Downloading video games from the Internet creates a larger carbon footprint than driving to the store to purchase the same game on a Blu-ray disc, according to findings published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology
. [more inside]
"Why biotech whiz kid Jack Andraka is not on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list."
Forbes science and medicine reporter Matthew Herper
sends out Andraka's draft paper on his cancer diagnostic test to scientific experts, who find the results do not match the breathless excitement attracted by initial coverage, seen previously on MetaFilter
and elsewhere. [more inside]
There is another bubble.
Before it's burned, Coal, Oil and Gas sit for years on the balance sheets of private (and national) resource companies, as "known reserve" assets. Assets that, someday, will become revenues. Or will they?
And if they won't, what will the balance sheets of ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Petrochina, and Gazprom actually look like? [more inside]
"After two to three hours, the body is transformed into a sterile coffee-colored liquid the consistency of motor oil that can be safely poured down the drain, alongside a dry bone residue similar in appearance to cremated remains."
GOOD magazine: The emergence of the sustainable death industry.
Theoretically sound model for metallic carbon found.
Researchers from Peking University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics employed state-of-the-art theoretical methods to show that it is possible to manipulate carbon to form a three-dimensional metallic phase with interlocking hexagons.
“Unlike high-pressure techniques that require three terapascals of pressure to make carbon metallic, the studied structures are stable at ambient conditions and may be synthesized using benzene or polyacenes molecules."
The new metallic carbon structures may have important applications in lightweight metals for space applications, catalysis and in devices showing negative differential resistance or superconductivity. The research is supported by grants from China and the US Department of Energy.
Estimated US Energy Use in 2012: 95.1 Quads
- "Energy flow charts show the relative size of primary energy resources and end uses in the United States, with fuels compared on a common energy unit basis." (via
) [more inside]
The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air jumped dramatically in 2012,
making it very unlikely that global warming can be limited to another 2 degrees as many global leaders have hoped. [more inside]
The prospects of keeping climate change below that (2-degree goal) are fading away.
Scientists track carbon pollution both by monitoring what comes out of factories and what winds up in the atmosphere. Both are rising at rates faster than worst-case scenarios that climate scientists used in their most recent international projections.
An extended look inside [30:21]
the production facility of innovative
Swedish "hypercar" manufacturer Koenigsegg
Three startup companies led by prominent scientists are working on new technologies to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
. These scientists have launched start-up companies and attracted well-to-do investors — most notably Bill Gates — along with venture capital and, most recently, the attention of Wall Street. [more inside]
"Speaking for many scientists and engineers who have looked carefully and independently at the science of climate, we have a message to any candidate for public office: There is no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to "decarbonize" the world's economy. Even if one accepts the inflated climate forecasts of the IPCC, aggressive greenhouse-gas control policies are not justified economically." Link
. [more inside]
Alain Goeppert, G. K. Surya Prakash, chemistry Nobel Laureate George A. Olah and colleagues have co-authored a paper (doi: 10.1021/ja2100005
) in the Journal of the American Chemical Society
describing a novel, cheap material that scrubs CO2 from ambient air, even at the very low concentrations of the atmosphere. The material is easily manufactured, and carbon captured is readily removed from the polymer, allowing recycling of the polymer and sequestration of the carbon. The researchers, co-authors of Beyond Oil and Gas: The Methanol Economy
regard this as more than simply a technique for decreasing the carbon emissions of industrial processes and fossil-fuel burning machines, but as possibly an energy-carrier, by using the "catalytic hydrogenation of CO2 with H2 where the hydrogen has been obtained from water electrolysis (wiki
Canada is planning to withdraw from the Kyoto treaty. CBC
. The Herald Sun claims that this is to allow shale sands oil extraction.
The Great Debate: What's the most environmentally-friendly way to dry your hands in a public bathroom?
Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have completed what is believed to be the first major study to assess the greenest way of drying your hands.
Forum for the Future
, a UK-based non-profit, has produced a series of short videos depicting possible future scenarios for sustainable urban mobility. Titled "Megacities on the move," the series explores "how we will live and travel in the cities of 2040". The four scenarios are (links to Vimeo): Planned-opolis
, and Sprawl-ville
. [more inside]
The Australian Government
to a price on carbon
from 1 July 2012
, prior to a likely full emissions trading scheme within three to five years. The Opposition
are outraged, predicting a people's revolt
. This should clearly define
the next election.
Get the Energy Sector off the Dole
- Why ending all government subsidies for fuel production will lead to a cleaner energy future—and why Obama has a rare chance to make it happen.
Dirty Coal, Clean Future To environmentalists, "clean coal" is an insulting oxymoron. But for now, the only way to meet the world's energy needs, and to arrest climate change before it produces irreversible cataclysm, is to use coal—dirty, sooty, toxic coal—in more-sustainable ways. The good news is that new technologies are making this possible. China is now the leader in this area, the Google and Intel of the energy world. If we are serious about global warming, America needs to work with China to build a greener future on a foundation of coal. Otherwise, the clean-energy revolution will leave us behind, with grave costs for the world's climate and our economy.
and responses here
Chemically Driven Carbon-Nanotube-Guided Thermopower Waves
) are "a new scientific area for research
" and may be able to provide 100 times more energy by weight than a standard lithium-ion battery.
Whales are the largest animals on the planet, and when it comes to storing carbon, they act like trees in a forest.
