castro. “We don’t want animals in captivity or enclosed in any way unless it is to rescue or save them.”

The closures will take effect in March 2014, when the government’s contract with the organization that operates its two zoos is set to expire — a move that Castro says reflects “a change of environmental conscience among Costa Ricans.” The facilities which now house captive animals, Simon Bolivar Zoo and the Santa Ana Conservation Center, will be then transformed into urban parks or gardens where wildlife can visit and live freely if they so choose.

As for the many birds, mammals, reptiles and insects on display today, the government is working to find them more appropriate homes. It is believed that many of these animals will be able to be relocated within the nation’s vast forest preserves, with those deemed unsuited for release being sent to live out their days under the care of wildlife sanctuaries and rescue centers.

Costa Rica’s move to shutter its zoos comes on the heels of other recent legislation aimed at protecting animals from a life in captivity. Earlier this year, India became the largest nation to ban the exploitation of dolphins, joining the ranks of Costa Rica, Hungary, and Chile. In the United States, the keeping of captive chimpanzees will soon be strictly limited as they are likely candidates for protection from the Endangered Species Act.

Still, despite the efforts of some animal-right groups which see zoo life as inherently inhumane, zoo closures in other parts of the world still seem a long way off. Quietly though, a paradigm shift may already be underway as popular thinking begins to consider a kinship and our shared fate with the natural world around us and not merely a dominion over it.


http://www.care2.com/greenliving/costa-rica-plans-to-close-zoos-and-release-animals-from-captivity.html#ixzz2bFl20Le4

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For U.S., 2012 Was Hottest Year on Record: NCDC
« Reply #1079 on: August 06, 2013, 09:26:53 PM »
For U.S., 2012 Was Hottest Year on Record: NCDC

Terrell Johnson Published: Aug 6, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT weather.com

http://www.weather.com/news/science/environment/ncdc-us-2012-was-hottest-year-record-20130806

 

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