Solar power advocate and eccentric billionaire, Warren Buffett, recently released plans to create the largest solar power plant in the United States.
Buffett is no stranger to solar energy as he has dabbled in the industry for years, but he's about to take his passion for clean energy even further.
According to an article written by Avi Salzman published on Barron's, "The so-called Gemini project, which will generate power for NV Energy companies but will be developed by third parties, will be 25 miles from Las Vegas. That project and two others will create 1.19 gigawatts of new power for NV, enough to provide electricity to 230,000 homes. The projects also come with 590 megawatts of battery-storage capacity, meaning the power generated by solar panels can be stored for times when the sun isn't shining."
Nicki Zvik, Founder of Green Solar Technologies, shares his excitement, stating, "We at Green Solar Technologies are thrilled to hear about the ambitious project Buffett is leading. To have such a distinguished proponent for solar energy like Warren Buffett is a huge asset to our industry."
The Barron's article continues, "Regardless of the environmental debates, Berkshire's embrace of solar energy makes it clear that the technology is becoming progressively more cost-competitive with fossil-fuel-driven power. The Gemini project will cost $38.44 per megawatt hour under a 25-year contract, the L.A. Times reported, while Lazard has calculated that the average national cost of a new natural-gas plant ranges from $44 to $68."
"Buffett knows as well as the rest of us that the financial benefits of solar are uncomparable to fossil fuels," states Zvik. "Over the years, the cost of solar has dropped exponentially and it continues to lower while the cost of fossil fuels are simultaneously rising simply because the sun is an infinite source of energy. Fossil fuels on the other hand are finite and extremely costly, not to mention extremely dangerous, to obtain."
Zvik, who has previously acknowledged Buffett's presence within the solar world, goes on to share that the team at Green Solar Technologies is optimistic that Buffett's support for solar will help to guide the green energy movement.
He states, "With talk of the Green New Deal and the goal to reach a country powered by 100% renewable sources in the not-so-distant future, we as solar need all the support we can get, and our team is thrilled to have the one and only Warren Buffett on our side."
GCH CH Pequest Wasabi, a Pekingese known as “Wasabi,” triumphed over more than 5,200 competitors to earn a $50,000 cash prize and the title of Best in Show at the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin, held Dec. 14-15 in Orlando.
The victory marked the first time a toy-breed dog has won top honors at the kennel club’s flagship show, AKC noted.
Wasabi, owned by David Fitzpatrick and Peggy Steinman of East Berlin, PA, and bred by David Fitzpatrick, was crowned “America’s National Champion” by Best in Show judge Dorothy Collier after a weekend of intense canine competition. The live stream of all of the weekend events is available for replay at AKC.tv.
In an article posted on the AKC’s website, Fitzpatrick is quoted talking about the peculiarities of the breed:
“The Pekingese is not a breed that wants to please you – for centuries and centuries, people have been pleasing the Pekingese,” Fitzpatrick explains, noting that these palace dogs, which could only be owned by the Chinese royal family, even had their own servants.
Getting a canine aristocrat who is impervious to treats or praise to follow your lead requires Freudian levels of psychology. “Whatever they do, you have to pretend it’s their idea,” he sighs, noting that this “pride of existence” is what makes the breed both fascinating and challenging. “And hopefully it coincides with what you want them to do.”
The overall show totals topped 11,008 entries, making this the largest dog event in the history of the American Kennel Club. The event continues to be the largest in North America.
CANNABIDIOL (CBD) PRODUCTS REPRESENT a rapidly growing category of pet products, and retailers are on the front lines when it comes to educating their customers on the benefits, usage and expected results. As the category matures, pet owners are becoming more sophisticated in their understanding of these products and the vast range of options. One area where many questions arise has to do with the difference between products labeled as “full spectrum” versus “broad spectrum” CBD, or “CBD isolate.”
When it comes to the “full” versus “broad” spectrum labels, it’s all about what ends up in the final product. The “spectrum” refers to a product’s range of included cannabinoids, which are compounds extracted from the cannabis plant. These include cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and more than 100 other naturally occurring compounds. In particular, THC is the compound known for its psychoactive high that many associate with recreational marijuana. CBD, on the other hand, does not produce a psychoactive effect.
To create a CBD product, cannabinoids are extracted from the cannabis plant, and the product is refined until it contains only the specific compounds desired. In full-spectrum products, this includes all compounds found naturally occurring in the plant, including CBD, terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids — including, notably, THC. Broad-spectrum products contain a similarly wide range of cannabinoids, with one important exception: They contain no THC. Isolate takes the refinement process even further, distilling the product to the purest form of CBD. That means removing all non-CBD compounds found in the plant, including THC, terpenes, flavonoids, plant parts and other cannabinoids. Under the 2018 Farm Bill, which made CBD purchase legal at a federal level, full-spectrum products are legal if they contain less than 0.3 percent THC.
