Cooling the Earth

A friend recently sent me the link to this fascinating article and said, “This is why we need science.” Scientists are tapping into a law of physics to create cooling systems that work without special fuel or electricity. Working with colleagues, Aaswath Raman has developed a thin, mirror-like film engineered to maximize radiative cooling on…

How to drive fossil fuels out of the US economy, quickly

The US has everything it needs to decarbonize by 2035. This is a must read article, an uplifting and inspiring synopsis of the tremendous work of Saul Griffith, physicist, engineer, researcher, inventor, serial entrepreneur, and MacArthur “genius” grant winner. Griffith is the founder and chief scientist at Otherlab, an independent research and design lab that…

Navajo Women Are Bringing Sustainable Solar Power to the Navajo Nation

Another great example of the intertwining realities of climate justice – energy justice – social justice. And, a great story about committed individuals doing something about it. I believe that examples such as that of Native Renewables and Wahleah Johns show once again that we can all choose to be a part of the solution….

Hydrogen as Fuel? An Italian Pasta Factory Shows How It Could Work

Hopefully, experiments like this one will help to propel hydrogen as a fuel into the mainstream more quickly than is presently occurring. While energy is required to produce hydrogen, once isolated, it can be stored, in essence acting as a battery of sorts. And, hydrogen is lighter to transport, making it potentially a better candidate…

In A Post-Pandemic World, Renewable Energy Is The Only Way Forward

There has never been a better time to stop looking back, turn to the future, and build on the momentum now building. We can and we must power our future in a cleaner, cheaper, and wiser way. A post-pandemic economic reconstruction based on restructuring the energy map makes sense. We know we have to do…

Got 5 Minutes for the Mendenhall?

Our precious Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area needs your attention. By this coming Friday. Please take five minutes, more if you have ’em, and send in your thoughts, ideas, comments, feedback and more to those planning for the next few decades of activity at the Mendenhall Glacier. Laurie Craig recently had a letter to the editor…

A new way to profit from ancient Alaskan forests—leave them standing

In selling the carbon rights to this land, Sealaska is forgoing potential logging fees: The value per acre of selling their trees is currently only about 10 percent of what could be raised from a timber sale. Still, even here, carbon credits hold certain advantages. Unlike logging, carbon credit sales leave the forest for trapping,…

‘All-Electric’ Movement Picks Up Speed, Catching Some Off Guard

Rob Jackson, a professor at Stanford University who leads the Global Carbon Project…said that “dozens for sure, likely hundreds” of jurisdictions would pass gas bans and pro-electric legislation this year… As cities across the nation embrace electric power as a cleaner alternative to natural gas, developers are scrambling to keep up. Source: ‘All-Electric’ Movement Picks…

This small island is taking on a big problem — climate change.

Maine’s Mount Desert Island aims to go 100 percent renewable by 2030. From solar panels to bag bans, here’s how they’re making it happen. In Maine, some believe the solutions will come, not from laws, but from neighbors The power of the individual and the potential for very real and tangible change has not been…