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IEA has released its "Global EV Outlook."
By helping to diversify the fuel mix, EVs reduce dependence on petroleum and tap into a source of electricity that is often domestic and relatively inexpensive. Just as important, EVs have the potential to unlock innovation and create new advanced industries that spur job growth and enhance economic prosperity.

In the long-term, EVs are important to countries seeking to decarbonise the transport sector. Figure 1 illustrates the key role of transport CO2 reductions in the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) “2DS” scenario (2°C Scenario), which describes a future energy system that would limit average global temperature increases to 2°C by 2050. In this scenario, the transport sector’s potential share of overall CO2 reductions would be 21% by 2050. In order to meet this share, three-fourths of all vehicle sales by 2050 would need to be plug-in electric of some type.,37024,en.html

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: May 06, 2014, 07:30:58 PM »
Utilities see big changes in the near future:

In a 2013 survey of global utility companies by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the results revealed that the utility industry leaders anticipate major changes to their business model in the near future. Ninety-four percent of international industry representatives surveyed predict that the power utility business model will be either completely transformed or significantly changed between today and 2030, while only 6 percent expect that the utility business model will stay "more or less the same."

In North America, 40 percent of respondents believed that utility companies' means of making a profit will see major changes over the next two decades.  A strong majority — 82 percent — of North American respondents also said future energy needs will be met by a mix of traditional centralized generation and distributed generation, which feeds power from a mix of sources.
But while renewable on-site energy generation offers a major challenge to the electric utility business model, the lower capital cost energy efficiency approaches, will be the hardest hurdle. Not only because the initial capital costs are lower, the payback is faster, and the energy savings are huge. In fact just four effiency options can cut building electricity use by 50 percent, and there are many more options than what I cover here.
He discusses Smart Thermostats and Controls, Lighting, "Vampire loads," Solar Water Heating (And Others).

And then this:
Commercial Energy Storage Set to Rise to 2.3 GW in 2017

According to a new report from IHS Inc., global installations of photovoltaic storage systems for commercial use, currently the smallest part of the global solar energy storage business, are projected to expand by a factor of 700 in the coming years and become the largest market segment in 2017, from only 3.2 MW in 2012. And thus will increase the commercial segment’s share of PV installations to 40 percent in 2017, up from 5 per cent in 2012.

North America is expected to lead the world in commercial PV storage, accounting for more than 40 percent of installations in 2017. So if electric utilities attempt to stifle net metering, energy users will just dedicate renewable-powered battery banks to dedicated loads, pulling them off the electric grid forever since and storage prices are beginning to fall low enough and systems are becoming more standardized and reliable. And since these storage systems do not need utility back-up, and thus no electric grid interface, utilities will be unable to throw up regulatory roadblocks.

The electric utility industries are not monolithic, and in fact the municipal utilities have been ardent supporters and leaders in energy efficiency, distributed generation, storage, and smart controls. In States with pro-active state utility commissions, traditional independently-owned utilities (IOUs) have also jumped on board.

Policy and solutions / Re: Coal
« on: May 06, 2014, 03:31:34 PM »
This article argues that "India cannot afford to burn Australian coal in its plants."

As the end of coal continues to loom larger on the horizon, a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) has blown trench-sized holes in the industry’s latest attempt to talk up its future, dismissing the myth of coal alleviating poverty in the developing world.
"The new report makes the case that renewables are far better for developing nations as they are already cost competitive with coal, will get cheaper over time, can be built faster, do not impact public health, and require no on-going fuel costs.

The cost of electricity generation from solar power in India has fallen 65% in the last three years alone, while average coal prices are projected to escalate by 4% a year in rupee terms due to the cost of fuel.

Coal is bad for the climate, bad for public health, and bad for business; and it will entrench, not alleviate, poverty in the developing world.

2013 end of year electric vehicle sales numbers
Now to some interesting stuff.  Predictions.  Here are two. One from Forbes who caters to business readers and one from CleanTechnica which caters to those focused on the green and renewable energy issues.  The great thing about these two reports is the they base their articles on EXACTLY THE SAME INDUSTRY RESEARCH REPORT!  Go figure.  Which is biased?

Three different types of electric vehicles (EVs) fall under Navigant’s forecast:
> hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), those that generate all their own electric energy;
> plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs), those that use electricity from the grid and gasoline;
> and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), those that only use electricity from the grid.

