Monthly Archives: September 2011

new “wedges” & commentary on climate change

Dr. Socolow, one of the authors of the 2004 “wedges” paper [pdf], provide updated commentary on the state of climate change science, action, and how to move forward: http://www.climatecentral.org/blogs/wedges-reaffirmed/ excellent read if you have the chance.. Advertisements

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IPOs and trends in bioenergy technology

In case you haven’t been paying attention, there has been a flood of bioenergy related IPO filings lately (11 this year and still counting). It’s a great way to see what technologies seem close to commercialization because when these companies … Continue reading

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more on subsidies for renewables

Maybe it is just me, but whenever I seem to post something, I notice 5 more articles or references about the same topic.  Here is another interesting take on the whole subsidy question.  Basically when we subsidies renewable energy, are … Continue reading

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scientists battle it out over whether fracking is contaminating groundwater

EDIT: For an excellent primer on shale gas, fracking and both pros & cons, check this out: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v477/n7364/full/477271a.html I wanted to point this out not only because the subject matter is appropriate for this blog, but an example of how … Continue reading

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EU increases GHG offset requirement in attempt to address ILUC

Interesting approach to the Indirect Land Use Change issue: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/08/us-eu-biofuels-idUSTRE7874NP20110908 Since ILUC is hard to quantify, the EU is trying to just raise the GHG offsets of qualifying fuels in hopes that this would eliminate fuels that may be causing … Continue reading

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Visualizing Uncertainty

Just to build on John’s post about how to use and interpret error bars, here is a great reference for how to visualize uncertainty, focusing on tools for the general audience: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/333/6048/1393.full

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fascinating details on energy subsidies

Nice point here that subsidies are a means to an end: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/what-is-the-real-meaning-of-energy-subsidies1/ and then I started to look at the linked EIA report: http://docs.wind-watch.org/US-subsidy-2010.pdf [pdf] Rarely do we have a discussion of real data on subsidies that have helped develop … Continue reading

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