Last week we offered some brief thoughts on risk. Risk is what you can’t know. It lurks around the corner, in the weeds, waiting to undo even the best-laid plans. We noted the
of an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group, the darkest yet in projecting impacts on the world we know.
Plainly, there is risk in doing nothing. And there is risk in all the alternatives w...
Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability
, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group II’s contribution to the IPCC’s 5
Assessment Report, has just been issued. It projects a bleak picture indeed: ice caps melting, sea ice collapsing, heat waves intensifying, coral reefs dying, coastal cities and towns facing ruin.
Organic matter frozen in Arctic soils si...
Holy provocative headline! The lurid cover in the April issue of Wired magazine features the image of a large, shiny lump of coal and the headline, “
Coal: It’s Dangerous, Its Dirty, and It’s the Future of Clean Energy
The cover article, by Charles C. Mann, has more depth and more credibility than his title, but that’s no surprise.
Mr. Mann quotes former Energy Secretary Ste...
Oh, a storm is threat'ning
My very life today
If I don't get some shelter
Oh yeah, I'm gonna fade away
—The Rolling Stones, “Gimme Shelter”
There’s no shortage of poetic references to change knocking at the door, from Dickens (“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”) to Dylan (“the times they are a-changin'”). But the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” was first to pop into my head.
My first, kneejerk reaction to microgrids was: “Cute idea, but what about the economics?” On second thought … actually, I have lots of second thoughts.
One of them is rooted in the issue of system security and reliability of service. The fact that through some of the worst of New York City’s and New Jersey’s pelting by Hurricane Sandy part of the New York University campus was able to k...
Stanford University Professor Mark Z. Jacobson has not rested on what he calls “science-based” proof that the world – and every country in it – can have virtually its entire energy needs met by non-polluting energy sources no later than 2050.
Jacobson and colleagues, in a variety of papers cited in Leah Parks’ excellent article, “
A Visionary Path to Sustainable, Clean, and Affordable Energy