Judging by this graph from the report, it seems Forbes made a boo-boo.  Looks like the 6.6m number includes all three types, whereas the 3.8m includes only HEVs.

Policy and solutions / Re: Coal
« on: May 03, 2014, 12:55:16 AM »
But recent data released by the National Energy Administration (NEA) showed that newly installed coal and gas power capacity in China fell 38.9 per cent in the first quarter compared to the same period last year, a sign that the share of fossil fuels in the energy mix are slowly coming down.

New renewable energy and nuclear capacity grew in the same period. Since the beginning of last year, non-fossil fuels have accounted for nearly 60 per cent of new power capacity.
“The reduction in coal-fired capacity is due to the economic slowdown,” Li Junfeng, director general at government think-tank the National Center of Climate Change Strategy, told Reuters.

“But the reduction is also a result of the crackdown on air pollution,” Li told Reuters.

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: May 01, 2014, 05:06:38 PM »
As part of their commitment to cover 42 percent of their energy needs with renewable sources by 2020, Morocco is about to launch construction on the largest wind farm in Africa.

Tarafya, a city situated in southwestern Morocco, is home to this wind farm which stretches over 100 square kilometers. As of October 2014, the facility will generate up to 300 megawatts of electricity, which is enough power to fulfill the electricity needs of thousands of Moroccans. GDF Suez, a French energy company supporting this project, says this wind farm will help reduce CO2 emissions by 900,000 tonnes.
This 690 million dollar wind farm will also be instrumental in creating jobs, requiring 50 employees and the assistance of 700 construction site staffers until the project is complete. The announcement of this project also comes to light just a couple of months after the Moroccan government pledged to invest $11 billion dollars into clean energy.

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: May 01, 2014, 04:41:03 PM »
"With the opening of a new wind farm next month, El Hierro, population just over 10,000, will become the first island in the world to be fully energy self-sufficient through combined wind and water power. The five wind turbines will provide 11.5 megawatts of power, enough to meet the demand of the population and the desalination plants on this small crop of land off the coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean."

A potential aid to the renewable energy/storage problem:  electric vehicles that supply power to the grid when needed, as well as charge from it.  This Delaware project makes money for that service.

Policy and solutions / Re: Better Tomorrows
« on: May 01, 2014, 01:39:40 AM »
A 3D printer that can make spare parts for the International Space Station is being readied for delivery later in 2014.  Being able to print parts as needed will mark the first time such items will not need to be brought up to space by a rocket.  The company, Made In Space, Inc., is also working on printing structures from moon or asteroid materials that could be robotically assembled into shelters.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The first 3D printer bound for space passed a series of critical microgravity tests at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Made in Space, the space manufacturing company, conducted examinations of their proprietary 3D printer technology during four microgravity flights lasting two hours each, simulating conditions found on the ISS.

The printer, as part of the 3D Print Experiment in coordination with NASA, is scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) in 2014.

“Humanity’s future ultimately depends on our ability to explore and occupy space. The 3D printing technologies developed and tested during our Zero-G flights are a cornerstone to building that future. We reached a milestone in our goal to lay that cornerstone with the success of these prototype tests,” said Mike Snyder, P.I. on the 3D Print Experiment and Lead Design Engineer.

The unique challenges posed by off-Earth 3D printing require technology and hardware specifically adapted for space. In these microgravity tests, Made in Space assessed layer adhesion, resolution and part strength in the microgravity environment.

“The 3D printer we’re developing for the ISS is all about enabling astronauts today to be less dependent on Earth,” said Noah Paul-Gin, Microgravity Experiment Lead. “The version that will arrive on the ISS next year has the capability of building an estimated 30% of the spare parts on the station, as well as various objects such as specialty tools and experiment upgrades.”

3D printers use extrusion-based additive manufacturing to build objects layer by layer out of polymers, composites, metals and other materials. The success of these recent microgravity tests is evidence that Made in Space’s vision of a future is one step closer: a future where everything from simple tools to immense satellite arrays are printed in space.

Policy and solutions / Re: Coal
« on: May 01, 2014, 01:01:43 AM »
This Australian paper's article, "The End of Coal," argues the huge Galilee coal mine in that country will never see a price for coal that will make it profitable to go forward, due to global coal oversupply and other financial factors.  And it quotes financial reports that say China's coal demand will peak between 2016 and 2020, because they have adequate supplies in their own country.  Even India's demand remains questionable, due to financial constraints.

