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Some climate strategists are looking beyond the United Nations and the idea of remaking the energy economy — and toward the world's tropical forests.

December 13, 2011

Until this year, this Rust Belt city and surrounding Mahoning County had been about as dead, seismically, as a place can be, without even a hint of an earthquake since Scots-Irish settlers arrived in the 18th century.

December 13, 2011

Every time a scientific conference comes around I intend to blog about it, providing daily updates of all the great science to all of you. I always fail to do it. It’s not so much about finding the time, but the energy — these conferences simply drain my brain. At least this year I didn’t announce I would and then fail. But, I figured I’d at least give a quick wrap-up post for those interested.

December 13, 2011

The Canadian tar sand oil lobby is deliberately using uncertainty over the carbon emissions from heavier crudes to wriggle out of oversight in a tactic which further tarnishes the sector's environmental image. Green groups have stepped up tar sands opposition as the United States plots a delayed Keystone XL pipeline to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries while some regulators take steps which may limit demand.     

December 8, 2011

Stanford students address the issue of cut flowers and sustainable choices through SAGE, Sound Advice for a Green Earth.

November 28, 2011

About 150 of the world’s best GPS engineers have gathered here this week, and the subject is war. At stake are the delicate satellite signals that power the $110 billion GPS market for military and commercial aviation navigation systems, automated agricultural machines and consumer mapping services in cars, to name a few.

November 18, 2011

One of the Caribbean's authorities on energy issues, Wright was a founder of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica and was group managing director when he retired in 2005.

November 17, 2011

Later this week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, meeting in Kampala, Uganda, will issue its report on ways to manage risks from extreme events in a changing climate. A few hours ago, I was able to catch Chris Field, a leader of the panel’s Working Group 2  focused on impacts and adaptation  for a brief text chat on the challenges in this charged arena.

November 15, 2011

By sailing to the New World, Christopher Columbus and other explorers who followed him may have set off a chain of events that cooled Europe’s climate.

November 9, 2011

The typical energy released in tremors triggered by fracking, "is the equivalent to a gallon of milk falling off the kitchen counter," said Stanford University geophysicist Mark Zoback.

November 8, 2011

Chris Field of Stanford University, head of one of the IPCC's working groups, said the panel's emissions scenarios are intended to be more accurate in the long term and are less so in earlier years. He said the question now among scientists is whether the future is the panel's worst case scenario "or something more extreme."

November 4, 2011

Although moving the farms would protect wild fish, diseases can still develop inland, Rosamond Naylor, the director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University, noted. She also points out that an inland system is more costly to operate and consumes more energy as clean water is replenished.

October 31, 2011