Current CO2 concentration in the atmosphere

Calculation: The emissions from those new Chinese coal plants

I mentioned in a prior post (2C in our rear-view mirror, geoengineering dead ahead) that the IEA had tweeted out an astonishing statistic, namely that from 2005 to 2012 China had added 150MW of new coal-fired electricity generation every day. I mentioned in that post that I would leave calculating the CO2 emissions from those . . . → Read More: Calculation: The emissions from those new Chinese coal plants

2C in our rear-view mirror, geoengineering dead ahead

Brad Plumer, a writer I sincerely hope you follow on Twitter, has a new piece up about the infamous 2C “safe” limit of global warming. This is an absolute must read piece, and I hope everyone reading this site who hasn’t read it already does so.

Brad’s article is: Two degrees: How the world failed on climate change. While I . . . → Read More: 2C in our rear-view mirror, geoengineering dead ahead

We’re all James Tiberius Kirk in the carbon wind down

I’m sure many readers of this blog have seen the first movie in the reboot of the Star Trek franchise, the 2009 film, Star Trek.

There is one scene early in that movie that captures our climate situation with almost painful on-the-nose accuracy. I’m referring, of course, to the scene where an adolescent Jim Kirk has . . . → Read More: We’re all James Tiberius Kirk in the carbon wind down

From the archives: Planetary prognosis

Given that the IPCC released their latest report last night (US time), the “AR5 WGII” report (available here as the SPM (Summary for Policy Makers) and the full report in sections), and it contains, to put it mildly, not exactly cheery news[1], I thought this gem from April 12, 2009 was particularly relevant, even if I . . . → Read More: From the archives: Planetary prognosis

A year with a Leaf

At breakfast this morning, my wife reminded me that we picked up our Nissan Leaf exactly one year ago. Since I was looking for time to write a summary of our first year in EV-land, this looks like as good an excuse as any.

The ultra-short answer: We love the car and we’re very happy with . . . → Read More: A year with a Leaf

From the archives: GM bets big on hydrogen cars

Lou’s file archives, a.k.a. The Cyber Gift That Keeps On Giving, coughed up this gem this morning, from MSNBC on Sept. 15, 2006:

GM: Hydrogen cars will re-establish company
‘Going to make General Motors what it was in the ’50s and ’60s,’ exec says

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles could hit showrooms as early as 2011 . . . → Read More: From the archives: GM bets big on hydrogen cars

A fusion of desperation and hope

The March 3, 2014 issue of The New Yorker has a very long — as in about 15,000 words — but very worthwhile article on the ITER fusion project, A Star in a Bottle, by Raffi Khatchadourian.

Like most of you who frequent this site, I suspect, I’ve been following the quest for a workable fusion reactor . . . → Read More: A fusion of desperation and hope

Supporting our climate scientists

In private conversations, I’m often asked what non-scientists and non-activists can do to help move us in the desperately needed direction of taking action on climate change.

Aside from the obvious things — educating yourself, working on outreach to other lay people, etc. — here’s something that’s very simple and quick, and is even (for those in . . . → Read More: Supporting our climate scientists

From the archives: McKibben interview

Another find while doing some cyber-spelunking in my file archives last night. This one, an interview with Bill McKibben from 2009 [emphasis added]:

Q: You recently wrote that global warming is the biggest problem humans have ever faced. Why do you believe this?

Bill McKibben: Think about it. All the other things that we’ve done as a . . . → Read More: From the archives: McKibben interview

From the archives: 2C and 400ppm

While doing a massive (and ongoing) re-org and cleanup on my archives of government reports and news articles, I stumbled across the following article from January, 2005 [emphasis added]:

The global warming danger threshold for the world is clearly marked for the first time in an international report to be published tomorrow – and the bad news . . . → Read More: From the archives: 2C and 400ppm