Low-cost, printable solar panels offer ray of hope amid energy gridlock

Australian physicist says technology could make signing up for energy accounts as easy as a mobile phone subscription by Michael McGowan, The Guardian, Thu 30 Aug 2018 The commercial installation was completed in a day by five employees, and a lab-size printer can produce hundreds of meters of the product in one day.  The panels are similar in texture to a potato chip …

Solar all up in your buildings with “Building-integrated PV” (BIPV), designed into materials so that it is part of initial building construction (or big retrofits)

Excerpt from David Roberts, vox.com, Aug 2018 “Building-integrated PV” (BIPV) is designed into materials so that it is part of initial building construction (or big retrofits). Theoretically, that covers all kinds of materials that people are trying to put PV into, from windows to awnings to concrete itself, some of which have small markets going. But GTM mainly focuses on solar roofing. Solar roofing uses …

New studies out this week warned of the problems facing crops in the coming decades as CO2 levels continue to rise.

Aug 2018  Carbon Brief excerpt.  New studies out this week warned of the problems facing crops in the coming decades as CO2 levels continue to rise. The first finds that higher CO2 levels in the atmosphere could make staple crops less nutritious, potentially pushing hundreds of millions of people into malnutrition. Increased atmospheric CO2 can cause crops to produce smaller amounts …

Sea surface temperatures in the Arctic are warming at stunning rates

Sea surface temperatures in the Arctic are warming at stunning rates. To give you an idea, look at this blog containing images showing sea surface temperatures in one specific location near Svalbard for July 6 for each of the following years: 2014: -0.8°C or 30.6°F 2015: 6.2°C or 43.2°F 2016: 8.3°C or 47.0°F 2017: 14.4°C or 57.9°F 2018: 16.6°C or 61.9°F On …

CO2’s Role in Global Warming Has Been on the Oil Industry’s Radar Since the 1960s

Historical records reveal early industry concern with air pollutants, including smog and CO2, and unwanted regulation. By NEELA BANERJEE et al., 13 Apr 2016 Documents reveal that the risks of climate change were being discussed in the inner circles of the oil industry in the 1960s, earlier than previously documented. Credit: Photo of Exxon’s Bayway oil refinery in New Jersey by …

The reality is that the war has created the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe today

“The reality is that the war has created the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe today,” Moustafa Bayoumi wrote recently in The Guardian. “Three-quarters of the population, some 22 million Yemenis, require humanitarian assistance and protection. About 8.4 million people hang on the brink of starvation and another 7 million lie malnourished. Since 2015, more than 28,000 thousand people have been killed or injured, and …

Andrew Gillum’s Upset Reveals a Winning New Progressive Strategy:  The results of Florida’s gubernatorial primary should serve as a lesson for the Democratic establishment.

By Andrea Cristina Mercado 29 Aug 2018 in The Nation Andrew Gillum, winner of Florida’s gubernatorial Democratic primary, August 2, 2018. (AP Photo / Brynn Anderson) To fully grasp the immensity of Andrew Gillum’s victory in Florida’s gubernatorial primary last night, one would have to have been on the ground to witness the extent to which the Democratic establishment and the media refused …

The Climate-Wrecking Industry… and How to Beat It: Insisting that we’re all responsible for global warming lets the biggest corporate polluters off the hook.

The Climate-Wrecking Industry… and How to Beat It: Insisting that we’re all responsible for global warming lets the biggest corporate polluters off the hook. By Jason Mark, editor in chief of Sierra magazine and the author of Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man. This article was co-published with Sierra. Among climate activists, the scene is remembered with a mix …