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A little something from the vault

I managed to find a post I wrote for this site on December 31, 2010, titled “Some perspective on the 2C limit for the new year”. I’ve pasted it below, in its original form. (Note that since I wrote this nearly five years ago, another IPCC report has been published.) Imagine, if you will, a... ? Read More: A little something from the vault

The Limits to Compassion

For hardcore greenies, one of the most well known books in one edition or another is Limits to Growth. This is the endlessly discussed, debated, and, if you’re of the denier persuasion, reviled, book first published in 1972 that used computer modeling to sound the alarm about sustainability. While I have always considered it... ? Read More: The Limits to Compassion

The EV has landed

After (seemingly) endless analysis and navel staring, and (not coincidentally) (seemingly) endless patience displayed by my wife, we’ve taken the next step in our personal part of the electrification of personal transportation. Namely,...Show More Summary

EVs vs. PHEVs: The Battle of the Plugs

One of the weird little psychodramas that plays out among some electric car fans is a turf war between EVs and PHEVs.[1] At first, and perhaps even second, blush this is just silly. We’re all on the same side, and we all want people shunning gasoline and driving on electrons as much as possible,... ? Read More: EVs vs. PHEVs: The Battle of the Plugs

EVs and knees in the curve and bungee jumping naked

So, where are we with plug-in vehicles[1] in the US not quite 4.5 years after the first mass market models, the Volt and the Leaf, went on sale?[0] The situation is more than a little reminiscent of the early days of the personal computer, when there was no shortage of companies leaping into the fray, as well... ? Read More: EVs and knees in the curve and bungee jumping naked

It’s aliiiiive! Well, sort of…

And by “it” I mean this blog and my interest in the climate change issue. Since it’s been quite some time since my last post, roughly 250 days, let me take a minute or three to explain where my head is at with respect to said Big, Ugly, and Urgent Topic, as well as where... ? Read More: It’s aliiiiive! Well, sort of…

Administrivia note: Time to heal and reassess

Beginning today, I am taking a sabbatical from this blog and my involvement with climate change for a currently undetermined period. After wrestling for months (years, my wife might say) with the Big Question of what I can or should do in the climate change fight, I’ve decided that the best next step for me is to... ? Read More: Administrivia note: Time to heal and reassess

Of climate change and invalidated assumptions and plain old obstinance

How people, whether individually or in groups of various sizes, respond to the most obvious threats of climate change — higher temperatures and humidity, floods and droughts, and perhaps most obviously, rising sea levels — is a topic as fascinating as it is important. Show More Summary

Why that Doonesbury strip isn’t 100% helpful

If you’re one of My Readers, then surely you’ve seen the Doonesbury strip that ran in yesterday’s Sunday papers, the one that hammers home the absurdity of climate change deniers by comparing their response to very bad medical news to their view of climate change. If, by some bizarre turn of events you haven’t seen... ? Read More: Why that Doonesbury strip isn’t 100% helpful

Self-delusion and the absurdity of a “Good Anthropocene”

“Of course all life is a process of breaking down, but the blows that do the dramatic side of the work — the big sudden blows that come, or seem to come, from outside — the ones you remember and blame things on and, in moments of weakness, tell your friends about, don’t show their effect... ? Read More: Self-delusion and the absurdity of a “Good Anthropocene”

Science is science, but indifference trumps all

I’m sure most people in this little virtual corner cafe are aware of the interview President Obama gave Thomas L. Friedman, published in the The New York Times, Obama on Obama on Climate. The juxtaposition of some of Obama’s comments with some just released results from a survey conducted by the Yale Project on Climate... Show More Summary

A few thoughts on the new EPA rules

I’m already fielding e-mail from friends and people I know virtually about the EPA’s proposed CO2 reduction plan for electricity plants. While I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, mostly because it was released about a half hour ago, as I type this sentence, let me point out a few things: The main EPA... ? Read More: A few thoughts on the new EPA rules

Calculation: The emissions from those new Chinese coal plants

I mentioned in a prior post (2C in our rear-view mirror, geoengineering dead ahead) that the IEA had tweeted out an astonishing statistic, namely that from 2005 to 2012 China had added 150MW of new coal-fired electricity generation every day. Show More Summary

2C in our rear-view mirror, geoengineering dead ahead

Brad Plumer, a writer I sincerely hope you follow on Twitter, has a new piece up about the infamous 2C “safe” limit of global warming. This is an absolute must read piece, and I hope everyone reading this site who hasn’t read it already does so. Brad’s article is: Two degrees: How the world failed on climate change. Show More Summary

We’re all James Tiberius Kirk in the carbon wind down

I’m sure many readers of this blog have seen the first movie in the reboot of the Star Trek franchise, the 2009 film, Star Trek. There is one scene early in that movie that captures our climate situation with almost painful on-the-nose accuracy. Show More Summary

From the archives: Planetary prognosis

Given that the IPCC released their latest report last night (US time), the “AR5 WGII” report (available here as the SPM (Summary for Policy Makers) and the full report in sections), and it contains, to put it mildly, not exactly cheery news[1], I thought this gem from April 12, 2009 was particularly relevant, even if I... ? Read More: From the archives: Planetary prognosis

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. Show More Summary

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. Show More Summary

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