Daily Archives: February 2, 2016

Isaac’s Storm


Travis Matthews

For Educational Classroom Use. Produced by the History Channel.

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Galveston Storm of 1900


Lonestar101

Uploaded on Jul 23, 2007

The deadliest hurricane in U.S. history struck Galveston in September 1900. Six thousand people died. (1994)

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Type of Mosquito that Carries Zika Virus Found in Washington, DC


VOA News

Published on Feb 2, 2016

The Zika virus, declared an international emergency by the World Health Organization, is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. While the recent focus has been on the mosquito’s effect in Latin America, one biologist has found that specific type of mosquito just blocks from the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Alberto Pimienta spoke with the scientist and has this report.

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Pentagon lists Russia as top global threat, seeks fourfold boost in defense budget


RT

Published on Feb 2, 2016

The Pentagon chief Ashton Carter has announced a four-fold increase in the US’s defence budget for Europe – citing Russian aggression as the main reason. Washington plans to spend a whopping 3.4-billion dollars countering it.

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Drills on Mars


FORA.tv

Published on Feb 2, 2016

Drilling on Mars: NASA astrobiologist Pamela Conrad shares what we’ve learned so far. http://f4a.tv/1RCGKFz

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The World’s Largest Wind Farm | China’s Future MEGAPROJECTS: Part 6


The Daily Conversation

Published on Feb 2, 2016

The largest wind farm in the world is being constructed in China’s Gansu Province, and is one of six mega-farms going up across the country.

Video created by Bryce Plank

Video script:
By now you’re seeing the trend here: the world’s biggest city, the world’s longest canal, biggest airport, longest high speed rail network and underwater tunnel. So the fact that China is building the world’s largest Wind Power Farm too shouldn’t surprise you. The Gansu Wind Farm Project will produce 20 Gigawatts of power by 2020, and will cost nearly $20 billion to build. Turbines are going up at the staggering rate of 35 per day across the three areas that make up the power base. In 2012, Gansu’s capacity surpassed the total wind-generated-electricity produced by all of the United Kingdom, and it’s just the largest of six mega-wind farms currently under construction throughout China.

But China isn’t embracing wind just to reduce its carbon emissions, it’s doing everything it can to simply keep the lights on. Some parts of the country with booming middle class populations suffer persistent electricity shortages because, just like us, people want refrigerators, dishwashers, washer and dryers, and computers in their homes, but there’s only so much energy to go around.

So China’s State Council is pushing for an across-the-board renewable strategy to reduce its dependence on oil, coal and gas, the finite resources of the 20th century whose extraction and consumption are subject to constant geopolitical tensions.

As a result, since 2013, China has led the world in renewable energy production, with a total capacity of 378 installed Gigawatts, coming from projects as wide-ranging as Gansu to hydroelectric power plants like the Three Gorges Dam, which spans the Yangtze River and is the world’s largest power station of any kind. In just the last 10 years, China has increased its solar panel production 100-fold to become the world’s leading manufacturer of the technology.

With China now pumping more CO2 into the atmosphere than the number two and three emitting countries – the US and India – combined, it’s vital for the future of the planet that it continues using MegaProjects to create a lot more Megawatts of clean, green power.

Thanks for watching. Click the like button to help share this video, it really helps me out. Until next time, for TDC, I’m Bryce Plank.

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