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Methane from East Siberia

Jamais Cascio has made it official… “there’s a considerable amount of methane (CH4) coming from the East Siberian Arctic Shelf, where it had been trapped under the permafrost. There’s as much coming out from one small section of the Arctic ocean as...

Posted March 9, 2010    

Mounting Damages from Coal Ash Waste

Gosh, but our Congress critters have been busy of late, what with resolutions of disapproval that the EPA would consider CO2 a pollutant. And, last month “six members of the Illinois Congressional delegation, led by Democrat Jerry Costello and...

Posted March 5, 2010    

A Green Infrastructure Unlocks Several Successful Environmental Initiatives

Cutting down on carbon emissions has been at the forefront of the Go Green movement. However, some initiatives that target a completely new, green infrastructure have gone unnoticed yet are essential to competitiveness, long-term sustainability, job...

Posted March 3, 2010    

Combining HVAC and Energy Storage Cooling in EVs

As this blog has noted before, PEEM (Power Electronics and Electrical Machine) technology is essential with electric-drive vehicles. PEEM technology comprises three main elements: power electronics (e.g., boost converters and inverters); electric...

Posted March 1, 2010    

More Cost Effective Solar Thermal Electric Power

As this blog recently reminded its readers Google has invested in two solar thermal companies, eSolar and BrightSource. Reuters reporter Poornima Gupta (with editing by Toni Reinhold) now informs the Carbon Market Community about the status of a...

Posted February 28, 2010    

Renewed Call for Renewable Energy Stanard

Corresponding on the environment for Reuters, Deborah Zabarenko (with editing by Stacey Joyce) notes U.S. industry executives from the wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal and biomass sectors are pushing for another reconsideration of a federal...

Posted February 11, 2010    

$8 billion for U.S. High Speed Rail

Image via Wikipedia What A re-post of HuffPo contribution by Environmental Journalist Scott Dodd. President Obama is hitting the road following tonight’s State of the Union address — but what’s really on his mind is rail. White...

Posted January 27, 2010    

Of Shifting Baselines and Non-linear Threshold Behavior

The World Meteorological Organization and NOAA have reported that 2000-2009 is the hottest decade on record. 4 NASA scientists now want the public to know that 2005 was the hottest year on record, rather than 1998. Such an assertion by James Hansen...

Posted January 16, 2010    

Climate and Health of the Watershed

Getting to 350 parts per million of CO2 is a goal. Integral to the reduction of anthropogenic emissions is another goal: restoration of the earth’s ailing watersheds. This blog has borne witness to such a cause locally as well as globally. Economic...

Posted January 12, 2010    

The Butterfly Wing Beat

Something like 40,000 and 100,000 people assembled in Copenhagen and marched the six kilometers to the Bella Center to demand climate justice. And, yet, the world’s largest single* climate change demonstration was “under the radar.” The diagram,...

Posted January 3, 2010    

The biggest energy innovation of the decade

Alternative Title: The Best Little Energy Deal from Texas Due in part to an extensive push over the past year by the elite Press Corp of the Boonez Army, there has been much in the media about an energy revolution in the United States. Specifically...

Posted December 24, 2009    

Raw Deal

Subtitle: Coal: 1, Climate: 0 In a benchmark (albeit now known to have been too conservative*) 2007 report, a Nobel-winning UN science panel had warned that an average temperatures increase by more than 2.0 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit)...

Posted December 20, 2009