Author: RP Siegel
Today United Airlines will debut its first commercial flight using a new biofuel blend called Honeywell Green Jet Fuel. The flight will travel between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The battle between free data access and personal security grabbed headlines this week, around the iPhone belonging to San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. Apple refused an FBI request to build a “backdoor” into the phone, allowing investigators to access encrypted data. But software legend John McAfee is storming in like Han Solo.
Last week, a group of 125 organizations from 45 countries signed a declaration asking that the European Union exclude large-scale biofuels from its next Renewable Energy Directive.
EasyJet is preparing to test out a new hybrid airplane later this year. Not only will this airplane utilize regenerative braking to reclaim energy during landings, but it will also utilize onboard fuel cells.
No other study, said Mark Z. Jacobson, a Stanford University civil engineering professor, “pushes the limits” like this one, considering what can be achieved with solar and wind without relying on storage.
Last week, David Koch resigned from the board of the American Museum of Natural History after 23 years. Environmental groups have been clamoring for his departure for years due to his anti-science stance on climate change. Should they declare victory, or is this all part of a Koch Industries rebranding scheme?
TransCanada’s lawsuit against the U.S. government — which utilize a dispute mechanism in NAFTA — could be a sign of what’s to come if the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) moves ahead as planned.
The BioAg Alliance, a joint venture between Novozymes and Monsanto, seeks to understand the impact that soil microbes have on agricultural productivity. Could they hold the key to a food-secure future?
A recent report on EU energy governance, produced by the British House of Lords, says that “EU-wide binding 2030 renewables targets will not be delivered unless it is backed-up by a monitoring and enforcement mechanism that acts as a guarantor for the agreement.” So, how are we to go about measuring carbon emissions?
Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org said, “This didn’t save the planet, but it may have saved the chance of saving the planet.” Climate crusader James Hansen, who was among the first to sound the alarm, was less pleased with the level of compromise, calling the outcome a “fraud.” So, how should we feel about the COP21 outcome? Is it enough?
The election of the New Democratic Party’s candidate, Rachel Notley, in Alberta, Canada, was declared by BBC News to be a “political earthquake. Not wasting any time, she unveiled a new climate action plan at the end of November, just days before the Paris climate summit.
Dr. Dan Lashof, chief operating officer of NextGen Climate America, one of the sponsors of the research, said: “This is by far the most rigorous and detailed study of what it will take to achieve a transition to clean energy in the United States.”
A recent story in the Atlantic questions whether the USDA is silencing scientists for espousing inconvenient truths.