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HARTWELL, GA (FOX Carolina)-

A Megabus headed from Atlanta to Charlotte caught fire Wednesday afternoon, shutting down Interstate 85 northbound in Hart County, GA.

Passengers told FOX Carolina a tire that blew and as the bus was trying to stop, something overheated and caught fire in the rear of the bus.

The bus stopped near mile marker 179 just south of the South Carolina line about noon.

Five days ago:

LITCHFIELD, Ill. (AP)A blown tire likely caused a double-decker bus to lurch out of control and strike a bridge pillar in the grassy median of an interstate highway, killing one passenger and injuring nearly four dozen others, an Illinois State Police investigator said Friday.
This bus was a year old. The tires were just inspected within this last month.

Barring road debris this tire should not have failed. What I suspect is going on is related to the new heat we are now experiencing. The road beds if they are some form of macadam will have varying tar content and consistency depending on the prevailing environment. If this material becomes sticky it will increase friction. Friction causes heat. Heat destroys tires. We need to look at our highways and do the work needed to correct this.

Even concrete pad highways are suceptible to holding heat intensely and magnifying the effect during the day. Hence all those great Route 66 mirage photos.

That or invest in some heavy non-blowout tires.

Tired Ladybug

Oh. And the entire maintenance and supply departments for Megabus need to be audited.

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  •  Two incidents does not a pattern make (5+ / 0-)

    But it does raise a good question. What I'd love to see is reports from the trucking industry. There are hundreds of thousands if not millions of trucks on the road. Blown tires cost money and they would see trends the way a single bus line could not.

    Romney's religion is only an issue because he's a high priest in the Church of Mammon.

    by ontheleftcoast on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 12:17:55 PM PDT

  •  Adaptations to climate change are something (7+ / 0-)

    I have been thinking about a lot lately. I think it will become  much harder for many of the country's large commercial farms to produce enough food for our population over time--and as a result, small home gardens are going to become more important for many people. we're also going to have to change the way we garden--by changing the times when we plant certain crops, or finding ways to protect plants during the hottest parts of the summer.

    Another way we are going to have to adapt is to learn how to deal with extreme heat waves. Last month, my electric bill was about $300. We had to run the central air almost nonstop--and our air conditioning unit still barely kept up during the afternoon on some days. People are going to have to do things like insulate their homes better, add shade trees to their yards, and perhaps even start building earth sheltered or bermed homes in order to adapt.

    I hadn't considered the problems hot roads might cause, beyond causing the asphalt to buckle. I hadn't considered how extreme heat could cause tires to blow out--but, yes, that could be a very serious problem causing a lot of accidents in the future as the climate continues to heat up.

    •  I've been thinking alot about this lately as well. (4+ / 0-)

      And I've not had a very hopeful feeling about it. My sense is that most everyone will assume someone somewhere must doing something. When the time comes they'll have a plan.

      I don't assume that. I'm very glad to see this diary. I have more faith in a handful of kossacks to come up with a plan to survive what's to come than I do the US govt because kossacks understand that NOW is the time to start taking action.

      Great suggestions btw.

      Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

      by JTinDC on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 01:17:21 PM PDT

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    •  As a urban gardener (4+ / 0-)

      who plants mainly food in my small space I have already started adapting.  Last year was a bust because I planted according to what used to be our seasons. I live in OR where the gulf stream seems to be making it wetter and colder. Summers are shorter and the cloud cover feels closer.  

      The wet clay soil does not heat up fast enough for good root development. The heat loving crops like squash tomatoes etc. produce a lot of foliage but do not have the time or the sun to mature. The heavy duty rain washes away my compost and nutrients and I delay planting in the spring until I can work the soil.

      This last week we had a heat wave. I was miserable as I'm not acclimatized to heat but my garden went nuts' I swear I could see them growing with my naked eyes. This week it still sunny. I just hope the rain and dark stays away through Sept.

      I'm experimenting with planting and siting my food crops differently and trying to cover worst cases, too hot or too rainy cold. I planted my tomatoes peppers and squash in pots as the soil stays hotter and I can move them to the sunniest spots. My main bed is filled with cool lovers and they are doing great.

      I think adaptation is key and so is community. I'm trying to develop ties that are local especially in the area of services and retail  Another adaption I'm seriously doing is walking bike riding more, hardly ever drive, we both work from our house.  It has helped me find a workable small scale community.  

  •  The only plans for dealing with the future (3+ / 0-)

    other than for resource wars, peasant control, and universal spying are all token and vague as far as I can see.

    The problems that will result from global climate change are literally legion and no one with enough power and influence is making much attempt to even acknowledge the impending crises much less plan.

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    by blueoasis on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 02:26:29 PM PDT

    •  Yep--I believe if we want our children and (2+ / 0-)
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      grandchildren to survive, we're going to have to do it ourselves--the powers that be don't care about what happens to the masses of humankind.

      Start thinking about survival strategies now--and start implementing them as much as you can. And then teach your kids.

