Four things we need to solve climate change
December 06, 2018 by Denis Pombriant
Like solving Rubik’s cube, fixing climate change involves several simultaneous actions. Here are the primary challenges and how to deal with them. Carbon emissions take up the majority of any climate change discussion. The Paris Climate Accord is all about limiting emissions, car makers try to design cars that pollute...
End of the beginning?
November 29, 2018 by Denis Pombriant
Perhaps now that 13 federal agencies have issued a major new scientific report on the dangers of climate change, “The Fourth National Climate Assessment,” we can get over diagnosing the problem and begin fixing it. I started following the climate issue in the 1970’s and at the time there was...
Green for go
November 22, 2018 by Denis Pombriant
It is encouraging to see so many outlets now offering ideas for solutions to global warming, city crowding and planning, and transportation. It has become too easy to jump on the emissions-are-hurting-us bandwagon and too often that’s as far as people take the issue. They define or diagnose the problem...
Disruptive innovation drives economic development
October 04, 2018 by Denis Pombriant
[caption id="attachment_819" align="alignright" width="365"] Cover of AoS[/caption] The ideas in The Age of Sustainability are simple. Technology inventions drive economic advances and we’ve seen this play out repeatedly since the Industrial Revolution. Someone invents a low cost and efficient way to make steel and suddenly there are many new products...
Bloomberg, Brown offer climate hope
November 14, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
The climate issue is really a mashup. One issue involves getting energy from renewable non-carbon sources, another calls for removing carbon from the environment not just limiting emissions. There’s a good deal to be hopeful for in the climate discussion though it will be important to keep the train on...
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...
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...
The great, irrelevant beer battle
October 18, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
Thomas L. Friedman is one of the savviest op-ed commenters on the scene today. He writes of the intersection of business, society, technology, and global movements fluidly and is especially insightful when discussing the middle east, a topic he’s written about at book length several times. In his post at...
Green Race a Practical Approach to Climate Change
October 17, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
Increasing green plant activity can lower atmospheric carbon load, improve climate. [caption id="attachment_303" align="alignright" width="289"] Denis Pombriant, managing principal, Beagle Research Group, LLC[/caption] October 17, 2017, Stoughton, MA—Calling for a Green Race similar to the Space Race, Denis Pombriant, managing principal, Beagle Research Group, said today, “Climate change won’t be...
Carbon Sinks 1.0
September 29, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
[caption id="attachment_430" align="alignright" width="300"] From the Sierra Club[/caption] When they discuss removing carbon from the atmosphere climate scientists and others refer to carbon sinks which are as varied as they are numerous and some work better than others. In this first of several posts on carbon sinks we will look...