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Denmark, The Little Country With Big Renewable Energy Goals

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Originally published on RMI Outlet. By Laurie Guevara-​Stone The small country of Denmark (pop. 5.6 million) is making a big commitment to renewables. In the early 1970s imported oil supplied 92 percent of Denmark’s energy. Today Denmark’s electric grid is over 40 percent renewably powered, and the country is aiming to reach 100 percent renewable [&hellip

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NSW town dubbed ‘Little Antarctica’ fights back against ice reputation – ABC Online


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NSW town dubbed 'Little Antarctica' fights back against ice reputation
ABC Online
The town has been labelled 'Little Antarctica' and 'The South Pole' due to the presence of the drug ice, or methamphetamine. But Acting Superintendent of Orana Local Command, Scott Tanner, said the claims about high rates of crime and drugs were …

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New York Fracking Ban Seen As Having Little Impact On Supply

Andrew Cuomo’s environmental commissioner announced a ban on fracking, saying potential health risks such as air and water contamination outweighed the economic benefits. Fracking, which fires millions of gallons of chemically treated water into rock to …
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Texas Drilling Brings Health Complaints, but Little Enforcement

While drilling surges in South Texas’ oil-rich Eagle Ford Shale … “upon timely and satisfactory compliance,” which involved mostly repairing equipment leaks. Such low fines do not carry enough weight to compel companies to regularly follow the …
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Back to Antarctica, a little delayed, for NIU scientists – Chicago Daily Herald

Back to Antarctica, a little delayed, for NIU scientists
Chicago Daily Herald
There are an average of three flights a week from New Zealand to McMurdo Station in Antarctica at that time of year, he said. Big equipment has to be shipped in to McMurdo, and the shipping season only last a few weeks during the Southern Hemisphere's …

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Robot Penguin Chick Is Antarctica’s Perfect Little Spy – The Weather Channel


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Robot Penguin Chick Is Antarctica's Perfect Little Spy
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So international scientists and even filmmakers, led by Yvon Le Maho of the University of Strasbourg in France, created a remote control rover disguised as a chick to snuggle up to shy penguins in Adelie Land, Antarctica — the same place where the
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Maryland Report Finds Fracking Poses Little Risk To Drinking Water In The State

A draft report on the risks of fracking in Maryland has found little risk of drinking water contamination in the state, despite multiple reports of contamination from fracking in other states. The report, which was put together by Maryland’s Department …
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Arctic seas: Little ability to cope with an oil spill – Anchorage Daily News

Arctic seas: Little ability to cope with an oil spill
Anchorage Daily News
A new report suggests little is known how an oil spill in the Arctic would act or spread in icy and snowy conditions. The report also says little is known on how to go about cleaning up such a spill in Arctic conditions. Arctic residents are concerned

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Little Difference In Magnetic-Field Exposure From EVs & Gasoline-Powered Cars, Research Finds



Much has been made of the idea that electric cars produce dangerous magnetic fields that can harm human health. But is there any truth to it? Or is it simply trash talk?

Well, now, new research from SINTEF is providing an answer to that question — EVs do produce magnetic fields, ones of comparable strength to those generated by gas and diesel powered cars, that is.

The EU-funded research project EM Safety is the most comprehensive study yet carried out to identify different sources of magnetic fields in electric cars. Image Credit: Trondheim Kommune

The EU-funded research project EM Safety is the most comprehensive study yet carried out to identify different sources of magnetic fields in electric cars.
Image Credit: Trondheim Kommune

So if you don’t have an issue driving a gas-powered car then you really shouldn’t have an issue driving an electric one, not for this reason anyways.

Worth noting is the fact that all of the magnetic fields in question — whether those created by the EVs, the petrol cars, the diesel cars, or the hydrogen cars — were of much lower intensity than the health limits outlined in current international standards.

“There is a good deal of public concern about exposure to magnetic fields. The subject crops up regularly in the media. With the number of electric-powered vehicles increasing, this project is very relevant,” states Kari Schjølberg-Henriksen, a physicist at SINTEF.

The press release from SINTEF provides more:

The intensity of magnetic fields in seven different electric cars, one hydrogen car and one petrol car were measured in order to ascertain whether they approach the recommended limiting values for human exposure. The measurements were carried out using real cars in a laboratory and during road tests.

The highest values in electric cars were measured near the floor, close to the battery itself and when starting the cars. In all cases, exposure to magnetic fields is lower than 20% of the limiting value recommended by the ICNIRP. Measurements taken at head-height are less than 2% of the same limiting value.

In the case of petrol and diesel powered cars, exposure was measured at around 10% of the limiting value. In other words, there is little difference between electric cars and petrol and diesel cars.


So, as stated before, the whole thing appears to have been at best paranoia, but probably far more likely, a smear job against EVs…

“There is absolutely no cause for concern. The difference between this research and similar earlier work is that we have taken into account what contributes to the magnetic fields. The rotation of the wheels themselves generates considerable magnetic fields, irrespective of vehicle type,” Schjølberg-Henriksen explains.

While we’re on the topic of smear jobs against EVs, I can’t help but bring up the hilarious flier currently making its way onto Model S windshields in San Francisco. Talk about crazy.

Some of the funnier portions (imho) of the anti-EV flier mention Tesla’s “manipulations of Congress,” the idea that Tesla’s EVs have somehow “burned planes,” a question about why Tesla is responsible for “so many homicides,” and the (awesome) charge that Tesla created the EVs specifically for the purpose of tracking the whereabouts of rich people — with Google’s help of course.

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A very good link (Soil Matters) with a good little video. Thanks for caring. – Energy Collective

A very good link (Soil Matters) with a good little video. Thanks for caring.
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