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concentrated solar powerNuclear Energy is 50% Better than Solar for Lifetime CO2 Emissions

There was a recent updated analysis of various life-cycle energy impact measurements for fossil fuels, nuclear, solar and wind. Lifetime CO2 Emissions per Kilowatt-Hour Solar is 50% worse than nuclear for lifetime CO2 emissions per kilowatt-hour. Nuclear and wind tie …

energyGlobal Waste Plastic Can be Converted to Fuel to Replace 4% of Gasoline Demand

A new chemical conversion process could change the world’s polyolefin waste, a form of plastic, into useful products, such as clean fuels and other items. Once the plastic is converted into naphtha, it can be used as a feedstock for …

climate changeCold Weather, Electric Cars and Regular Cars

Tesla cars and other electric vehicles are having trouble with the cold weather hitting much of the United States. However, Canadians deal with cold weather every winter and Canadian Tesla owners did not have more problems than regular car owners. …

coalGermany Plans to Shutdown All Coal Power Plants by 2038

Germany has announced that they will close down all coal power plants by 2038 according to Clean Energy Wire. Germany plans to close 25% of existing coal-burning plants (12.5 gigawatts) by 2022. This will be 24 coal plants shut within …

analysisProfitably Fix Half of the Global Warming Problem and Save 2.4 Million Lives per Year

Fixing CO2 is a harder problem than fixing soot and air pollution. Carbon dioxide is a gas. It is harder to split the carbon dioxide out of a smokestack than it is to filter out soot and particulates. Carbon dioxide …

californiaNo Excuses, California Has the Money to Get Forests Under Control in 2019

On January 10, 2019, California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a $144 billion general fund budget on Thursday that’s up 4 percent from the current year and predicts a $21.4 billion surplus from robust tax collections and slower growth of state …

asiaClueless and Naive on Climate Agreements Because Leaders Do Not Keep Promises

David Attenborough made a lot of nature documentaries and is interviewed by the BBC as some kind of climate expert. In an interview with the BBC, Attenborough and the UK’s Chief Scientist (probably UK Chief Science Advisor Mark Walport) celebrated …

air pollutionChina Cleaned Up Beijing Air First and Now Targets Big Truck Pollution

China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment is targeting having 90+ percent diesel trucks capable of meeting emission standards by 2020. China has more than half of the world’s big trucks and these trucks cause most of the particulate air pollution. …

climate changeDecomposition is Slower With Global Warming Which Means Less Future Warming

Tropical forests store about a third of Earth’s carbon and about two-thirds of its above-ground biomass. Most climate change models predict that as the world warms, all of that biomass will decompose more quickly, which would send a lot more …