Like this, from a Citibank report last November: “We believe that thermal coal demand is in structural decline as a result of both increasing environmental pressure and declining cost competitiveness compared to alternatives for power generation.”

Not only was gas generally cheaper in most of the world, Citibank said, wind power was rapidly achieving parity, and solar would become competitive within a decade.

An analysis by the respected, if greenish New York company Sanford C. Bernstein and Co found this month that solar was already cheaper across much of Asia than gas, meaning photovoltaic power no longer needed subsidies to compete with fossil fuel. While solar was yet a small part of the energy mix, Bernstein said, its rise could see it begin to depress fossil fuel prices within a decade.
This is a big deal, he says, when you consider China accounts for about half the world’s coal consumption. “And between 2007 and 2012, China accounted for all the growth in coal consumption; absent China, it fell globally.”

Which is not to say the Australian government isn't pushing hard for the coal projects, despite the need for dredging for a new port that threatens the Great Barrier Reef:

Australia’s Queensland government is calling on citizens to boycott ice cream brand Ben and Jerry’s after it offered its support to WWF’s campaign to save the Great Barrier Reef.

The campaign – Fight for the Reef – aims to protect this natural wonder of the world from the threat of widespread, rapid and damaging industrial developments taking place in Queensland.

Policy and solutions / Re: Coal
« on: April 30, 2014, 08:48:48 PM »
On Tuesday, Washington [state] Gov. Jay Inslee signed an executive order that creates a task force on reducing carbon emissions and directs it to design a “cap-and-market” program to meet emission goals. That program would set firm limits on carbon emissions and binding requirements to meet the limits.
Elsewhere in the northwest, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is also taking strong stands against climate change. In an April 19 keynote address to the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Kitzhaber said “it is time to once and for all to say no to coal exports from the Pacific Northwest.”

Oregon is home to one of three proposed coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest that would allow for coal producers in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana to ship coal to Asia. Those plans have spurred a broad-based opposition movement stretching from the northern Plains to the coast and including environmental activists, Native American tribes and ranchers.

Kitzhaber said he expects a state agency to reach a final decision on the proposed port on the Columbia River in Oregon by the end of May.

But the governor said he would “do all that I can within the context of existing Oregon law to ensure that we do not commit ourselves to a coal-dependent future….The future for Oregon and the West Coast does not lie in 19th century energy sources.”

This is from the Capital Weather Gang (Washington, DC) on the southern storm.  They are not ones to use hyperbole lightly.

"Freak “S” shaped storm unleashes biblical rain in Pensacola, Mobile"

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: April 30, 2014, 03:09:12 PM »
World's Biggest Fund Manager to Help Create Index That Bars Fossil Fuel Companies
Apr 30, 2014
(Financial Times, sub. req.'d)
BlackRock, the world's biggest fund manager, has teamed up with London's FTSE Group to help investors avoid coal, oil and gas companies without putting their money at risk.

In a sign that a global campaign against fossil fuels is entering the financial mainstream, companies that extract or explore for such fuels are excluded from a new set of indices created by FTSE, a large provider of stock market indexes

Several market benchmarks have already been developed to cover companies likely to profit from tougher environmental regulations, such as renewable energy or water management groups.

But the FTSE ones are believed to be the first from a leading index group that specifically bar fossil fuel companies.

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: April 30, 2014, 02:39:03 PM »
"For 100 years, [US] state and local infrastructure finance agencies have issued trillions of dollars’ worth of public finance bonds to fund the construction of the nation’s roads, bridges, hospitals, and other infrastructure—and literally built America. Now, as clean energy subsidies from Washington dwindle, these agencies are increasingly willing to finance clean energy projects, if only the clean energy community will embrace them."

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: April 30, 2014, 02:37:48 PM »
Your post sort of implies that the reason for the failure of this company is the growth of renewables and low natural gas prices.  If that was your intent I want to disagree.

The point is not that renewables crushed the company, but rather that high-flying fossil fuel companies are no longer the unquestionable success they once were.  Even big ones can fall....