While it was once thought that isolate represented the most potent form of CBD treatment, a 2015 study debunked this perception when it found that full-spectrum CBD provided higher relief effects within the body. However, pet owners who are most interested in a concentrated dose of CBD, or who fear their pet might be intolerant of other cannabinoids, might still prefer the pure nature of a CBD isolate. However, there are reasons to direct pet owners to full-spectrum and broad-spectrum products over isolate. Certain studies show that the blend of multiple cannabinoids produce what is known as the “entourage effect,” which refers to the way in which cannabinoids magnify the effects of one another when combined. Both full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD products produce this beneficial effect, leaving the question of THC as the main discerning factor between the two.
Full-spectrum products that adhere to the legally required limit of less than 0.3 percent THC should not produce a psychoactive effect within pets. However, some owners are wary of administering any amount of THC to their pets — and there is some basis for this concern. Simply put, the production process used by some CBD suppliers isn’t precise enough to ensure THC concentrations within full-spectrum products remain uniformly and consistently below through the 0.3 percent legal threshold. Until quality control in this realm improves, sticking with broad-spectrum products is the best way to alleviate concerns that a CBD product might inadvertently get a pet high. Ultimately, as with so many categories of product, the best results will be seen when a retailer discusses the individual needs of a pet with its owner and recommends the appropriate product. _____________________________________________
The first Nebraska mountain lion to be trophy hunted in 2020 was killed on January 2, 2020. The hunter killed the 1½ year old male just south of Chadron and posed, smiling while holding the dead animal on social media.
Nebraska is home to an estimated 40 independent-age mountain lions (59 including kittens who are not legally trophy hunted). In 2019 and 2020 the annual quota is eight lions total. In other words, Nebraska Game and Parks allows 20% of this population to be killed by trophy hunters. The agency began allowing trophy hunting of mountain lions in 2019.
“The Humane Society of the United States is committed to ending the unnecessary killing of mountain lions. Each year, thousands of these beautiful animals are hunted for trophies in the U.S. including in Nebraska and South Dakota where their populations are exceedingly diminishing. The loss of one mountain lion has an enormous, devastating ripple effect throughout their sensitive communities as well as their ecosystems.
Nebraska is home to a small population of these rare and iconic native animals. The trophy hunting of mountain lions is inhumane and losing just one here can be harmful to their long-term survival in our state. It can also result in greater conflicts among themselves as well as with humans, pets and livestock. These animals must be protected from trophy hunting so that they may continue to re-establish themselves in Nebraska and provide countless benefits to other wildlife and our state’s beautiful wild spaces” says, Jocelyn Nickerson, Nebraska State Director for the Humane Society of the United States
Since 2014, Senator Ernie Chambers has introduced bills to prohibit the trophy hunting of mountain lions. That year, the bill was approved by the legislature but vetoed by then Gov. Dave Heineman. Since then, Senator Chambers’ legislation has not passed committee.
Endor, a green sea turtle, arrived at The Florida Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center in Apollo Beach on April 1, 2019, from Volusia County. The turtle was found suffering from cold-stunning, which is when sea turtles are exposed to cold ocean water and air temperatures for an extended period, rendering them immobile since they are cold-blooded.
Cold-stunned turtles are unable to swim and can develop symptoms, including decreased heart rate, low blood circulation, and pneumonia. If they do not receive treatment, cold-stunned sea turtles can be susceptible to drowning, infections, predation, or boat strikes.
In the weeks following its care, Endor developed an infection in its left flipper. The sea turtle was taken to Tampa General Hospital for a CT scan to get a better look at the infection. Over time, The Florida Aquarium’s veterinary staff administered antibiotics in hopes of saving the limb, but it was found that the injury was not healing correctly, and it needed to be amputated. Sea turtles with three flippers are known to be able to survive with no issue in the wild.
Endor has since completely recovered from surgery and has nearly doubled in size since arrival. So, after ten months of great care, this little guy is ready to go home. Endor has been cleared for release back into the wild by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the veterinary staff at the Aquarium.
UPS driver Sean McCarren started his Facebook page in 2013 with modest ambitions: He wanted to share a collection of photos of the dogs he encountered while making his way around Hagerstown, MD.
Today, the page, called UPS Dogs, is a viral powerhouse with 1.6 million fans, Fox Business reports. McCarren has expanded to Instagram, where he has nearly 600,000 followers, and to Twitter, where he has 18,000 followers.
UPS drivers all over the country now share photos of dogs they meet on their routes. McCarren and colleague Donna Whitaker, with whom he runs the accounts, schedule posts months in advance.
“I just thought that it was a cool idea,” McCarren was quoted saying. “I didn’t think that it was going to hit as hard as it did.”
