all news, articles, workshops, etc. that deal with reducing CO2 and GHG production would fit into this category: e.g., everything from nuclear to cook stove adoption, CCS, photo-system 2, solar and wind energy as well as the benefits of enlightened urbanization and lower carbon-footprint lifestyles
Co-captains of the Yale Y-House team Kate McMillan ‘16, and Juan Pablo Ponce deLeon ‘16, explain how their entry challenges contest precepts about sustainability with new design-based approaches to providing comfort and light.
Yale College students don’t expect the tiny solar home they’ve designed for the upcoming U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon to win the nationwide event. They know the…
Along with their obvious benefits, agriculture and food production have significant environment impacts: Carbon dioxide emissions result from the power requirements of farm machinery and from the transport, storage and cooking of food. Nitrous oxide (a potent greenhouse gas) is released from soils when they are tilled and fertilized. Methane (also a greenhouse gas) is released in large quantities through enteric fermentation. Indeed, food…
A video accompanying the Shell Scenarios makes reference to a sobering projection: the world is effectively adding a new city of a million people every week and will continue to do so for much of the 21st century. The growth will occur mostly in Asia, and could add as many as four billion people to a world struggling to balance growing demands for energy with growing needs to mitigate climate change.
In 1896 Svante Arrhenius published On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground which laid out the foundation of how carbon dioxide affects global climate. His suggestion that global coal production (then 500 million tons per year) could be so disruptive has been verified, hastened by soaring fossil fuel consumption, including a 17-fold increase in coal…
Deputy Director General and Deputy CEO of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and Professor of Energy Economics at the Vienna University of Technology, Nebojsa Nakicenovic (“Naki”) presents a scenario from The Global Energy Assessment, wherein over 300 experts from around the world collaborated to develop multiple visions of how the world can meet a zero-emissions goal in 50 years.
Industrialization, urbanization and modernization are the three major drivers responsible for China’s soaring energy needs, says Professor Zhang Xiliang of Beijing’s Tsinhua University. China the world’s largest emitter of CO2 responsible for 60% of last year’s global increase in emissions. With steady investment in non-carbon based alternatives, and a planned nationwide implementation of cap-and-trade by 2020, Professor Xiliang predicts that China’s emissions will plateau at 6BB tons of coal equivalent by 2030.
Professor Richard Lester, Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, believes we are on the cusp of a new age of innovation in nuclear technology. Innovations in nuclear governance are also needed, he suggests, along with innovations in education and training.
Luke Tonachel is the Natural Resource Defense Council’s Senior Vehicles Analyst in their Energy and Transportation Program.