Energy & Environment

Daniel Kammen The Gathering Storm – Michael Mann & Daniel M. Kammen

This post is coauthored by scientists Michael Mann and Daniel M. Kammen.

Winston Churchill saw the gathering storm long before the rest of the world. Europe sacrificed millions of people before it openly acknowledged and then directly confronted the crisis. Yet, even after the Allies responded, the outcome was uncertain. Only … More >

Santiago Miret Clean Tech 0 vs. Carbon 1

Even though clean energy technologies have experienced substantial rapid growth in recent years, their combined efforts were not enough to prevent the largest single-year increase of atmospheric CO2 release since 1984. In 2013 alone, the atmospheric CO2 concentration jumped by 2.9 parts per million (ppm) to a total of 396 ppm. … More >

Santiago Miret Model III, Model T?

Tesla Motors’ new Model III has the potential to become the 21st century’s Model T by introducing the electric car to the mass-market consumer and causing disruptive change in the automobile industry. Earlier this summer, Tesla Motors announced some initial details for its forth car, the Model III. According to Tesla, the … More >

Ethan Elkind Why defamation suit against climate denialists is the right move

One of the country’s leading climate scientists, Dr. Michael Mann, has been harassed, threatened, and berated for his views that human actions are contributing to global climate change. But not just from anonymous commenters on websites — from leading publications like the National Review Online. After being compared to Jerry … More >

Rasheed Shabazz Detroit’s water crisis: The flood of inequity

Declaring “Water is a Human Right,” hundreds marched in the streets of Detroit on July 18 to protest the city shutting off water services for thousands of residents too poor to pay their utility bills.

Since March of this year, the Detroit Sewage and Water Department (DSWD) has cut off running … More >

David Zilberman God helps those who help themselves

I grew up in a religious family but I am not particularly religious. I believe that there is (are) some Supreme Being(s) above us, but I consider the religious narrative and beliefs of organized religion to be fiction; albeit fiction with many useful lessons, but nevertheless, fiction.

One of my favorite … More >

Eric Biber Bad idea: change the Wilderness Act to respond to climate change

The Wilderness Act is one of the iconic pieces of environmental legislation, and it is 50 years old this year. It created a process and management standard by which millions of acres of relatively undeveloped federal land were protected from development and most forms of active human management. These lands … More >

Dan Farber The grassy quad: Does this campus-life emblem need to go?

When I picture a university, I immediately envision the quad: an area of grass and trees surrounded by campus buildings.

But those beautiful lawns may need to go. That would be a bit sad, and not just because the students could lose a place to sunbathe and play frisbee. The quad … More >

Santiago Miret 4 Ways to do Solar Energy

The sun is a virtually infinite reservoir of renewable energy. As seen from the graph below, solar energy is by far the largest energy source available. The size of the solar energy reservoir is considerably  larger than all other energy sources combined, including both renewable and non-renewable sources. It has … More >

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