scientific american

Scientific American: ‘Loss of Ice, Melting Of Permafrost And Other Climate Effects Are Occurring At An Alarming Pace’

November 30, 2012 by Joseph Romm

Another day, another (accurate) apocalyptic review of climate science. Joining recent articles in the New York Times and New Scientist is a terrific piece in Scientific American by science writer John Carey.Carey has collected an assortment of epic quotes and nightmare scenarios from leading climatologists. As he explains (behind a...[read more]

Food for Fuel, Again

October 14, 2011 by Lou Grinzo

The U.S. Now Uses More Corn For Fuel Than For Feed: For every 10 ears of corn that are grown in the United States today, only 2 are consumed directly by humans as food. The remaining 8 are used in almost equal shares for animal feed and for ethanol. And, for the 12 months from August 2011 to 2012, the U.S. biofuels industry used more...[read more]

Scientific American Demands Perfection From Nuclear But Lets Coal, Gas, and Oil Off The Hook

May 20, 2011 by Rod Adams

The editors of Scientific American published an op-ed titled Coming Clean about Nuclear Power: Regulators and industry have one precious moment to recapture the public’s trust that holds nuclear energy to an unobtainably high standard of guaranteed safety, absolutely secure operations, and complete transparency.Now the toughest regulator...[read more]

The smart grid and the advance of civilization

May 13, 2010 by Michael Giberson

Scientific American has an article on the start-up pains associated with smart grid development: Only one thing is worse than the lights not coming on when the switch is flicked—and that’s the lights going out right afterward. The fact that the problem is most often a burned-out lightbulb is testimony to the reliability of what’s...[read more]

U.S. Electrical Grid Undergoes Massive Transition to Connect to Renewables

April 30, 2010 by Big Gav

Scientific American has an article on smart grid evolution in the US - U.S. Electrical Grid Undergoes Massive Transition to Connect to Renewables. The U.S. electrical grid is the largest interconnected machine on Earth: 200,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and 5.5 million miles of local distribution lines, linking thousands...[read more]

War is Peace, indeed

January 4, 2010 by Lou Grinzo

Lawrence M. Krauss asks some very uncomfortable questions in his Scientific American column, War Is Peace: Can Science Fight Media Disinformation? (emphasis added): When I saw the statement repeated online that theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking of the University of Cambridge would be dead by now if he lived in the U.K. and had to...[read more]

Pondering Copenfloppen

November 12, 2009 by Lou Grinzo

The energy/enviro geek news is awash with gloom and doom over the dimming prospects for anything of substance coming out of next month’s Copenhagen meeting. If you read this site, then you’ve likely seen far more reports along those lines than either of us cares to think about. I know I have. I’ve tried to stay away from commenting on...[read more]

Managing the Peak Fossil Fuel Transition

November 10, 2009 by Tom Konrad

EROI and EIRR: Current renewable energy technologies must be adopted in conjunction with aggressive Smart Growth and Efficiency if we hope to continue our current standard of living and complex society with diminished reliance on fossil fuels. These strategies have the additional advantage that they can work without large technological...[read more]

Critique of ‘A path to sustainable energy by 2030′

November 2, 2009 by Barry Brook

The November 2009 issue of Scientific American has a cover story by Mark Z. Jacobson (Professor, Stanford) and Mark A. Delucchi (researcher, UC Davis). It’s entitled “A path to sustainable energy by 2030” (p 58 – 65; they call it WWS: wind, water or sunlight). This popular article is supported by a technical analysis, which the authors...[read more]

Oil Industry Sets a Brisk Pace of New Discoveries ?

September 27, 2009 by Big Gav

There have been a few articles in the mainstream media lately expressing skepticism about a near term peaking in oil production - the New York Times (Oil Industry Sets a Brisk Pace of New Discoveries) and Scientific American (Squeezing More Oil From The Ground) being prominent amongst them.The oil industry has been on a hot streak this...[read more]

Talking to a Brick Wall Street

August 6, 2009 by Michael Tobis

Jeffrey Sachs in Scientific American:Let me make the invitation once again. Many of the world's leading climate scientists are prepared to meet with the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, and to include in that meeting any climate-skeptic scientists that that the Journal editorial board would like to invite. The board owes it to...[read more]

Giving the Power Grid Some Backbone

April 30, 2009 by Big Gav

Scientific American has an article on expanding the US power grid to enable greater utilisation of solar and wind power - Giving the Power Grid Some Backbone.A stiff wind blows year-round in North Dakota. In Arizona the sun beats down virtually every day. The U.S. has vast quantities of renewable electricity sources waiting to be tapped...[read more]