Houston, You’ve Got a Problem

This graphic represents what Amory Lovins and the Rocky Mountain Institute think is a viable pathway to 0% oil use in the transportation sector.  It is part of the brilliant Reinventing Fire scheme “…for running a 158%-bigger U.S. economy in 2050 but needing no oil, no coal, and no nuclear energy.”  (I use Reinventing Fire as a textbook for my graduate class on clean tech.)

How do we get to zero oil use for transportation by 2050?  Continue reading

Climate Change is Driving Global GDP Loss

Back in 2006, Lord Nicholas Stern and his team produced the first comprehensive look at the economic impacts of climate change.  The Stern Review was a serious clarion call to policy makers that climate change was a threat where nearly everyone feels it most:  in the pocketbook.  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has also considered these impacts from the time of their first assessment report in 1990 through to their report this year on extreme events and disasters.

A new report out today, the Climate Vulnerability Monitor, says that “that climate change has already held back global development and inaction is a leading global cause of death.”  Continue reading

Russell Train – “Towering Figure”

“Russ Train was a towering figure in conservation for more than half a century,” said Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International.  But Train was not only a leading figure in international conservation efforts, he was also a seminal figure in efforts to bring environmental protection to the forefront of policy making, not only in the United States but throughout the international community. Continue reading

Natural Gas (Revisited)

I’ve had a busy end of the summer with a great vacation out West, plus getting squared away back home, getting ready for my NYU teaching assignment and performing various tasks relative to the forthcoming book.  I’ve been meaning to write about natural gas, having saved some interesting items to highlight and discuss from earlier in the summer.  I’ll do that soon, particularly as I have an engagement in a couple of weeks to speak about fracking and natural gas on a panel sponsored by the UN Association.

In the meantime, I want to simply revisit a post I did at my FPA blog back in March:  To Frack or Not to Frack?  Continue reading

“Publishers Weekly” + Endorsements

Well, the first review is in:  The venerable Publishers Weekly, reaching thousands of publishers, librarians, writers, folks in print, film and other media, as well as agents, has given a thumbs up.  The review notes that the book “…takes a broad look at efforts to combat the effects of climate change and finds much that is encouraging.”  Later, it characterizes the book as “…a helpful synopsis of the world’s efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change.”

I might add that the book has garnered two early endorsements of which I’m especially proud. Continue reading