Current CO2 concentration in the atmosphere

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

Pondering transportation fuels

Thanks to the snow we got last night, this morning found me walking past my Leaf in the garage to the snow blower, which I had to refill with gasoline before clearing out my driveway.

While I was pouring about a quart of poisonous, smelly, highly processed, ancient algae into the snow blower’s tank, I wondered: Would . . . → Read More: Pondering transportation fuels

CCB: 3 Civics and 7 Leafs v1.0

I just posted v1.0 of the “3 Civics and 7 Leafs” package.

You can grab the ZIP here.

The only change from pre-release 1 was the addition of PPT and PDF copies using PowerPoint’s “Newsprint” theme. So both the original white background and the themed versions are in the ZIP.

The main message, encapsulated in the chart from . . . → Read More: CCB: 3 Civics and 7 Leafs v1.0

Climate Change Evidence and Causes

One of the endless frustrations of trying to communicate about climate change with people who are relatively new to the topic, at least beyond the level of headlines and bumper stickers, is the paucity of really good introductory material. This is why I’m particularly pleased to see a new publication, Climate Change: Evidence & Causes, . . . → Read More: Climate Change Evidence and Causes

CCB package: 3 Civics and 7 Leafs

A pre-release version of Climate Change Bridge package number 1, “3 Civics and 7 Leafs” is now available.

Not only is this package a pre-release in the normal sense, meaning this is when the community will offer suggestions for changes, but it will also serve as a way to test drive the package development process.

The zip file . . . → Read More: CCB package: 3 Civics and 7 Leafs