Greenhouse gas emissions

IPCC, meet Johannes Kepler: like you, he faced dogma, peer pressure, and criticism. Here’s how he responded

April 16, 2014
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IPCC, meet Johannes Kepler: like you, he faced dogma, peer pressure, and criticism. Here’s how he responded

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) earlier this week published the contribution of another Working Group to its Assessment Report 5. This WG, WG3 to be precise, reviewed literature on the “scientific, technological, environmental, economic and social aspects of mitigation of climate change.” While it professes to offer no recommendation on exactly how mankind…

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Don’t be depressed over the latest IPCC report, just learn the lesson: we CAN live well and prosper, cleanly

April 7, 2014
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Don’t be depressed over the latest IPCC report, just learn the lesson: we CAN live well and prosper, cleanly

The IPCC at the end of March issued another report warning of the serious consequences of untrammeled dumping of man-made carbon dioxide into the earth’s atmosphere. Read the report, and it’s hard not to come away under a pall of numbed helplessness. For example, the IPCC says, in the Summary for Policymakers in its March…

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Electrifying transportation: easy policy, local politics

March 26, 2014
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Electrifying transportation: easy policy, local politics

Like politics, all environmentalism is local. It’s the actions you take as you go about your day that determine the balance in your own personal carbon account with Mother Earth. Fortunately, it is actually very easy, thanks to actions taken by other people years ago, to live extremely cleanly. Here’s how. The cleanest way you…

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Russian gas vs. European electricity: will the Third Electrification win the sanctions war?

March 17, 2014
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“The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.” So, according to many, said Sigmund Freud. Let’s hope that the hurling of insults is the worst things get in the current tensions over Ukraine, Russia, and Crimea. And let’s hope that the most serious concrete policy moves are…

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Fighting carbon with electricity: bringing the Third Electrification to Ontario

March 14, 2014
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Ontario electricity-related greenhouse gases are at their lowest point in our modern history. This is because most of the electricity fed into our grid comes from zero-carbon sources, the biggest of which by far is nuclear. Nuclear in 2000 represented about 40 percent of total generation, and total generation-related GGHs in that year were over…

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Item 1: if Ontario did not have its nuclear generating fleet, last hour’s CO2 emissions would have been AT LEAST:

6,336 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 371.6 grams

Item 2: Since prorogation of the Ontario legislature on October 15, 2012, provincial gas-fired generating plants have dumped this much CO2 into our air:

14,340,108 metric tons. This is a running total. Every hour, the total increases by the amount of Gas CO2 given in Table 1.

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