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The Carboniferous and the Anti-Carboniferous Eras

Here’s a cool recent discovery – the reason the earth has so much coal is that it took fungi 60 million years to figure out how to digest lignin, the compound that gives wood its strength.  Before that the trees … Continue reading

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MIT On Climate Change

Every year MIT has a Technology Day on its alumni reunion weekend where faculty discuss what they’re working on.   These are consistently interesting, and I’ve written about them before: The Oceans Are Dissolved Information and Print Your House and … Continue reading

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Warming Harms the US More Than the Northeast

I’ve been looking at the recently released Fourth National Climate Assessment, the US government’s considered opinion on what climate change will do to the country.  This program has been running since 1990, and is protected from hostile Administrations by legislation. … Continue reading

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How Did Wind Get So Cheap?

Rather surprisingly, wind power is now the cheapest form of electricity in the US: This comes from the tree-hugging socialists at  Lazard Asset Management.  Unsubsidized wind comes in at $32 to $62 per MWh, depending on the site.   Natural gas … Continue reading

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Rebecca Leaf, Engineer Heroine from MIT

I recently came across a striking set of stories about leftist women who attended MIT.  The school has had female graduates longer than any other major US university (their first was in 1873), and they’ve done remarkable things.  It turns … Continue reading

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Solectria – Achieving Goals By Lowering Them

A few days ago some good news finally came to a guy who has been trying to save the world for a very long time.   James Worden is the founder of the Massachusetts company Solectria Renewables, and it just got  … Continue reading

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Antarctica Will Save Us All, Maybe

Just in time for the start of winter, NASA scientists have identified the coldest place on Earth: -93.2 C (-136 F) on a high ridge in Antarctica.  Full story here.  That beats the previous record of -89.2 C (-128.6 F) … Continue reading

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Peak Nuclear Has Passed…

… for both weapons and power.  Nuclear weapons have been the great looming threat for most of my life. These were devices built to end civilization.  So it’s startling to see how fast they have been declining: Source: “Global Nuclear … Continue reading

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Peak CO2 Has Passed, Except…

for China.  Here’s something that is not perhaps widely noticed: The CO2 emissions from the USA and Europe have dropped substantially since their peak in 2007.  The US is now down about 9% from its peak, to late-1990s levels.  Europe … Continue reading

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Why Did Car Companies Cave on CAFE?

Car companies have been complaining about fuel economy standards ever since they began back in the 1970s.  All through the 80s, 90s and Zips they’ve managed to block increases in the standards, by spreading Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt about their … Continue reading

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