Current CO2 concentration in the atmosphere

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

Hydrogen vaporware vs. the Big Battery Breakthrough

To no one’s surprise, there’s been some news lately about both a (potential) BBB (Big Battery Breakthrough) as well as RCH (Really Cheap Hydrogen).

Starting with the BBB, we have Japan’s Sekisui Chemical develop Silicon based 600 km range battery:

Sekisui Chemical has developed a material that can triple the capacity of lithium ion batteries, allowing electric . . . → Read More: Hydrogen vaporware vs. the Big Battery Breakthrough

Natural gas, the media’s failures, and you

Dr. Donald A. Brown, Scholar In Residence, Sustainability Ethics and Law at Widener University School of Law, has posted a piece on this blog ethicsandclimate.org, US Media Fails to Educate The Public About Links Between Greater Natural Gas Use and Climate Change, that is a must read. With his permission, I am reposting it in . . . → Read More: Natural gas, the media’s failures, and you

Driving on LEDs

I think it’s absolutely crucial as we deal with energy and environmental issues that we recognize the interactions between pieces of systems, and between subsystems within our entire biosphere. Climate change, energy consumption, politics, economics, psychology, non-greenhouse gas pollution — it’s quite a big ball of stuff we’re trying to get our arms around and . . . → Read More: Driving on LEDs

When this baby hits 88 MPH…

The title of this post is, of course, stolen from one of my favorite lines from the Back to the Future movies, when Doc Brown tells Marty, “If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour… you’re gonna see some serious shit.” That quote serves quite nicely as a colorful, if . . . → Read More: When this baby hits 88 MPH…

IEA and natural gas projections

From a press release issued by the IEA (emphasis added):

Contact: IEA Press Office, ieapressoffice@iea.org

IEA sees growth of natural gas in power generation slowing over next 5 years
But ‘Golden Age’ still in full swing as gas emerges as a significant transportation fuel, new report says

SAINT PETERSBURG, 20 June – Natural gas will continue to increase its share . . . → Read More: IEA and natural gas projections

EVs and cleaning up the power supply

From the University of Michigan comes the utterly unsurprising result that EVs aren’t clean enough unless and until we clean up electricity generation, with a decidedly weird public policy spin added.

U of M researcher says plug-ins, hydrogen cars are ‘no carbon cure-all’ (quoting from the university’s press release at the bottom of the linked article):

Making cars . . . → Read More: EVs and cleaning up the power supply

Some EV thoughts

I had an experience recently that was equal parts amusing and enlightening. I had to run an errand to a local equipment rental franchise, and I parked my Leaf in front of the building, near floor-to-ceiling windows. While I was talking with one of the employees, another one looked at my car and asked . . . → Read More: Some EV thoughts

It’s STILL Rule 0, people

In my presentations, I’ve started boiling down our climate mess into a handful of rules, with Rule 0 being: It’s the greenhouse gases, stupid!

Given all the news I see about what various countries, corporations, etc. are doing, it seems that not nearly enough people get the basic message. Hence this post, and my latest windmill-tilting . . . → Read More: It’s STILL Rule 0, people

The insanity of a dash for gas

There’s been a fair amount of chatter over a Grantham Institute study (PDF) that says the UK can use fracked natural gas to reduce their CO2 emissions in the short run.

One example: UK should use shale gas to cut emissions, report says:

There are also concerns that a continuing reliance on gas will make it harder and . . . → Read More: The insanity of a dash for gas