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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    

Oceans, Islands, Energy, and Climate Change

In a Nature interview on the occasion of the opening of an exhibition at the Science Museum in London featuring some of his inventions, James Lovelock was asked the question, “Is climate change going to be less extreme than you previously thought?”...

Posted April 22, 2014    

Energy With Benefits

The world needs a new energy system that will bolster the environment rather than making it uninhabitable to most living things.Before designing and building such a system, it behooves us to consider what is wrong with what we have and how we can...

Posted April 9, 2014    

Powering to Climate Mitigation

The recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability identifies with high confidence eight “key risks” presented by climate change, which the scientific consensus...

Posted April 3, 2014    

Global Warming: It Ought to Be Illegal

In August of 2013 a New York father was charged with criminally negligent homicide arising from the death of his 7-month-old son who he accidentally left unattended in his car for a half hour.The temperature at the time of the incident was in the...

Posted March 28, 2014    

Modern Alchemy: The Conversion of Anergy to Exergy

John A. “Skip” Laitner, a visiting fellow of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, says in his paper Linking Energy Efficiency to Economic Productivity: Recommendations for Improving the Robustness of the U.S. Economy, “it turns out...

Posted March 5, 2014