Solomon Islands face the sea

The Front Line of Climate Change is Apparent in The Solomon Islands

May 10, 2016 – In a newly released paper appearing in Environmental Research Letters, researchers from The University of Queensland, University of Wollongong, University of the ... Continue Reading →

Peter Diamandis Talks About the Coming Solar Energy Revolution

May 9, 2016 – I received an email from Peter Diamandis yesterday describing his vision of a shift from fossil fuel generated electricity to solar over the next two decades. He ... Continue Reading →

News from the Oil Patch – Is a Wildfire Foretelling the Future?

May 8, 2016 – Fort McMurray is burning. The urban heart of Alberta’s oil sands projects has been devastated by wildfire. It will take years and tens of billions of dollars ... Continue Reading →
Mount Pinatubo

U.S. Senate Wants to Fund Geoengineering Experiments in the Stratosphere

May 6, 2016 – It was only a matter of time before the climate-change-denying politicians of the U.S. Senate proposed hedging their bets about carbon dioxide and global warming. ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: A Battery That Stores Energy by Making Ice

May 5, 2016 – It’s called the Ice Bear and since 2005 it has been installed in more than 40 locations where it has transformed the way buildings are air conditioned. How ... Continue Reading →
Science is a vaccine against ignorance

What Happens When a Country or Culture Becomes Science Blind?

May 4, 2016 – It is increasingly clear that the United States will face a fall election with science a potential victim in the outcome. Of course I am talking about two phenomena: ... Continue Reading →

The Argument to Build an Oil Pipeline Infrastructure in the Face of Climate Change and Carbon Taxes

May 3, 2016 – If humanity is to successfully transition to a zero carbon future and meet the COP21 target of atmospheric warming limited to less than 2.0 Celsius (no more than ... Continue Reading →
Siemens spider robot

Gizmos & Gadgets: Spider Robots Bring Portability and Autonomy to 3D Printing

May 2, 2016 – If Siemens is right then the future of manufacturing on assembly lines will be crawling with spider robots that extrude, not silk, but plastics and other materials. ... Continue Reading →
Baxter working with a human

May Day is a Good Time to Talk About Robots and Labour

May 1, 2016 – Traditionally in much of the Western World there are two days every year that celebrate labour. May 1st and the first Monday in September. So I thought it appropriate ... Continue Reading →
Image from Earth System Dynamics on global warming

An Update to Why 1.5 is a Better Number Than 2.0 When it Comes to Climate Change

April 30, 2016 – A little over a week ago I wrote a piece entitled, Why 1.5 is a Better Number Than 2.0. At the time I had not yet seen the latest research appearing in a new ... Continue Reading →