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Climate Risks

Climate Risks

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has produced four comprehensive Assessment Reports since 1990 detailing the science behind climate change, the impacts, ways to mitigate our radical forcing of the climate system, and ways to adapt to the clear, present, and intensifying dangers that this crisis engenders.  The IPCC has also produced some extremely […]

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Tar Sands Protest Comes Back to Washington

Tar Sands Protest Comes Back to Washington

As I noted recently, the pressure is building on the Keystone XL pipeline.  350.org and the many brothers and sisters who have been affiliating themselves with their actions to stop the pipeline – and indeed the tar sands development in Alberta – were in Washington in August and exercised their civil disobedience muscles.  Hundreds were […]

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Smart Farming

Smart Farming

  I went to hear a most interesting talk the other night, centered on how we need to get much smarter, quick, about agriculture and what we eat.  Jonathan Foley, the Director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, gave the broad outlines of our dilemma relative to climate change and […]

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Keystone XL – The Pressure Builds

Keystone XL – The Pressure Builds

I’ve written about or referenced the Keystone XL project and the Alberta tar sands a fair number of times, including at this post for DeSmogBlog.  The picture shows protesters at the White House last summer.  The folks at 350.org led the demonstrations there and are organizing another action for November 6th. The pipeline and the […]

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Biomass for Fuel

Biomass for Fuel

  Easy conversion of biomass to oil for transportation fuels and other purposes?  It’s a fine thing, particularly if you are using waste products like forest or agricultural wastes, or garbage.  I have two caveats, though:  (1) Why not make the biomass into biochar?  It does more good than just providing fuel.  It also provides […]

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Some Good Graphics

Some Good Graphics

The good folks at Masters in Environmental Science have collated some very good infographics on climate change that are worth your seeing.  Here is one on the “carbon footprint” that shows how different countries are performing both on a gross output basis and per capita.  (All credit here to Miller-McCune, the excellent media outlet, and […]

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Moving Together

Moving Together

I went down across the street from the United Nations in New York a couple of Saturdays ago and took part in a medium-sized but interesting demonstration of concern about climate change.  It was part of the “Moving Planet” series of demonstrations all over the world, organized by 350.org, that produced over 2,000 events in […]

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Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai

The earth has lost a very, very good friend:  Dr. Wangari Maathai.  She was a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, environmental activist, human rights campaigner, and a wonderful voice for reason in the face of the madness we so often do to our planet and ourselves.  She died this week at the age of 71 from […]

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A World Without Oil

A World Without Oil

  Can you imagine a world without oil?  I can.  Even with all the oil in which we’re swimming today – as pictured by this excellent graphic from the latest issue of Momentum from the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota – I can see a world powered by renewables, generating electricity […]

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Moving Planet

Moving Planet

This coming Saturday, September 24th, there will be events all over the world, in 170 countries, to demand that the transition from fossil fuels, the move toward a greener planet take place at a faster pace and with more focus.  Sustainability is – to tell you the honest truth – the only way we’re going […]

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Siemens Says: No New Nukes

Siemens Says:  No New Nukes

Siemens, the German industrial giant, is, like the installation they created, picture above, a superstar.  Peter Löscher, recently reappointed as CEO, has been driving the renewables end of their business relentlessly, seeing nothing but upside. Siemens has made a big move in announcing its total withdrawal from the nuclear power business.  Siemens Abandoning Nuclear Power […]

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Climate Reality Project

Climate Reality Project

Al Gore has added to his portfolio of projects relative to saving the climate system:  The Climate Reality Project.  It’s meant to further enlighten people, all around the world, about the threat we’re experiencing now and the implications for the future.  It’s characteristically ambitious.  Here’s the Nobel Peace Laureate, former Next President of the United […]

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Six Months After

Six Months After

You don’t have to tell me it’s the tenth anniversary of the Al Qaeda attacks on the US.  I was there, thank you.  There is plenty to be said on the subject, and politicians, pundits and the population at large are saying it.  My only comment today on this is to consider the cost.  According […]

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Kalundborg Symbiosis

Kalundborg Symbiosis

In catching up on some reading this morning, I came across this article:  Eight Bio-based Technologies for 2050.  (I seem to have been spending the last 40 years catching up on my reading.  You ever get that?)  The article, from Biofuels Digest via Renewable Energy World, mentions eight “bio-based” technologies (or systems) that have tremendous […]

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Renewable Spain

Renewable Spain

We had a fabulous trip in, in the immortal phrase of Donald Rumsfeld, “Old Europe.”  The only problem, Rummy, with your formulation is that … well, it’s wrong.  France, in the Southwest, where we were for part of the trip, is smart, prosperous, progressive and with friendly folks. France, though, is far too reliant on […]

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