Tagged: Fossil Fuels

Phasing out fossil fuels for renewables may not be a straight forward swap - Guest Work

Guest Work May 02, 2016

By Anthony James, Swinburne University of Technology To have any chance of preventing dangerous climate change, the world needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero or even negative by mid-century. Many experts suggest this means we need to completely phase out fossil fuels and replace them with renewable energy sources such as solar and … Read More

To save the environment, leave the ‘collapse porn’ under the mattress - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 09, 2015

Ted Lefroy, University of Tasmania Collapse porn. Apocalyptica. Eco-rapture. These are labels UK science journalist Leigh Phillips has given to a growing genre of environmental writing. Prominent among them are Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate (2014), James Kunstler’s The Long Emergency (2005), Paul Kingsnorth’s Uncivilization (2009), John Zerzan Against Civilization … Read More

Guilt-free tourism: would you pay $11 for a carbon-neutral holiday? - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 07, 2015

Colin Michael Hall, University of Canterbury Travelling carbon free for about the cost of a salad in New York? Yes, please. This is the good news that’s emerged from a study that found the damaging effects of tourism emissions could eventually be eliminated if travellers paid an average of just US$11 per trip. Our research, published recently in … Read More

Divesting from fossil fuels – is this good for public health? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Nov 25, 2014

Professor Alistair Woodward, Associate Professor Nick Wilson What does Victoria University have in common with Stanford, the Australian National University and the British Medical Association? They have all decided in the last few months to sell off their interests in … Continue reading → … Read More

Energy Darwinism - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Feb 20, 2014

If fossil fuels are the figurative dinosaurs in the energy landscape, are renewables the agile rodents poised to take over the world? That’s an on-going and often intense debate. Will new technologies enable the fossil fuel industry to adapt and provide us all the oil (and gas) that we could possibly ever need? Will renewable sources of energy evolve rapidly … Read More

TOSP Episode 6: October 17th 2011 - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Oct 17, 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Featuring yetis, flashing bacteria, space!, brownian motion twists, That’s What She Said, better traffic control (hint: drive slower), nanotech _helping_ cell growth, wired petri dishes, vaccination, whale fall, NZ’s freshwater, and various fabulous eventry! This week, aimee and Elf could happily have talked for hours, [...] … Read More

Energy Forecasts - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Sep 30, 2011

The US’s Energy Information Administration has released its International Energy Outlook 2011. This forecasts energy demand out to 2035.  A caveat is that their assessments assume no new policy or legislative initiatives being introduced that could affect energy markets. Drivers: Economic development, technological innovation Trends: Increasing energy consumption, diversifying energy supplies, exploitation of new sources of fossil fuels … Read More

Climate Change and New Zealand’s Future - Journeys to the ice

Matthew Wood Feb 02, 2011

ESCI 201: Climate Change and New Zealand’s Future is a Victoria University summer course which draws on the knowledge of many of Wellington’s preeminent experts in the realm of climate change. Much like the structure of the IPCC Assessment Reports, the course begins by examining the scientific basis of climate change and then explores the implications … Read More