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Day Zero, You don’t really want to know this

February 01, 2018 by Denis Pombriant

Simply put, Day Zero is the day when the water runs out, the taps are dry, and city officials have to recon with how much violence zero water will inspire. Day Zero has already happened in places like Syria and Iran but at a city level, not for a whole...
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Branson’s Learning Curve, Virgin Earth Challenge

November 09, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

This is the first of four posts in a series. [caption id="attachment_676" align="alignright" width="404"] Some Virgin companies[/caption] Richard Branson is a self-described business newbie, a virgin, which reflects two things about him. First, he is often the first person into a category where there are no role models. Second, this...
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Richard Branson’s Learning Curve Part 4

November 06, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

Richard Branson's Learning Curve, part 4. Transforming climate change from an acute to a chronic problem provides a better frame of reference and more options. [caption id="attachment_673" align="alignright" width="546"] The difference between an acute problem (red) and a chronic one (blue).[/caption] Transforming a stubborn problem from an acute emergency to...
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White House admits climate change is our fault

November 03, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

[caption id="attachment_545" align="alignright" width="477"] Climate change skeptics lost their paddle today.[/caption] Administration says uncle. Now can we turn to finding solutions? The New York Times reports today that 13 federal agencies turned in a report that the White House approved which says that human activity is indeed the cause of...
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Richard Branson’s Learning Curve Part 3

November 03, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

Accounting for the return on invested energy is the key to understanding the prerequisites of climate change solutions. [caption id="attachment_451" align="alignright" width="545"] Photosynthesis and some types of phytoplankton[/caption] Removing carbon from the atmosphere and safely storing it away for millions of years is fundamentally a chemistry problem. Capturing carbon dioxide...
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Branson’s Learning Curve, Virgin Earth Challenge Part 2

November 02, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

This is the second in a four part series on the Virgin Earth Challenge (VEC) proposed by Richard Branson. Parts are excerpted from “The Age of Sustainability.” The Prize [caption id="attachment_672" align="alignright" width="507"] Sir Richard Branson and Al Gore at the VEC announcement.[/caption] Some of the finalist ideas submitted in...
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Saudi Arabia addresses Peak Oil

October 26, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

There’s trouble ahead for the oil industry that this week’s conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia isn’t going to paper over. The conference is billed as a “coming out party of sorts” by the New York Times (Saudi Arabia’s Grand Plan to Move Beyond Oil: Big Goals, Bigger Hurdles by Ben...
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Climate Leadership Council disappoints

October 20, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

It was disappointing to see the Climate Leadership Council’s (CLC) plan for dealing with the climate crisis. The group is made up of former senior members of recent Republican administrations, some with ties to the oil industry. When the group announced its formation, it seemed like the GOP had developed some...
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Iron in the oceans

October 20, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

An overlooked part of the climate issue for many people has been carbon reabsorption and sequestration. It’s a complex topic with the same convoluted set of choices as finding acceptable alternative energy sources. In energy there are good and bad choices like increasing reliance on nuclear energy or hydroelectric power....
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Climate: Is the debate shifting?

October 17, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

The number of people concerned about climate change has risen in the wake of September’s major hurricanes causing politicians to take notice and many are now focusing on the effects of global warming like storms and rising sea levels by calling for greater resiliency in the face of severe weather....
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