February 14, 2016
My videos have always been aimed at ending arguments. (Bam. Now, can’t we all get along?)
Phil Plait has found my playlist of minimally edited scientist interviews, – for those that like their science without my comments and sarc. (Go figure!)
Now another great resource has popped up. It’s a series of short videos (most are about two minutes long) interviewing climate scientists. They aren’t necessarily debunking — the YouTube channel is called “Scientists on Climate Change” — but it fills that niche wonderfully. You’ll find lots of interesting info there, with links to more information.
Here’s a timely one as an example: NCAR scientist Kevin Trenberth discussing the record heat in 2015:
The channel is run by Peter Sinclair, who works with Yale Climate Connections (and who also does the great Climate Crock of the Week). He’s a videographer, and has made a number of excellent videos for YCC.
I asked him about the shorter videos, and he told me he has so many clips of great interviews from scientists left over from longer videos that he felt they needed to be aired: “Since I find myself the custodian of literally hundreds of historically significant interviews by the key scientists, at this key moment, I feel compelled to not let them sit on my hard drive.”
He puts them on this new channel with minimal editing and graphics, and no music. That makes them perfect for inserting into blogs, news programs, and the like.
February 14, 2016
Watch this space.
Ségolène Royal, France’s minister of ecology and energy, has said that the government intends to pave 1,000km of road with photovoltaic panels in the next five years, supplying power to millions of people.“The maximum effect of the programme, if successful, could be to furnish 5 million people with electricity, or about 8% of the French population”–
The minister told a conference of transport authorities last week that the tenders for the “Positive Energy” initiative had already been issued and the tests on the panels would begin in the spring.
According to France’s Agency of Environment and Energy Management, 4m of solarised road is enough to supply one household’s electricity needs, apart from heating, and one kilometre will light a settlement with 5,000 inhabitants.
So the maximum effect of the programme, if successful, could be to furnish 5 million people with electricity, or about 8% of the French population.
Known for its historic cobblestone paths and traffic-jammed streets, France forgoes traditional bricks and pavement for shiny solar panels with its new roadway project.
French officials announced plans to construct a 1,000-kilometer-long (621-mile-long) solar roadway, with each kilometer capable of providing enough clean energy to power 5,000 homes.
“The maximum effect of the program, if successful, could be to furnish 5 million people with electricity, or about 8 percent of the French population,” Ségolène Royal, France’s minister of ecology and energy, said at a conference, reports Global Construction Review.
The street—or “Wattway”—is a collaboration between the National Institute of Solar Energy and French civil engineering firm Colas. Tests for the road will begin in the spring. Read the rest of this entry »
February 14, 2016
Two fisted Presidential action.
CNN highlights here.
February 14, 2016
Obviously, the passing of Antonin Scalia removes one of the Supreme Court’s biggest obstacles to a liveable planet.
Clearly this puts a whole new focus on the importance on the next POTUS- as that person may be able to appoint as many as 3 justices, and change the complexion of the Court for the better, or much, much worse… for a long time.
After listening to this discussion, I’m feeling better informed, and optimistic.
“The Energy Gang” is a podcast from Greentech Media, which I’ve excerpted here, hope they don’t mind. Jigar Shah, who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, and his co-hosts Stephen Lacey and Katharine Hamilton, are a fire hose of information, that feels like a blast of pure oxygen.
Segment of most interest begins at 24:28.
Important point: although a lot of people were upset with the Supreme Court action staying the Clean Power Plan regs while a court challenge is in progress, don’t forget that the court gave renewable energy a huge victory just a few weeks ago, which may ultimately
be more important in the scheme of things.
In addition, Congress recently extended renewable energy tax credits, so giving a clear signal to markets for years into the future – a hugely important spur to continued development.
Even as the solar industry faces unprecedented regulatory obstruction at the state level, its future on the federal stage has rarely been brighter. In mid-December, Congress stunned activists, solar-industry executives and investors by cutting a deal to renew billions in federal support for solar power that had been slated to expire at the end of 2016 – avoiding a “solar cliff” that could have staggered the industry.
February 13, 2016
This video is several months old, but quite interesting nonetheless.
Suzanne Goldenberg of the Guardian attends the most recent Heartland Institute Climate denial conference, just as the news came out about the Pope’s encyclical on Climate Change.
My own take on the Heartland conference of 2012, below. Read the rest of this entry »
February 13, 2016
I’ve pointed out in the past that climate deniers seem hopelessly addicted to supporting the tobacco industry. We saw in the records revealed during the tobacco lawsuits of the 90s, that some of the very same “think” tanks and even the very same individuals who loyally parroted that tobacco was perfectly fine for you, moved on to insist that there’s no such thing as climate change.
The pattern continues. Chances are, if you’re getting money from Big Fossil, you’re also a willing tool of Big Tobacco. Witness climate denier Duncan Hunter.
Rep. Duncan Hunter wasn’t blowing “smoke” when he made his case against an amendment to ban vaping on planes.
Actually, it was something more like water vapor.
A vocal supporter of e-cigarettes, the California Republican proudly declared, “Yes, I vape,” in an op-ed last year.
On Thursday, he opened his argument to allow the practice on flights by inhaling a load of e-juices.
“So this is called a vaporizer,” Hunter said as his neighbor tried (literally) to clear the air. “There’s no combustion, there are no carcinogens … there is no burning, there is nothing noxious about this whatsoever.”
The gesture drew some snickers from the gallery, but failed to win the support of Hunter’s colleagues on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which was marking up its Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act.
Vaping, which is currently forbidden by most major airlines anyway, looks set for a federal restriction.
February 12, 2016
Nice footage of recent interview with MacCracken here.
Mike was the first “real” climate scientist that I started learning from, and he is an invaluable link to the deep history of the discipline. He remains one of the best informed observers today.