Carbon Sink Decline

This is a follow-up to yesterday’s post on how carbon sinks factor in when discussing goals for climate policy. Obviously, CO2 levels in the atmosphere are increased only if human emissions are more than whatever is absorbed in carbon sinks at the time. Right now, around 55% of human emissions are absorbed and around 45% … [Read more…]

Reduce Oil Consumption by Reducing Trade

Existing climate policy is not working very well. The record for last year was another increase in world wide emissions. According to IEA, the 2017 CO2 emissions were 32.5 gigatonnes, a new all-time high. This was an increase of 1.4%, after three years of unchanged flat records. Obviously, that’s exactly the wrong direction. CO2 emission … [Read more…]

Flying a Passenger Jet with Solar Power? Yes, We Can Do that Now

Philipp Furler is a scientist working at the ETH university in Zurich. As this article at EurekAlert explains, he and his team have come up with a clever new way to make jet fuel from solar power, water and CO2 extracted from air. The process requires high temperatures of around 1,500 degrees Celsius. That’s about three … [Read more…]

Turtle on a Fence Post

“If you see a turtle on a fence post, it didn’t get there by itself. If you see climate skeptics taking over a major political party only in the United States, that didn’t happen by itself either.” That’s the message in this video by Al Gore. The fossil fuel industry has paid a lot of … [Read more…]