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Geothermal progress

April 04, 2019 by Denis Pombriant

Lots of us quit counting renewable energy sources after naming wind and solar and while those are two good ones, they’re far from alone. Hydropower, using dams to drive generators has been with us so long that we often overlook its contribution to the overall energy mix. A record 4,185...
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Electric cars on the move

April 02, 2019 by Denis Pombriant

Just sampling the news about electric cars these days can put a smile on the face of even the most desperate climate watcher. It’s happening. The shift to electric cars is happening in large and small ways on multiple continents. Manufacturers lined up a few years ago to announce their...
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New ink

April 02, 2019 by Denis Pombriant

I recently wrote a post for Paul Greenberg's blog at ZDNet that discussed K-waves and disruptive innovation. Check it out here. Also, the press release for the book is officially out. Here's what it looks like.  
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While America sleeps

December 11, 2018 by Denis Pombriant

Part 2 Climate prescription Of the four issues that drive climate change—energy and infrastructure, population, carbon absorption, and water abundance and distribution—it’s tempting to identify “the one” on which all others depend and solve it. But all of the challenges have to be solved together. Like solving a Rubik’s Cube...
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While America sleeps

December 06, 2018 by Denis Pombriant

Part 1 of 2 Civilization faces four major existential threats in this century. They have overlapping and sometimes contrary requirements. They need to be tackled together for they will not resolve separately. Population overshoot or too many people sharing the planet and its dwindling resources. Energy and infrastructure including dwindling...
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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...
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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...
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The permanent oil shock

November 27, 2018 by Denis Pombriant

Last week’s New York Times Magazine has a great piece that highlights what not to do to help solve global warming, “Palm Oil Was Supposed to Help Save the Planet. Instead It Unleashed a Catastrophe.” The article focuses on a boom in creating palm oil plantations in the last decade...
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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...
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EGS, the new hydro-power

November 09, 2018 by Denis Pombriant

I was in a conversation the other day when the topic of hydro-power came up. Under different circumstances, I’d be all over hydro like a cheap suit—in a good way, that is. What’s not to like about hydro? The discussion was over how to make more renewable power and unfortunately,...
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