Balancing nuclear and renewable energy

By Cathy Milostan, Argonne National Laboratory Nuclear power plants typically run either at full capacity or not at all. Yet the plants have the technical ability to adjust to the changing demand for power and thus better accommodate sources of renewable energy such as wind or solar power. Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s…

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Britain Cuts Climate Change Diplomatic Staff by 25%

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Guardian is upset that the British Government foreign minister Boris Johnson has cut the number of staff tasked with negotiating international acceptance of global climate treaties and initiatives. Foreign Office climate staff cut by 25% under Boris Johnson Damian Carrington Environment editor Exclusive: The prime minister says the UK…

Uniformitarian Impact Craters… "Same as it ever was."

Guest essay by David Middleton Over the past few years (2010-2018), WUWT has featured at least 14 posts on the possibility that the Younger Dryas stadial could have been triggered by an impact event.  It’s an interesting debate… Proponents of a Younger Dryas impact event have been able to put forward some interesting evidence; however…

China's Urban Heat Island Problem

How does urban-induced warming in Beijing interact with air temperature in summer? INSTITUTE OF ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES Beijing has undergone several important urbanization development stages since late 1978. Linked with urbanization, the so-called “urban heat island effect” is a key problem caused by urban land expansion. Such changes in air temperature in…

Study: Light from energy saving LED's may be giving us cancer

From the “law of unintended consequences” department comes this finding, suggesting that the push for eco-friendly energy savings may be doing more harm to us than good. Study links night exposure to blue light with breast and prostate cancer Researchers used images taken by astronauts to evaluate outdoor lighting in Madrid and Barcelona A study…

Study: cut down trees in California to save billions of gallons of water

From the NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION and the “tree huggers nightmare” department Billions of gallons of water saved by thinning forests Too many trees in Sierra Nevada forests stress water supplies, scientists say There are too many trees in Sierra Nevada forests, say scientists affiliated with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory (CZO).…

A Look at the Shape of Temperature Change Over Time

Guest essay by Mark Fife There are many times, when dealing with the analysis of real world data, looking at the average alone really doesn’t provide a complete picture of what is happening. Such is my problem with describing what the data contained in the GHCN data represents. If you look at the typical NOAA,…

A positive perspective on electric vehicles

Because we recently ran a story that was highly critical of electric cars, here’s a positive story for balance. – Anthony Guest essay by Jan Kjetil Andersen, Jkandersen.no Csens.org I want to share some thoughts and experiences about using electric vehicles (EV) and how they compare to traditional internal combustion engines (ICE). My personal experience…