A new study suggests that industrial whaling, over the past 100 years or so has released as much carbon into the atmosphere as "burning most of Oregon's forests, or driving 128,000 Hummers for 100 years." [more inside]
There must be something about cupcakes
and the periodic table of the elements
. Not sure who did it first, but now it is ubiquitous
. Then of course there is The Periodic Table of Cupcakes
, which is a whole other matter. [more inside]
potholer54 is a youtuber who in his own words; I've been a journalist for 20 years, 14 years as a science correspondent. My degree is in geology, but while working for a science magazine and several science programs I had to tackle a number of different fields, from quantum physics to microbiology.
He has a series called Climate Change
that you might find interesting. [more inside]
Sucking CO2 out of the air has long been a holy grail for solving global warming; Richard Branson has promised $25m to anyone who succeeds. Of course it's already been done, but the amount of energy required doesn't make it net carbon positive. Now a team in Arizona, led by Klaus Lacknet
under the company of Global Research Technologies
, says it has made a significant breakthrough
that massively reduces the amount of energy required - the "project has reached the stage where it is quite clear we can do it." The planned prototype, which will be finished in two years, will cost $200,000 USD, be smaller than a shipping container and be capable of eliminating around 1 ton of CO2. Even if it works many hurdles remain but it portends a cooler future for air-capture technology.
Does riding a bike really help the environment? Mr. Green at the Sierra Club says don't over think it
, but a couple of folks trying to measure
the energy cycling uses aren't quite sure. There are plenty of excuses
for not to riding your bike, but is there a rationale? If you want a go at calculating this yourself, here's a handy guide to the variables
. [more inside]
, released today
, is a map/database that shows the carbon emissions of more than 50,000 power plants and 4,000 power companies in every country on Earth, showing not only the worst but the best. Find out how much CO2 comes from electricity plants in a particular city, county, congressional district, company, town, ZIP code, or an individual plant.
What do you know? Just when I thought ships were the way to go, I learned that global emissions of carbon dioxide from shipping are twice the level of aviation, one of the maritime industry's key bodies has said
It came out on the BBC News this week
9000 miles by ferry, train, bus, bicycle, horse, foot and car.
In a bid to reduce his carbon footprint
, Joseph Tame swapped 11 hours in a plane from Japan to England for a month-long adventure across Eurasia. Along the way he has a Chinese Imperial Guard hold a penguin
, stays in a Mongolian Yurt
, experiences a "road" trip
, and befriends a chipmunk
Aerial building heat loss maps. Haringey Council
has contracted with Hot Mapping
and Horton Levi
to put a searchable heat loss map online for every building in the London Borough of Haringey. The thermal images
were collected using overflights with a military style imager
. The council's hope is that residents with hot buildings will take steps to reduce
the amount of energy being leaked to the environment.
Arriving in London this past week was something of a shock to the system, a jolt of reality that was both delightful and disarming. The town seems to have gone carbon crazy, offering up a display of initiatives from both the public and private sectors that highlighted how far behind the U.S. has fallen. The consciousness about carbon here seems to be sky-high.
..by Joel Makower
, producer of the mockumentary Climate Counts
Did you know you can save the world by eating my favorite lunch
Muffleuppa globba dupp!
Live, From Outer Space:
rural fires [1
], The Haze in China [1
] and its movement
, and the brothers carbon monoxide
[a photochemical smog agent] and carbon dioxide
Carbon credits on ebay.
Let the bidding wars commence.
is a solar power rental company for the home. Free to install (!), a monthly rental fee is equal to what would normally be paid to the power company. Video
What do reindeer do when they're not flying around the world delivering presents?
They graze, burp and fart! Did you know? Together, Santa's nine reindeer - Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph - produce 3.75 tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution per year. We guarantee that if you choose to offset the pollution created by Santa's reindeer, we will reduce CO2 pollution by 3.75 tonnes. Just $75AU. (via
The average American uses 20 pounds of coal a day
. "our shiny white iPod economy is propped up by dirty black rocks.. I see more people dying of particle air pollution than are dying of AIDS." Coal accounts for nearly 40 percent of America's carbon dioxide emissions. Big Coal
by Jeff Goodell.
The jolly green Hummer?
The growing band
of environmental offset companies
which give you the chance to offload your SUV driving, energy squandering
guilt onto an annual subscription and a fancy bumper sticker looks like one way that we'll be able to live with ourselves in the power hungry 21st century. Is this the placebo we've all been waiting for?
Global warming -- the upside:
the entrepreneurs poised to make millions from new ports and shipping lanes in the formerly ice-bound Arctic circle. A fascinating New York Times article on the international land-grab following the news (reported here
, discussed here
, whitewashed here
, et. al.
) that the polar ice caps and Siberian permafrost are melting. Goodbye Gulf Stream, hello Club Med Santa-style -- first SUV to the North Pole wins!
using biomass to produce hydrogen, reduce the emissions of coal-fired power plants, and suck CO2 out of the atmosphere, all while improving agricultural productivity. A new virtuous cycle
Hi, I'm Brad Pitt and I'm a carbon-neutral movie star. "Pitt has just given $10,000 to have a forest planted in his name in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Its trees will absorb carbon dioxide, compensating for the tonnes that the star has been responsible for releasing into the atmosphere: burning aviation fuel as he jets around the world, using up petrol in his limousines and running air-conditioning in hotel rooms."