Korea Times: Climate change, resource depletion... →
It’s a good piece. I feel like stressing/emphasizing something, though: the planet will exist whether or not favorable conditions for human beings; this isn’t just a sort of altruistic adventure to save trees. The delusion is that our well being is separate from the planet’s. We have no capacity to sustain ourselves anywhere else but this planet, and our ability to do so, at...
Self-assembled photosystem-I biophotovoltaics on... →
This is an open access journal !
Zakaria: How Oil is propping up Putin →
Zakaria: How oil is propping up Putin By Fareed Zakaria, TIME If you’re trying to understand the recent protests against the Putin regime in Russia, one of the best guides is an outspoken columnist who has been writing trenchant essays in the nation’s leading newspapers over the past month. “Political competition is the heartbeat of democracy,” he writes, noting the absence of such ...
US licenses first nuclear reactors since 1978 →
It’s been 34 years — and several nuclear accidents later — but a divided federal panel on Thursday licensed a utility to build nuclear reactors in the U.S. for the first time since 1978. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s chairman, Gregory Jaczko, opposed licensing the two reactors at this time even though he had earlier praised their design. “There is still...
Air sampling reveals high emissions from gas field →
When US government scientists began sampling the air from a tower north of Denver, Colorado, they expected urban smog — but not strong whiffs of what looked like natural gas. They eventually linked the mysterious pollution to a nearby natural-gas field, and their investigation has now produced the first hard evidence that the cleanest-burning fossil fuel might not be much better than coal...
Russian Scientists Bore Into Ancient Antarctic... →
COOL The need to prevent even the slightest contamination of the lake is acute. Its environment is comparable to conditions on the moons of Jupiter, which are among the candidates for extraterrestrial life. If life exists in Vostok, it may well exist on Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter, which has subsurface icy water. The water in Vostok stays liquid because of the pressure and the...
Economics and Water Concerns Alter the Solar... →
Economics and Water Concerns Alter the Solar Landscape in the US West Tuesday, 31 January 2012 16:23 The falling price of photovoltaic panels and public concerns about aquifers and rivers in the western United States are boosting solar energy technologies that save water. In December, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) approved a 300-megawatt (MW) solar energy project on public...
Once, men abused slaves. Now we abuse fossil fuels →
While this might seem like another trite pleading for eco-fairness, it’s actually getting at something deeper, in my opinion. The article is getting at the awareness issue that is ultimately at the core of both ‘slavery’ and how we deal with our energy needs. Slaves were once the source, and their usage drove society, built pyramids and empires and societies. Fossil fuels do take...
Bbrg: India saw record $10.3bn clean energy... →
India powers onward… Investment in India out-paces the rest of the world, thanks to the improving cost-competitiveness of wind and solar New Delhi, London and New York, 2 February 2012 – Clean energy investments in India reached $10.3bn in 2011, some 52% higher than the $6.8bn invested in 2010. This was the highest growth figure of any significant economy in the world. There is plenty of...
GEC: Excellent Recap of recent energy/climate/tech... →
Loaded with good links!
STEALING FROM THE FUTURE It’s a very key point that nine professional...– Global Warming: The Un-tellable Story, By Rebecca Novick … I basically think about this quote almost every day of my life. If I’m alive for several more decades, I wonder what people are going to ask of me about this time that I grew up in? I also found this fun to think about: We...
Letter to WSJ in spanking its editorial about... →
A number ofrealclimate scientists respond in a letter to the WSJ. Ah the battle for the hearts and minds of the people continues. You published “No Need to Panic About Global Warming” (op-ed, Jan. 27) on climate change by the climate-science equivalent of dentists practicing cardiology. While accomplished in their own fields, most of these authors have no expertise in climate...
HuffPost: 'Gasland' Journalists Arrested At... →
Filed under “Things that do not contribute to democracy in the US” Filed under “Why the energy discussion in the US still remains petty and immature”