The storm system continues to pummel the south:

"More than 24 inches of rain fell in a 26-hour period in Pensacola, Fla. according to one rain gauge, washing away bridges and closing mile after mile of highways across the region, leaving hundreds of drivers stranded for hours.

"Six thousands lightning strikes were recorded in the area in just 15 minutes.

"In Alabama, much of downtown Mobile was flooded and a reverse 911 was sent to residents at Fish River, near Silverhill, where water levels were at their highest for 60 years.”

You may be able to watch live coverage of the US tornado outbreak here:
(They pause the feed during commercial breaks.)

Multi-day, severe tornado outbreakS (!) currently thrashing the southeastern US.

Two huge low pressure areas are cut off from the jet stream, and blocked by a high pressure area, preventing the severe weather from moving.
"Textbook Omega Block between two cutoff lows. Unsettled weather likely."

Two swirling low pressure centers, tornado-producing thunderstorms in between. #gifanimation:

”This is the most electrically prolific set of t'storms I have ever seen in my career. Nearly 70,000 strikes per hour last I checked. #severe”

Unbelievable! - 8 tornado warnings right now all in close proximity along with a few having debris balls! #alwx #mswx

Every major tornado today fell in the high risk area & PDS watch. Great job by the SPC.

This article includes what ensemble models suggest could occur this week, based on what similar conditions in the past have generated (may take a moment for images to load):

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: April 29, 2014, 04:52:09 PM »
"Too big to fail" just failed.  The once-largest energy holding company files for bankruptcy.  Even the natural gas price spikes last winter couldn't save it.

Just outside Acapulco, storms and flooding have wiped out seaside tourist shops, and villages that have stood since the 16th century.  The Mexican government does acknowledge the need to address climate change.

Policy and solutions / Re: James Hansen loves nuclear power
« on: April 29, 2014, 03:35:40 PM »
Chernobyl today (and an interesting historical retrospective):

"If all goes as planned, by 2017 the 32,000-ton arch will be delicately pushed on Teflon pads to cover the ramshackle shelter that was built to entomb the radioactive remains of the reactor that exploded and burned here in April 1986. When its ends are closed, it will be able to contain any radioactive dust should the aging shelter collapse."

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: April 29, 2014, 02:39:32 PM »
ALEC is a fossil-fuel-funded organization acting all over the US to block and roll back clean energy initiatives, with some success.

"The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization known for helping to advance corporate interests by writing and then pushing to pass conservative legislation at the state level, has created a new initiative with the goal to expand its influence in cities, towns, villages, and other local municipalities throughout the country. ALEC has actively pursued an anti-clean energy and anti-climate agenda in states across the country and its vast network of donors include the notorious petrochemical billionaires Charles and David Koch."

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: April 28, 2014, 04:58:02 PM »

Sigmetnow - big utility investions in renewables are insignificant and will stay insignificant. Big utilites only playing fields are hydropower and wind off-shore - everything else has same efficiency in small or large scales, so the profit can also be made by farmers and private poeple. There is no need to give the profits to a few companies anymore. If you do not have your own roof (like the majority of poeple here) you may join one of the >900 lokal cooperatives to invest in renewables and to participate from the profits.

So what we need instead are 100 million poeple investing 10,000 dollars. 1-2 million poeple allready did that in Germany, two more doublings and we will be at >80% renewables here - with further linear increase of capacity that will be around 2040. The time for exponential growth is over here for renewables, too and it is now the time for linear growth of capacity and thus de-growth in investments.

So please do not rely on big utilities, since it would not fit to their business models anyway. Their time for big profits is over since everybody can participate now with similar efficiency. GE, E.ON and the like may build the off-shore wind parks, water pump storage facilities and of course the long range power lines - since transmission is allways more efficient than storage.
SATire, GE is much more than a "big utility."  It has a huge financial arm. I doubt they are investing in renewables purely for altruistic reasons.

And it's clear to pretty much everyone that energy companies must divest from fossil fuels and move strongly into renewables to survive.

So the big companies have a huge part to play -- and not just utilities, but any large company.  Like Walmart:

You wrote:
"So what we need instead are 100 million poeple investing 10,000 dollars.”

That would be great!  As prices for solar and wind continue to drop, of course individual consumers and builders will increase their participation.  No argument there.  But the big companies (and governments) with the big bucks are what is needed to lead the way and ramp us up to the $1T/yr investments as quickly as possible.

