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Dramatic Shift in UK Government Outlook for Gas and Clean Energy

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:03:54 +0000

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The future UK electricity mix will have more renewables, batteries and interconnectors than expected, according to long-awaited new government projections. The shift in Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) modelling, which includes a marked reduction in new gas capacity, parallels similar changes made by National Grid.

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Heat Storage Hypocausts: Air Heating in the Middle Ages

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:49:00 +0000

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Hypocausts were heating systems that distributed the heat from an underground fire throughout a space beneath the floor. The heat was absorbed by the floor and then radiated into the room above. The effect on thermal comfort must have been similar to that of a modern-day hot water or electricity-based radiant floor heating system.

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Kevin Anderson: Paris, Climate & Surrealism: How Numbers Reveal Another Reality

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:02:58 +0000

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The Paris Agreement’s inclusion of “well below 2°C” and “pursue … 1.5°C” has catalysed fervent activity amongst many within the scientific community keen to understand what this more ambitious objective implies for mitigation.

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Peak Oil Review: Mar 20 2017

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:38:08 +0000

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After a quick drop of $3-4 a barrel the week before last, oil prices steadied last week as the markets contemplated just how effective the OPEC/NOPEC production freeze will be in the short term.

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Energy in the Peasant’s Republic of Wessex

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:07:38 +0000

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If we trim energy use in the manner I’ve described above, we can reduce per capita energy use in the Peasant’s Republic of Wessex by a little more than half its present value – down to around 1.3 kW per capita.

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Helping Others Eschew Oil (How to Make Your Life Less Oily in 2017, Part IV)

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:02:53 +0000

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So you’re working on reducing your own oil use but maybe you’re downhearted. Maybe you figure, why bother? I’m just an oily drop in an oily nation. What does it matter if I cut my own oil use if everyone around me wallows in the stuff?

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The Challenge of Tackling Aviation’s Non-CO2 Emissions

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:03:17 +0000

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The impacts of non-CO2 aircraft emissions at high altitudes came to prominence back in 1999 following publication of a special report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on aviation. This estimated the total historic impact of aviation on the climate to have been two to four times higher than for CO2 emissions alone.

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Clean Energy and Environmental Policy Trading Places

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:40:05 +0000

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Partisan pressures are causing energy and climate defenders to offset legislated policies with judicial precedents. Climate challengers had thought to do the same throughout the Obama administration.

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Three Reasons Why Keystone XL May Never Get Built

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:52:29 +0000

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Almost a full decade since first applying for a presidential permit, TransCanada looks set to finally receive go-ahead in the U.S. for its massive $8-billion Keystone XL pipeline.

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Why EROEI Matters: the Role of Net Energy in the Survival of Civilization

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:35:30 +0000

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A lively debate is ongoing on what should be the minimum energy return for energy invested (EROEI) in order to sustain a civilization. Clearly, one always wants the best returns for one’s investments.

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Peak Oil – Apocalyptic Environmentalism and Libertarian Political Culture: Review

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:31:36 +0000

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In 2011, while working toward a Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Matthew Schneider-Mayerson began a study into the peak oil community. His book Peak Oil: Apocalyptic Environmentalism and Libertarian Political Culture is the result of this research.

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