NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, January 8: A Climate Scientist’s Solutions; A New Energy Primer


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    Tuesday, January 08, 2019

    QUICK NEWS, January 8: A Climate Scientist’s Solutions; A New Energy Primer

    A Climate Scientist’s Solutions What Would An Effective Solution To Climate Change Look Like?

    Quora, January 7, 2019 (Forbes)

    “…Katharine Hayhoe, Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, proposed four key] climate solutions…Generate energy from clean sources that don’t produce carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases…Reduce heat-trapping gas emissions from other important sectors, like agriculture, land use change, industrial processes, wastewater treatment and more…[Use] resources more efficiently…[Suck some carbon dioxide] out of the atmosphere and put it into the soil, where it helps restore the land, or turn it into fuel, or stone, or other useful products…There’s no one silver bullet that will fix it [she said]…[B]ut there is a lot of silver buckshot…

    …[The best] buckshot are solutions that fix other things at the same time: like increasing clean energy use, which grows the local economy, reduces air pollution, and increases energy security; reducing food waste, which also tackles hunger; …educating women and girls, which reduces infant mortality, increases economic security, and allows them the freedom to choose how many children they have…[Simple solutions should be implemented] in our own lives, our homes, our communities and our organizations…Regional solutions [can be] implemented across a business, an industry, a city, a state or a province…[There are] national and international solutions as well…[W]e need all options on the table and all hands on deck.” click here for more

    A New Energy Primer Renewable Energy: What's True, What's False

    Kevin Krajick, January 7, 2019 (Columbia University’s State of the Planet)

    “…In Renewable Energy: A Primer for the Twenty-First Century, Columbia Business School professor and energy entrepreneur Bruce Usher takes readers briskly through the essentials…He spices it up with weird historical surprises…[like the fact that in] 1900, one-third of U.S. vehicles were electric…Renewable energy is growing faster than any other form of power, more than 8 percent annually for the past 6 years…[L]ike any commodity, consumers are going to choose primarily on the basis of price…[A] virtuous cycle in business occurs when growth in demand for a product results in economies of scale that lower manufacturing costs, further increasing demand for the product…[I]n solar power it means that the lower the cost of manufacturing solar panels, the greater the demand, and the greater the demand the greater the manufacturing efficiencies and the lower the cost, which further increases demand…

    …[T]he strongest growth is in wind and solar. Globally in 2017, wind grew 10 percent and solar grew by 32 percent…In theory, nuclear could provide cheap and emissions-free power, but today’s power plants cost a multiple of wind and solar, despite efforts to develop better plants…[Hydropower is the largest single source of renewable energy, but] most of the world’s best rivers already have dams…In the long term, [White House opposition] will have no effect on the transition from fossil fuels to renewables and electric vehicles…[But it] will have a significant long-term effect on something far more important: the planet…In the U.S., the politicized debate over climate change is overshadowing the economic fundamentals. It’s taking the country backwards…” click here for more


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