Climate Change and US Political Landscape

Hoax1Here’s an email urging me to add my name to the #VoteClimate pledge: “I will vote only for climate champions who support a 100% clean energy future, and an end to taxpayer support of fossil fuels.”

I complied with the request, which I thought I would simply present it here, insofar as it needs no explanation or interpretation.  It reads: Read more ›

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The Environmental Effects of Soil Depletion and What We Can Do About Them

The Environmental Effects of Soil Depletion and What We Can Do About ThemAfter our oceans, our soil is our planet’s next biggest carbon sink (four times more powerful than all the plant life on Earth).  The bad news is that the constant depletion of the soil via a range of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, along with various unsustainable agricultural practices has led to a condition in which the ground is losing its effectiveness in capturing and sequestering carbon. Read more ›

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Holland Keeping the Tulips and Wind Mills But Getting Rid of Coal-Fired Power Plants. Good Choice.

Holland Keeping the Tulips and Wind Mills But Getting Rid of Coal-Fired Power Plants.  Good Choice.About a month ago I took this online survey of my attitudes and beliefs so that a piece of artificial intelligence could suggest the country best suited to my tastes should I be forced to expatriate due to a Trump presidency.  As I previously reported, the computer recommended The Netherlands,  I presume based on my progressive views,  coupled with my support of civil liberties. Read more ›

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Breakthrough in Energy Storage from the University of Wisconsin

Breakthrough in Energy Storage from the University of WisconsinHere’s an exciting development that lies squarely on the intersection of the main problems we face in making the migration from fossil fuels to renewable energy.  Combining solar energy with storage, it’s a device that converts income solar energy directly into chemical energy,  stored in the electrolyte within a flow battery.

There are several strategies associated with integrating large amounts of energy from variable resources, and storage is only one. Read more ›

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Volkswagen’s Emissions Scandal Has Silver Lining

Volkswagen’s Emissions Scandal Has Silver LiningAs reported by my colleague Jon LeSage in his terrific publication Green Auto Digest, the most influential car show in the world, The Paris Auto Show, is featuring an enormous range of electric vehicles, spurred on at least some degree, by the scandal surrounding VW’s diesel emissions.  Read more ›

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From Guest Blogger JJ More: Simple Things the Whole Family Can Do To Save Energy

Simple Things the Whole Family Can Do To Save EnergyNearly half of all American families spend 17% of their after-tax income on energy costs. The recent data from the US Department of Energy (DOE) raise concerns on how little we are doing to save energy despite available information and technologies.

Since 2008, the DOE has been promoting building and construction guidelines that aim to cut energy usage. Read more ›

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Check Out What Singapore’s Doing in Autonomous Vehicles

 

Check Out What Singapore’s Doing in Autonomous Vehicles

My first reaction to the concept of autonomous cars was not a good one.  You want to replace the driver?  We like driving.  How about replacing some of the things that we don’t like, e.g., the fuel that’s ruining our planet with its pollution and constant wars?  Read more ›

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A Few Data Points on Energy and the Environment from a True Master of the Subject

A Few Words on Energy and the Environment from a True Master of the SubjectWe all know the wonderful story of Lincoln’s speech at Gettysburg and its ‘opening act,” an incredibly brilliant and touching two-hour speech by Edward Everett, one of U.S. history’s greatest orators.  Later, Everett wrote to Lincoln, expressing his admiration of the president’s words, saying “I should be glad if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes.Read more ›

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Certainty Isn’t Necessarily a Good Thing

Certainty Isn’t Necessarily a Good ThingIt’s the birthday of F. Scott Fitzgerald who said, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”

This, in turn, reminds of this gem from Bertrand Russell: The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubtRead more ›

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From Guest Blogger Emma Skalka: Victor Stanley Relay–Revolutionizing the Recycling Process

Revolutionizing the Recycling ProcessMost current waste and recycling collection systems follow a static model, where containers are picked up regardless of their content or fill level.

This has an impact on monetary, environmental, and community costs, with some containers overfilling before they are collected, while others sit empty, yet are picked up anyway. Read more ›

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