One of, if not the, bedrock issue(s) we face regarding climate change is urgency. Put simply, how bad is it, really?
I have contended for a long time that when you take a broad and deep view of the situation, including (but not limited to):
The very long atmospheric lifetime of CO2, which makes our emissions effectively . . . → Read More: The missing urgency over climate change
I recently read Kari Marie Norgaard’s, Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life, an excellent and somewhat unusual book that has instantly made its way onto the list of “must read” books that I send people when they ask for recommendations. The primary reason I think so highly of this work is simple: . . . → Read More: The sociology of climate change
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
Finally, at long last, there’s word that Nissan might give Leaf buyers an option about battery size.
Long-time readers of this site know that I’ve been pushing for this for quite some time. Instead of trying to guess which one battery size will make your EV product offering the most profitable, why not give the customer . . . → Read More: Can we have some EV sanity?
Yet another article is making the rounds, raising eyebrows, and otherwise causing people to exhaust their cliche reserves. This one is about the discovery that pine beetles are now invading parts of New Jersey, and have already “killed tens of thousands of acres of pines, and [they are] marching northward”.
This should not be a surprise . . . → Read More: Beetlemania
Naomi Klein, a writer whose works I’m sure most readers of this site know anywhere from passably to quite well, recently authored the article in NewStatesman, How science is telling us all to revolt. It’s a perfect example of the kind of unsettling, yet incredibly hard to refute, piece that’s appearing more often from climate . . . → Read More: Science, extraordinary conclusions, and entering the Metricene
Pete Sinclair has a good roundup of some articles about the general topic of a “carbon bubble”, which I highly recommend: Carbon Bubble anyone? “The Scientific Trajectory is Clearly in Conflict”
Just to make sure we’re all on the same virtual page, I asked Google to define bubble:
1. a thin sphere of liquid enclosing air or another . . . → Read More: Carbon bubble: Pop vs. deflate, doom vs. hope
The Carbon Brief has a must-read article up, Carbon briefing: Making sense of the IPCC’s new carbon budget, that points out the precarious nature of our emissions situation:
So how big is the budget? For it to remain likely that we stay below two degrees, the total amount of carbon released through carbon dioxide emissions must be . . . → Read More: Carbon budgets and US emissions
We hear the analogy endlessly: To fix the already unfolding climate change disaster, we need an “Apollo-like effort”, a “man-on-the-moon commitment”. This is a terrible analogy, and we should stop using it because it’s not just inaccurate, it’s devastatingly inaccurate, to the point of being counterproductive.
I was born just in time to be a starry-eyed . . . → Read More: We need to have an adult conversation about climate change
World won’t cool without geoengineering, warns report:
According to one of its lead authors, and the latest draft [of the forthcoming IPCC AR5 report] seen by New Scientist, the report will say: “CO2-induced warming is projected to remain approximately constant for many centuries following a complete cessation of emission. A large fraction of climate change is thus . . . → Read More: It’s still the lock-in