Energy Quote of the Day: On the World's Forests and Climate Change

April 7, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Climate Change and Forest Health

4 billion tons of carbon have been added to plants above ground since 2003. Most growth has resulted from tree-planting programs in China, regrowth in former Soviet states and high rainfall in African, Australian and South American savannas. But there has been large-scale deforestation in Brazil and Indonesia.[read more]

Our Comment in Nature Calling for Oil Sands Moratorium

June 30, 2014 by Mark Jaccard

Here is the press release for our 'Nature' paper, released June 25, calling for a moratorium on oil sands expansion. This means no loss of current jobs in the oil sands. But it does mean a return to sanity from this selfish rush to accelerate global warming, ocean acidification and ecological destruction.[read more]

When Renewables Destroy Nature

The case against using trees and crops as fuel for cars and power plants has grown stronger in recent years. The expansion of corn for ethanol in the American Midwest has worsened water pollution and soil erosion and has had no benefit in terms of reduced emissions, for example.[read more]

Protests Delay India's New Nuclear Build

November 17, 2011 by Dan Yurman

A series of protests that began in October have delayed the hot start of two Russian 1000- MW VVER reactors in the Tamil Nadu state on India’s southernmost coastline. Additional protests, some of them violent, have set back the start of construction of two French 1650-MW EPR reactors in the Maharashtra state on India’s west coast some...[read more]

Natural Gas, CO2 Emissions and Climate Change

September 19, 2011 by David Hone

As global natural gas production has risen and shale gas in the US impacts on the energy outlook for that country in particular, there has been increasing discussion about the impact of natural gas on climate change. Several scientific papers have recently been released questioning the carbon dioxide benefits of natural gas over coal in power production.[read more]

They're Heeeeeeerrree: Climate Wars

August 25, 2011 by Gernot Wagner

First came science fiction—with brave new worlds, meteors, earthquakes, and rising sea levels causing mass exodus, war, and worse—and there was no reason to react because it was science fiction. Then came fiction—with well-researched accounts of Climate Wars to come in the not-so-distant future—and there was no reason to react because it...[read more]

Nature warns: “The anti-science strain pervading the right wing in the US is the last thing the country needs in a time of economic challenge.”

September 9, 2010 by Joseph Romm

US citizens face economic problems that are all too real, and the country’s future crucially depends on education, science and technology as it faces increasing competition from China and other emerging science powers….  Yet the public often buys into anti-science, anti-regulation agendas that are orchestrated by business...[read more]

Pebble-bed reactor loses funding

February 25, 2010 by Dan Yurman

PBMR to lay off 75% of staff The South African government will stop funding research and development work on the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR). About 600 of the 800 staff will be let go which is expected to trigger an exodus of nuclear expertise from the country. Public Enterprise Minister Barbara Hogan told Bloomberg wire service...[read more]

Truth, Consensus, and IPCC

February 11, 2010 by Michael Tobis

As scientists, we believe that certain propositions are demonstrably and objectively true, and that our objective is to determine which ones they are. Given that we are in the public employ, the public has some say about which matters we are paid to investigate, and we try to align our own interests with those of the public. Before...[read more]

Real holes in science

January 22, 2010 by Barry Brook

I’m sometimes asked to describe what science is. Well, there are many definitions and philosophical positions which cover this question, but to me, as a working scientist, one stands out above all others as relevant to what I do. Science constrains uncertainty. Or, to put it in a slightly longer form, science is the method that allows...[read more]

Growing Pains – The Challenge To Make Low-Carbon Energy Big By 2050

December 31, 2009 by David Hone

In his celebrated, recent book, Sustainable Energy — without the hot air , David MacKay shows what a zero-carbon energy system for the UK looks like.  Whilst theoretically possible, it is daunting: the plan needs just about every option on the table, and in large quantities. A quick calculation for the rest of the world ...[read more]

Farewell to Framing

December 14, 2009 by Michael Tobis

I came to AGU a day early for this? Matt Nesbitt, Max Boykoff and the euphoniously named Gwendolyn Blue formed a panel on public communication of science. I enjoyed it on the whole; Ms. Blue's presentation in particular was delightful, but the more I think about the whole thing the more convinced I am that it missed the mark altogether...[read more]

TIME: Technology, Not Targets, Are What Matters Most in Copenhagen

December 10, 2009 by Yael Borofsky

Originally posted at the Breakthrough Institute Addressing the global clean technology challenge should be the focus of climate negotiations in Copenhagen, not carbon emissions reduction targets, writes TIME's Bryan Walsh. TIME's Bryan Walsh emphasizes the need for the additional investments in clean energy technology highlighting the...[read more]

Nature editorial: “Nothing in the e-mails undermines the scientific case that global warming is real — or that human activities are almost certainly the cause.”

December 2, 2009 by Joseph Romm

Stolen e-mails have revealed no scientific conspiracy, but do highlight ways in which climate researchers could be better supported in the face of public scrutiny. The e-mail archives stolen last month from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK, have been greeted by the climate-change-denialist...[read more]

One day in early 2045

November 13, 2009 by David Hone

This week I managed to stay a bit closer to home and met up for lunch with Dr. Myles Allen of the Department of Physics (Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics) at the University of Oxford. Although we have probably all understood the bit about the “area under the curve” when it comes to CO2 emissions, Myles and his team have...[read more]