November 14, 2015 - Paris and all of France today is in mourning over the attacks that murdered more than 120 of its citizens yesterday. And in just over two weeks the city will have to once again gain its balance as host of COP 21, the United Nations Convention on Climate Change Earth Summit.
November 13, 2015 - The survival of the coal mining industry is very much an issue as global warming forces utilities to look to other energy sources that produce less greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon capture and utilization or sequestration (CCUS and CCS) have appeared to be the technologies that could save the industry. But both add a significant capital cost to coal-fired power plants.
November 12, 2015 - Saudi Arabia today submitted its carbon emission reduction pledge to the United Nations in advance of the climate summit in Paris. The Saudis were the last G20 country to submit. They are the world's 14th largest carbon emitter. What they promised was to mitigate 130 million tons of CO2 by 2030.
November 7, 2015 - It took seven years of political maneuvering, but the current application to build a pipeline from Canada's oil sands production facilities to Gulf Coast refineries in the United States, has been rejected by the current administration. That's not to say a future application to build similar pipeline infrastructure will meet the same fate.
November 4, 2015 - Hot fusion, cold fusion...the promise of sustainable, commercial fusion reactors remain enigmatic.
November 1, 2015 - Last July I wrote a posting (link provided) expressing why I was so put off by companies like ExxonMobil. In it I revealed that ExxonMobil's own engineers back in 1981 had already identified the burning of fossil fuels as a principal contributor to global warming.
October 30, 2015 - "Sustainable development" is the byword phrase of those seeking a way forward for the world economy in light of the need to reduce our global carbon footprint to combat climate change. One definition defines the term as "economic development conducted without depletion of natural resources." The United Nations defines it differently.
October 30, 2015 - Back in April 2012 I wrote about the future of battery technology and IBM's Battery 500 project, aimed at delivering 1,000 times more energy than current lithium-ion technology.