Solar panels about to get much less expensive

This could be a real game changer. https://www.inverse.com/article/55820-a-key-solar-panel-defect-has-been-solved-and-that-may-mean-big-price-drops Solar Energy: Adding Selenium Can Increase Power and Cut Costs for Solar Panels Cadmium telluride could offer a cheaper alternative to silicon. By Mike Brown on May 14, 2019 Filed Under Energy Move over, silicon: an alternative solar panel material is making great strides in efficiency, which could mean thinner designs and prices so low … Continue reading Solar panels about to get much less expensive

Books this year in recognition of Earth Day 2019 (49th year!)

https://yaleclimateconnections.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1688ba4f33d819bf4152dceb9&id=b517f387aa&e=5fbaa68553 Bookshelf: 12 recommended reads in recognition of Earth Day 2019 Earth, humans, and climate get a special nod in this month's collection of new books recognizing the 49th annual Earth Day. By Michael Svoboda Monday, April 22, 2019   Ever since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970*, April has provided a launching pad … Continue reading Books this year in recognition of Earth Day 2019 (49th year!)

An observation about recent changes in charitable giving

I live in Manhattan and am obviously on the progressive/left end of the political spectrum often found among blue state residents. In that context I've run into a phenomenon about current charitable giving that doesn't surprise exactly, but the scope is greater than I thought. Cultural institutions constantly contact those who subscribe to their concerts, … Continue reading An observation about recent changes in charitable giving

Millennials, you’ll miss us boomers when you’re gone (in addition to hating what we’ve left you)

As someone on the leading edge of the Baby Boomer generation, I'm quite used to the largely justified disdain and even disgust with my generation from those younger. We did do some things well tho -- among them, espouse wild and unlikely positions with masses of (mostly) non-violent protest.  I'm thrilled by those still in … Continue reading Millennials, you’ll miss us boomers when you’re gone (in addition to hating what we’ve left you)

CO2 levels higher than at any time during human history (AND three million years before that)

The amount of greenhouse gases is increasing at an accelerating rate. As my friend Eric Holthaus (quoted in the article) says, this is not a time to simply figure we're all dead and give up. What it IS is time to immediately stop the use of all fossil fuels NOW. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/05/13/climate-change-co-2-levels-hit-415-parts-per-million-human-first/1186417001/ Carbon dioxide levels hit … Continue reading CO2 levels higher than at any time during human history (AND three million years before that)

A way even the poorest can get minimal protection from excess heat

The visuals here tell the story of using large soda bottles and cardboard to make a structure for windows that actually cools the air a little. Certainly far better than nothing altho it won't keep people alive as seasonal temperatures continue to increase. https://inhabitat.com/this-amazing-bangladeshi-air-cooler-is-made-from-plastic-bottles-and-uses-no-electricity/

Can and will humans save ourselves from self-destruction?

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/07/can-we-humans-save-ourselves-from-self-destruction? Can we humans save ourselves from self-destruction? Richard Middleton, Robin Russell-Jones, Judith Wright,Tom Fyans, Richard Aldwinckle, John Nissen, and Mayer Hillman respond to the latest dire warnings from scientists and policymakers on biodiversity and climate change Letters Tue 7 May 2019 12.59 EDTLast modified on Tue 7 May 2019 13.01 EDT  ‘The increase of CO2 in the atmosphere and the retreat of Arctic sea … Continue reading Can and will humans save ourselves from self-destruction?