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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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Bigger Is Greener

Here’s a promising trend – all the cool big guys are going green.    Google and Adobe are now powering their offices with Blo0m Boxes, a solid oxide fuel cell powered by natural gas that has 40% the CO2 emissions of … Continue reading

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Maniacal Energy Storage Schemes

A common complaint about renewable energy is that it’s intermittent – the sun isn’t always shining and the wind isn’t always blowing.  One rarely hears the opposite charge against nuclear power – it’s generating electricity even when no one wants … Continue reading

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Electric Vans Already Win

Update 5/13/11 – Smith will soon start using A123 batteries.  See bottom. I wrote here about how electric cars were just better pieces of machinery than gas-powered ones, since they were quieter, handled better, and were more reliable.  This article, … Continue reading

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The Long View

At a time when the US Congress is divided on whether climate change even exists, the Massachusetts Audubon Society is making plans on how to adapt to it.   Their problem is that climate change emperils their nature sanctuaries.   They own … Continue reading

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Anti-Romantic Lighting

If you’re ever taken out to dinner to a restaurant with fluorescent lighting, you can be pretty sure that your date is an idiot.   That’s the least flattering kind of light known.  Well, maybe it’s not as bad as yellow … Continue reading

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