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Nuclear State of Play

Nuclear State of Play


The FT has had some excellent coverage of the nuclear disaster in Japan.  Obviously, as I’ve mentioned here, and has been bruited about all over the world, the Fukushima Daiichi nightmare has implications for nuclear power all over the world.  The FT has provided a …

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Stupefied by Civilization

Stupefied by Civilization


There is an op-ed in today’s NYT from a Japanese astrophysicist, Satoru Ikeuchi.  He recalls the words of a predecessor in Japanese science:  “The more civilization progresses, the greater the violence of nature’s …

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Why Nuclear is NOT the Way to Stop Climate Change

Why Nuclear is NOT the Way to Stop Climate Change

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The Nuclear Crisis in Japan

The Nuclear Crisis in Japan


In a previous post, I flagged an analysis by Robert Alvarez on the situation with the spent fuel pools.  Here is a look from …

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Japan and the Nuclear Nightmare

Japan and the Nuclear Nightmare


The events of the past several days in Japan are in many ways beyond the scope of the mind to comprehend.  Thousands of lives were swept away in an instant.  I walked around the World Trade Center on September 12, 2001 and …

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The Tsunami and Nuclear Power

The Tsunami and Nuclear Power

This explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station is just one part of the nightmare that visited Japan Friday.  There is an ongoing effort now to cool the reactor.  Bloomberg reports here that the engineers are …

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How to Get Where We Need to Go

How to Get Where We Need to Go


Fatih Birol, the chief economist of the International Energy Agency, and Nicholas Stern, the most distinguished economist in the world working on climate change, have an op-ed in today’s Financial Times: 

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Top North American Renewable Projects

The excellent folks at Renewable Energy World have themselves awarded their “2011 Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards — Projects of the Year.”  The categories were Solar, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal and Hydro.  I was particularly …

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"The Bill"

"The Bill"

I’ve written about the need we have on this small planet for convergence, including in this post, “Galloping Consumption,” from just about three years back now.  The following is a great little movie, succinctly illustrating the situation.  …

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Hydraulic Fracturing – More Public Health Implications

Hydraulic Fracturing – More Public Health Implications


I’ve said this any number of times:  Environmental protection is much more about public health than it is about the natural environment.  Every time you hear somebody tear down the EPA or some other environmental protection agency, just remember that sometimes they …

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Wind Power at Sea

Wind Power at Sea


I noted a great innovation a few years back – kites to enhance the power of ocean-going shipping.  Last week, we looked at

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Wisconsin is About Climate and Energy Too

Wisconsin is About Climate and Energy Too


I’ve never been more proud to be a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.  I spent a few happy years in Madison way back when.  It was just past the days of the anti-war demonstrations, and I was generally apolitical about things …

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Renewables – Spain, The Big Apple and China

Renewables – Spain, The Big Apple and China


I flagged an event to you recently, “The Climate for Renewable Energy,” cosponsored by the government of Navarra and NYU’s Center for Global Affairs.  There were some excellent presentations made by the …

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Sustainable Shipping

Maersk orders largest, most efficient ships ever is the title of the release from one of the world’s biggest marine shipping concerns.  Given that 90% of the world’s international trade travels by ship, the importance of …

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Something's Rising

Something's Rising


I’ve written many times about the “despicable practice” of mountaintop removal mining.  (Al Gore called it that – and he couldn’t be more right.)  There’s an op-ed in the NY Times today from one of the co-authors of a new book: 

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