Category Archives: Climate change

Guilty under the law, but acquitted anyway

Gandhi, Mandela, Martin Luther King — and Jesus — all said that when a law is immoral, it is our duty to break it. This is what Extinction Rebellion is about. In 2019, a bunch of people were arrested for … Continue reading

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Michael Mann on floods and fires in my country

Michael Mann is one of my heroes. He was one of the first to present undeniably strong evidence for catastrophic climate change. For this service to humanity, he suffered threats to his life, was sued in court on charges the … Continue reading

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Not nuclear

This interview with the editor of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, Mycle Schneider is well worth reading. He is dispassionate, relies on facts, and his material is absolutely devastating for anyone who looks to nuclear power to save us … Continue reading

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A blueprint for survival

It is over 160 pages long, but well worth studying (not merely reading). This is the UN Environment Programme’s Making Peace with Nature. Most environmental analyses focus in on one major problem, such as pollution or climate change. This report … Continue reading

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Gas is gasping but follow the money

You will be interested in this hard-hitting bit of investigative journalism by Rebecca Leber. While solar is replacing coal and gas in electricity generation, electricity is replacing gas for hot water, temperature control, and cooking. And the gas industry is … Continue reading

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Goodbye, glaciers

A current disaster in India is in the news (e.g., this report by Brett Wilkins): a glacier fell apart, flooding several rivers, destroying dams including hydroelectric projects, and killing people. In 2018, it was the Matterhorn, perhaps the most famous … Continue reading

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Introducing a new friend

Mike Muntisov and I reviewed the same book. When I saw the name of his blog, I just had to look it up: “The Court of the Grandchildren.” This actually the title of a book he and his friend Greg … Continue reading

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100 seconds to midnight

Each year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists publishes a reasoned estimate of how close we are to risking the destruction of everything. They take all threats into account, not only nuclear war. For 2020, they have judged us to … Continue reading

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European Investment Bank cuts off gas

Only ten years ago, natural gas was the golden fuel, supposed to bridge us into renewables. Now, it is known to be as dirty as coal, not to mention the damage fracking does. Dr Werner Hoyer, President of the European … Continue reading

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Coal failed — solar more than saved the day

Last weekend, two of the major coal-fired power plants in Victoria, Australia shut down in the middle of the day, when demand is high because of the many commercial uses, and since it’s summer, because of air conditioning. Demand for … Continue reading

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