David Brin points out that we can solve our problems. Does this bother you somehow?
Just joining the party on this one. I like what Chris Mooney said on MoJo:
Warning: If you watch this, you’ll never be able to watch a climate “debate” again without rolling your eyes
from Years of Living Dangerously
This was a teaser for one of Peter Sinclair’s best videos to date, but it in some ways goes a little deeper into some expectations that people who have played around with complex systems have trouble explaining to everyone else. You may recall mt’s attempt to explain the same thing a couple of years back.
“CPG benefits include sequestering CO2; making geothermal energy accessible in geographic regions where it has not been economically feasible to use this natural heat source for generating power; and storing energy from solar or wind farms. CPG could produce ten times more geothermal energy than traditional geothermal approaches currently yield, offering an important new source of renewable energy while simultaneously contributing to the reduction of CO2 entering the atmosphere due to fossil fuel burning.”
First I’ve heard of this coupling with CCS. But I did see some tantalizing inklings of deep geothermal at AGU 2012. This is very encouraging, but I presume it isn’t a Breakthrough Institute “breakthrough” in the sense that it will be cheap enough to compete with digging filthy s*** up and torching it.
I would like to know if running such a plant and having a meaningful CO2 sink can be done at the same time and place. They seem to gloss that over.
From the “Ding dong! The witch is dead!” department.
Delingpole, until recently a columnist at the influential Telegraph newspaper in the UK, has finally been properly marginalized.
He is now part of the new Breitbart UK enterprise, which may get a lot of clicks but hopefully not much influence.
It’s time that the comparable fringe of American denialism got the same treatment.
Lead author Anthony Barnosky, in an interview following publication of “Approaching a state shift in Earth’s biosphere” (2012)
Not really hot news, but we missed this when it came out.
h/t Steve Mann
Pipeline failure animation via Dr. Richard Stover