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    Daily Digest 9/21 – Racing For The “Holy Grail” Of Renewables, Science In Policy And Politics

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    Thursday, September 21, 2017, 2:50 PM


For weeks, Equifax customer service has been directing victims to a fake phishing site (tmn)

Luckily, the alternate URL Equifax sent the victim to isn’t malicious. Full-stack developer Nick Sweeting set up the misspelled phishing site in order to expose vulnerabilities that existed in Equifax’s response page. “I made the site because Equifax made a huge mistake by using a domain that doesn’t have any trust attached to it [as opposed to hosting it on],” Sweeting tells The Verge. “It makes it ridiculously easy for scammers to come in and build clones — they can buy up dozens of domains, and typo-squat to get people to type in their info.”

“What Do You Say To People Who Think They Have Nothing to Hide?” (jdargis)

We monitor governmental use of surveillance technologies, and law enforcement’s access to sensitive and private data about civilians that is held by other entities: email held by Google, for example, or cell phone location records held by service providers, or searches of our electronic devices, like our phones and laptops when we’re coming back into the U.S. after an international trip. We also consider what limits should be put on a warrant when police want to get access to the contents of the laptop kept in your house, or the phone in your pocket if you were to get arrested.

The United States Needs an Earthquake Warning System Already (tmn)

The promise of ShakeAlert—which goes beyond the smartphone app tested by those LA residents—has already been shown in many ways. The system gives automated early warnings to slow BART trains in the Bay Area and protect California oil and gas refinery operations. ShakeAlert will even automatically put NASA’s deep space telescope in Goldstone, California into a safe mode. A few luxury condo buildings in Marina del Rey, Calif., and Santa Monica College have also purchased a commercial version of the ShakeAlert warning, which piggybacks off the USGS sensors but offers a direct signal to the building that slows elevators inside.

Roger Pielke Jr. on Science in Policy and Politics (Eric G.)

Roger Pielke Jr. is faculty at the University of Colorado. He is affiliated with the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, and directs the Sports Governance Center. He’s written several books, among them The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics and The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians Won’t Tell You About Global Warming.

The Race For The “Holy Grail” Of Renewables (Michael K.)

Energy storage, according to AES’ CEO Andres Gluski, is “the Holy Grail for renewables.” It is the key to the renewables kingdom of the future, eliminating the adverse effects of renewable power’s intermittency. Integrating this Holy Grail with the clean energy producers is the next step. Tesla and other battery makers have already made it. Yet staying with traditional utilities might not be a bad strategy either: it will be some time before renewables become the predominant energy source in the world.

14 States: We’re on Track to Meet Paris Climate Goals, Despite Trump (jdargis)

Accompanied by former Secretary of State John Kerry, who steered the U.S. negotiations on Paris, the governors unveiled a new report on Wednesday from the U.S. Climate Alliance, the group they formed after President Trump announced he would withdraw from the historic climate agreement. (Only two other countries haven’t signed the agreement, and Nicaragua media reported this week that their country’s president plans to do so. If that happens, it would leave Syria and the U.S. alone in rejecting it if Trump pulls out.)

Bayer Partners With Startup to Develop Crops That Can Fertilize Themselves (jdargis)

To understand what this new group is trying to do first requires a quick biochemistry refresher: As we said, plants need nitrogen, and nitrogen can naturally be found floating around in the air and soil. Seems like a good match, right? Not quite. Plants can’t just suck up that nitrogen as-is; it has to be converted to a form they actually can absorb. Most plants can’t do this themselves, so they reply on a helper.

Hurricane Maria leaves Puerto Rico in total blackout as storm batters island (jdargis)

Felix Delgado, mayor of the northern coastal city of Catano, told the Associated Press that 80% of the 454 homes in a neighborhood known as Juana Matos were destroyed. “Months and months and months and months are going to pass before we can recover from this,” he said.

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  • Thu, Sep 21, 2017 - 12:44pm



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    Re: Bayer Partners With Startup to Develop Crops That Can Fertil

    After ruining the soil they are going to stick another band-aid on the problem.  And of course, that comes with more unintended consequences.   

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  • Thu, Sep 21, 2017 - 12:58pm



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    Isn’t it comforting that our personal data is collected by company that is COMPLETELY incompetent in IT security?

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  • Thu, Sep 21, 2017 - 1:41pm

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    It is actually worse than that

    KugsCheese wrote:

    Isn’t it comforting that our personal data is collected by company that is COMPLETELY incompetent in IT security?

    It is actually worse than that: Canadian private life protection laws have no punishment for this kind of incompetency. So, nothing forces them to implement more security or be more transparent when incidents happen.

    People, here, are just beginning to talk about updating these laws… something that needed to be done 20 years ago…

    I have no idea on how bad/good are US laws.


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  • Thu, Sep 21, 2017 - 2:08pm



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    Quebec published on Sept. 3rd, a proposition for its first legislation for gas.

