I received a note this morning from a dear friend wondering if I shared the same sense of shock at the election of Donald Trump as she and her husband felt. She went on to say that she believes that innovation can play an important role in getting us through the next four years. I wrote:
Yes, I’m horrified by the implications of the Trump administration, and I become more so with successive cabinet appointment. Read more ›
From today’s Writer’s Almanac: On this date in 1979, a panel of scientists declared the smallpox virus to be eradicated. It’s the first and only disease to be driven to extinction through human efforts. The disease itself has probably been around since at least 10,000 B.C.E. Evidence of smallpox scars has been found on Egyptian mummies, and the decline of the Roman Empire coincides with a particularly bad outbreak that claimed 7 million people. It spread from northern Africa throughout Europe and Asia, and came to the New World with Spanish explorers.
First, we need to celebrate humankind’s coming together and solving a problem of this magnitude, and we should note that this wonderful achievement is particularly relevant today. Read more ›
In response to my post explaining how the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will soon see all its climate change research funding removed, here’s a short excerpt from frequent commenter MarcoPolo’s much longer response: It’s always controversial when funding is withdrawn from any research project. However, the reaction from the Sierra Club, like your own, is partisan and politically biased. People are screaming, “I want to get my own way!”Read more ›
ABSTRACT: The world found that the use of chlorofluorocarbons CFCs used in refrigerants and air conditioners was causing the depletion of the atmospheric ozone layers which protect us from harmful ultra violet rays from the sun. In 1987, 24 countries met to produce the MONTREAL PROTOCOL ON SUBSTANCES THAT DEPLETE THE OZONE LAYER to phase out the use of CFC’s. It is one of the rare successes of international cooperation. Read more ›
My colleague Jon LeSage writes in his Green Auto Digest: “There’s one thing I can guarantee you about 2017: industry conferences and events are going to be very interesting. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s abrupt decision on November 30 to leave in place its greenhouse gas emissions standards for light vehicles through the 2025 model year before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, is guaranteed to be discussed during speaker panels next year. Read more ›
Elon Musk recently accomplished his goal of merging SolarCity with Tesla. This bold move is meant to rescue SolarCity from excessive revenue losses in previous quarters while also attempting to create a more streamlined energy service. But Musk may have a new problem to face in the form of president-elect Donald Trump and his energy policies. Read more ›
Patriotic Americans need to realize one very important thing: The strength of the U.S. economy over the coming decades will be tightly correlated to its embrace of cleantech, the defining industry of the 21st Century.