Y360: Wheat Yields in India May Drop as Region... →
Just another seemingly minute indicator of things to come if the trend we are on continues… 30 Jan 2012: Wheat Yields in India May Drop as Region Warms, Study Says An analysis of satellite images has revealed that extreme temperatures are cutting wheat yields in northern India, indicating that the adverse impacts of rising temperatures on wheat production in warmer climes may be more...
Operation Sustainability: U.S. Military Sets... →
DoD understands the energy crunch… With personnel nearly the population of Chicago and a fleet of over 500,000 aircrafts, vessels, and vehicles, the U.S. Department of Defense is a massive and energy-hungry institution. In 2009 alone, the military consumed some 375,000 barrels of oil per day, more than three-quarters of all other countries on the planet. To put that in perspective,...
The Hydrogen Dream - a look at H as a source of... →
Hydrongen as a fuel / energy source? Maybe, maybe not. Conclusion So the hydrogen dream lives on. Where will these research projects lead? Are all of them in vain? Perhaps not, but hydrogen continuously appears somewhat behind alternative technologies; for a massification of it to use as an energy carrier, nothing short of a revolution will do. In many regards, huge steps forward will have...
EIA: How many/what kind of power plants in USA? →
Want some stats? Here you go. http://www.eia.gov/electricity/annual/pdf/table1.2.pdf states there are over 5K natural gas generators as top source in number of plants as well as nameplate capacity; coal is second in capacity, but conventional hydroelectric is second in generator numbers. The capacity of fossil fuel plants far outweighs that of renewable plants, at this time… How many and...
State of The Union 2012 & Energy (KeystoneXL Saga:... →
So a number of different takes on Obama’s SOTU. I’m not surprise by his approach, and I generally support how he attempted to handle balance dirty energy and clean energy. I still maintain the he will allow Keystone XL to happen, although after the next election; it’s too big of a resource to not happen, and I think him delaying it so long will eventually help his credibility...
Marcellus Shale estimates cut by 66% →
Cutting the potential output as being able to supply the US for 6 years instead of 18? Ouch. On the other hand, perhaps this will be good news for renewable energy R&D. The U.S. Energy Department cut its estimate for natural gas reserves in the Marcellus shale formation by 66 percent, citing improved data on drilling and production. About 141 trillion cubic feet of gas can be recovered from...
"The Perils of 2012", brief by Joseph E. Stiglitz →
A look ahead at 2012. I like the angles the author addresses. If he spoke more directly about the global energy crunch, it might be similar to something I’d write if I were to speak about the upcoming year. Those great Columbia economists (Jagdish Bhagwati, Jeff Sachs…), they seem to know what’s cooking. Maybe I’ll work with them someday, down the road… From Project...
COMMENTS: relationships, selfishness v catering to...
Question: Where do you draw the line between doing things for you and selfishness? In a relationship, in general. Do you find that one overrides the other, why? Do you try to balance these two elements? As much as I know about relationships, there are still times where I feel “really scared” about having to make someone else like me. I don’t like those states because...
Oft overlooked groundwater, satelite study reveals... →
Extremely significant to figuring out how we’re going to sustain life on this planet. Professor Simmons said the groundwater crisis was driven by a competition for increasingly scarce water supplies between “megacities”, the energy sector, manufacturing and farming. Groundwater shortage ‘critical’ BRONWYN FARR 23 Jan, 2012 04:00 AM GROUNDWATER is a key...
Beyond Hype, a Closer Look at New York’s Choice on... →
Close to home, definitely an important issue… Beyond Hype, a Closer Look at New York’s Choice on Shale Gas By ANDREW C. REVKIN More than 40,000 comments have been submitted to New York State aimed at shaping how Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo deals with the huge natural gas resource locked in the state’s portion of sprawling geological formations known as the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale. The...
Minds Meet on Shale Gas, Fracking by Bill... →
Interesting Read. Check it out The Takeaway: We Gotta Get Natural Gas Right After yesterday’s session, a small group of us retired to the Faculty Commons for a glass of wine, dinner, and conversation. We were treated to a short talk by Richard Newell, a Duke professor and the director of Duke’s Energy Initiative, who returned last fall from a stint in the Obama administration as the head of...
In order to stay competitive in a global age, we must invest in our future by...– Prepare the American Workforce to Compete in the Global Economy
Lifelong brain-stimulating habits linked to lower... →
Cool. UC Berkley Lifelong brain-stimulating habits linked to lower Alzheimer’s protein levels By Sarah Yang, Media Relations | January 23, 2012 BERKELEY — A new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, provides even more reason for people to read a book or do a puzzle, and to make such activities a lifetime habit. PET scans reveal amyloid plaques, which appear as...
The water-energy nexus: Spotlight (LEIF) →
A nice overview/introduction to the Water / Energy nexus, via London Environmental Investment Forum… The water industry is renowned for being risk averse and conservative. It’s understandable. No one wants people to experiment with their water. But as fresh water becomes more and more precious and the cost of energy to get fresh water keeps on rising, the challenges of the...
COMMENTS: WIRED article about Solyndra & US Clean... →
The article seems to focus on Solyndra as overly representative of all “clean tech” or renewable energies (yet maybe it is the easiest and most recognizable name to reference)… but it’s focus on the politics behind US Energy and the ‘economic bubble’ (which I don’t feel is an accurate term here) that was in place has come to pass. I see it more as a...
I am not afraid of anything in this world. There’s nothing you can throw...– U2 - Stuck in a Moment
Masdar Institute's cool energy/nano programs &... →
So cool. Nanoscience + Energy? Working with MIT? It will be on my wishlist! Abu Dhabi-UAE: 15 January, 2012- Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today announced the faculty at its Laboratory for Energy and Nano Sciences (LENS)continues to remain at the forefront of...