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Scotland is all about wind energy (Trump hates both)

The northeast of Scotland is poised to become the global center for offshore wind scientific research, following the announcement this week from Swedish power company Vattenfall, which announced the successful projects that will take part in a €3m research program at its European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. By Joshua S Hill  The European Offshore Wind Deployment […]

June 22nd

Rick Perry is half right — oceans absorb heat and CO2

As Tina Casey reports, Rick Perry understands the world’s oceans are getting warmer, but doesn’t really understand the reason why. However, the scientists at NASA and MIT do. They have released a new study detailing how the oceans absorb heat, carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, and other gases. Once absorbed, they can remain stored in the […]

June 22nd

After Peak Oil, what next? Who profits, who loses bigly?

Many people expected that peak oil  would lead to rising prices – basic supply and demand. But reality has been very different. By George Harvey  What we’ve actually seen: Prices dropped because declines in demand actually preceded declines in production. And the result is a market most people, possibly even OPEC leaders, have found unpredictable. We […]

June 20th

Climate change: Last month was 2nd hottest May on record

May 2017 was the second warmest (or hottest) May on record . It was 1.6° Fahrenheit higher than the 1951–1980 baseline, and only a tenth of a degree behind the current record holder, May 2016. By James Ayre  As one can see in the image, higher than normal surface temperatures encompassed much of the globe […]

June 20th

Prediction: By 2030, 95% of people will NOT own a private car

Futurists make predictions. That’s what they do. Sometimes they are right; sometimes they are wrong. As futurists go, Stanford economist and RetinkX founder Tony Seba has a pretty good track record. He predicted the solar energy boom at a time when prices for solar power were 10 times what they are today. His latest report predicts two things. […]

June 19th

What happens when the oil economy collapses?

As the oil economy collapses, the world will change. And it will change a great deal. The question is simple and stark, but there will be a gradient of effects, and side-effects, and after-effects. By Zachary Shahan  Let’s start with some of the basics. Oil company values — which are currently topping the charts — will […]

June 18th

Texas gives Tesla the middle finger; Musk goes to India

The Texas legislature wrapped up its latest session by passing a law bringing back a $2,500 rebate for Texans who purchase a qualifying low- or zero-emissions car. The program began in 2013 as part of the state’s Emissions Reduction Program and applied to electric cars, fuel cell cars, and cars powered by compressed natural gas, […]

June 17th

Climate change warrior Al Gore: ‘Trump has made Paris Climate Agreement stronger’

Former Vice President Al Gore gave an upbeat speach in London last night, comparing today’s climate movement  to the great movements of the past—such as the abolition of slavery—which encountered fierce, long-lasting resistance along the way to ultimate triumph. He sees Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement as just one bump on the road. By Meteor Blades Gore […]

June 16th

BP energy report says coal is dead

If Trump does not believe the persistent reports that our world’s energy system is moving towards cleaner alternatives, here is yet more proof the world is going towards renewables and coal is dead – this time from one of the world’s top fossil energy companies. by Adam Johnston  BP’s recently released Statistical Review of World […]

June 15th

California continues global climate alliance – now with Germany

Just days after California Governor Jerry Brown ended his week-long California-China Climate Mission, the Governor signed and issued a joint statement on climate cooperation between the state and Germany. By Joshua S Hill  Meeting in San Francisco, California Governor Jerry Brown met with German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, […]

June 14th

California and China sign their own climate agreement. Sorry, Trump

California governor Jerry Brown is in China this week. He signed a climate agreement with Wan Gang, China’s minister of science and technology, committing both parties to work together to lower carbon emissions. He will be the keynote speaker at the Under2 Clean Energy Forum in Beijing on June 7, addressing  leaders from 170 countries, states, and cities […]

June 7th