Three Energy Stories That Emerged in the Last Week

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May 27, 2015 - In the last week or so we've seen the convergence of energy companies and climate change action in a number of announcements from the fossil fuel industry. I share these with you because they illustrate the beginning of a change in attitude from positions of keeping the status quo to acknowledgement of the validity of the science of climate change.


Powerhive - A Company on a Mission to Bring Electricity to 1.3 Billion Who Don't Have It

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May 26, 2015 - If Powerhive has anything to say about it the next decade will see all of sub-Saharan Africa and underdeveloped are

The Divestment Movement - A Good or Bad Thing

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May 24, 2015 - What started as a social media phenomenon on many university campuses has blossomed into a global movement by institutions, corporations, foundations, pension funds and even governments. It involves wiping hands clean of stocks and bonds issued by fossil fuel companies.

California a Model for the Low Carbon Transition

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May 22, 2015 - California has a lot of negatives going on right now. It is in the middle of the worst drought the state has experienced since records were kept, watching its in-state and out-of-state water reserves dry up. It is over populated and yet still a draw for tens of thousands of illegal immigrant crossing from Mexico each year. And it is perennially in debt.

New Method for Cleaning Up Land-Based Oil Spills Shows Promise

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May 22, 2015 - Researchers at Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a product that oxidizes soil polluted by oil and other contaminants.

Canada Commits to Greenhouse Gas Reductions of 30% by 2030

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May 16, 2015 - The commitment is finally made. Canada pledges to reduce GHG emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.

The Potential Consequences of Drilling in the Arctic for Oil

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May 15, 2015 - The Arctic is icy and cold. The Arctic is in the dark for several months each year. See the picture below. This is the Arctic that President Obama has decided is a safe place to go looking for oil.


Have Our Cake and Eat it Too - Shell Gets Green Light to Drill in the Arctic

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May 12, 2015 - Two stories appeared in today's morning newspaper, seemingly unrelated at first glance.

Doing What Plants Can Do - A Revolution About to Happen?

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May 11, 2015 - Replicating photosynthesis has been a dream of scientists ever since humans identified chloroplasts and chlorophyll as the mechanisms by which plants convert carbon dioxide, water and sunlight into food and fuel. Many attempts have been made over the years to mimic what plants do effortlessly and I have faithfully tried to write about these efforts here.

Business as Usual in the Alberta Oil Patch May be Over

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May 7, 2015 - The election of the New Democrats (NDP), a socialist-leaning party, to lead the province of Alberta may have significant ramifications for Canada in its fight to reduce its carbon emissions. Alberta's oil sands are the largest single emitter of greenhouse gases in the country.

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