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Taking the Heat out of Global Warming

According to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, the world’s oceans absorbed about the same amount of heat in the last two decades as they did over the previous 130 years. Credit: Lawrence Livermore/Nature Climate...

Posted January 26, 2016    

Mending the Burst Canadian Energy Bubble

A recurring Alberta theme the past decade, in some circles, albeit for the most part seen as little more than a public relations exercise, has been the oil sands as revenue stream for Canada’s transition from petrostate to “green energy superpower”....

Posted January 6, 2016    

An Energy Sea Change Is Required

The oceans are the only thing keeping atmospheric temperatures and its oxygen content within habitable limits.Oceans moderate the temperature two ways. First water has very high heat capacity, which is the ability to absorb heat energy while...

Posted December 22, 2015    

Energy to Surpass the Commitments of Copenhagen

In spite of commitments to limiting the global average temperature increase to no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the latest assessment of the UN is that Intended Nationally Determined Contributions to the 2015 United...

Posted November 9, 2015    

Powering the Planet to Half a Degree Temperature Rise this Century

The ultimate objective of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is to achieve stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate...

Posted August 13, 2015    

Surviving Decarbonization

The following schematic shows how heat is typically added, is mixed, and is lost in the major oceans. Near the equator heat warms the ocean’s surface, with some of the heat mixing to deeper water, while the rest migrates towards the poles. There...

Posted August 3, 2015    

The Case for Interest Free Sustainable Energy Financing

According to Ceres, the non-profit advocacy group dedicated to sustainability leadership, “In order to limit global warming to 2°C and avoid the worst effects of climate change, the world needs to invest an additional $44 trillion in clean energy—...

Posted May 12, 2015    

Thermodynamic Geoengineereing: The Fourth Way

Geoengineering is the deliberate and large-scale intervention in the Earth’s climatic system with the aim of reducing global warming. It is most often thought of in terms of carbon dioxide removal or solar radiation management but a third approach...

Posted April 16, 2015    

The Price of Energy: Canada's Challenge and Opportunity

The Carbon Brief (TCB) suggests that in order to meet the two degree planetary warming limit 75% of Canada’s petroleum reserves will have to be left in the ground.  Globally it is estimated 35% of petroleum reserves must meet the same fate. The...

Posted April 8, 2015    

Is Research a Climate Change Placebo, or Possibly Even Worse?

The Better Growth Better Climate report of The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate estimates that an expenditure of $270 billion of the $6 trillion countries need to invest in infrastructure each year for the next 15 years, devoted to clean...

Posted April 2, 2015    

The Climate Case for Hydrogen

The Christian Science Monitor recently reported, To stop climate change, flat CO2 emissions aren't enough.“For the first time in 40 years, the global economy grew while carbon dioxide emissions stalled. But experts warn that this won't be enough to...

Posted March 26, 2015    

Global Warming: Out of Sight, Peace of Mind

The biosphere is the 12.4 mile thick zone of life on Earth represented by the following visual courtesy of The Encyclopedia of Earth.The oceans make up a large portion of the biosphere with most life occurring in the Euphotic Zone, which reaches to...

Posted March 20, 2015