McCarren hopes at some point to start selling branded merchandise based on the accounts, donating a portion of the revenue to animal shelters, according to Fox Business. But it’s not yet clear whether UPS will go for the idea.
One unique cat at the Idaho Falls Animal Shelter may come with a lot of baggage.
Ivan arrived at the shelter the day after New Year's Day.
Rescuers say his microchip reads he is from Russia, but his chip has not been registered, so they are unable to find his family.
The animal shelter says he has such a great personality, and they hope to find him a family soon.
"He's pretty stoic. He's pushy with his affection like he wants you to pet him, but he's not like soft and cuddly like all of the other cats he's kind of just like he walks up to you, pushes into you, once you to pet him and then has enough of it. He's, he's a different kind of cat, he's a unique cat," said Carissa Hernandez special programs manager at the Idaho Falls Animal Shelter.
The animal shelter is only allowed to hold on to pets for five days after putting them up for adoption, so his time on hold is running short. He will be put up for adoption Wednesday.
If you know where Ivan belongs, you can contact the Idaho Falls Animal Shelter at (208) 612-8670.
State police say a woman has been charged with murder after a man with dog bites was found dead in Rockcastle County.
“They’ll be able to tell if it was a gun shot, a dog bite, or heart attack,” said Trooper Scottie Pennington of the Kentucky State Police.
KSP and Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call, which came at roughly 3:40 am. When they got the to home on Pug Lane of U.S. 25, they were met by an overly aggressive dog. According to an arrest citation, 38-year-old Melissa Wolke sicced her pitbull on a man. A neighbor who called 9-1-1 says witnessed Wolke attacking a man and giving her dog commands to attack him. When officers arrived to the home, they found Wolke in the backyard sitting on the man and punching him in the face, while the dog attacked him.
“In the interest of their safety and everyone in the neighborhood, they put the animal down,” Pennington said.
According to Pennington, the victim had dog bites on his face and head, but no one can say for certain if he was killed by those bite wounds.
According to Wolke's arrest citation, she appeared to have blood on her hands and feet, and a large clump of hair in her hands that were consistent with the victim's hair. During an interview, Wolke told KSP she was going 'redneck' on a man and that she was the owner of the pitbull, which she calls 'Denali'.
Autopsies will be conducted on both the victim and the dog to determine a possible cause of death.
In the case of the dog, investigators would like to know if she was infected with rabies, or any other potentially dangerous diseases. Police will release the name of the victim once they have that information, and notify the man’s next of kin.
Animal control workers caught a coyote Thursday evening on Chicago’s North Side, but authorities said it might not be known for weeks whether it’s the same animal that attacked a 6-year-old boy the day before about two miles away.
The coyote, which appeared injured, was spotted about 10 p.m. in the 1700 block of North Dayton Street, according to Chicago Animal Care and Control. Workers from the agency caught up with the animal about a block away and “safely” shot it with a tranquilizer dart. The coyote was about three blocks west of the Steppenwolf Theatre, not far from the intersection of North Avenue and Halsted Street.
Animal control officials are attempting to determine if the captured coyote is the same animal that attacked a boy Wednesday afternoon outside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park, biting him on the head. Two DePaul University track team members were running nearby when the coyote attacked the boy and said they helped kick the animal away.
Animal control said Friday morning that DNA testing and evaluation of the captured coyote was expected to take a few weeks. An agency spokeswoman said the animal was being taken to a local animal rehabilitation center, where the DNA testing and additional evaluation will occur. The boy was walking along a path in a park area near the museum when he came upon the coyote on a grassy hill, officials said. The boy may have startled the animal, which bit the boy. The child’s nanny and several bystanders came to the boy’s aid.
A spokeswoman for animal control declined to answer what would happen to the captured coyote if it is determined to be the same animal that bit the boy. Officials said in a statement Friday they “will continue to aggressively patrol the area in response to any potential coyote sightings.” Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday said she was pleased with how officials handled the situation.
Animal control, in its “Coyote Management & Coexistence Plan,” reports it receives approximately 450 service requests annually involving coyotes. Coyotes, the report details, “can only be harmed or removed if there is proof of imminent danger to a human’s life or property.” A Chicago Animal Care and Control officer tranquilizes a coyote behind a home near the corner of Willow and Fremont streets on Jan. 9, 2020.
Ald. Brian Hopkins, whose 2nd Ward includes the museum, tweeted that “preliminary indications strongly suggest this is the animal involved ... waiting for DNA test results to confirm.” The alderman said the coyote may also be the same animal that bit a man in the buttocks later Wednesday in Streeterville. Neither the boy nor the man — who showed up at a hospital with what he said was a coyote bite — suffered life-threatening injuries. The attack on the boy is believed to be the first by a coyote on a human in the Chicago area in at least a decade, said Kelley Gandurski, executive director of Chicago Animal Care and Control.