Category Archives: Climate Change

A Federated System with a Global Perspective: Part 2

Before moving on to global perspectives of electricity generation, I want to talk about a recent perspective that appeared in last week’s NYT Climate section. The article makes the point that the recent growth in the use of electricity in … Continue reading

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A Federated System with a Global Perspective: Part 1

This series of blogs was initiated by two conferences that were organized by my school, with a focus on the ongoing energy transition (decarbonization of the energy sources) from fossil fuels, which emit greenhouse gases that have a toxic impact … Continue reading

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Distributed Generation, Net Metering, and VDER

Figure 1 – Characteristics of 16 distributed generation utilities in the US (Source: “Quantifying net energy metering subsidies,” from the Electricity Journal; there may be a pay barrier for the full PDF article) Last week’s blog started from the broader … Continue reading

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Solar Installations: Net Metering and VDER

Figure 1 – Bi-directional electric grid (Source: Ipsun Solar) The top picture in this blog illustrates a possible future electric grid that is designed to encourage the shift to decarbonized sustainable energy. Most sustainable energy sources are directly or indirectly (e.g., … Continue reading

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Florida and NYC: Rational Places to Live? 

Many people blame Hillary Clinton’s 2016 loss on her description of half of Trump’s supporters as “deplorables,” a term under which she included people who are racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, etc. One word she didn’t include in her description … Continue reading

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The End of the Anthropocene?

 Figure 1 – Timeline of the aeons, eras, periods, and epochs (Source: World Economic Forum) Over the last two weeks or so, the papers were full of existential issues. At the top (so it seemed) was President Biden’s advanced age. … Continue reading

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Immigration and Politics

My previous blog emphasized the importance of immigration in equilibrating demographic transition in many countries with below-replacement fertility rates. However, reliance on immigration for population growth makes it a major political issue. This blog starts to explore the political ramifications. … Continue reading

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Remedies for Negative Economic Consequences of Global Population Decline

Last week’s blog outlined the main economic consequences of the declining global population. This blog looks at some of the possible remedies. Two recent publications summarize some such efforts, which come in the form of improved productivity and accelerated robotics … Continue reading

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Economic Consequences of Population Decline

Cost of declining population (Source: Financial Times) I have repeatedly discussed the economic consequences of global or country-specific activities throughout the 12 years of this blog. To my memory, the concept was never explained either by me or by any … Continue reading

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Population Pyramids

The two previous blogs focused on global fertility decline. We are in the middle of a global transition from an increase to a decline in population; the population is estimated to peak around mid-century. Last week’s blog covered some of … Continue reading

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