Carbon capture is a dangerous concept

  The  carbon papers The carbon cycle is a beautiful thing.  And as usual Nature does it best. For a million years carbon moved around the cycle untroubled by those pesky anthropocene intruders. Although the majority of the carbon on land is stored in the soil, trees breathe carbon in and out in the form […] Read More

Paris agreement? Don’t celebrate yet

Pundits are celebrating the speed at which the Paris climate agreement has come into force. It needed more than half the countries to ratify their proposals and for their emissions to account for more half the global output. When the US, China, India and the European Union got on board, it was a done deal. […] Read More

Fossil fuels’ massive pollution

Clean stuff filthy stuff So we all know that burning coal and oil to generate electricity is bad for the climate. CO2 levels refuse to level out–we broke through the 400 ppm barrier earlier this year. And the folks at the UN who are reporting on the Paris accords have just acknowledged that what we […] Read More

CO2 atmospheric levels continue to increase

  Ted Cruze’s bathtub Thing is, its gotten very confusing. First the news was that emissions of CO2 have flatlined in 2015 after years of constantly increasing: that’s good news for the planet because it shows that the shift from oil and coal to renewable energy is reducing emisions of greenhouse gases, and that the […] Read More

CO2 emissions and GDP are still a couple

The International Energy Agency is right to highlight the fact that energy-related CO2 emissions have flatlined for the last two years. That has to be very good news.  It means that the global energy revolution that is underway–and it is a revolution in the way we produce electrical power and in the way we use […] Read More

Global air pollution kills millions

Breaking bad The recent accounts of massive air pollution overloads in major cities across the globe are frightening. These are cities where the air is pratically unbreathable, where people stay indoors, the windows shut tight, the front door locked, trying to keep the air-borne pollution from entering their homes. Pedestrians stumble along, coughing into their […] Read More

COP21 : where do we go after Paris?

We should celebrate the many successes of the last year: Shell pulling out of the Arctic, fracking in the US and the UK blocked in many places; the increasing influence of land rights groups in protecting their lands; the collapse of oil prices as a major deterrent to exploration in environmentally fragile land and seascapes. […] Read More