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Climate crisis critics having a field day
Posted: 2 October 2013

Critics of the IPCC are having a grand time of it since the release of their latest report. Here Nigel Lawson calls it mumbo jumbo, and with good reason.

The global warming alarmists have gone on the defensive, refusing to admit that their models are wrong, even as observations prove them so. This while admitting that they don't know what is causing the rise of ice in Antarctica. Instead they ...

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Climate change: this is not science - it's mumbo jumbo
2 October 2013
The IPCC's call to phase out fossil fuels is economic nonsense and 'morally outrageous' for the developing world
Get ready for the next 'little ice age'
Dateline: 23 September 2017
It's official, the global warming scare is over. The latest report from the independent panel on climate change is warning of decreasing global ...
Europe's green disaster
Posted: 13 August 2013

This recent story by Benny Peiser in the Australian paints a gloomy picture for green energy investment in Europe. Peiser cites Bloomberg in stating that EU member states have spent about EUR 600 billion on renewable energy projects since 2005, and also claims that Europe’s (failed) emissions trading scheme has cost consumers more than EUR 300 billion.

Failed investments into solar power have ...

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Europe Pulls The Plug On Its Green Future
13 August 2013
As country after country abandons, curtails or reneges on once-generous support for renewable energy, Europe is beginning to realise that its green energy ...
'Greenbucks' in the toilet as recession bites
Dateline: 12 January 2010
In a massive shakeout, green technology start-ups the world over have taken a major dive, as the harsh realities of dealing with global recession set ...
Economic reaction to nuclear problem
Posted: 8 March 2013

As I've said before, the choices we make in terms of energy and the environment are often influenced to a greater degree by economics than anything else. We'd all like to see clean, sustainable, safe sources of energy supporting economic growth. But until those black swans appear, that disrupt the energy industry forever, we can expect countries to use whatever sources of energy are ...

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Economic Woes in Japan Could Trump Worries About Nuclear Reactor Safety
8 March 2013
Some of the nuclear power plants shut down after the Fukushima disaster could restart soon.
New Energy replaces nukes, saves money
Dateline: 6 June 2020
Germany has shut down its last remaining nuclear power plant, two years ahead of schedule. Supporters of the Greens and the Pirate Party staged a peaceful ...
California's next 'gold rush'
Posted: 12 February 2013

It quite ironic that California, which enjoys a position of leadership in the US economy, and is the heart of American solar power and green politics, is also set to become the nation's largest oil-producing state. If this scenario plays out as expected, California will experience a new oil boom to rival the gold rush days of old.

With Silicon Valley, Hollywood, the western trade ports, and ...

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Vast Oil Reserve May Now Be Within Reach, and Battle Heats Up
12 February 2013
Monterey Shale deposits, which could turn California into the nation’s top oil-producing state, is stirring conflict between drillers and environmental ...
Unconventional oil and gas alters the geopolitical balance
Dateline: 4 July 2025
Over the last 20 years, North American oil and gas reserves have been boosted by the large scale exploitation of so-called unconventionals - mainly shale ...
Not much of a better place
Posted: 8 February 2013

It seems that Better Place is a bit the worse for wear, cutting back on operations and staff. I think the short term scenario of this MindBullet is spot on. But perhaps Tesla will surprise us all?

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Better Place Pulls the Plug on U.S. and Australia
8 February 2013
The ambitious electric car company is retrenching to focus on Israel and Denmark after investing heavily in technology and charging infrastructure.
Despite the hype, the electric car has failed, again, to be a commercial success. Who is to blame?
Dateline: 8 July 2014
Remember the very first electric car, the EV1? They made a movie about its demise, and blamed the oil companies. Well, it's happened again. The electric ...
More bad biofuel business
Posted: 2 November 2012

The scenario for lots of biofuel alternatives, ones that don't compete with food crops, like Jatropha diesel and cellulosic ethanol, has been dealt a further blow. BP had been talking up the promise of a commercial scale plant for cellulosic ethanol, but is now backing out of the project.

Will biofuel ever become a mainstream alternative to gasoline and diesel? ...

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A Canceled BP Plant Calls into Question Cellulosic Ethanol Economics
2 November 2012
The plant would have been one of the industry’s first commercial-scale facilities.
Food prices plummet as fuel crops fail
Dateline: 9 August 2013
The world's romance with biofuel is over. Food prices are falling as farmers return to staple crops instead of competing with oil companies. And everyone's ...
The world's greenest companies
Posted: 25 October 2012

Where are the greenest companies in the world? Newsweek's 2012 Green Company report has some surprising results!

