CAN WE INNOVATE OUR WAY OUT OF OUR CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES?
While opinions differ and climate change believers and non- believers gird their loins for battle, most people agree that climate change is happening now. This is one of the inevitable conclusions that the latest Intergovernment Panel On Climate Change annual report presents. The report states that "Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Centigrade would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society." Put simply, the scientific consensus makes it clear that climate change is everyone's problem. This, in turn means that the only viable solution is for all of us to become actively committed to work for a solution.
Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. While the report, and many other scientific studies, reveal a building crisis and accelerating timeline, active engagement of large portions of the population is still not where it should be. ... MORE
THE FUTURE AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE
The author of this column's title was Yogi Berra, a legendary Hall of Fame baseball player and coach in the last century. He was celebrated as much for his unique brand of fractured English as his baseball prowess. His sayings literally grew on you and his true philosophical nature revealed itself over time. Yogi was a genuine character on the national stage and turned out to be an extraordinarily prescient commentator on baseball and many other topics.
The sense of Yogi's comment was that as our species struggles our present challenges create the possibilities that our future will change. Unforeseen events lead to new ... MORE
BEATING TRUMP'S ATTACK ON THE ENVIRONMENT
It now seems clear that President Trump and his crackerjack team have no interest in dealing with environmental issues. He has withdrawn the US from the Paris Climate Accord, thus becoming the chief executive of one of only three countries in the world not committed to fighting global warming and climate change. This is particularly discouraging when you consider that the US is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases. The rest of the world, and a majority of Americans consider Trump's actions, and excuses to be unacceptable and bordering on the insane.
However, Trump may not be just insane. He may also be crazy. MORE ...
WATER WOES ON THE RISE
Earth may be the only planet in the universe that has water. At least the he kind of water we have - oceans, rivers, streams, lakes, an atmosphere of water vapor condensing into clouds, and ice covering massive areas of our planet. Ours is truly the water planet. We have all viewed it from space via famous "blue marble" images from spacecraft. The problem is that, before our eyes we are in the process of polluting our planet's water supplies and we may be in the process of discovering that water pollution is forever.
Over 70 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water. Most of it, about 96%, is in our planet's oceans. The rest is lakes and rivers, icecaps and glaciers. Water also exists ... MORE
FUEL CELL POWERPLANTS TAKING UP THE SLACK
Despite the efforts of the Trump administration production of electrical power is rapidly shifting from burning fossil fuels - primarily petroleum, natural gas and coal - to renewable energy sources. And, while most of us are familiar with solar and wind power another new technology is now growing and showing great promise. This technology, known as fuel cells, is not brand new but the growth of fuel cell powerplants is accelerating daily.
One major reason, according to information provided by Direct Fuel Cell®, a leader in the field, is that MORE ...