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Study Ties Epic California Drought, 'Frigid East' To Manmade Climate Change

Natural variability alone cannot explain the extreme weather pattern that has recently driven both the record-setting California drought, and also the cooler weather seen across most of the Midwest and East this winter, a major new study finds. read more

Sandra Zellmer & Christine Klein Guest Post: Missouri River Floodplain Owners Seeking a “Double-Take” from Taxpayers

2 days agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

A few days ago I posted my review of Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster, by Christine A. Klein, the Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law at the University of Florida and Sandra B. Zellmer, the Robert B. Daugherty Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska. Below is...

Will Utilities Control Behind-the-Meter Solar Batteries?

Ken Munson, CEO of Stockton, Calif.-based startup Sunverge Energy, doesn’t want you to think of his company’s product as a “battery in a box,” backing up a roof full of solar panels -- even if that’s one very accurate way to describe what it packages up into a closet-sized, UL-certified form. read more

Climate One: Overselling the Fracking Boom

Despite the good news that at the end of 2012 US carbon emissions were down 12 percent relative to 2005, there remains a long road to sustainable and sufficient emissions reductions to meet the goals scientists increasingly warn is required to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. read more

Four Years After BP Oil Disaster Many Lessons Remain Unlearned

Four years ago this weekend, the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 men and sending 170 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. I flew over the site after the blowout and was stunned by the vast reach of the oil and the enormous scale of the response effort. read more

Infrastructure vs carrier investments

This article was authored by Jouko Ahvenainen, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net. A few decades ago telephone lines and backbone networks were typically built by national telephone monopolies. The coming of the 1990’s and mobile networks changed this. Most countries have telecom competition and a few … [visit site to read more]

Getting from Point A to Point B ..Quickly!!!!!!

Getting from Point A to Point B …..Quickly!!!!! If your only focus for 2050 is man-made global warming, maybe you should consider expanding your horizons? Commentary by Jon Morrow Edited by Michael Goldstein I preface this article with...Show More Summary

Java for the Grid Edge: From Blu-Ray Players to Smart Grid Devices

The long-promised goal of embedding open, flexible computing power in all types of smart grid devices is starting to be realized in 2014. Open platforms are being introduced. Multi-vendor partnerships driven by utilities are creating new ways for technology to interact on the grid edge. read more

Thesis: 'Comparison of Groundwater Rights in the United States: Lessons for Texas' (and California?)

Ken Rainwater of Texas Tech University, one of the best examples of 'down-home' humor/common sense and engineering/scientific savvy that I've ever met, sent along this 2005 thesis by one of his MS students, Sanjaya Raj Joshi. My doctoral student Maria Gibson had requested it. Download GW_Rights_Thesis Here is a figure...

Energy Quote of the Day: ‘We Will Create Our Own Oil Company’

The changing global oil refining picture has seen several mid-range to large companies spin off their downstream operations in recent years, but the trend has yet to travel up the food chain to the world’s largest oil companies, despite pressure from investors to do so. read more

Happy Birthday Solar Cell

April 25 is the photovoltaic solar cell’s 60th birthday. From go100percent renewable energy via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

Offshore Wind As A Hurricane Wall

Instead of a storm wall, how about an energy generating wall that pays for itself? From The Daily Conversation via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

Get On The Climate Policy Train

Millenials can BE the change. From PBS Newshour via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

The EPA Gives Us 25 Ways to Limit Climate Change

The earth is getting warmer. There’s no doubt about that. The average temperature of our planet rose 1.4°F over the last 100 years, and is expected to continue on that path over the next 100 years. Some are even predicting an increase by as much as 11.5°F. read more

IPCC working group III recommends nearly quadrupling nuclear energy

A few of my pronuclear friends have been disappointed by the treatment of nuclear energy in the recently released final draft of the IPCC working group III Summary for policy makers. For example, Steve Aplin at Canadian Energy Issues thinks that the IPCC is prejudiced against nuclear energy. Show More Summary

Whiplashed by Weather?

Drastic shifts in weather (from beautiful sunny skies to dark menacing ones, from t-shirt frisbee temperatures to parka-wearing cold, etc.) are natural. Humanity, however, has recently been putting its thumb directly on the scales of what can be considered “natural.” read more

Study: Weathe-Related Blackouts Doubled Since 2003

I think it was either Cheech or Chong who said, “I’m fed up and sick of this.” Well that’s how many people here in the Northeast where I live feel about power outages caused by storms. If people are sick of it, that’s because they’ve been losing power a lot more often over the last decade. read more

Clean Energy Growth Stalls With Loss of Incentives

The question about coal power isn’t whether it can be made clean — it can’t, according to a recent National Geographic cover story and the vast majority of environmental advocates — but whether it can be made clean enough to provide power as the world transitions to renewable energy sources without triggering an ecological disaster Continue reading ?

TGIF! Weekly Water News Summary, 12 - 18 April 2014

The Portland (OR) Water Bureau will drain one of its reservoirs of 38M gallons (almost 117 acre-feet) of water because a man was videotaped urinating in it. Hardly cause for concern, but it's for PR. City Commissioner Nick Fish, who oversees the PWB, said in The Oregonian: “Politics had no...

Years of Living Impatiently with Showtime Series

Nuclear energy plays a minor role in a minor online kerfluffle. In the New York Times, Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger of The Breakthrough Institute (an environmental think tank with an interest in nuclear energy) complain that...Show More Summary

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