Tag Archives: Energy

Doomsday: Local Timelines

The last few blogs focused on the ultimate consequences of continuing to make “progress” by relentlessly using the physical environment to serve humanity as if it were as a limitless resource. I tried to make the case that such efforts … Continue reading

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Doomsday: The Simple (or Simplistic) Version

I am writing this blog on Saturday, one day before hurricane Irma is scheduled to make an unwelcome visit to Florida. Other unwanted weather events are taking place all around. Human impact, especially the undesirable variety, is taking a toll. … Continue reading

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Doomsday Predictions – Disaster Porn?

Figure 1 – Doomsday Clock Three weeks ago (before Charlottesville) I summarized the climate-change-related events that took place during my July vacation and promised to expand upon those issues. Given my necessary digression, I am reposting some of those elements … Continue reading

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Back to Climate Change: A Summary of What Happened in July

Figure 1 – Melting Siberian permafrost results in craters   Figure 2 – Detachment of Antarctican Iceberg the size of Delaware Even though I was on a vacation in Asia and Australia for a month, in this day and age … Continue reading

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Visible Transition to the Middle Class

I am back from a family vacation that took me to Australia, South Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and a few other Asian countries. I still haven’t completely recuperated from the jet lag (distance, duration, and age) so this blog will … Continue reading

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Driving Forces in the Anthropocene 2 – Shift in Carbon Emissions Dominance from Electricity to Transportation

The global shift that I talked about last week – from electricity to transportation as the biggest contributor to carbon emissions – is complicated. It has to do with the increased demand for transportation (mainly fueled by gasoline) within developing … Continue reading

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Driving Forces in the Anthropocene 1 – Education and Transportation

As I have often mentioned, I teach two courses: one undergraduate climate change class and a more advanced one about Physics and Society that is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The latter mainly aims to provide advanced students … Continue reading

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Coal

Happy 4th of July, everyone! Figure 1 – The rooftop of the Coal Mining Museum in Kentucky A coal mining museum in Kentucky is switching to solar energy, hoping to save money on energy costs. The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum, owned … Continue reading

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America First and American Sovereignty

I have cited President Trump’s withdrawal speech a lot in my previous two blogs so I will restrict myself to the directly relevant paragraphs. Below is the part of his speech on American sovereignty: At what point does America get … Continue reading

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“America First” and the Green Climate Fund

Figure 1 – Cumulative Carbon Emissions In his exit speech from the Paris Agreement on Thursday, June 1st (see the previous two blogs), President Trump characterized the parts of the agreement that call for developed countries to help pay for … Continue reading

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