      •  I noticed that you mentioned the electric (2+ / 0-)
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        bill above, which is approximately the same as ours, but our water was also equal to that and I'm afraid it'll be even more for the next one.  I'm in the southern plains so this is the second year for us.  And with the water, I don't attempt to do the lawn areas, just the landscaping with trees, shrubs, ornamentals and the tomatoes, peppers, and herbs in the garden.  I've given up on other vegetables for various reasons and it's taken a LOT of care to get some produce this year.

        There are just so many anomalies and problems.  Recently splits in the hoses from the heat, and they're good quality hoses, and just so many little things that I never thought about before though I'm used to the heat and dry spells here.

        It's really difficult to try to figure out what to do with planting and when since we still have lots of freezes  with no idea when or how hard they'll come.  And if the drought continues..................

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        by blueoasis on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 03:12:00 PM PDT

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        •  I've been thinking about starting certain plants-- (2+ / 0-)
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          like corn or green beans--indoors so I can plant them earlier and they will be at a more mature stage earlier in the season. You might look into using cold frames to protect plants from cold spells if you plant them directly in the ground before you think the last frost has come.  As for those hoses--that makes me think it might be a good idea to consider keep irrigation hoses covered up with mulch to protect them from some of the heat. Since I moved, the little garden spot I have now can be watered with just a bucket, so I haven't had to deal with hoses this year.

          I suspect that those of us who garden are going to need to engage in a lot of experimentation in order to figure out what will work and what won't.

          •  Sorry, I'm so slow. I keep losing my internet (2+ / 0-)
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            connection.  Probably heat related.  Lol.

            I've been making continual adjustments the last decade, but I'm getting close to a loss for possibilities when even trees and native plants that aren't close to water sources are dying.  And the sheer heat of triple digits is burning foliage.

            At this point, here in the southern plains, it's costing me more to garden, quite a bit actually, than I'm getting in return with produce, and ornamentals are barely worth it, so I'm in a quandry what to try to maintain and how.  Most people that I know here have pretty much given up all types of gardening.

            There isn't a long enough window between freezes and extreme heat in the spring and fall, as well as drought, and nothing really flourishes anyway because of the chemicals in tap water.  And another year of below average rainfall, even if not extreme drought, and the water rationing will need to begin.  It probably would have already if so many haven't simply stopped watering lawn areas.

            99%er. 100% opposed to fundamentalist/neoconservative/neoliberal oligarchs.

            by blueoasis on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 04:45:37 PM PDT

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            •  I'm living in Kentucky now, and while the drought (1+ / 0-)
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              wasn't quite as bad for us as it has for you, I've been seriously considering moving somewhere farther north--have been looking into buying a little piece of land somewhere and setting up a little homestead for us--my requirements include access to a year-round creek or stream, because I am very afraid of how bad things might be in another 10 or 15 years. The Pacific northwest is starting to look very appealing to me.

              •  If we were younger and not so tied with property, (2+ / 0-)
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                relatives and friends here, we would definitely move to a more hospital environment, exactly what you are describing.  We've twice considered moving, once about 30 years ago and then again 12 years ago and decided not to do so, but neither the culture nor enviornment were nearly so bad then and now we are so invested that it's not an option outside of a total crisis.  The PNW might be the best long-term option, but I don't think that we could handle that many cloudy days without depression, though everything else is pretty much ideal compared to most of the country.

                99%er. 100% opposed to fundamentalist/neoconservative/neoliberal oligarchs.

                by blueoasis on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 05:47:08 PM PDT

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  •  When I read this diary (3+ / 0-)

    my interpretation is thus:

    We need stronger bus tires in order to maintain our way of life where buses (and I assume 18 wheeler trucks and cars for that matter) can continue operate and spew more carbon into the air that will further exacerbate climate change for which we will invent even stronger tires.
    I am guessing that was not the diarist's intent and I grant the diarist the benefit of the doubt on this.

    Unless we're serious about stopping the root cause of the problem, mitigations such as the one discussed won't be worth very much.

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    by shaggies2009 on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 02:41:38 PM PDT

    •  Rail would solve this problem (1+ / 0-)
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      but that is being fought tooth and nail. Buses are an efficient means of travel.

      I still believe maintaining a national highway system is a necessary infrastructure expense. We just don't need every one driving on them all the time.

      Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

      by Horace Boothroyd III on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 05:09:45 PM PDT

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      •  Actually, according to the Times piece below, (1+ / 0-)
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        train tracks will be impacted by the increased temperatures as well.

        When railroads install tracks in cold weather, they heat the metal to a “neutral” temperature so it reaches a moderate length, and will withstand the shrinkage and growth typical for that climate. But if the heat historically seen in the South becomes normal farther north, the rails will be too long for that weather, and will have an increased tendency to kink.
  •  The NYTimes covered the infrastructure... (3+ / 0-)

    aspect of this issue last month. Incredible stuff.

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