Ecomodernism

By Andrea Müller | Shaping a positive anthropocene - Pragmatische Umweltnutzung

Mineral resources: exhaustion is just a myth

<i>Comparison of changing estimates for copper reserves, resources and theoretical estimate of ultimate resource to depth of 3.3 km. These estimates are</i> …

Sustainability

Reducing the environmental impact of global diets

•<p>We discuss land use and GHG emission impacts from different dietary protein sources.<p>•<p>Lower-meat diets can reduce environmental impacts but face …

Is feedlot beef better for the environment?

If everyone in the world went vegan, it would solve both the greenhouse gas and biodiversity problems almost overnight. Evidence shows that if people …

Agriculture

The great nutrient collapse

The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.<p>Irakli Loladze is a mathematician by training, but he was in a biology lab when he encountered the puzzle that would change his life. It was in 1998, and Loladze was studying for his Ph.D. at …

Agriculture

Clean meat: Scientists serve up 100% real meat without cruelty, limited resources

The argument that “meat is murder” could become a thing of the past, thanks to groundbreaking technology that produces real meat from animal …

Agriculture

Impossible Environmentalism: Green groups promote utopian fantasies

Green groups need to make peace with modernity and technology and abandon pastoral nostalgias and utopian fantasies.<p>You would be hard pressed to find a better example of the ways in which contemporary environmental thought and advocacy are simply bad for the environment than the recent effort by …

Agriculture

Reducing the Environmental Impact of Global Diets -- New Paper Points to Intensification of Meat Production

Accounting for nearly one-third of global land use and 14 percent of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, meat production weighs heavily on the …

Agriculture

Why Clean Energy is in Crisis

Greenpeace’s Dirty War on Clean Energy, Part I: South Korean Version

The case for 100 percent renewables rested on a lie. Here's what it teaches us about energy and the environment

The Real Climate Consensus: Nuclear Power

The scientific debate between warmists and skeptics makes for good media headlines, but policymakers and the American public should be told more about an important consensus between the two camps: the desirability of nuclear power.<p>A large number of prominent scientists warning about a climate …

Climate

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 …

Extinction

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 Energy

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 …

Renewable Energy

Biofuels needed but some more polluting than fossil fuels, report warns

Royal Academy of Engineering report backs increased use of biofuels but says more should come from waste rather than food crops<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 …

Climate

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

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 …

Energy Access or Energy for Development?

<i>By Emma Brush and Alex Trembath</i>Obviously, universal energy access is a worthy goal.But the problem with “energy access” is that, as a problem …

Renewable Energy

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