Category Archives: environment

5 tricks you can use to reduce plastic pollution

Some of them surprised me, and may surprise you. Please read another way Katherine Martinko is saving our planet.

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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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Renewables have won in the USA

Statistics are in for November, 2020. As in October, 100% of new energy generation came from wind and solar, and this is not even counting small rooftop solar installations. There is still a long way to go to replace gas … 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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Plastics: a reminder

I am sure everyone who reads my posts knows about the terrible effects of having plastics strangle our global environment. All the same, a reminder in The Guardian is good to follow up. They only mention five species, but each … 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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