Most of us know that the famous Cliff House has had many incarnations, sometimes due to tragic events. The location has some of the richest history in the city, entertaining U. S. presidents, many of the area's wealthiest citizens, and even a darker, seedier era. When going through the San Francisco Chronicle's digital archives, we discovered that the Schooner Parallel went aground, at a little beach by Point Lobos, in January 1887, carrying 42 tons of black powder.
For the first time since Thomas Edison opened the first power station in London in 1882, Great Britain functioned without any coal-fired power plants last Friday. The milestone marks the first continuous 24-hour period without coal since the Industrial Revolution. This isn’t the first time Britain has gone without coal for a significant chunk of the day, but before this, 19 hours was the longest continuous time that coal power was able to go offline.
Instead of coal, National Grid relied on a mix of 50.3% gas, 21.2% nuclear, 12.2% wind, 8.3% imports, 6.7% biomass, and 3.6% solar on Friday.