    Striking to see that fracking wells can be:

    – as close as 150m from residences.

    – as close as 60m from the limit of natural parks.

    – in water (rivers, lakes).

    and, the icing on the cake: NO LIABILITY!

    Lobbies work becomes much much much easier when a government is money-stressed. Another proof that our elected people are not working for their electors.


    (Source). (In French, translation below. I didn’t find an English source)


    The Couillard government has decided to open Quebec’s lakes and rivers to oil and gas exploration and development projects. Drilling in water, but also in the ground, can also be carried out with fracking operations, close to inhabited areas, schools, protected areas and national parks.

    While Pierre Arcand, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, is on a “mission” in Asia, the government published four draft regulations in the Official Gazette on Wednesday, following the adoption of the first hydrocarbons in the history of the province. These very technical documents totaling 269 pages specify several of the modalities that will govern the projects of exploration and exploitation of oil and gas on the territory of Quebec.

    One of the draft regulations defines precisely the rules for the “water environment”. According to the definition in the legislation passed by the Liberals under the gag, this environment can be “a lake or a stream of regular or intermittent flow”. In other words, the government has decided to open the door to exploration and development projects in the lakes and rivers of Quebec.

    Based solely on the official map of the 53,225 square kilometers of exploration permits currently in place in Quebec, it can be seen that dozens of rivers in different regions could be targeted by oil and gas companies. This is the case, for example, with Lac Saint-Jean. Olitra owns 400 km2 of permits in this region, part of which already covers the lake.
    In the St. Lawrence valley, particularly between Montreal and Quebec, existing licenses cover several rivers, including Saint-François, Saint-Maurice, Batiscan, Sainte-Anne and Chaudière. The Richelieu River is also covered by permits, some of which are owned by Gastem. In the Gaspé Peninsula, dozens of lakes and rivers are found in licensed territories, for example with the companies Pétrolia and Junex.
    Residential Sectors

    To obtain an authorization to drill in a water environment, a company must apply to the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, responsible for the application of the Hydrocarbons Act.

    The 115-page draft regulation also includes provisions for future drilling, including those with fracking. The company wishing to carry out this work must respect a minimum distance of 175 meters between the head of the well and “a concentration of residential, commercial, industrial or service activities”. For a remote residence, the regulations refer to a minimum distance of 150 meters. This means that industry activities can be deployed very close to populated areas.

    For such drilling in water, but also in the event of commercial production of fossil fuels, “the holder of the authorization may not position the site of the activities within 60 meters of a national park or a protected area “, also specifies the draft regulation. This means that these industrial projects can be deployed at the boundaries of the province’s national parks, as well as territories that are protected because of their high ecological value.

    Québec finally provides a minimum distance of 40 meters between the head of a well and the “St. Lawrence River Waterway”. According to the spokesman of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Nicolas Bégin, the moratorium on drilling in the fluvial part and the estuary continues however to apply.

    However, the regulation does not specify whether horizontal drilling, but also fracking, will be permitted under the St. Lawrence, or under inhabited areas or protected areas. But, whatever the modalities, the Rivières Foundation describes the regulation on water environments as a “direct threat” to rivers.

    Schools and kindergardens

    The land-based oil and gas regulations stipulate that companies must respect the same distances as in the water environment compared to the inhabited areas. This means that the Pétrolia’s Haldimand project, in the Gaspé region, could go ahead. This oil project rejected by the City of Gaspé and criticized by several citizens is located 350 meters from a residential area.

    For land drilling, the regulation also sets a minimum distance of 275 meters from a “health and social services establishment”, or “educational institution”, “one building where child care is provided “and” a heritage site “. In the case of a cemetery, this separation distance is reduced to 100 meters.

    For both landborne and waterborne drilling, “the Minister may, however, permit the reduction of distances if the holder of the authorization demonstrates to him that an effective protection measure reduces the risk” developed by the Couillard government.

    Oil companies will also be able to use “assisted oil recovery”, an operating technique that has never been mentioned in Quebec before. This allows to increase the quantity of crude brought back to the surface by drilling additional wells which make it possible to inject, for example, gas or chemicals, to stimulate production.

    In another draft regulation published Wednesday in the Official Gazette, the government has chosen to set a limit on the “liability” of companies in the fossil energy sector. It will have a ceiling of $ 10 million for terrestrial projects, while it will reach $ 25 million in water. An error, according to Greenpeace, which believes that liability should be unlimited, so as to ensure that the company fully assumes the invoice, in case of a spill.

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  • Thu, Sep 21, 2017 - 3:39pm

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    Equifax CSO

    The Equifax Chief Security Officer has degrees in Music.  After this all blew up she scrubbed that information from her Linkedin profile.

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    That music degree comes in

    That music degree comes in handy when making an explanatory song-and-dance visit to congress- however unlikely- to explain what went wrong……Aloha, Steve.

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