Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
States and Provinces are where the action’s at.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
The solar subsidiary of our nasty ugly Florida energy monopoly is buying shovel ready projects in Ontario.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Increasing demand (economic growth) and increased commodity prices (inflation) showing up in the foundations.
AK Steel Imposes Another Price Hike
Manufacturing.Net - December 09, 2010
WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) -- AK Steel said Thursday it will hike the current spot market base prices for all carbon flat-rolled steel products by $40 per ton for the second time in a month.
The West Chester, Ohio, company said the increase would take effect immediately with new orders. It also announced a price hike on Nov. 30. It cited higher demand and the need to recover higher costs it faces for the materials it uses, which were the same reasons used last month.
The company makes metal products mainly for vehicle automotive, appliance, construction and electricity companies.
Shares of AK Steel climbed 17 cents to $14.30 in Thursday afternoon trading.
Oh ye of operations and engineering responsibilities, please note.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The big Chinese guys are experiencing strong growth and margins are firming.
Monday, December 6, 2010
First time I have seen book to bill numbers for the PV sector. Generally a good indicator of demand/supply relationship. This current dip may be only a normal adjustment after a strong ramp.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
ORONTO, Nov. 26 /CNW/ - As the latest climate change summit prepares to open in Mexico, Ontarians from all walks of life heard the successes of the Green Energy & Green Economy Act's first year. The Green Energy Act Alliance released a report that underlined how clean energy is rejuvenating the province's economy and helping to close polluting coal plants.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Note the “need to move wind closer to demand”. Wonder how they are going to do that?
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
GREENHOUSE GASES REACH RECORD LEVELS
WMO Highlights Concerns about Global Warming and Methane
24 November 2010 (WMO) –The main greenhouse gases have reached their highest levels
recorded since preindustrial times, according to the World Meteorological Organization's
2009 Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. The report also highlights concerns that global warming
may lead to even greater emissions of methane from Arctic areas.
According to the Bulletin, total radiative forcing of all long-lived greenhouse gases increased by 27.5% from 1990 to 2009 and by 1.0% from 2008 to 2009, reflecting the rising atmospheric
burdens of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, "Greenhouse gas concentrations have reached record levels despite the economic slowdown.
They would have been even higher without the international action taken to reduce them," said
WMO Secretary General Mr Michel Jarraud. "In addition, potential methane release from northern
permafrost, and wetlands, under future climate change is of great concern and is becoming a focus
of intensive research and observations."
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the single most important anthropogenic greenhouse gas in the
atmosphere and contributes 63.5% to the overall global radiative forcing by long-lived
greenhouse gases. Global radiative forcing is the balance between radiation coming into the atmosphere and radiation going out. Positive radiative forcing tends to warm the surface of the Earth and negative forcing tends to cool it.
For about 10,000 years before the start of the industrial era in the mid18th century, atmospheric
carbon dioxide remained almost constant at around 280 ppm (ppm=number of molecules of the
gas per million molecules of dry air). Since 1750, it has increased by 38%, primarily because of
emissions from combustion of fossil fuels, deforestation and changes in land use.
During the past 10 years, it has increased by an average annual 1.88%, according to WMO.
Methane (CH4) contributes 18.1% to the overall global radiative forcing and is the second most
important greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide.
Before the start of the industrial era, atmospheric methane was about 700 parts per billion. Since
1750, it has increased 158%, mostly because of increasing emissions from human activities such
as cattle-rearing, rice planting, fossil fuel exploitation and landfills. Human activities now account
for 60% of methane emissions, with the remaining 40% being from natural sources such as
After a period of temporary stabilization from 1999 to 2006, atmospheric methane has risen again
from 20072009. The Greenhouse Gas Bulletin reports that the likely causes were above average
wetland methane emissions due to exceptionally warm temperatures at high northern latitudes in
2007 and heavy precipitation in tropical wetlands in 2007 and 2008. However, it cautions that the
reasons for the recent increases are not yet fully understood.
Northern permafrost contains large reservoirs of organic carbon and methane clathrates (a form of
water ice that contains a large amount of methane within its crystal structure). Rapid warming and
melting of the permafrost therefore has the potential to release large quantities of methane into the
atmosphere which would contribute further to global warming.
Nitrous oxide (N2O) contributes 6.24% to the overall global radiative forcing. It is emitted into the
atmosphere from natural and anthropogenic sources, including the oceans, biomass burning,
fertilizer use and various industrial processes. Globally averaged nitrous oxide in 2009 was 19%
higher, at 322.5 parts per billion than the preindustrial era.
Other greenhouse gases: The combined radiative forcing by halocarbons is 12%, nearly double
that of nitrous oxide. Some halocarbons such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), previously used as
refrigerants, as propellants in spray cans and as solvents, are decreasing slowly as a result of
international action to preserve the Earth's protective ozone layer. However, concentrations of other gases such as HCFCs and HFCs, which are used to substitute CFCs because they are less damaging to the ozone layer, are increasing rapidly. These two classes of compounds are very potent greenhouse gases and last much longer in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.
WMO, through its Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) Programme, coordinates the observations of
greenhouse gases in the atmosphere through a network of stations located in more than 50
countries, including high in the Andes and Himalayas. The measurement data are quality
controlled, archived and distributed by WMO's World Data Centre for Greenhouse Gases, hosted
by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
The 2009 Greenhouse Gas Bulletin is the sixth in the series, which began in 2004. The Bulletins
report the global consensus of the WMO Global Atmosphere Watch community on the latest
changes and atmospheric burdens of the main greenhouse gases.
Notes to Editors
The 2009 Bulletin, translated in all UN languages, as well as earlier issues, are available through
the WMO GAW Programme Web page at the following URL:http://www.wmo.int/gaw
A three minutes video on greenhouse gases, featuring an interview with Mr Leonard Barrie,
Director, Atmospheric Research and Environment, WMO, is available online:
The World Meteorological Organization is the United Nations System's
authoritative voice on Weather, Climate and Water