Tag Archives Climate

Tesla Semi

The announcement by Elon Musk of his proposed electric semi-truck and new roadster almost broke the internet last week. Perhaps missed in the hype, cheering and very loud music accompanying a very, very, very fast red car, was a small, but potentially profound announcement about the truck "mega-chargers" and the flat-priced provision for charging these trucks. Innovations in this sector…

Coal and Wind

Two excellent discussions on the path to zero carbon. Radio National Science Show -  The path to Zero carbon The Earth has warmed by 1 degree. 2 degrees will bring with it awful consequences. Are we on track for getting the rise under control? Join Robyn Williams and a panel of energy experts at Brisbane’s World Science Festival. What you…

Solar Energy

A small milestone. As the sun rose this morning, our household solar power system generated its Thirtieth MegaWatt since being installed just on four years ago. The irony is not lost on me, watching my energy consumption fall, but a power bill rise... This also comes at a time when the Australia Institute [ @TheAusInstitute ] has released a report Electricity Costs, which finds…

Keeling 1700

Perspective. My father would have been 102 years old on the 25th of April [Born 1916] The Scripps CO2 measurements at Mauna Loa showed 410.05 parts per million on that same day. 410.05 This is a threshold last experienced on earth many, many millions of years ago. Records show that more than 10 generations of my family up to about…

Mitigation, adaptation … and suffering. And climate change as a “clear and present danger to civilization.

Lonnie G. Thompson

  167 global temperature maps - one for every year from 1850 to 2016, in a single chart. These are Robinson projections based on the UK Met Office HadCrut4 Arctic Sea Ice A still image generated from National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) north pole sea ice extent images. These images  [TP Public Data sets] are arranged in a grid pattern with…

Yin and Yang

Consilience. The word of the day, Year, Decade or Epoch? I recently [briefly] participated in a planning session and debate [through my WhaleSongServices consultancy business ] with an ex-colleague and some of his senior/executive staff regarding particular public policy challenges for a Government Department in the near to medium term [5-10 years] and the broader strategic needs of their planning. We…

Ludovico Einaudi has turned eight million voices into music, Elegy for the Arctic, specially composed to help protect the arctic. Greenpeace says: He performed this piece for the first time — in front of a magnificent surging glacier — the music echoed across the ice, a moment that will remain in our minds forever.The timing of Einaudi’s performance is not…

Cape Grim - CO2

...both metaphorically and now, perhaps literally. The Age reports on the CSIRO findings: Within the next couple of weeks, a remote part of north-western Tasmania is likely to grab headlines around the world as a major climate change marker is passed. The aptly named Cape Grim monitoring site jointly run by CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology will witness the first…

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