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Prescribing a Cure for the Health of Both the Planet and its Inhabitants

"Burning fossil fuels harms the health of both the planet and its inhabitants." - The Economist.As the following image courtesy of dreamstime.com suggests that buring has given the planet a fever. It has hydration issues and its pH is out of whack....

Posted January 17, 2015    

Mining the Climate Data

We live in the Information Age. Geophysicists mine seismic data to find new oil and better techniques for enhancing production of old fields. Politicians mine data to raise funds, stir passions and fears and learn the likely voting patterns of...

Posted December 24, 2014    

Fossil Fuel Blowout

The Copenhagen Accord of 2009 essentially put a quota as well as “best by” date on fossil fuels. When combined with a growing perception that these are yesterday’s energy sources, the recent plunge in oil prices takes on a new perspective.One...

Posted December 12, 2014    

From Coast to Coast to Coast, Canada's Ocean Temperatures Approach 4 Degrees Celsius Above Normal

September and October were the hottest months ever recorded and continued the record breaking streak commenced in April that almost assures 2014 will be the warmest year ever.The manifestation of these temperature increases is evidenced from coast...

Posted November 25, 2014    

Converting Global Warming to Global Energy

As a business strategy, the legitimate conversion of a liability into income is the most successful possible outcome.Creative accounting is not new to the energy sector as witness Enron’s inflation of revenues through a model that failed to record...

Posted November 5, 2014    

A Climate Mitigating Energy Strategy

Belaboring the obvious, Haewon McJeon, an economist with the U.S. energy department and lead author of a new report in the journal Nature, Climate change: A crack in the natural-gas bridge (behind a pay wall) says in a Scientific American article,...

Posted October 23, 2014    

Short-Circuiting Sea Level Rise

Sea level rise can be short-circuited with energy systems that pay for themselves with the power they generate.The heat of global warming is going principally into the oceans; mainly in the top, mixed, layer of the tropical seas. One impact of...

Posted October 14, 2014    

Hope For an Energy Rich, Sustainable Future

In the 2011 paper Earth’s energy imbalance and implications Hansen et al. state, “The rate of ocean heat uptake determines the planetary energy imbalance, which is the most fundamental single measure of the state of Earth’s climate.”The conclusion...

Posted September 16, 2014    

Water, Water Everywhere, Nor Any Drop To Drink

The title of this blog is of course a line from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner. It is also part of the title of Ken MidKiff’s 2007 book, Not a Drop to Drink: America's Water Crisis (and What You Can Do) as well as a theme of...

Posted August 7, 2014    

Carbon Sequestering Energy Production

Global warming is concentrating two things in the ocean, heat and carbon dioxide.It is estimated that ocean storage has taken up over ninety percent of the heat attributed to global warming and that the amount of carbon dioxide that has been taken...

Posted July 10, 2014    

Buying the Time Necessary to Save the Planet

The German economist Ottmar Edenhofer, who co-chaired the IPCC committee that wrote the most recent UN report, commented in the New York Times: “We cannot afford to lose another decade.” If we do it becomes extremely costly to achieve climate...

Posted May 20, 2014    

Putting Productivity Back Into Energy Production

From each barrel of oil, cubic foot of natural gas or ton of coal produced, economic winners and losers are created.The Carbon Tracker initiative put the market value of the top 100 oil & gas companies in the world at $7.42 trillion as of...

Posted May 13, 2014