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The world’s greenest companies, 2012 edition | SmartPlanet
25 October 2012
In which countries will you find the greenest companies in the world? The answer might surprise you.
The nitrogen economy
Posted: 24 October 2012

Here's an interesting article from the Economist that picks up on another alternative in the gas vs electric car debate. As we've recently noted the current market for plug-in electric cars in the US is proving rather slim. The other type of electric car that perhaps holds greater promise is one driven by fuel cells rather than batteries. They are quicker to refuel, have greater range, and ...

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Difference Engine: End of the electric car?
24 October 2012
A COUPLE of dozen electric cars with fuel cells under the bonnet (in place of the more usual flat-pack of batteries beneath the floor) have been zipping ...
Methanol seen as the dominant fuel of the future
Dateline: 15 July 2015
The hydrogen economy - with its vision of gas-guzzling engines replaced by hydrogen fuel cells that produce water instead of smog and greenhouse gases - ...
Organic vs Commercial food
Posted: 5 September 2012

It's been the view of some that organic food is a nice idea, but it's really only the affluent societies that can afford it, or care enough. I'm not in favour of pumping animals full of hormones or inhumane breeding of chickens, but farming is a business, and high production rates are necessary to feed the global seven billion.

We posed the scenario some years back with this MindBullet that ...

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Organic food: no better for you, or the planet
5 September 2012
For organic farmers, bad news comes in twos this week. Organic crops seem to be no more nutritious than conventional ones, and are not necessarily great ...
...but organic farming threatens the world
Dateline: 1 December 2006
The news is finally out. After months of rumors about pending new government announcements, studies released today by the EU and the US FDA expose the ...
Decarbonising the debate
Posted: 13 July 2012

It's screamingly obvious that the carbon dioxide model for climate change is seriously flawed and facing imminent demise. Not only is it unsupported by empirical data (not models) but it is also widely disbelieved by the general public.

When eminent scientists, who also happen to be renewable energy investors, start negating the carbon-driven theory, perhaps it is the beginning of the end for ...

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Global warming: second thoughts of an environmentalist
13 July 2012
Fritz Vahrenholt, one of Germany's earliest green energy investors, is not convinced that humanity is causing catastrophic global warming.
Scarcity and Abundance: Are there limits to growth?
Posted: 10 April 2012 2 Comments

There appears to be a battle brewing in the global debate about the future; the future of society, business, and humanity, and the future of the world. We might call this a war of ideas, between the techno-utopians and the neo-Malthusians, a struggle for web-space and YouTube time between the rational optimists and the sustainability alarmists.

One the one hand, we have very real concerns with ...

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Debunking 'limits to growth' inanities
10 April 2012
Adventure sportsman, celebrity environmentalist and non-economist Lewis Pugh speaks in quotations. Misattributing his quotations and misspelling his ...
Moringa wonder-plant brings food security to Africa and Asia
Dateline: 5 April 2019
Global poverty has been in decline for 25 years, and now hunger and malnutrition are a thing of the past, world-wide. Although the wonder tree, Moringa ...
New Energy on the rise in Germany
Posted: 1 May 2012 1 Comment

This presentation of MindBullets: News from the Future discusses a scenario where Germany closes down all of its nuclear plants and relies on new energy technologies to supply the power its economy needs.

That will never happen in France, but perhaps it will in Germany. What do you think? ...

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Sewage as a source of green power
Posted: 2 March 2012

Seven years ago we published a rather radical MindBullet that suggested technology could generate power from sewage, and ultimately, from seawater.

Well, it seems the first part of that scenario, consuming waste water and providing electricity and clean water, is fast becoming a reality. This excerpt from the Guardian article makes the case quite clearly:

"If you go into a country and give them ...

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New device heralds potential to turn sewage plants into power stations
2 March 2012
Breakthrough that combines fuel cell with other technologies could provide power for entire water grids, scientists say
Technology makes water abundant and upturns economies
Dateline: 1 June 2033
Two of the world's greatest problems, global warming and water shortage have been solved in one fell swoop. A new UN report shows that the great deserts of ...
Five new business models, for five industries in crisis
Posted: 14 July 2011 1 Comment

Wikinomics author, Don Tapscott, looks at five industries (pharmaceuticals, music, banking, manufacturing, healthcare) and offers his advice on how to rework these business models.

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Don Tapscott: Business Models for Five Industries in Crisis
14 July 2011
in the five years since the book’s publication (Wikinomics), we’ve noticed something striking: the rate of business model innovation has not accelerated. Yes, some individual companies have achieved competitive advantage by exploiting the web and networked business models. But overall the gains have been modest.

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