Policy and solutions / Re: Better Tomorrows
« on: April 28, 2014, 04:13:18 PM »
What will the stock market look like in 25 years?  Here are some musings from financial folks. 
Note the mention of digital "credits."  ;)

And no, this article does not cover the scenario of a total financial collapse.  ::)

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: April 28, 2014, 12:31:01 AM »
According to the UN, another 1,000 companies like this and we've got it made!   :D

Just a pity there's only 24 companies that size or larger:

So... 2,000 companies investing 500 million dollars.... ;)

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: April 27, 2014, 01:43:05 PM »
General Electric to invest $1 billion a year in renewable technology. 
According to the UN, another 1,000 companies like this and we've got it made!   :D

Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: April 26, 2014, 07:59:18 PM »
Chinese farmers, energy firms, and individuals are urged to buy climate change insurance.

Policy and solutions / Re: The 2014 US elections and climate policy
« on: April 26, 2014, 01:57:24 PM »
What if there were an election without any climate denier candidates? This is actually happening, in the US -- in Massachusetts.

Won't matter much until we see the same thing in Oklahoma or Texas. My guess is large areas of these states will have to run out of  drinking water before this happens.
I agree, Massachusetts is your basic tiny glimmer of hope, at this point.  But some of the solutions for water scarcity may keep people thinking, even though they're not quite dry yet:

Here's someone who acted... but was widely ridiculed for it.

Eric Holthaus is a meteorologist and environmental journalist who swore off flying out of regard for his carbon footprint.  The realization drove him to tears, and he said as much, last fall.

From a recent interview:
“To be completely efficient, you’d stay home,” he says.  “And when there was all that coverage about my tweets, there were quite a few people who suggested that if I was really worried about carbon emissions, I’d just kill myself. And yes, if I did that, my carbon contribution would be zero. But the goal is to live as normal a life as possible while minimizing your carbon footprint, not suicide or never leaving your house. I have to work like everyone else, and I had work to do in California. And like everyone else, my wife and I want to enjoy life and visit friends. But we want to do it in the most responsible way possible.”

It's doubly hard to do the right thing when it gets such a negative reaction.  At the time, I commented, "Everyone has 'Oh, sh*t' moments when they accept AGW.  It's personal, and I think it helps to share."

Consequences / Re: CA Drought Emergency Declared
« on: April 25, 2014, 08:27:30 PM »
CA Drought Monitor numbers over time:

"@sftransitblog: CA drought: an inexorable, terrifying march of deeper shades of red. Via @DroughtCenter    "

New York meteorologist Eric Holthaus warns of blocking pattern in Northeast US next week.  With map:

@nymetrowx: Textbook Omega Block develops next week with our area between two cutoff lows. Unsettled weather likely.

Policy and solutions / Re: Coal
« on: April 25, 2014, 05:49:41 PM »
Another pressure against coal is reported:  increasing water stress.
Of the 10 biggest coal-consuming countries, half are considered highly water-stressed... using more than the annually available freshwater supply.
It is predicted that world water supply could fall 40% short of demand by 2030.

Policy and solutions / Re: The 2014 US elections and climate policy
« on: April 25, 2014, 02:07:12 PM »
What if there were an election without any climate denier candidates? This is actually happening, in the US -- in Massachusetts.

Consequences / Re: CA Drought Emergency Declared
« on: April 25, 2014, 03:09:07 AM »
The latest US Drought Monitor is out.

This week marks the first time in the 15-year history of the Monitor that 100% of California was in moderate to exceptional drought.

The cost of the drought in California is estimated at least $7.48 billion in direct and indirect costs, according to Mike Wade, executive director of the California Farm Water Coalition. This includes crop losses and about 20,000 job losses tied to 800,000 acres of idled farmland.

The amount of acres idled equals the size of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Fresno and Bakersfield combined — some 1,250 square miles.

Crops such as iceberg lettuce, broccoli, bell peppers, cantaloupes and tomatoes are being hardest hit, the farm coalition reports.

"If you combine the current drought with the nearly $450 million in damage to the state's citrus crop from a freeze last December, the state's agriculture has really had a rough couple of months," says Steve Bowen, a meteorologist with Aon Benfield, a global reinsurance firm based in London.

Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: April 24, 2014, 01:29:55 PM »
I fear we will be seeing many more articles like this in the coming months.

Price of a Carton of Milk Hits $4

Policy and solutions / Re: The 2014 US elections and climate policy
« on: April 24, 2014, 02:46:08 AM »
CEO of Unilever:
"“We recognise for the first time that, purely in monetary terms, the cost of inaction is starting to become bigger than the cost of action. This is a wonderful position to be in for businesses because that obviously galvanises business.”

Policy and solutions / Re: The 2014 US elections and climate policy
« on: April 24, 2014, 02:39:32 AM »
On the other hand....
"Earlier this month, a coalition of county governments in Texas posted a study that air pollution would increase significantly by 2018 thanks to a local drilling boom. One week later, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality slashed the coalition’s budget for air quality planning."

Policy and solutions / Re: The 2014 US elections and climate policy
« on: April 24, 2014, 02:32:38 AM »
The legal landscape regarding fracking in the US may be about to shift.  In what is being hailed as a landmark decision, a jury decided that a family claiming they were sickened because of pollution from hydraulic fracturing operations near their Texas home should be awarded $2.95 million.

A result of the cold jet stream trough / "polar vortex" that repeatedly hit the mid-west and eastern US this winter:

"Environment Canada’s Great Lakes ice dataset, which extends back to 1980-81, shows the current ice extent at a chart-topping 32.8 percent as of April 22.  The year with the next greatest ice extent on this date, 1996, had about half as much ice – or 16.49 percent coverage.  The average Great Lakes ice cover right now is 2.2 percent.  There is roughly 16 times more ice than normal right now!"

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewables Reach a Tipping Point...
« on: April 24, 2014, 01:47:32 AM »
Reclaimed landfills and polluted "Superfund" sites are fitted for solar and wind power generation in the US.

Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: April 24, 2014, 01:28:16 AM »
A humorous look at trying to eat healthy and sustainably based on information from the internet.  Hope you like kale...    ;)

Consequences / Re: CA Drought Emergency Declared
« on: April 23, 2014, 12:15:28 AM »
"After a warm April so far, California snowpack down to ~18% of normal. Just 4.5" of water equivalent remain."

The Washington, DC (US) Capital Weather Gang compares their 2013/2014 winter outlook forecast with what really happened. 
 :-[  "This winter was its own unique animal."   :-[
Yet another instance of "the usual meteorological rules no longer apply."

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists suggests you can engage more deniers with humor than with facts.

Consequences / Re: Years of Living Dangerously
« on: April 21, 2014, 05:24:33 PM »
This series is indeed a sign of how important the subject of climate change has become, with so many big names behind the scenes and in front of the cameras.

Media Matters speaks to its importance:

And here's more on Katharine Hayhoe.  I love her evangelical/climate-scientist perspective.  Even self-proclaimed "atheists" on Twitter praise her highly.

Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: April 21, 2014, 05:11:56 PM »
Offshore fish farming, done carefully, could increase food supply and decrease its carbon footprint.

“We spend 130 million dollars a year on air freight for the 300,000 metric tons of salmon that get flown into the U.S. from Chile. Think of the carbon footprint associated with that,” he says. “There’s absolutely no reason why that brazino shouldn’t be a white sea bass grown three miles off the coast. And then imagine the carbon footprint that’s saved in doing that.”

Policy and solutions / Re: James Hansen loves nuclear power
« on: April 21, 2014, 04:44:23 PM »
John Quiggen sees several nuclear projects biting the dust and opines, "Allowing for construction time, there’s no prospect of electricity generation on a significant scale before 2050, by which time we will need to have completely decarbonized the economy."

Policy and solutions / Re: The Keystone Pipeline
« on: April 21, 2014, 02:42:31 AM »
Tom Steyer is vowing to throw his political weight and money behind any lawmaker in Congress who comes under attack for opposing the Keystone XL pipeline.

Policy and solutions / Re: Better Tomorrows
« on: April 21, 2014, 02:35:31 AM »
"Next-generation roofing shingles could contain solar cells because researchers at Columbia University recently designed a low-cost solar cell that integrates into shingles. Unlike traditional solar cells, which only capture light energy, the cells capture energy from both light and heat. A built-in cooling system improves the cells' efficiency in high-temperature climates as well as provides hot water for household purposes."

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