Author: Isaac Gendler

How Voting Can Help Fight Climate Change

How Voting Can Help Fight Climate Change

How Voting Can Help Fight Climate Change

05/24/19

“How can you fight climate change by casting a vote?”

When we think of committing to fighting climate change, we usually picture technological implementations or policy implementations. But did you know that the simple act of casting a vote makes you an effective foot soldier in combating rising temperatures? By helping new climate-friendly legislation and leaders come into power, we can ensure that we can make progress to our climate goals! This is How Voting Can Help Fight Climate Change.

The Rebound Effect

The Rebound Effect

The Rebound Effect

05/23/19

“How can energy efficiency measures backfire?”

Energy efficiency measures are touted as one of the most effective means of combating climate change. However, since they also make using electricity cheaper, people will be less disincentivized to use less of it, and therefore consume more energy, driving GHG emissions higher. This Rebound Effect has dangerous implications for policy makers looking to combat climate change.

Why The Durability of Vehicles Will Make it Difficult to Electrify the Electricity Sector

Why The Durability of Vehicles Will Make it Difficult to Electrify the Electricity Sector

Why The Durability of Vehicles Will Make it Difficult to Electrify the Electricity Sector

05/22/19

“Why will the lengthy longevity of cars impede climate progress?”

The transportation sector will need to become electrified in order to achieve decarbonization. One way to do this is to shift fleet compositions from petroleum to electric-powered vehicles. However, because vehicles tend to have lengthy longevity, they will be retired at slow rates, impeding turnover to electric vehicles. This is Why The Durability of Vehicles Will Make it Difficult to Electrify the Electricity Sector.

Bit Stuffing

Bit Stuffing

Bit Stuffing

05/20/19

“How can we ensure that the bits in a CAN bus are all synchronous?”

CAN buses are a vital part of control infrastructure. Whether it be in the vehicles we drive or the drones that fly around us, CAN buses are there to make sure things work well. However, their synchronization needs to be ensured during operation. This can be achieved through the use of Bit Stuffing, in which any part of the data which has 5 bits of the same polarity 5 times in a row will have a bit of opposite polarity inserted after it. The bits can be unstuffed by the receiver once it takes it in.

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CAN Buses

CAN Buses

CAN Buses

05/19/19

“How do modern vehicles integrate their control systems with all of their components?”

Modern vehicles have a large amount of components which need to interact with one another. Using traditional end-to-end systems would be overly cumbersome, so engineers had to come up with a new system. This resulted in the development of the CAN Bus. CAN Buses are buses that electronic components can plug into. Because components can communicate across a single interface, CAN ends up being low-cost, centralized, resilient, efficient, and flexible. These factors led CAN buses to become the industry standard in controls.

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Resilience Centers

Resilience Centers

Resilience Centers

05/18/19

“How can communities build centralized locations to protect against electricity blackouts?”

As the climate becomes more erratic, so will the natural disasters that follow it, whether it be wildfires or hurricanes. As a result, communities will have to take measures to adapt to these new problems. One way to accomplish this is to set up Resilience Centers where generators can be brought in to operate essential services. The utility Pacific Gas and Electric in Northern California is looking at this method to increase resiliency against wildfires.