I didn’t find this until I had already posted my annual Sea Ice video. (below)

Tom Wagner is simple, engaging, credible, and clear – I’ve used clips of his explanations before to help elucidate this material. Would like to see more like this from NASA.

For graphs and data from NASA, go here

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Despite the bizarre insistence of climate deniers (see below) that, any time now, the world is going to plunge into their long-forecast “cooling”, in the vast sprawling wastes of the arctic, reality quietly continues to unfold.

This year’s satellite view from NASA below-

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Like I say, the people that know wind energy first hand are its biggest boosters. Case in point, rock ribbed conservative Sam Brownback, Governor of Kansas, writes in the Witchita Eagle:

The moment is approaching when our nation must decide how it’s going to power the future. The
importance of renewable energy to the nation becomes clear as Congress turns its attention to energy policy this fall, as we examine the importance of true energy independence and security more closely, and as we continue our work on rebuilding the economy and job creation.

Experience has taught us that investment in the renewable-energy economy is creating jobs across all employment sectors, including construction, engineering, operations, technology and professional services, in both rural and urban communities. Greater use of renewable energy also will allow the country to prolong its current power-generation resources while developing new generation technologies to ensure a secure and homegrown supply of energy.

We, as a nation, have been waiting for the moment when a true balance between environmental concerns, economic benefits and energy needs is in view. I believe that moment has arrived.

At the national level, we’ve moved toward this balance by deploying powerful tools, such as tax incentives to support investment in renewable-energy projects and grants to encourage innovation in clean-coal technologies. The wind industry has utilized a production tax credit, which has helped the industry see steady growth this decade. I support the continued use of those tools as a way to spur investment in our communities and create sorely needed jobs.

In Kansas and the lower Midwest, our local utilities have designed and are constructing an electric transmission system that ensures greater reliability for our residents, offers access to competitively priced power, and dramatically increases our ability to move renewable energy across the country.

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In this video -Peugot 3008 testdrive, and – fuel cell are for houses, not cars.

Below: The Guardian notes that beyond electric cars, a revolution in conventional motor technology –

But away from the spotlight, carmakers have been quietly delivering significant cuts in CO2 emissions with some re-engineering of internal combustion engines, technology advances, weight reduction and aerodynamic improvements.

Increasingly stringent fuel economy standards in Europe and the United States that were mandated due to climate change concerns have been the main catalyst. Yet with rising fuel prices and a waxing awareness of global warming, consumers have also been clamoring for more fuel-efficient vehicles.

“Carmakers have finally gotten the message and have made a good start in making cuts in CO2 emissions but only after they were forced to,” said Dorothee Saar, an industry analyst at the German Environmental Aid Association (DUH) in Berlin ahead of the Frankfurt international car show starting on Tuesday.

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Equinox

September 23, 2011

Here I thought the Equinox was wednesday – a supernaturally beautiful day here – mild, moist, breezes like a kiss on the cheek.

Turns out it was today, 9/23/11.

In our science illiterate society, it’s incredible how many people do not understand the reasons for seasonal change, much less the mechanism of climate change. NASA, as always, is here to help. No wonder the Tea Party hates them.

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I’ve posted on this before, but I’m revisiting the topic after this week’s post on the greening of Detroit garnered this comment:

Dammit, why do people do demonstration projects in lousy environments? Ypsilanti is a lousy place to deploy solar PV. Its latitude and cloudiness ruin the economics. 

I don’t think I have to reiterate that one of the biggest solar success stories has been in cloudy Germany, and that, at least until recently, Ontario was home to the world’s largest PV array, and that solar works, basically, wherever the sun shines. It might, in fact, work better and more efficiently at cooler temperatures, informed sources tell me.

The video above is a year old – since then a second Net zero home has been built, for the right-in-the-sweet-spot price of 250,000 bucks (three bedroom, 2 bath).
For those that think dealing with our greenhouse problems means going back to a hunter gatherer existence, (yes, you Roy Spencer)  – show them this.  A house your local soccer mom would be proud to pull into with her electric hybrid SUV.

More video below:

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The BBC produced a documentary broadcast on september 15, examining nuclear safety in light of the Fukushima events.  It’s a generally pro-nuclear piece, but there are certainly images in here, particularly of Japanese exclusion-zone refugees, that would have to give almost anyone pause..

The program presenter is a nuclear physicist who tells us he is completely neutral in the argument.  I’m posting the whole thing here since so many people seem to be angry with me for perceived anti-nuclear bias. ( I think I’m a nuclear realist, actually – but more on that in the future)

Below, a recent, very similarly formatted investigation on Australian “60 Minutes”, had a different perspective – which includes impacts on the rescue workers who responded to the disaster, and illnesses other than thyroid cancer, which BBC focuses on exclusively.

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These guys represent the best of the mini-folk boom that’s been ongoing for the last 5 or so years.

Really worthwhile video on approaches for transporting and storing wind energy.

Bloomberg:

A European “supergrid” connecting the electricity network of Britain to those of mainland Europe could cut the cost of connecting offshore wind farms to the land by a quarter, a panel of U.K. lawmakers said.

Investment in offshore power transmission could also create 775,000 jobs across Europe by 2020, Parliament’s Energy and Climate Change Committee said today in an e-mailed study. It recommended that new wind farms are connected in a way that’s compatible with a supergrid, rather than using individual connections to shore. The government wants to boost offshore wind capacity to 18 gigawatts in 2020 from 1.3 gigawatts now.

“If we continue developing these renewable resources site- by-site, it could be prohibitively expensive,” committee chair Tim Yeo, a lawmaker with the ruling Conservatives, said in a statement. “An integrated and interconnected offshore network would allow us to tap these huge resources cost-efficiently and prepare the ground for a future European supergrid.”

The idea of a supergrid has been promoted by companies including Siemens AG (SIE)General Electric Co. (GE) and National Grid Plc (NG/) to make it easier to balance demand with intermittent power generation across Europe, from solar farms in Mediterranean nations to offshore wind turbines in the North Sea.

Creating the grid could eventually cost 200 billion euros ($275 billion), with a first stage of 28 billion euros by 2020, Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Eddie O’Connor told the U.K. panel during its evidence sessions.

Here’s your chance to sit in free on David Archer’s University of Chicago class, Phy Sci 134 – based on his book,  “Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast” – one of the key books for understanding the larger picture.

If you want a challenging and informative, but not overwhelming, intro to the key issue of our millenium, from one of the lead instructors at one of our best Universities – this is it.  I’ll be posting a new lecture every Friday until we work our way thru all of them. Thanks to the University of Chicago, David Archer, and  YouTuber MrSirCharles for making this available.

Today I post the chatty intro at the top, and the first real lecture, on Chapter 2.1 – Heat and Light – below

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