Green Financial Advisor Makes the Case for a “Free Market” Carbon Tax

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to green fund manager Erik Kobayashi-Solomon a carbon tax is the free market solution to the climate crisis. Carbon Tax: The Ultimate Free Market Solution To Climate Change Erik Kobayashi-Solomon Jan 25, 2019, 11:52am … Unlike a lot of mush-minded Greenies, I am under no illusion that a tax…

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California’s Wildfire History – in one map

Here is an interesting interactive graphic that depicts perimeters of more than 100 years of California wildfires recorded by Cal Fire and the U.S. Geological Survey. The map below shows all the cumulative fires from 1878 to 2018. It seems as if there is very little of California that has not been touched by wildfire.…

Are Studies of High Penetrations of Wind Power Valid?

By Richard D. Patton When examining penetrations of wind power, there seem to be two types of papers. In one type, wind penetration up to 20% is difficult but doable, and in the other type wind penetrations of 50-60% are quite easy. In fact, renewable penetrations of up to 90%-100% are claimed. As an example…

Spot The Volcano, 1815 Edition

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach It’s been a while since I played “Spot The Volcano”. The premise of the game is that the decrease in temperatures from volcanic eruptions is nowhere near as large as people claim. So I ask people to see if they can identify when a volcano erupted based on the temperature…

Growth of legal pot farms drives smog worries

From Science Mag Leaf enclosure measurements for determining volatile organic compound emission capacity from Cannabis spp. Summary Air pollution researchers are going to pot. The expansion of legal pot farms in the 10 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., that have legalized recreational marijuana has researchers and regulators concerned about their impacts on air quality and…

Inequality promotes deforestation in Latin America

What can’t you show with models?~ctm From EurekAlert! University of Bern Tropical deforestation is a major contributor to climate change and loss of local and global ecosystem functions. Latin America accounts for a large share of remaining tropical forests, but also features deforestation rates well above the world average. Here, the biggest driver of deforestation…