Late in 2014, we saw iron ore and coal prices fall. Now we are seeing oil prices tumble, dipping to less than US$50 a barrel, half the price of a year ago. In all cases, these price collapses reflect the
Soft energy paths supply appropriate energy in the most cost effective, environmentally efficient manner.
Our addiction to electricity is giving everyone jet lag.
Fights over rooftop solar generally focus on "net metering," but the challenge to utilities is far greater than that, and if they hope to survive, their response must be more ambitious.
Germany is well on its way towards having a predominantly green electricity supply. The transition from nuclear and fossil fuel electricity to using renewables is happening faster than anyone had anticipated
On Monday, September 29, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published a story called "Why Peak Oil Predictions Haven't Come True." The story is written as if there are only two possible outcomes: The Peak Oil version of what to expect from oil limits is correct, or Diminishing Returns can and are being put off by
I've heard it many a time, and you probably have too. It's supposedly the trump card to any argument on addressing climate change globally: "Yeah, but what's the point? Isn't China building a new coal
Nello scontro tra Russia e Unione Europea, una delle chiavi di volta è l'energia. Se la Russia ha dalla sua la dipendenza energetica europea, l
There is a standard view of energy and the economy that can briefly be summarized as follows: Economic growth can continue forever; we will learn to use less energy supplies; energy prices will rise; and the world will adapt. My view of how energy and the economy fit together is very different. It is based
(Image from global warming art ). In this post, I argue that nuclear energy ceased to be a viable option in the world's energy mix as ...
A team of students at MIT is working on a prototype wearable that asks one important question: Why heat or cool a building when you could heat or cool a person?
Business as usual as we know it, with economics as its guide and financial metrics as its scorecard, is in its death throes. The below essay is going to appear critical of finance and the nations (world's) business schools. But it is too, critical, of our entire educational system. However, physicists, plumbers and plowmen do not have the same pull with respect to our cultural goals and narrative that financial folk do - as such an examination of the central assumptions driving society is long overdue. But before I point out what I didn't learn in MBA school, I want to be fair - I did learn things of 'value' for the waters I would swim in the future: statistics, regression, how to professionally present and to facilitate meetings, and some useful marketing concepts. Of course, like any 20 something student, 1/2 of the value of graduate school is learning to interact with the group of people that will be your peers, and the relationships and contacts that develop. Plus the placement office was very helpful in getting us jobs as well.
It's hard to overstate just how serious a threat our energy crisis is to every aspect of our current way of life. But the problem is hidden from view by oil and natural gas production numbers that look and feel just fine.
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Una delle tante storielle popolari riassume così la differenza tra russi ed ucraini: "Provate a chiedere a un ucraino e a un russo se sarebbero disposti a scambiare le loro bombe atomiche con una bella casa, una buona automobile e una cospicua somma di denaro. L'ucraino accetterebbe ben volentieri, il russo rifiuterebbe indignato". Eppure all'ombra
An innovative farm is hoping to turn a losing situation into a win-win by producing crops while reducing power grid waste.
Pawel Kuczy197132ski [Update: I am pushing this live a few days early, because the Ukrainian situation is evolving so rapidly. One po...