Here’s a podcast of the 30-minute talk I had this morning with Beth Bond on her wonderful radio show: “Talk Solar.” I’m always pleased when interviewers lavish me with time throughout the show to mention my books, and even go out of their way to encourage listeners with words like: “Oh, that sounds good Craig; where can I get a copy?” Read more ›
Here’s an article that points out why geo-engineering, i.e., attempts to control the temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere by via injecting chemicals into it, is a challenge fraught with problems.
Tell me about it. If there were unintended consequences associated with filling our air with greenhouse gases, isn’t at least conceivable that there will more unintended consequences from manipulating with it further? And the science is only part of it; what about the politics? Humankind in its current form has nowhere near a sufficient level of sanity to be deliberately messing with the global thermostat.
Perhaps the simplest and best answer all around is the most obvious: let’s make a concerted effort on a planetary scale to migrate to renewable energy, while employing efficiency solutions and making sincere commitments to conservation.
Here’s an interview I did the other day for AltEnergyMag.com; I hope readers will be interested in the discussion; it was fairly wide-ranging.
Here’s a wonderful “virtual tour” of a 6 megawatt solar farm in Florida, conducted by my colleague Jennifer Runyon, chief editor of RenewableEnergyWorld.com and Renewable Energy World magazine. I love the way these folks hustle all over the globe, bringing top-notch reporting on the clean energy industry.
The departure of industry superstar Stephen Lacey, whom I’ve interviewed for two of my three books, a few years ago was a considerable blow to them, but they’ve come back strong. I suppose one could call that “grid resilience.”
I think a great deal of these people, and so I try to contribute a piece every month or so to their clean energy blog.
As the Chinese government offers subsidies to manufacturers in order to sell the panels for less than cost, cheap solar panels flood the global market making it more difficult for others to compete. As everyone is scurrying to provide more efficient means for delivering solar power, these manufacturers are able to dominate the global market. This, in turn, has caused a great deal of turmoil for other manufacturers in various countries. Read more ›
Water and wastewater treatment plants are a place where water gets cleaned and purified and ready for drinking. Impurities such as chemicals and toxins, solids, and organisms are removed and made safe for everyone to enjoy including wildlife. So who are the people behind this operation making it all possible? These people are called Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators, and the nature of their work, duties, and education is explored below. Read more ›
The long term environmental benefits of converting or updating your loft have long been known. Improving the insulation capabilities of a once draughty attic means less energy is exerted when heating your home, saving both the planet and your wallet. Around 25% of all the carbon dioxide generated in the UK comes from our homes, and your loft can be one of the biggest culprits when it comes to energy waste – especially if your property is an old building that’s not been built to modern standards. Read more ›
It’s always a good idea to remove chemicals from drinking water, so many of us take steps to filter those chemicals out. One of those methods is through the use of a water softener. Did you know, however, that water softeners present several dangers to you and the world around you? Here are a few ways they can negatively impact your personal health, as well as the environment. Read more ›
Like my mother, a kindred spirit, I have to admit that I worry, a habit that is, to a degree, pathological. Worry doesn’t change the future; it only depresses us. And, though 99% of the subject of our worry never happens, we do it anyway; we have no other choice; it’s the way most of us are wired. I worry principally about my kids’ future, but also about the other things that concern those of us who try to pay attention to what’s going on in the world around us.
Here’s something that hasn’t been around too long: the concept of “abrupt” climate change. Read more ›
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Here’s a video that presents the results of the third annual Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo (NAEE 2013), held in Abuja. Promoters say it was a terrific success; while I have no reason to doubt them, that’s what promoters say, regardless.
I noticed that the discussion includes the circumvention of what I’m sure is extremely onerous government regulation, by keeping solar PV projects under one megawatt. It’s funny how we see the horrors of the permitting process replicated around the globe. Apparently, Germany has streamlined the heck out of this, which is why they’re so successful in this space.