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Nero is Fiddling

Nero is Fiddling

You know the EPA made its endangerment finding on greenhouse gases for a reason:  There are a number of ways in which human health is now being harmed or threatened by climate changes including steadily rising temperatures and temperature extremes.  An article just out in a peer-reviewed …

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Economic Development in the Arctic

Economic Development in the Arctic


There’s an event next Wednesday, April 6th, in NYC that you might like to attend.  It’s being cosponsored by NYU’s Center for Global Affairs (where I teach) and the government of Québec.  Our public programming at CGA is, as a rule, pretty interesting and engaging.
This program,

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Lester Brown's Plan B

Lester Brown's Plan B


Here’s a terrific book from the sustainability pioneer Lester Brown that I used in my Clean Tech class last Fall.  It touches on everything that needs examination.  It shows the state of the climate system and the impacts we’ve been experiencing, and it looks closely at all the …

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The Germans Really Get It

The Germans Really Get It


(Poster in front reads: Fukushima warns: Pull the Plug on all Nuclear Power Plants. White banner behind reads : ‘Solidarity with the people in Japan.’  AP Photo/dapd/Roberto Pfeil)
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I wrote last Fall about how the Germans get it:  that nuclear power, in a sane society, should not long endure.  …

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Global Consciousness of Climate Change

Global Consciousness of Climate Change

“Hundreds of millions in thousands of cities, towns and communities in a record 134 countries were expected to have participated …”  That’s the word from the Earth Hour folks.  Good on ya!  (See a slideshow here.)

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Earth Hour 2011

Earth Hour 2011
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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 very useful “atomic …

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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 wrath.”  I am not a Luddite, by any stretch of imagination.  I firmly believe, …

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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 this morning at the situation from another expert, David Wright, at the Union of Concerned Scientists:  Spent Fuel Pools at Fukushima.  …

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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 had a very hard time

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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 trying to avoid damage to the radioactive core of the reactor.

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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:  Urgent steps to stop the climate door closing.  They say we must have a much greater emphasis …

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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 pleased to see The Wild Center in the Adirondacks as the biomass winner.  The …

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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.  Thanks to Germanwatch for this and for all the excellent …

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