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"  Also, whenever the subject of subsidies for green technologies comes up, I always like to remind how whatever figure you can come up with, it will always be dwarfed by the fossil fuel subsidies. Here is the recent report on Global Energy Subsidies from the IMF.  " 

Which links to a pdf  https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/wp/2015/wp15105.pdf
From the conclusions;
"  ...The estimate for 2011—at $4.2 trillion (5.8 percent of global GDP)—is more than double the amount reported by Clements and others (2013). The estimate grows to $4.9 trillion (6.5 percent of global GDP) in 2013 and is projected to remain high at $5.3 trillion (6.5 percent of global GDP) in 2015 despite the large drop in international energy prices.  ..."
Also ;
http://cleantechnica.com/2015/05/30/reflections-fossil-subsidy-iceberg/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29 "  “This very important analysis shatters the myth that fossil fuels are cheap by showing just how huge their real costs are. There is no justification for these enormous subsidies for fossil fuels, which distort markets and damage economies, particularly in poorer countries…. A more complete estimate of the costs due to climate change would show the implicit subsidies for fossil fuels are much bigger even than this report suggests .”  - Nick Stern, climate economist at the London School of Economics

h/t +Manuel Lupotto 

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Mountain Accord, or Mountain Discord?
Over the last year I've been very involved with the Mountain Accord process as part of my role as the "Assistant to the Vice President" of the Wasatch Backcountry Alliance. I haven't written about it much here because....well, because it seems like I have s...

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"  While the Falcon 9 rocket’s second stage injects the Dragon spacecraft into orbit, a subset of the first stage’s nine Merlin 1D engines will reignite to guide the 14-story rocket back to the ground from more than 50 miles in altitude. The rocket will deploy grid fins for aerodynamic stability and then extend four landing legs just before touchdown on the landing ship, which is named the Marmac 300 but has been christened the “Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship” by SpaceX.  "

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Some closups of a dragon fly shot with Olympus XZ-2, Raynox DCR-150 and Oly MAL-11 dual LED macro light.  Nice eyes! #macro   #insects  
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Spring blooms.
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Porcupine still in winter attire and moose on the way up big mtn.
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May 6, 2013
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Upgraded the swashplate and rotor head of my V911 helicopter with cnc aluminum parts.  Smoother and more stable after upgrade.  Had to debur some parts a bit and drill out and shim sides of flybar.  Fun little project!
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V911 RC Helicopter Swashplate Upgrade
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Photosphere looking north towards Zion from Gooseberry mesa.
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So many shapes and forms in the insect world. What caused this trait to be selected?
Glasswinged Butterfly ( Greta oto )

The Glasswinged butterfly (Greta oto) is a beautiful brush-footed butterfly and is a member of the: subfamily Danainae, tribe Ithomiini, subtribe Godyridina. Greta oto adults exhibit a number of interesting behaviours, such as long migrations and lekking (gathering of males for competitive mating displays). 

The wings are translucent, with a wingspan of 5.6 to 6.1 cm (2.2 to 2.4 in). Its most common English name is glasswinged butterfly, and its Spanish name is “espejitos”, which means “little mirrors.”

The Glasswinged butterfly gets its name because the tissue between the veins of its wings looks like glass, as it lacks the coloured scales found in other butterflies

(Article Source: http://goo.gl/Tsom)
(Image Credit: Eddy Van 3000 on Flickr)
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