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Powering the Planet to Half a Degree Temperature Rise this Century

The ultimate objective of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is to achieve stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate...

Posted August 13, 2015    

Surviving Decarbonization

The following schematic shows how heat is typically added, is mixed, and is lost in the major oceans. Near the equator heat warms the ocean’s surface, with some of the heat mixing to deeper water, while the rest migrates towards the poles. There...

Posted August 3, 2015    

The Case for Interest Free Sustainable Energy Financing

According to Ceres, the non-profit advocacy group dedicated to sustainability leadership, “In order to limit global warming to 2°C and avoid the worst effects of climate change, the world needs to invest an additional $44 trillion in clean energy—...

Posted May 12, 2015    

Thermodynamic Geoengineereing: The Fourth Way

Geoengineering is the deliberate and large-scale intervention in the Earth’s climatic system with the aim of reducing global warming. It is most often thought of in terms of carbon dioxide removal or solar radiation management but a third approach...

Posted April 16, 2015    

The Price of Energy: Canada's Challenge and Opportunity

The Carbon Brief (TCB) suggests that in order to meet the two degree planetary warming limit 75% of Canada’s petroleum reserves will have to be left in the ground.  Globally it is estimated 35% of petroleum reserves must meet the same fate. The...

Posted April 8, 2015    

Is Research a Climate Change Placebo, or Possibly Even Worse?

The Better Growth Better Climate report of The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate estimates that an expenditure of $270 billion of the $6 trillion countries need to invest in infrastructure each year for the next 15 years, devoted to clean...

Posted April 2, 2015    

The Climate Case for Hydrogen

The Christian Science Monitor recently reported, To stop climate change, flat CO2 emissions aren't enough.“For the first time in 40 years, the global economy grew while carbon dioxide emissions stalled. But experts warn that this won't be enough to...

Posted March 26, 2015    

Global Warming: Out of Sight, Peace of Mind

The biosphere is the 12.4 mile thick zone of life on Earth represented by the following visual courtesy of The Encyclopedia of Earth.The oceans make up a large portion of the biosphere with most life occurring in the Euphotic Zone, which reaches to...

Posted March 20, 2015    

$43 Billion: Current and Rising Cost to Canada of Environmental Inaction

Peter Dykstra recently pointed out that some prominent environmental veterans are talking up nuclear power as a climate change solution.Canada was amongst the original countries to experiment with fission for commercial use and in 1962 built a small...

Posted March 4, 2015    

Can Humanity Coexist With Rising CO2 Levels?

According to the Working Group III contribution to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), without additional efforts to reduce GHG emissions beyond those in place today, emissions growth is expected to persist driven by growth in global...

Posted February 17, 2015    

The Lowest Cost Renewable Energy Comes With a 2000 Percent Environmental Dividend

NASA and NOAA have proclaimed 2014 the warmest year ever recorded. It was the year also in which scientists identified heat movement into the ocean depths as the reason an atmospheric warming hiatus has existed for the previous 15 years.Just as...

Posted January 29, 2015    

Prescribing a Cure for the Health of Both the Planet and its Inhabitants

"Burning fossil fuels harms the health of both the planet and its inhabitants." - The Economist.As the following image courtesy of dreamstime.com suggests that buring has given the planet a fever. It has hydration issues and its pH is out of whack....

Posted January 17, 2015