Ecomodernism

By Andrea Müller | Shaping a positive anthropocene - Pragmatische Umweltnutzung

It's a Mistake to Focus Just on Animal Extinctions

Population declines tell a much scarier story.<p>Imagine if every animal and plant on the planet collapsed into a single population each, says ecologist Gerardo Ceballos. If lions disappeared except from one small corner of Kenya, the prey they keep in check would run amok everywhere else. If sparrows …

Biological Species

Gentechnik: Sind Sie auch … gegen Genfood?

Genfood könnte weltweit die Mangelernährung bekämpfen. Umweltschützer aber blockieren die Aussaat seit Jahrzehnten. Ihre Argumente? Kaum mehr als …

Wind and solar a waste of money for UK, Prof Sir David MacKay said in final interview

Wind turbines and solar panels are a waste of money if Britain wants reliable low carbon electricity supplies through the winter, the late Professor Sir David MacKay said in his final interview.<p>Prof MacKay, who served as chief scientific advisor to the Department of Energy and Climate Change for …

Energy

The Appalling Delusion of 100 Percent Renewables, Exposed

The National Academy of Science refutes Mark Jacobson’s dream that our economy can run exclusively on ‘green’ energy..<p>The idea that the U.S. economy …

Renewable power critic is chosen to head energy price review

Government’s preferred choice of Oxford economist Dieter Helm is controversial owing to criticism of wind and solar power<p>An academic who is a vocal critic of the price of renewable power is the government’s preferred choice to head a review of the financial cost of energy in the UK.<p>Dieter Helm, an …

Energy

Biofuels need 'to be improved for battle against climate change'

Royal Academy of Engineering report backs increased use of biofuels but warns that some have been as polluting as fossil fuels<p>Biofuel use needs to increase to help fight climate change as liquid fuels will be needed by aircraft and ships for many decades to come, finds a new report requested by the …

Environment

US shale is ready to break out of its slump — and traders are cashing in

U.S. shale oil is in the spotlight once again, this time not as a deterrent to a price improvement, but as the future of the global oil industry. It’s just like the early days of the shale revolution, when enthusiasm was high and everyone rushed to drill in the shale patch. Now, the world’s top …

Oil

Fear of radiation is more dangerous than radiation itself – David Ropeik

The fear of ionising (nuclear) radiation is deeply ingrained in the public psyche. For reasons partly historical and partly psychological, we simply …

Fukushima

Fossil Fuels Will Remain World’s Dominant Fuels Through 2040

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its International Energy Outlook 2016 yesterday indicating that fossil fuels will supply over 75 …

Energy

Asia’s Future Farms

MANILA – Food shortages are a distant memory for many people in Asia. But as the region struggles to feed and nourish a booming population, they …

Agriculture

Energy Access or Energy for Development? -- Aim Higher

Providing households and communities basic access to energy technologies—a solar panel, a cookstove, a battery—might marginally improve their quality …

Trudeau says the Canadian oil sands needs to be 'phased out'

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Oh, the Humanity: Is the Threat of Overpopulation Still a Big Deal?

<b>EarthTalk®<br>E - The Environmental Magazine</b><p><b>Dear EarthTalk</b><b>: Is it true that human overpopulation isn’t such a big issue anymore, as numbers are expected</b> …

​The World’s Most Wasteful Megacity

Welcome to the most wasteful city in the world—a densely populated, steadily aging, consumerist utopia.<p>I live, fairly happily, in the world's most wasteful megacity. It is a densely populated, steadily aging, consumerist utopia where we buy, and throw away, a staggering amount of stuff. Where some …

Cities

The Devastating Consequences of Unequal Access to Healthy Food

Diabetes rates in the United States have nearly quadrupled over the past three decades. About 30 million Americans currently suffer from diabetes, …

Renewables and Nuclear Can No Longer Afford To Be Foes

The recent US election deeply concerns many of us who care about the urgent issue of climate change. The incoming Administration may try to repeal new laws to control climate pollution from power plants, but it can't repeal the laws of nature and physics. Those point towards severe stress on people …

Energy

Our High-Energy Planet -- A Climate Pragmatism Project

More than one billion people globally lack access to electricity, and billions more still burn wood and dung for their basic energy needs. <i>Our</i> …

Lightbulbs, Refrigerators, Factories, and Cities

How much energy do people need to rise out of subsistence poverty? What do we mean by the phrase ‘modern levels of energy consumption?’ The answers …

Sustainability

More Than a Lightbulb: Five Recommendations to Make Modern Energy Access Meaningful for People and Prosperity

More Than a Lightbulb: Five Recommendations to Make Modern Energy Access Meaningful for People and ProsperityPublications4/12/16Energy is fundamental …

Energy

Climate policy robs the world’s poor of their hopes

Having failed to stem carbon emissions in rich countries or in rapidly industrialising ones, policy makers have focused their attention on the only …

Climate

World’s poor need grid power, not just solar panels

THIS year the World Bank approved a big grant for the latest phase of the world’s largest hydroelectric scheme. The Inga 3 dam is part of a …

Energy For Human Development

<b>F</b>or over two centuries, an abundance of dense, fossil energy combined with modern agriculture, cities, governance, innovation, and knowledge has …

Energy

Big Farms Are Getting Bigger And Most Small Farms Aren’t Really Farms At All

If Kansas had an official state billboard, it might be a squat, square sign featuring a cornucopia of a paper grocery bag and the words “1 Kansas …

Feeding the ten billion

ONE of the extraordinary things about the modern world is that so much of it takes food for granted. For most of recorded history, the struggle to …

Agriculture

Jennifer Doudna: The Promise and Peril of Gene Editing

Geneticist Jennifer Doudna on the controversy about Crispr-Cas9, a technique that could potentially cure genetic diseases<p>Geneticist Jennifer Doudna, 52, is waiting for the day when she reads about the first baby whose genes have been altered in a lab. “It’s only a matter of time,” says the …

Genetics

CRISPR: How we suddenly got the power to rebuild humans and what we're going to do with it

On a warm September afternoon on the verdant campus of Long Island’s Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory, an elite cadre of scientists gathered to discuss …

A controversial tool that lets scientists rewrite DNA just achieved a major milestone

Samantha Lee/Business Insider<p>2015 was undoubtedly the year CRISPR took over the minds and hearts of science lovers everywhere.<p>On Thursday, Science …

Why Energy Will Determine India's Future

The country's demographic dividend can ensure a bright and prosperous future for the world's largest democracy, but only if the lights stay on.